Make It Beautiful book + giveaway

Have you ever watched Monica Pedersen on HGTV? Well let me tell you, she is exactly the person you see: down to earth, sweet, hilarious and full of ideas!

I recently sat down with her (on the phone) for an hour to discuss her new entertaining book, Make It Beautiful, and I was impressed by her lovely personality. She shared how her mom was her inspiration. Something I can completely relate to. And how she started her career as a model. Okay, something I can’t relate to. {wink} Do you remember the commercial with Bob Villa? That was when her hit show Design to Sell was born and as they say, it’s all history from there!  

Monica has a passion for design and although she loves designing a room, she also loves designing a party table! And for inspiration, she starts by roaming the isles of her favorite fabric stores. Something I can admit is almost always top on my “to do” list when we’re looking at creating a new collection. 

Her new book, Make It Beautiful, is full of real parties, practical advice and fun ideas for the average entertainer on any budget. And as we chatted, Monica shared a few behind-the-scenes moments. Remember, these are all REAL parties.

One moment, funny now but not when it was happening to her, is from the beautiful outdoor graduation party shared in the book. The weather was iffy all the way up to the party and like any good planner Monica had weighed her options, kept the Weather Channel close to her all day and measured an indoor room in case everything had to be pulled quickly. Well the rain came before the event, but the day was clear at the time of the event so the party styling went on outside as planned. Monica really wanted to hang these beautiful chandeliers from the branches above the table. Since the tables were already in place (one long seating arrangement) she had to stand on the table to hang them. Unfortunatley because of the rain the day and night before the ground was wet and the table started to sink! {plates crashing, utensils clinking, glassware rolling off the table} The situation was handled and the guests non the wiser, but Monica laughs that it was a lesson learned!

Monica brings all of her charm to this book and her good friend and photographer Peter Rosenbaum captures full views and tiniest details. All in all, a lovely and very entertaining read!

Now down to the goodies! I’m giving away a signed copy of Monica’s Make It Beautiful book to one lucky reader!

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this page telling me you’d like to get creative styling your next party with Monica Pedersen’s new book, Make It Beautiful. Yep, it’s that easy!

Deadline: August 14, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

Extra Entries (leave a comment for EACH extra entry please!):

Or, why take your chances! You can buy Monica’s Make It Beautiful in hard copy right now on Amazon. Also available for your Kindle! And on Barnes and Noble.

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Oh, and throughout today, I’m also giving away Courtney Dial Whitmore’s new book, Candy Making For Kids. Hop over and enter!

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    Susan says

    I would love to have this book because I love to entertain and do tablescapes that take people by supply. My house has become the “tea” house for bridal celebrations and as my children are in the “child-bearing years” I will have plenty of opportunities to host showers and such.

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    Jodie M. says

    I love throwing parties..and decorating for them even more, but sometimes I’m at a loss for ideas. I think Monica’s book would really help get some mojo going!!!! Thanks for the chance to win her book.

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    Dee Craine says

    I am a big fan of the Celebration shop and I would love to win this book. I love to entertain and this would be a great book for some inspirations. Thank you for the chance to win.

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      Dee Craine says

      I am a big fan of the Celebration shop and I would love to win this book. I love to entertain and this would be a great book for some inspirations. Thank you for the chance to win. I also follwed Monica Pedersen Designs design on FB and twetted about this give away.

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    Sonia Francisco says

    I love to have guests over and this would be a great book for inspirations. Monica’s book looks like it is full of such great ideas! Thanks for the chance to win it. :)

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    Holly says

    This is my first comment on a blog ever! I love party planning & everytime I have one to plan the Celebration Shoppe blog is my first stop! I would love to have Monica’s book for even more inspiration!

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    Regina says

    I am a big fan of Kim and The Celebration Shop ever since I purchased the chu chu train set for my son’s 1st birthday party. Time flies and his 3rd birthday is coming up in September. I would like to get inspired by Monica’s book to throw a classy and beautiful party.

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    Loren Quarrie says

    I am soooo excited about this book. I would love to win this book….I love it sooo much that if I don’t win it will have to buy it, will just have to wait a little longer until I can fit the spend into my budget. It looks gorgeous. Can’t wait to start using some of the ideas.

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    Rochelle Hamelin says

    ….because beautiful things interest EVERYBODY!!!! Don’t we owe it to our friends and family to give them a beautiful time!!!?????

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    Sheryl Weller says

    I need creative ideas to help me style my daughter’s next birthday party…a vintage tea party! Thanks so much.

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    Jennifer Cavender says

    Hey Kim! I need this book! Moving with 4 kids has depleted my creativity! I would love something to get my creative juices flowing and inspire me to entertain new friends!

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    Linda says

    I would love to get creative for my next party with Monica Pedersen’s new book “Make It Beautiful”. I throw a lot of parties and this book would be very helpful. Who doesn’t love a good party.

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    Isabelle Savignac says

    I would love to get inspired by this book to throw a ‘get to know your neighbours’ party next year!

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    Abby Lowery says

    I’d LOVE to get creative styling my next event with Monica Pedersen’s new book, Make It Beautiful! I LOVE her!!! I’m your fan on FB as wells Monica’s. Recording her first guest judging appearance for the new Design Star series on HGTV right now! ;) Thanks for this giveaway!

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    Candice Nissley says

    I LOVE planing events, this coming month I will plan a charity event for 160 guest , then a 13th birthday for my daughter, A Hope Chest party , then the following week planing a Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Birthday party, this has been so much fun to plan, as well as planing in the same month my sons 7 th birthday:) I would love the inspiration that comes from this book, love great ideas. Blessings ,

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    Jennifer says

    I would “like to get creative styling your next party with Monica Pedersen’s new book, Make It Beautiful”. I would love it for my daughter’s birthday.

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    Shawna says

    This book would be awesome to own. What I like to do is take someone’s creative touch and add a less expensive spin on the creation where anyone within a budget can enjoy. I love to entertain and with my kids upcoming birthday party, more inspiration is just what I need.

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