Monday, October 12, 2015



Make memories your children will treasure forever. As the creator of and editor-in-chief of Party Style magazine, Gemma Touchstone knows how to make children’s celebrations memorable. And with her help, you’ll want to find any excuse to party! Packed with easy and elegant DIY craft ideas, cool themes, and must-read entertaining tips, this book shows you how to party in style.


This book is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.  I don't quite know how else to describe it.  It's like this book was written just for me.  I don't host many parties, but when I do I like to be prepared.  Now I don't have any excuse not to be.  This book has everything you can think of to plan a party.

The author suggest these 5 things when preparing a party.  I am putting them in the order they are in the book.  The "WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHO AND HOW".  That's how your party planning should start.  The author also suggests having a "planning folder" for each event.  I have to admit I already do that.  If I am planning a baby shower, or bridal shower, I keep everything together.  It helps me a ton.  

This is an author after my own heart!  I don't particularly like hosting parties, but when I do, I am not the type that can fly by the seat of my pants.  I have to be organized.  I cannot be "thrown" into something or it stresses me out and I don't have a good time.

There is a "Party Style Quiz" and I took it.  I just had to laugh.  I rated as "over the top / visionary".  Any one who really knows me that I try to make every thing as easy as possible.  So according to the descriptions in the book I think I rated "Party Stylist / DIY".  I chose this one because when I do host things I like to make the invitations myself, and the food by myself.  I like to put someone else on decorations because I do not know how to decorate worth beans.

The author suggests starting 6 weeks ahead of time.  Now that is organization.  Which I love.  I don't know if I could handle six weeks of preparation though, because planning it self stresses me out...hehehe  I know.  It's kind of an oxymoron.  I HAVE to be organized, but I cannot plan that long, or I get too stressed any way.  What's a girl to do...hehehe

Based on the ideas and all the "stuff" that goes with them, my parties are not "real" parties anyway. BUT, this book puts it in to little steps that make me feel like I "can" do sweet parties now.

I had to giggle at the suggestion of how many party guest to invite.  For kids it's suggested that 1 child per age plus one.  Ya, NO WAY will I ever have 13 boys in the same house at the same time.  hehehe   OR 17 girls at the same time.   But it's a good suggestion to keep it manageable.

This book literally has EVERYTHING you could think of for party planning!  Seriously.  The author has game ideas, drink ideas, food ideas, with recipes to back them up.

The pictures in this book are amazing as well.  She has table setting ideas.  I could go on forever.  I loved every single thing about this book.  It was fun to read.

If you like to throw parties, and get stressed out or just cannot come up with ideas, this book is for you!  It's fabulous.  FABULOUS!! 

Here are some tid bits about the author and ideas for printables for planning a party.

  • You can get over $2,500.00 worth of exclusive party printables with your Book purchase for download off of the web site 
  • The Book Kick off party for the PARTY STYLE book will be in orange county, ca at the CAKE expo at tickets are available on Living Social get more info 
  • Gemma Touchstone will be teaching pin worthy parties at the pinners conference in Salt Lake City, UT and you can save 10% on tickets with ticket code partystyle
  • Gemma Touchstone will be speaking at ISSE along with  Colin Cowie and some other amazing speakers and you can save $500.00 on your ticket when you mention PartyStyle Book Tour
  • Find Gemma at the OC DATE NIGHT MARKET
  • For more dates on her Tour around the USA Please visit the Blog 
  • Gemma's Next HOLIDAY HOSTESS is already in the works and will be out in time for the holiday season in 2016 




- Giveaway runs till the Blog Book tour is over from October 1st thru November 15th.

THE GRAND PRIZE is a kitchen aid mixer, IPAD Air, Honeycomb Decor Pack with multiple sizes and colors, Bakers Bling sanding sugar in several colors, $100.00 gift card to Home Goods, $100.00 Gift card to Michael's Craft Store an d and Autographed copy to the book. 3 ft LOVE Balloon Set. These are Gemma's Must haves for the perfect party.


  1. Interesting! I would totally have to plan as well Becca or it stresses me out too, especially with the big family that we have!

    1. I know! I don't even have to invite any one but family and it's already a LARGE party!!

  2. What a pretty book! I love reading entertaining books though entertaining also stresses me out.
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. Entertaining stresses me out, but hopefully it won't now :)

  3. I'll be reviewing this one in a couple of weeks. I've already read through it and it is so fun! Glad you liked it too!

    1. I did enjoy...this is a girl after my own heart....plan, plan plan :)