Book Review | Monica Pedersen : Make it Beautiful + Giveaway

Happy new week! I want to start this week with a book review. HGTV host and designer Monica Pedersen’s Make it Beautiful, designs and ideas for entertaining at home. I met Monica last year at the LV Market and we got to chatting about her book. A year later, I am delighted to get my hands on her book.

In her familiar sparkly-style Monica Pedersen Make it Beautiful is a helpful resource and step-by-step guide to hosting beautiful and cost-friendly get togethers.

Page after page of inviting parties, staging tips, sources and recipes narrated in her signature-style.

I especially love how she personalizes each party with details, custom fabrics (dont miss the Scalamandre Zebra prints in the Black-white baby shower) and modern sensibilities catering to every taste. The luscious, full-color coffee table book is the latest go-to guide for elegant and approachable entertaining making the perfect holiday, birthday or hostess gift.

As a special treat, {well in-time for the upcoming holiday season} one reader will win an autographed copy of Monica Pedersen Make It Beautiful.

To enter: Follow me on Pinterest. Then leave a comment on this post with your go-to party planning tip or link to one. You have to follow on Pinterest AND post a tip to be eligible. Winner will be picked randomly and announced October 15, 2012.  Also, don’t forget to connect with Monica on Facebook and Twitter.

images: Manvi 


  1. My go-to party planning tip is to always have some sort of fresh flowers around and to mix up different white dishes to create interest in your place settings!

  2. My go to tip is this: colored table cloth and white platters, so both the platters and the food pop. I also set out a mix of homemade and store bought foods -great cheeses and petit fours from the store, plus what I make. Lastly, once I have the list of homemade items I want to prepare, I chop the list in half to ensure it is actually doable!

  3. Am a follower on Pinterest. My go-to party planning tip is to layer your dinnerware to make your table more interesting. Charger, dinner plate, salad plate and then add something fun like a small bowl with flowers, a fun placecard or maybe a fun takeaway gift for your guest.

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