Sharing BlogHer SWAG – My First Giveaway

What is SWAG?

SWAG is when “we hear about celebrities and their fabulous goody bags they receive for presenting awards, attending opening parties and the like. These little perks are called “swag,” which is short for “stuff we all get.”

I’ve been to conferences before and am familiar with companies sharing full size product samples or sharing brand new items to generate buzz. While preparing for BlogHer and reading forum posts from previous attendees, I was surprised to find out SWAG was an as talked about subject as parties and what to wear.

I found out I could:
Exchange, donate or grab extra SWAG
Bring extra luggage for your SWAG
Pack up and ship home your SWAG
Leave the nice housekeeping staff your SWAG

I went to San Diego with a conscious effort only to lug home return with items that was pertinent to me, my family, or to my readers.
That’s you Mom & Dad.

Now, on the off chance I have a few more readers than family and obligated co-workers, I decided to offer up some of the cool stuff I brought home from BlogHer. Sharing is caring, right? And I care about you!

The Giveaway: One copy of Plan to Party by Elizabeth Mascali and Dawn Sandomeno

This book is full of enticing pictures and ideal information for planning and pulling off an amazing soiree! Y’all know I love easy recipes that DH can follow too, and there are plenty to choose from in this book, as well as party theme ideas and even checklists so you don’t forget anything along the way.

Dawn and Elizabeth also offer a website that offers even more tips and tricks for planning the perfect party to fit your budget and pull it off with complete success. Check out this delicious Labor Day weekend party menu just in case you are like me and don’t know what you are doing for the holiday yet.

So now I’m sure you all are saying…
“How do I enter your giveaway so I can get a copy of that amazing party book?”

Here’s the 411!

Mandatory Entry:
Leave a comment here on this post and tell me your favorite food to make.
And please don’t sweat it if you are not a cook, if you like re-heating a hot pocket, go ahead and tell me.
No judgement here. 🙂

Bonus Entries (all completely optional):

1. Like my fan page In The Kitchen With KP on Facebook (leave username-1 entry)
2. Follow me on Twitter – @InTheKitchenKP (leave username-1 entry)
3. Tweet this giveaway (You may tweet one time each day and must post the link to your tweet as comment)
“Enter to win copy of Plan To Party by Elizabeth Mascali & @DawnSandomeno #Giveaway from @InTheKitchenKP”

The Fine Print:
Follow the entry methods listed below, one entry per method chosen unless otherwise stated.
Leave a separate comment for each entry.
You must be 18 and older and a US resident (lower 48 states only) to win.
Please be sure to add your email address in case you win!
Contest is open until midnight on August 31, 2011.
Winner will be chosen randomly, notified via email and has 48 hours to respond.
If no response is received another winner will be chosen.

Good luck and be sure to come back and visit often!
I will be sharing more cool stuff soon!


Disclosure: I received this item for free while attending BlogHer. I was under no obligation to the provider to blog or review this item. I am choosing to do a giveaway for the item because I like sharing with others. I have received no other compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine alone.


38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maria Snell (@MariaS_Handmade)
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 11:37:04

    My favorite everyday food to make is Mexican – tacos are so easy to make and you can use any leftover chicken and veggies! For parties I like Spanish type tapas.
    Thank you for the chance to win!


  2. Maria Snell (@MariaS_Handmade)
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 11:38:04


  3. Maria Snell (@MariaS_Handmade)
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 11:38:27

    I follow you on Twitter @MariaS_Handmade


  4. Maria Snell (@MariaS_Handmade)
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 11:39:25

    I liked you on FB as MariaS. 🙂


  5. BusyWorkingMama
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 14:00:34

    I love to make soups or any type of 1-dish meals. Yay for your first giveaway! Ah, brings back memories 🙂


  6. BusyWorkingMama
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 14:01:25

    I already like your fan page! I’m Aleksandra Nearing.


  7. BusyWorkingMama
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 14:02:21

    busyworkingmama follows you on twitter


  8. Andrea Dorn
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 14:44:38

    I love making Mexican food. My favorite is nachos of any kind.


  9. Desiree Wright
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 15:56:16

    My kids love it when I make “homemade” chicken nuggets for dinner! I top the dish off with a good veggie to offset the grease and I am told I am the best mom in the world!


  10. Ellen
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 16:19:54

    I love Mexican food. It’s so easy to use to introduce veggies to your kids w/o them knowing it. Everything tastes better with salsa and cheese!


  11. Laura B
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 17:43:15

    I like to make Indian food… Palak Paneer!


  12. Jennifer (@Mami2Mommy)
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 23:51:47

    I make a mean french toast and yup that’s pretty much the extent of my culinary skills! 🙂


  13. sara
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 08:48:08

    I am a FB fan


  14. sara
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 08:50:06

    I am a twitter follower


  15. sara
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 08:50:31

    I tweeted!


  16. asha pena (@ashabutterflys)
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 09:24:28

    i love making my super simple pasta salad


  17. asha pena (@ashabutterflys)
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 09:25:20

    i follow on fb
    asha marie pena


  18. asha pena (@ashabutterflys)
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 09:25:46

    i follow on twitter


  19. asha pena (@ashabutterflys)
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 09:26:43


  20. 1PeachyMama
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 11:00:58

    Just wanted to tell you that I love, love, LOVE your blog! Great content!


  21. Lizz Judd (@lizzerb)
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 11:49:02

    I make an amazing Poppyseed Chicken Casserole. Yum!


  22. Joscelyn R Campbell (@JoscelynRC)
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 15:18:21

    Cool giveaway!
    I love cooking pinon (a Latin beef casserole) or shrimp scampi. I am not a chef but I do try because I have no choice with a house full of men! LOL


  23. Joscelyn R Campbell (@JoscelynRC)
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 15:18:42

    I have liked your Facebook page.


  24. Joscelyn R Campbell (@JoscelynRC)
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 15:19:04

    I follow you on Twitter.


  25. Colleen
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 20:03:33

    I just wanted to say I’ve been enjoying flipping through this book. One of my favorite BlogHer swag items!

    (since I’ve got the book…. don’t include my comment in the giveaway.)


  26. Michelle S. Dippel
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 13:48:49

    My fav to make : tuna casserole

    (littleangel_mw at yahoo dot com)


  27. Michelle S. Dippel
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 13:49:18

    I am following you on Facebook.
    (littleangel_mw at yahoo dot com)


  28. Michelle S. Dippel
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 13:49:50

    I am following you on TWITTER.
    (littleangel_mw at yahoo dot com)


  29. Michelle S. Dippel
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 13:51:16

    (littleangel_mw at yahoo dot com)


  30. Marvelous Mommy
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 11:34:30

    My favorite food to make is lasagna!


  31. Marvelous Mommy
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 11:35:59

    LIKE your fan page


  32. Marvelous Mommy
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 11:36:28

    Follow you on Twitter


  33. Michelle S. Dippel
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 16:02:27

    (littleangel_mw at yahoo dot com)


  34. Holli Moore
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 20:45:21

    I sometimes like to cook. It’s a hit and miss. My family can be picky somedays. Often we make something but not 100% from scratch.


  35. Claire
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 13:57:17

    I love making desserts! They always bring out such joy in people lol


  36. KP
    Sep 01, 2011 @ 08:31:17

    YOU WON!
    I will be contacting you via email!

    Thank you everyone for entering! Stay tuned! There will be more giveaways to come!


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