What party I ask would be complete without interviewing our fellow bloggers? The ones that make this journey so very fun. What would we do without the rest of the community of bloggers that share the joy and are always willing to help with nearly anything! I had to share the fun with my blogger buds, so here are just a few of the MANY I have enjoyed connecting with. Check it out! There are THREE giveaways going on today! Don't forget that first commenter gets an EXTRA entry in Sunday's BLOWOUT!
Molly at Book Reviews by Molly, Amber at Seasons of Humility, Carman at A Sequence of Continuous Delights, Ashley at After All Tomorrow is Another Day, Joy at Edgy Inspirational Romance and Renee at Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot
What is your favorite way to celebrate an event?
Molly: To spend it with my family. I am a single mom of two boys (ages 8 and 6) and live with my parents (not ashamed to say it-without them and the Lord I wouldn't be where I am today!) so we are all VERY close. If something is going on or there is a holiday or party of some sort I always want to spend it with them, as its special to me and so are they =)
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Renee: Is there any other way to celebrate a special event than gathering around with your family and friends all together in one place? When you can’t be with all your family or friends it helps to have social network site likes Twitter or Facebook where you can go to wish friends birthday wishes or congratulations. Of course I also like to celebrate on my blog and on friend’s blogs with interviews and special guests and great books. ;-) What better way to celebrate life’s successes than by sharing a good book!
Joy: I feel bad answering any party related questions because I have social reclusive tendencies (my husband assures me I'm one pet allergy away from being the neighborhood cat lady- holed up in her house talking to her animals). Parties are really not my thing. So my favorite way to celebrate something would definitely be at home with my family.
Amber: I love celebrating with family and/or very close friends! And as those who have visited my blog ("Seasons of Humility") know, I love themed parties! My last birthday was Toy Story-themed in honor of the release of Toy Story 3 in theaters, and I even did a themed birthday week (with different themes each day pertaining in some sense to Toy Story) on my blog. Yay for fun themes!
Ashley: That's a no brainier. I love to celebrate any shindig with lots of people, lots of activity and LOTS of noise. It doesn't matter what we're celebrating or where, for me, no party is complete without everyone in the room talking at 150 decibels. That's what makes a party...well.., a party.
Is a party complete without cake? No way! I love just about any kind of cake but my favorite is definitely vanilla, not the big box store cakes or cake mix but homemade light fluffy goodness like the cake from the local bakery. Yum!
Joy: Pin the tail on the donkey? My son loves that one, but it's probably only popular with the preschool set.
Carman: Dancing! I love to turn the music up really loud, close my eyes, and just have fun. Especially when my friends are there and we can laugh at each other. ;D
Ashley: Dancing! I may have two left feet, but if I hear 50's swing music start playing, there ain’t nothing that can keep me off the dance floor.
Molly: Hmm.....that is a tough one. Charades is a good one I suppose, if I have to name just one.
Amber: Opening presents! Oh, wait, just parties in general? ;) Well, I love eating and socializing, if those count for party activities. Food at birthday parties for our family is amazing! My grandma makes a delightfully delicious chocolate Texas cake. Yum! And as for the socializing part, it's great to just joke and chat away with loved ones. I can be quite the chatter box when I'm excited about something, and parties are worth getting excited about!
If you could have any party you wanted, what would it be?
Amber: Ooooh, a question about themes! Well, I'm sure I could think of a bunch of great party themes I would love, but I'll try to stick to just one. ;) I'm assuming we're working with unlimited funds, right? (If we're going to begin using our imaginations, we might as well exercise them thoroughly!)
Ashley: Oh boy, that’s a toughie. Umm…I'd have to say a party themed after my favorite books. Like we'd have traditional Irish food (like in A Passion Most Pure), Pin-the-Sail-On-The-Pirate-Ship (after The Red Siren) and of course it would be a costume party and I don’t about all Y’all, but I would definitely wear the dress Scarlett (from Gone With The Wind), wore when she went to visit Ashley at the Lumber Mill. It was a beautiful white organza dress with a low sitting bustle in the back, accompanied by a stunning, blue velvet bolero to go over the top, and a jaunty little white hat and veil to top off the ensemble. ;)
Carman: Good question! Um... I would probably have a legit Gone With the Wind party with authentic costumes, food, and dances. (Not to mention the house. With the staircase!)
Molly: Books. Anything dealing with books. =) It could be a birthday with Books as decorations and books on the cake. Or, if "book" decorations aren’t available, vintage decorations. I LOVE vintage stuff and butterflies.
Joy: A book launch party and it would take place online so I could enjoy it from my laptop in my pajamas. :)
Renee: Okay this is another tough question but if it were possible I would have a book/Pittsburgh Steelers/Mustang/ vintage clothing themed party…hmmmm maybe that’s why I don’t have a lot of parties because that would be sooooo crazy!
If you could invite anyone you wanted, who would be there?
Molly:Hmm....my best friend (whom I've never met face to face!) Michelle (she's a fellow blogger too-http://michellevsblog.blogspot.com) and, of course, my kids and parents would be there. If I had to choose some others, it would be my dear friend Deb (whom I've also never met face to face) and my Aunt.
Joy: My network of online friends, aspiring writers, and published authors.
Renee: Well family and friends are a given of course but I would definitely invite all of my Blogger friends too! It would be fun to get a bunch of us together in one room to talk books wouldn’t it?
Ashley: Beside you guys? Probably all my ancestors; see on my dad's side, my family members were a Russian circus act eons ago (or so goes the family legend), and I think they would really know how to P-A-R-T-Y! And if all else failed, they, at least, could teach me how to walk on a tightrope, which has been kind of a lifelong dream of mine.
Amber: I would invite all of my dear blogging friends! It would be so great to meet you all in person. And I think it would be fun to invite all of the authors of the "Love Finds You" books, too! (Cerella, that means you have to come and bring the chocolate-covered strawberries for us all!)
Carman: Besides friends and family, I would invite all of the authors and bloggers that I have gotten to know over the Internet. It would be so cool to meet them all in person!
What is your favorite memory?
Joy: As a kid, I went to a birthday party at McDonald's and I remember thinking that was the coolest thing (we didn't eat out very often in the seventies). So having a cheeseburger and birthday cake there was pretty cool. I gave my son a birthday party at McDonald's a couple of decades later. Somehow I think the novelty was lost on him. And the cake didn't taste as good as I remembered.
Ashley: That would have to be the time we had a birthday party for both my Dad and oldest Sister, Stephanie. See, they both share the same birth date and so we have always had a joint party for them and that year my sister got it in her head to put some excitement into the party, as if blowing out 5 dozen candles wasn't exciting enough. So, being the "loving" and "mature" sister that Stephanie was, she actually came up behind me, while I was eating my slice of cake, and out of the blue asked me "how do the little piggy eat?". Before I could utter a word, my head was face first into my slice of cake. All I remember were streaks of blue and white icing and my sister's laughter and that of the rest of the family too. I It was all in good fun, but I'm still looking for the perfect opportunity to get back at her.
Renee: Oh gosh, I don’t go to many parties but I have to say one of the best I’ve ever been to was not one with a bunch of people but an impromptu bachelorette party with two good friends. It wasn’t a wild and crazy type party unless you count 3 girls sitting together in Eat ‘n Park for 2 hours talking books, guys and everything in between as crazy. There’s nothing as much fun as hanging out with your girlfriends especially when you don’t get to see them all that much! I was also introduced to the Twilight series that night and have been Team Edward ever since.
Carman: That would probably be my Sweet Sixteen FOOD FIGHT! We had noodles, oatmeal, bread crumbs, and lots of other fun stuff. It was stinking awesome! :D
Amber: That's a hard one! I have such a wonderful family, and all of my birthday parties have been so special. I also have fond memories of Murder Mystery parties I've hosted. It helps to have a dummy in the house that you can use for the body! ;) One of my poor friends has been the person to "discover" it both times, and we've all had some laughs over that. Good times!
FUN interview Ladies! Thanks for being game!!
Okay, here we go again! There are going to be THREE winners today. Two from me and Renee has generously offered a copy of Amy Inspired as well. Thanks Renee!
Remember, the first person to comment gets an EXTRA entry into this Sunday's BLOWOUT extravaganza.
Today's giveaways are:
Let's extend the interview, shall we? Take one of the above questions from the blogger interview and answer it! Then tell me which book you would like to win. Another day to celebrate an AWESOME year of blogging!!!