If you're a Food Network addict (like many of us here at IC), then today's subject needs no introduction! We are thrilled to share a little conversation we had with The Next Food Network Star finalist, Martie Duncan. Martie is a party expert who has helped plan everything from celebrity weddings to casual tailgates, big charity events, and small backyard picnics.
1. How and when did you start MartieKnowsParties?
I started my website and blog in 2005. Before that, I'd only been blogging on weddings. I decided to include recipes, home parties and entertaining in 2007 and changed the name to MartieKnowsParties. It has evolved over the past three years to a little about weddings and a lot about parties and food. There were lots of resources for weddings, but very few for the home cook who wants easy, affordable recipes and ideas for entertaining and holidays.
2. What is your favorite part about working in the party industry?
I don't really work in the industry per se- I write about ideas for entertaining at home but I'm not a paid party planner. I do this for fun and because I love it- and it helps people who are terrified about having people over. My favorite part is just that- helping people make memories.
3. What are three things that are essential to a great party?
Good food. Good friends. A good game plan. And for me, great music. I can have a party by myself if the music is rocking!
4. Who is your dream party guest(s)?
Alive? That would be George Clooney. (slight crush) Not living? My mom. I'd love to cook for her- to spoil her like she did me.
5. What is the last thing you do before the first guest arrives?
Dim the lights. Light the candles. Oh, and double check to make sure there is plenty of TP. You'd be shocked at how many people forget that little detail.
Thank you SO much to Martie for sharing with us! The NFS finals are July 22 and the vote for the winner will be July 15! Make sure you tune in to Food Network this Sunday at 9pm EST!