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The Ultimate Host :: Challenge #1

Last week I shared that I’ll be partnering with Sterling Vineyards, Padma Lakshmi and 3 other bloggers to help judge this year’s Ultimate Host Challenge and today, I’m announcing the first of  four challenges that YOU can enter!

The Ultimate Host challenge 1


I know you are all capable of winning the title of Sterling’s Ultimate Host. You know how to put those thoughtful touches on your events and I know you are all great at finding inspiration. I’d LOVE it if one of you, my talented and charming readers, won this title … so please be sure to enter!

Padma explains the challenge in this video:



Challenge 1: Ladies’ (or Guys’) Night In

“Do your friends always congregate at your house for dinner parties? Do you make an effort to include special touches in décor and theme while creating memories in your home? If so, this could be your challenge to shine!”


How to enter: Simply submit your video, photo, or text submission to show us how you would complete this challenge. All entries should be submitted on Sterling Vineyards’ Facebook page here.  Entries must be submitted by September 20, 2012.

What you can WIN:  Winners from each of the 4 challenges win a Sterling gift basket and a chance to compete in a grand finale event in NYC for the top prize of $25,000 plus a trip for 2 to the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival in Carmel, CA. PLUS, the title of “Sterling Ultimate Host” for the year.

I know you are brimming with ideas for this challenge! Submit your video, photo, or text entry with your great ideas for a Ladies’ (or Guys’) night in over on Sterling Vineyard’s Facebook page!

Okay tell me, who’s entering (’cause I really want to meet you in NYC!)?





Could you be the Ultimate Host?


Do you love to entertain? Do you often gather friends and your favorite wine and make it an affair? Sterling Vineyards is searching for the next Ultimate Host …. could it be you?


 Sterling Wines Ultimate Host Challenge


I’m so excited to share that I’ve partnered with Sterling Vinyards along with 3 other chosen blogger experts  (see below) and the lovely Padma Lakshmi from Top Chef to act as the judging panel for the Ultimate Host Challenge!



So, get ready to showcase your creative flair for entertaining in four biweekly challenges announced here on Thoughtfull Simple and on Sterling Vineyards Facebook page. The winner from each of the 4 challenge rounds will recieve a gift basket from Sterling Wines AND will be joining the other finalist for a grand finale event in NYC this December (and I’ll be there too!) to compete for $25,000 and the title as Sterling’s Ultimate Host.

 Along with Padma, there will be a panel of judges for each round of challenges and for the finale event.

Meet Your Judges

Be sure to check out all the expert tips we’re sharing over on the Sterling Facebook page. And stay tuned for our announcement of the first challenge!

Update: Challenge #1 is live — details here.