Martie the party Duncan plans your July 4th party

The 4th of July is just a couple days away, and one of the best people to give you party ideas is Food Network star “Martie the party Duncan!” Representing the great state of Alabama and home cooks everywhere, Martie competed on Alton Brown’s team for her own Food Network show. Martie was the only member of the cast who has never been to culinary school or worked in the food industry. Martie made it to the final four and America voted for the winner after the July 15th episode. While more votes came from Alabama than any other state, Martie’s teammate Justin Warner was declared the winner during the season finale on July 22.

Martie is the go-to person her friends and family call on when there’s a party that needs to be planned. Martie spent 20 years in the wedding business working with some of the world’s best caterers, florists, designers, party planners and stylists, and she’s picked up every trick of the trade along the way. She translates these into affordable ideas for entertaining at home. On the set of the film My Best Friend’s Wedding, she learned how to create visual impact watching Academy Award winning production designer Dick Sylbert and set decorator William Wright magically transform empty spaces into party sets. 

Martie has helped plan everything from celebrity weddings to casual tailgates, big charity events and small backyard picnics. While traveling the world, she’s helped throw great parties in just about every corner of the globe. Her experience in the media includes The Oprah Winfrey Show and she’s been interviewed on a variety of planning and industry topics by the New York Times, Chicago Tribune In Style Weddings, Smart Money, Wall Street Journal, Oakland Press, Brides, Manhattan Bride, The Birmingham News and Marie Claire.

Martie has learned to stretch her party budget by using what’s easily available, items she can reuse, borrow, rent, or make to create a great party atmosphere. According to Martie, a great party isn’t measured by the money spent. She says what makes a party memorable is the fun.

Martie is currently at work on her first book and regularly makes appearances on the food show circuit where she conducts workshops on affordable entertaining and easy recipes. To get more party ideas, please visit

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