Meet Party Expert Martie Duncan


Forget about over the top perfection. Martie Duncan wants to change your party perspective. Martie is one of those people who makes entertaining look and feel effortless. Easy, fun, and memorable are all words she uses to describe her party planning philosophy.


 Martie is on Season 8 of Food Network Star!  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, 2012. Martie was the runner-up. 

Martie is not a professional party or wedding planner. She is simply the go-to person  friends and family call on when there is an occasion to be planned...  She likes to say "I'm a party go-er and a party thrower." During 20+ years in the wedding business, Martie worked 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. Martie on the Food Network Star setHer 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, Marie Claire along with other national and local publications. She has appeared in party planning and wedding trend segments on local television morning shows for Better TV, Daytime, ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates in Dallas, Chicago, St. Louis, Birmingham, Nashville, Memphis, Jackson, and Chattanooga.

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--what makes a party memorable is the fun. In 2008, Microsoft named Martie their go-to party and entertaining expert for MSN Lifestyle where her slideshows and articles helped viewers throw a party with ease. Now, her ideas for fabulous entertaining at home can be found on! View Martie's videos and slideshows of unique parties created using kitchen-tested recipes from Southern Living, Sunset, Costal Living, Cooking Light, Real Simple, and many more of your favorite magazines.

As the spokesperson for the USDA Safe Families campaign, Martie has created videos and articles to help reduce the risk of food posioning when entertaining for holidays like Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July and occasions like the Super Bowl.

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.