Would you consider yourself someone who enjoys entertaining in your home? Or would you rather be a guest in someone elses home? Are you envious of people who make entertaining seem easy? Do you make excuses as to why you never have anyone over? Are you putting way too much pressure on yourself?! I have the perfect book for all of you.
Because we are heading into the time of year when parties and entertaining are on the forefront of everyones minds, I thought it would be the perfect time to giveaway a copy of the Reluctant Entertainer by Sandy Coughlin. The Reluctant Entertainer is easy to read, you can open it up to any page and find useful tidbits of information for entertaining and life in general. Sandy has also included delicious easy recipes throughout the book that are tried and true! She also has a wonderful blog with many tips to help us stay focused and keep us from getting caught up in the things that can distract us from enjoying our guests.
Maybe the word "entertaining", in itself, FREAKS you out. Does it make you feel like you need to put on a big wooHOO party, where everyone is laughing and having the time of their life, a night they will never forget with fabulous food and the house looking gorgeous with nary a speck of dust anywhere. If entertaining makes you feel anxious....this book is here to help.
The Reluctant Entertainer is a book that helps us remember that we need to connect with others, getting together/entertaining is about the people, the conversations, and really taking the time to get to know your guests. Even if that means ordering take out together.
Guess what, your house does not have to be spotless! Guess what else, you don't need to apologize for a less than spotless house or a less than 5 star meal, because chances are your guest will NEVER notice the small imperfections and if you do apologize you will just be bringing something to their attention that they had not noticed in the first place....you will be putting the focus on yourself and not focusing on enjoying your guests. This book is packed with information and wisdom that will make any "reluctant entertainer" feel at ease and start to be less reluctant when it comes to having people in their homes.
RELAX, let's quit putting so much pressure on ourselves.
Do you come from a background of entertaining?
I do. If you would call it that. I grew up in a very, dinky home. (That would be small or tiny...some people live in apartments that are bigger than the house I grew up in. We didn't even have a garage.) My mom had a electric stove and very little counter space. But some of the best meals anyone ever had came out of that kitchen, because she was focused on the people and not what we didn't have but what we did. I never really thought about it until I was married and had kids and someone asked me where I learned to entertain. I shrugged and said "I dunno, my mom I guess". But I was thinking to myself....my mom never entertained, what am I sayin'. She did, we just called it "havin' people over". "Come on over....sure there's plenty....", that was and is my mom's attitude. She kept it simple. Fried chicken, Bar-B-Q chicken....lots of chicken, nothing fancy, but always made with love. And let me tell you our house was not only dinky it was messy, I love you mom, but one thing my mom is not is a neat freak....but I don't think anyone ever notices(because my mom doesn't), they are too busy eating and laughing and enjoying each others company.
I realize that I am blessed to have been raised in such a home, and that many of you may not have someone that modeled how to be hospitable. However, I still put undo pressures on myself at times. The Reluctant Entertainer will help you conquer some of those unnecessary pressures you put on yourself and start enjoying having others into your home. I would like to have people over more, but because of Kenny's schedule our "havin' peeps over" has been on the down swing lately. So you know what I do then, I let my kids entertain. Sleepovers, play dates, I invite girlfriends over for appetizers. These are all forms of entertaining. You can even bring someone a meal, stay a minute to visit, let them know you care.
I can't say enough about this book or Sandy. She is such a sweet lady. The Reluctant Entertainer would also make a super gift. This is a book that even the most seasoned hostesses will find useful. And as always you know I don't giveaway stuff just to give it away....I give it away because I love my readers and I want to share the things I love with you!
Here is how you can WIN a copy!!! Leave me a comment below:
1. Let me know are you a Reluctant Entertainer? Why?
2. OR do you entertain easily with out stress....and if so WHO taught you that...or does it just come naturally?
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