Day 28: Summer Entertaining is Sweet Like Strawberries and Hip Hostess GIVEAWAY!

There are two more day left in my 30 Days to Summer Entertaining series, and to help celebrate all of YOU for participating and leaving your lovely comments, I’m giving away a signed copy of my book, The Reluctant Entertainer, and a beautiful Hip Hostess apron.

An easy way to celebrate summer and friends is to put a bowl of fresh fruit out on the table.

A centerpiece or casual appetizer.

It’s beautiful.

It’s inviting.

It’s tasty and fresh.

Today summer entertaining is about enjoying the strawberries from my garden, cooking and inviting others over to celebrate friendships.

They can be so sweet!

Comment to WIN
What do you love about summer entertaining?

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Giveaway ENDS midnight, June 30th. Winner announced on RE July 1! Come back to see who wins.

If you’ve missed the last 27 days of this series, you can catch up now:

Day 1: Summer Entertaining is About the People
Day 2: When Perfect Robs You of Something Good
Day 3: Who To Invite to Dinner
Day 4: Planning the Menu for Outdoor Entertaining
Day 5: Setting the Table Using What You Have
Day 6: Using One Classic Water Glass
Day 7: Napkin Options for Summer Entertaining
Day 8: When You Feel Like Canceling the Party
Day 9: Leave Your Technology at the Front Door
Day 10: Candles That Enhance Good Conversation
Day 11: Serving Flavored Herb and Fruit Water
Day 12: Leafy Greens and a Tiny Bit of Agave
Day 13: Keeping Nut and Fruits and Cheeses on Hand for Easy Appetizers
Day 14: Move Your Table to a Different Space
Day 15: Greek Salad on a Stick and Getting the Kids Involved
Day 16: Three Lies of Perfectionism that Ruin Entertaining Moments
Day 17: Be Creative When You Run Out of Linens for Your Dinner Party
Day 18: Gather Around a Fire for Intimate Summer Entertaining
Day 19: Last Minute Father’s Day Invite and Pork Chops with Glazed Apricots
Day 20: Summer Entertaining GIVEAWAY from National Pork Board
Day 21: Create a Simple Appetizer Basket for Last-Minute Guests
Day 22: How to Change the Menu When Guests Cancel & Sweet Summer Salad
Day 23: Keeping the Conversation Strong with Summer Berry Crisp
Day 24: Music at a Summer Dinner Party
Day 25: Adding Dried Rosemary to your Barbecue
Day 26: Using Accent Dishes to Compliment Your Table Setting
Day 27: How To Barbecue Salmon on the Grill

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30 days of Summer Entertaining


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163 Responses to “Day 28: Summer Entertaining is Sweet Like Strawberries and Hip Hostess GIVEAWAY!”

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    Athina — June 30, 2011 @ 1:40 am

    What I love most about summertime entertaining is being able to entertain outside on a warm summer evening. I love summer evenings! : )

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    Jill — June 30, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    Lovely book – thanks for the chance to have it!!!

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    lisa — June 30, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    I love the smells of the grill and fresh fruit and believe it or not, the citronella! I found a citronella plant and it’s not as bad as the candles. The firelight and roasting marshmallows for s’mores.
    Now, that’s summer to me.

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    Debbie @ The Hip Hostess — June 30, 2011 @ 6:15 am

    What I love the most about Summer Entertaining is having all my family, under one roof for a long weekend. Both my kids, and spouses, and my parents. This year we will have 4 generations celebrating the 4th as we now have a sweet baby granddaughter joining the party! What a joy, I feel so very very blessed.

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    Donna — June 30, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    In my husbands family, we don’t Need an excuse to have a “party” or otherwise known as a “let’s get together and EAT time!” lol! My precious father in law was called home this past Christmas and with that loss came a new-found appreciation for family and spending as much time together as we possibly can with all our busy schedules.
    So on this years 4th of July get-together, we’ll be at our mother in law’s house swimming with the kids, eating watermelon and making ice-cream… enjoy the blessings of all the food you could possibly eat on the table. It wouldn’t matter if we only had cereal on the table…just being together to enjoy the freedom we’re afforded is all that counts.

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    Donna — June 30, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    forgot to mention i joined your email contact AND facebook! :)

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    Karen — June 30, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    I like that we can do outside events during the summer.

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    Karen — June 30, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Email subscriber

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    Sarah Kirkpatrick — June 30, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Love that it is light out until almost 10 pm where we live, more space to spread out, opportunity to grill or have a campfire, easier to call neighbors over, availability of good, fresh food, and more! Would love to win!

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    Denise — June 30, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

    Summer entertaining means enjoying that awesome time of day when day becomes night with friends.

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    Marge — July 1, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

    I love Summer entertaining because we;re outside, its warm and enjoy the summer fruits.

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