Holiday Entertaining Giveaway with KitchenAid, Harry & David, and More!

RE Entertaining GiveawayIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, the best season of giving, and a time for us all to step outside of our comfort zones and try something new.

To all of my wonderful readers here at RE, I am grateful for each of you, and I want to offer this amazing giveaway today to encourage YOU to host a REAL dinner party!

Giving of yourself, putting the time into planning the menu and creating a delightful party-a joyful time of celebration-making sure it all comes together for your guests, is what REAL entertaining is all about.

Entertaining is not showy, but down-to-earth, relaxing, rejuvenating, refreshing, and REAL.

I SO love cooking, sharing, decorating and entertaining this time of year.

Keeping simplicity in mind, here’s how you can do it:

1. Blend a delicious soup, Butternut Squash Soup with Pancetta and Crispy Sage, and serve to your guests for a casual Soup Night with soup, bread, salad, and Dulce de Leche Pear Pie w/ Oatmeal Cookie Crust, using Harry & David’s organic pears. Delicious.

2. Don’t forget to wear your new Hip Hostess apron!

3. Make sure the spirit of Christmas is in the air with free Pandora music playing, and a NEW beautiful piece of wall art, Joy to the World!

Follow this delicious MENU:

Goat Cheese, Honeycrisp Apples, Honey & Rosemary Thins

Beauchamp Orchard Salad with Honeycrisp apples or pears

Butternut Squash Soup with Pancetta and Crispy Sage (recipe in Lori’s book)

Pumpkin Biscuits or crunchy bread

Dulce de Leche Pear Pie w/ Oatmeal Cookie Crust (recipe in Lori’s book)

ONE reader will WIN ALL of the following items:

-KitchenAid® 5-Speed Contour Diamond Vortex Blender (color stainless steel)
Need a blender that is reliable? Love this KitchenAid 5-speed blender that has an ultimate blending performance to stir, chop, mix, puree and liquify, with pulse 1-5 settings and a crush ice mode. It’s great for pureeing and making very nice smooth soups! (Recipe above).

KitchenAid 5-speed blender

-The Recipe Girl Cookbook: Dishing Out the Best Recipes for Entertaining and Every Day
Lori’s cookbook is amazing with an easy layout, delicious recipes (did you notice the soup and dessert above?), and for entertaining, she gives the gluten free option, too. You have to try her Dulce de Leche Pear Pie w/ Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butternut Squash Soup with Pancetta and Crispy Sage recipes!

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-Harry & David Organic Royal Riviera® Pears
This delicious box of pears, harvested and packed in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program, is an amazing gourmet organic gift to give, but also to make stellar recipes with, like the Dulce de Leche Pear Pie w/ Oatmeal Cookie Crust, or use the pears for delicious appetizers! You can also order or give a larger box, here.  And then top it off with a variety of organic fruit, Organic Triple Treat® Fruit Deluxe. So many choices … and great ways to give healthy gifts over the holidays, from the branch to doorstep!

Harry & David Organic Pears

-Red Letter Words – 11×14 gallery wrap canvas – YOU PICK!
Dee’s wall art with an “erased chalkboard” look, is modern and casual but with a vintage touch. They offer many beautiful pieces with scriptures, hymns and inspirational sayings to choose from, that speak to your heart. For Christmas .. in your dining room where you’ll be serving your guests – sometimes the MESSAGE speaks louder than words. Visit Dee’s site, here.

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The Hip Hostess – beautiful sheath apron!
Debbie’s beautifully sewn aprons will last for generations. Check out her Etsy shop, here. Tie one around your waste and get to work in the kitchen whipping up a delicious meal for your family and friends! She designed this apron with clean lines and simple design, using high quality fabrics with a kitchy cuteness. The button detail & scoop neck give this apron a chic modern look. A perfect gift for the hostess, or cook – if you’re looking for gift ideas this season.

Hip Hostess Apron

Holiday Entertaining Giveaway!

-ANSWER TO WIN:

What 2 things hold you back from down-to-earth, easy entertaining in your home?

-Like:
Reluctant Entertainer on Facebook , Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Twitter

-Tweet this:

Holiday Entertaining #Giveaway @KitchenAidUSA @HarryandDavid @TheHipHostess @RecipeGirl @RedLetterArt http://bit.ly/1jqSl7y

-Share on the above social media channels and come back and let me know.

You will have a total of 13 chances to win if you do all of the above. The only requirement for the giveaway is to answer the question! USA entrants, only. 5 days only! Contest ends  12/13/13 at midnight PT.

Red Letter Words, KitchenAid, The Hip Hostess, Harry & David, and Recipe Girl all provided product for the giveaway. Thank you loyal sponsors!

   

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380 Responses to “Holiday Entertaining Giveaway with KitchenAid, Harry & David, and More!”

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    Diane — December 9, 2013 @ 4:34 am

    1. People’s reluctance to come – their assumption that if they enjoy my hospitality, they have to respond in kind.
    2. The general busy-ness of life.

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    Suzie — December 9, 2013 @ 4:58 am

    I always want lots of options so everyone finds something they like to eat. And I want everything thing to look perfect, even though I know that’s not usually possible.

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    Holly F — December 9, 2013 @ 5:15 am

    Too many kids’ activities going on & my husband owns his own business (CPA) so he works a LOT.

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    Trisha B — December 9, 2013 @ 5:45 am

    Overextending myself and too many activities!

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    Lori H — December 9, 2013 @ 6:18 am

    Menus that are too ambitious and clutter!

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    Lori H — December 9, 2013 @ 6:19 am

    I follow you on Pinterest!

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    Michele Laramay — December 9, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    The only thing that holds me back is busy schedules for everyone and maybe money. I love to have people in, but it is super hard to pick a date that works.

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    Noelle — December 9, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    I always host my family, but I have always wanted to have friends over for a holiday party. I have always been nervous about everyone getting along, and if it would be a success!

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    Marti — December 9, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    Football games and swim meets…. time and schedule!

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    Marti — December 9, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    PS I follow you on Pinterest & Twitter!

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    cindy b. — December 9, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    schedule and feeling like everything needs to be ‘perfect’

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    Beverly Curts — December 9, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    Never seems to be enough time and I am exhausted after working long hours.

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    ColleenMarie — December 9, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Being too busy and stressed, feeling like my house is never put together enough.

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    Mary Blake — December 9, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    Total confidence in my cooking abilities and cooking for people with dietary restrictions.

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    ColleenMarie — December 9, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    LIKE u on FB- COlleenMarie Inman

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    ColleenMarie — December 9, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    I follow on Pinterest- ColleenMarie82

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    ColleenMarie — December 9, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    I follow on instagram- COlleenMarie82

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    ColleenMarie — December 9, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    I follow on Google + Colleen Inman

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    Nancy — December 9, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    Small quarters and a husband who is not a big help!

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    Johna Dixon — December 9, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    Too busy to plan & pick a menu……everyone likes!

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    ColleenMarie — December 9, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    I follow on twitter as Halleelujahmom

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    ColleenMarie — December 9, 2013 @ 8:12 am
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    Holly C. — December 9, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    1. Space and 2. Seating to accommodate even an appetizer-style gathering

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    Holly C. — December 9, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    I follow you on facebook as well, as Holly Campbell… Thank you for the generous giveaway! :)

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    Juls — December 9, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    The size of my kitchen and the size of my house. If the “Holidays” were in the summer months in Ohio I would have it made but small space limits us for even family gatherings! I have all the gumption and the most necessary set-up as I used to entertain before I got married, now I don’t have any space to put anyone! Makes me very sad.

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    MaryEllen — December 9, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    1. a clean house and 2. ideas of what to serve that will make everyone happy!

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    MaryEllen — December 9, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    I like you on all those social media outlets!! :)

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    Katie E — December 9, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    I worry about the cleanliness of my house and the behavior of my children :) And finding time to plan for get togethers at my home!

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    Rebecca — December 9, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    1. Space
    2. Seating

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    Debbie — December 9, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Time!
    Being a relative new-comer to the neighborhood – not knowing a lot of folk… but maybe an open house is just the thing to change that!

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    Mary Lynn — December 9, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    1) Trying to get everyone together
    2) Lack of preparation time.

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    Mary Lynn — December 9, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    I am a fan on Facebook

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    Lizzy — December 9, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    Wanting the house to be perfect, even though I know you say not to worry about it and menu ideas.

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    Mary Lynn — December 9, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

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    Rebecca — December 9, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    I like/follow you on all of the social media outlets mentioned!

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    Ro — December 9, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    The two biggest obstacles to entertaining are budget and how to keep the kids (of various ages) fed (without having to make a second kid friendly meal) and entertained. A very close third on my list…and what has kept me from entertaining most recently during the holidays…is that I find entertaining drains every last bit of my energy. And I need and prefer to have my energy available to my kids/family this time of year.

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    Lizzy — December 9, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    I follow you on twitter.

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    Kirstin — December 9, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    I’d say the one thing that holds me back is time..taking the time to invite people over and realizing it can be very simple.

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    Kirstin — December 9, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    I like you on FB

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    Kirstin — December 9, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    I follow you on Instagram

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    Kirstin — December 9, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    I follow you on Pinterest

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    Della — December 9, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    I waste a lot of energy worrying!!! Organization, planning, cleaning, & preparation. I love it all when I have the time.. Time & my managing of it may be the problem.. Thanks for your Blog we love it!!

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    Della — December 9, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    I love following all of your Pinterest boards.. great thank you

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    jan — December 9, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    time and thinking of what to serve

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    jan — December 9, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    I follow on Facebook

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    jan — December 9, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    I follow on Pinterest

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    Jodi Monroy — December 9, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    1. The tiny size of my house
    2. Lack of inspiration for cooking

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    jan — December 9, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    I follow on Instagram

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    jan — December 9, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    I follow on Twitter

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    jan — December 9, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    I follow on google+

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    Jodi Monroy — December 9, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    I’m following on Facebook. Twitter, Pinterest and Google +

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    Jodi Monroy — December 9, 2013 @ 9:24 am
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    Jodi Monroy — December 9, 2013 @ 9:27 am
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    marcia — December 9, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    My husband (he would rather not be bothered and when he gets behind the idea it turns into too much effort – he likes to impress where I don’t) and the general business of life.

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    nicole — December 9, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Worrying about how clean (or not) my house is and taking on too much in an attempt to make the event “memorable”. haha, and then the only thing i remember is how much work it was to put on!

    I liked, followed, and tweeted! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    JAMIE — December 9, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    We actually do have parties and get togethers, did so the weekend before Thanksgiving, it was great. BUT….I was stressed about fitting 11 people in my small home/ dining area. Also, I always get stressed about being ready on time!!!

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    JAMIE — December 9, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    I just “Liked” RE on FB…thanks for a chance to win!!!!

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    holly e. — December 9, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    1) I feel like I can’t get my house clean enough to invite people in (mainly due to the kids clutter) and 2) it’s hard to coordinate with all my friend’s busy schedules.

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    angel — December 9, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Not having enough time in the day is what holds me back but I try to plan and balance it all out !!

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    Debbie — December 9, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Perfectionism and small home.

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    Debbie — December 9, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Follow you on FB.

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    Wendi — December 9, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    !. In all honesty, I hate my carpets and am embarrassed of them.
    2. Being prepared ahead of time with the timing to give others advanced notice of my invite.

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    Wendi — December 9, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    I like RE on FB.

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    Wendi — December 9, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Shared on FB.

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    JAMIE — December 9, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    I follow you on Pinterest!!!!

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    Jennifer — December 9, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    I liked you on Facebook. What holds me back is lack of planning, and the quantity of food I need to prepare for guests. I have six kids at home.

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    Phyllis — December 9, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    Sad to say, but don’t have anyone to entertain & a small home

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    Dina | savvyinthekitchen — December 9, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    Family arriving to early and hungry.
    Hose no being cleaned the way I want it to stay.

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    Jana — December 9, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    I love to have people over but often business and just not making time, keeps it from happening.

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    Denise Fedor — December 9, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    1 The need to clean and reclean the house for six weeks before.

    2 The fear of failure.

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    Amanda — December 9, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    I would say not having my house clean enough ( I have a 1 year old boy) and feeling like I dont have a house that looks like a Pottery Barn catalog.

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    Nancy — December 9, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    1. Hate to say it but time is always a factor.
    2. Coming up with an easy menu that looks and tastes good!

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    Denise Fedor — December 9, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    I follow you on Facebook

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    Denise Fedor — December 9, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    I am following you on Instagram. Dfal182

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    Emily — December 9, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    What a fun giveaway, Sandy–Thank you!!

    We host a lot for our extended family, which is fun, but in general, I am held back from entertaining by
    1. We just moved to the Portland area this past year, and we still don’t know many people and
    2. Our three kids are now old enough that finding time when everyone’s home is a genuine challenge.
    But we’re still trying! I miss hosting people more frequently; it’s one of life’s great blessing to me.

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    Kirstin — December 9, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    I shared on FB

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    Denise Fedor — December 9, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    I follow you on Interest. Dee Fedor / OrangieLemon

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    Denise Fedor — December 9, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    I follow on Twitter. Last comment was Interest!

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    Amy's Cooking Adventures — December 9, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    I always try to make too much food and worry if people will come or not

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    Tara H — December 9, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    I love the planning and cooking/baking part of entertaining but I hate cleaning-cleaning my apartment before having people over and cleaning up the dishes afterward!
    I am also held back by my very limited number of dishes and silverware : )

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    stephanie — December 9, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    1. I worry that I need to have my house totally picked up and looking spectacular, especially in the holiday season.

    2. And sometimes after entertaining the kids are a train wreck the next day because it was so much stimulus. Hosting something small and just with adults seems to work but takes planning.

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    Kristi — December 9, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    Three kiddos and their crazy schedules and not having the perfect home to entertain in.

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    Tara H — December 9, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Liked on pinterest

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    Tara H — December 9, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Liked on facebook

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    Missy Robinson — December 9, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Sometimes money/budget holds me back and often the thought of managing my children holds me back from inviting people over.

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    Rainyjane — December 9, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    1. Too many people on too many different diets (gluten free, diabetic, allergies, vegan, paleo, vegetarian, etc) so hard to find a menu that pleases everybody. 2. computer, scanner, printer, etc.on dining room table.

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    Yvonne — December 9, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    Clutter and stress over what to serve and entertainment.

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    Rainyjane — December 9, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    I like RE on Facebook.

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    Michelle — December 9, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    I feel like everything has to be perfect with the food, decorating and my house and I get overwhelmed putting to much thought into this. This usually discourages me from doing anything.

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    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — December 9, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — December 9, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    I follow you on Instagram too.

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    Rainyjane — December 9, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    I enjoy following you on Pinterest!

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    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — December 9, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    What holds me back is 1. fear of mistakes with the food (which is silly because friends/family aren’t going to hold that against you) 2. lack of space (but I hope to fix that next year by moving to a bigger place).

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    Yvonne — December 9, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    I follow you on Pinterest

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    Rainyjane — December 9, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    I follow you on Google +

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    Yvonne — December 9, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    I follow you on Facebook

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    Martha — December 9, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    I would love to have the courage to mix things up with the guest list. Meaning, inviting guests that don’t know one another. I’m also reluctant to invite guests to come ALL the way to our house instead of meeting up somewhere.

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    Laura — December 9, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    1. Having moved a year ago, we’re still just starting to get to know people. It takes a lot of emotional energy to ALWAYS host people we don’t know well. Sometimes we’re just tired.
    2. It’s easy to get so busy, especially this time of year, that we just don’t have time to have people over.

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    Laura — December 9, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    I like you on FB!

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    Laura — December 9, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    I follow your boards on Pinterest!

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    Jessie C. — December 9, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    Busy schedule and hubby away for works a lot.

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    Jessie C. — December 9, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    follow Reluctant Entertainer on Pinterest

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    Jessie C. — December 9, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    follow Reluctant Entertainer on google+

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    Jessie C. — December 9, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/410108275749691392

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    Jessie C. — December 9, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    shared on google+
    jc c

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    Jessie C. — December 9, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    -https://www.facebook.com/tcarolinep/posts/10201296265104775

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    Stacey M — December 9, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Trying to coordinate a date that works for all!

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    Jessie C. — December 9, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    -http://www.pinterest.com/pin/177329304051773717/

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    stephanie — December 9, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    I shared your page on FB! Great giveaway Sandy.

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    RG — December 9, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    1. My house is not put together enough – open walls, etc. projects half done everywhere, embarrassing.
    2. Other people’s constraints like specific dietary needs, or thinking they don’t have time, or can’t reciprocate, so thy don’t come – ‘but we’ll have to do that at some other nebulous, unspecified time. quirky smile’
    3. Financial concerns when some are not willing or able to contribute to the food situation (though their car is piled high with McDonald’s bags.)
    4.Dealing with inevitable situations that will arise when there are many children in one place and most of their parents respond as if, as hostess, it is your job also to babysit and otherwise act as surrogate parents to their children as well as your own whilst they bum around enjoying the feast, fun, and conversation. (see #1 in relation)
    5. Open rude critiques on everything from our location to the food to the decor because it produces uproarous laughter and obviously we aren’t high class enough for others expectations.
    6. After trying again and again, systematically eliminating rude people from our list : those who cannot carry on a positive conversation for more than 3 minutes at a time, and those who don’t appreciate our preferences for no alcohol, tobacco, tv, texting at the table/ during meal time, bringing your pets, climbing on and otherwise abusing our furniture and tables, walking on our floors with the boots you wear in the oil field all day, attempting to potty train in one evening – at our house, driving on the lawn, stealing from our home while there, or when leaving not getting us in trouble with our neighbors and the police for breaking the noise code, and those who simply will… not… leave…. – who else to try?

    I think my comment has a tone to it as if I am frustrated. I am, but I will keep trying for that magical balanced night with little drama. At the very least, each disaster of a night has produced many opportunities to teach our children about common courtesy, how having a lot of money / things isn’t as important as having character and class, manners, appropriate behaviour and decorum, hosts as well as guests need to be respected, sometimes family is safer than acquaintances and friends, and there are people out there who are thankful for your efforts – you just have to keep trying.

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    Carrie — December 9, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    Never having the house clean enough, and scheduling around kids’ nap and bedtimes.

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    D SCHMIDT — December 9, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    The two things that continually hold me back are my confidence in my abilities and my children ;)

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    D SCHMIDT — December 9, 2013 @ 11:57 am
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    SEAS — December 9, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    Time and not comfortable.

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    D SCHMIDT — December 9, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    Follow on Google + as d schmidt

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    Sharon — December 9, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    I follow you on pinterest and “like” you on Facebook!

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    SEAS — December 9, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    I follow Reluctant Entertainer on Pinterest

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    Cindy Bushnell — December 9, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    Trying to match people’s schedules and time to enjoy preparing for the festivities!

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    Kristin S — December 9, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    What 2 things hold you back from down-to-earth, easy entertaining in your home?

    1. My clutter. I keep a very clean house but I love piles. Piles don’t work with people so I have to move a lot of stuff. I wish I weren’t a clutter person but I am.
    2. Time. I work full-time and am exhausted on weekends and evenings. When to even shop? I love to both cook and bake and love entertaining. Time really holds me back.

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    Kristin S — December 9, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

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    Kristin S — December 9, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    And… I follow you on Facebook too.

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    Kristin S — December 9, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    I’m starting to feel like a groupie… I follow your Pinterest boards too.

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    Kristin S — December 9, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    and…. Instagram too! You make me drool on a daily basis with your photos. Pics of pears especially!

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    Terri H — December 9, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    Family and old friends live far away and still working on making new friends that we would feel comfortable entertaining.

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    Kristin S — December 9, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    Just tweeted about the giveaway.

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    vaishali — December 9, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    Space is really limited in our apartment. Also I need more entertaining dishes/platters

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    Judith M. — December 9, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    1. I never know what to make to serve guests.
    2. Not enough seating for guests.

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    Judith M. — December 9, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Judith M. — December 9, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    I like you on Facebook

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    Melissa D — December 9, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    3 things: my 8YO, 6YO, and 4YO! (Actually, they’re cool. It’s their toys & art stuff that take over the table.)

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    Melissa D — December 9, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    I follow you on FB! :)

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    Breck petrick — December 9, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    Being old and slow is the biggest factor but I if I start early and plan well I’m OK. Just not go at spur on the moment…I too tired by the time the party begin from scurring around.

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    Teresa Kaufhold — December 9, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    I am actually the main person in our family and group of close friends that DO entertain. Lately, I’ve let the fear of a couple damaged areas of my home hold up from inviting people over.

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    Breck petrick — December 9, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    Follow Pinterest

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    Breck petrick — December 9, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Follow on google +

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    Lizzy — December 9, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    The biggest thing that keeps me from entertaining is a desire of wanting my house to look perfect . I’m working on overcoming this! The other thing would be a busy schedule and feeling tired.

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    Marina Torres — December 9, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    I am the only person in my house, but I am being able to invite. 16 people ( 7 are my grandkids )

    I Ifollow you in Facebook and with your I ideas, pictures and recipes , wouldn’t be. too difficult .

    I love to entertain my family and friends, so I use all help I can.

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    Lizzy — December 9, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    I follow on instagram

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    Lizzy — December 9, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    I follow on twitter

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    Natalie J Vandenberghe — December 9, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    1. I develop a little bit of anxiety while I await the event. It’s funny, because if someone just drops by, I’m completely comfortable offering anything/everything I have. It’s just the anticipation of a planned event that gets to me.
    2. I like/fan/follow/subscribe: Facebook , Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Twitter (@lexiquin)
    3. Tweet! https://twitter.com/lexiquin/status/410145294056058881

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    Lashell — December 9, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    1. Fear of failure
    2. Fear of people not wanting to join in

    Retweeted
    Like on FB
    Followed on google+
    Followed/posted on Pinterest
    Followed/liked on Instagram

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    Kari M — December 9, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    1. my husband’s perfectionism makes it hard for him to enjoy entertaining
    2. scheduling

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    Breck petrick — December 9, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    I follow you on IG

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    Debi B — December 9, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    1. Fear of the meal not tasting delicious.

    2. Fear of the house not looking beautiful.

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    Elizabeth — December 9, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    The two things holding me back are:
    1. Clutter
    2. Time

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    Elizabeth — December 9, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    I follow on Facebook!

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    Elizabeth — December 9, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    I follow on Pinterest!

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    Karen Gill — December 9, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    2 things:
    Busyness of life
    Not enough energy

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    Elizabeth — December 9, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    I follow on Instagram!

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    Elizabeth — December 9, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    I follow on Google+!

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    Elizabeth — December 9, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    I follow on Twitter!

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    Elizabeth — December 9, 2013 @ 2:51 pm
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    Karen Gill — December 9, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    I liked you on Facebook and Pinterest, in addition to my comment above. :)

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    Lynn G. — December 9, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    Finances and others dietary needs.
    Lynn G.

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    Simone — December 9, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    I definitely has the misconception that I must have everything cute and perfect looking. Half of the time I’m not worried about how something will taste, but if it looks good. I am also VERY slow at cooking/preparing even though I love being in the kitchen. So a few friends over for appetizers would still involve me up until 2:00am with nothing to show for it!

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    Simone — December 9, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    I follow you on pinterest!

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    Simone — December 9, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    And on Facebook :]

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    LinJ — December 9, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    Love every product in your giveaway!!
    1. Lack of having a dinner menu I am confident in.
    2. Wanting my house to look perfect for “the day”.

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    Alexis K. — December 9, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    1. My house is more than slightly disorganized!
    2, Irrational fear that everything will be a flop (burnt, forgotten ingredients, etc.)

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    Jolene S — December 9, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    Lack of plan ahead-ability
    Some construction going on…

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    Jolene S — December 9, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

    I’m a twitter follower

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    Jolene S — December 9, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    I follow on facebook!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — December 9, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    Available down time and I wish we had more space for larger groups! (GREAT giveaway, Sandy!!)

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    Deb V — December 9, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

    Available space is my biggest obstacle.

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    Jolene S — December 9, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    I’m following on pinterest

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    Jolene S — December 9, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    I’m following on instagram

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    Tina T — December 9, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

    1. I have a small kitchen and seating only for 4 (we eat in rounds, lol)
    2. I have 4 small children who need my attention all the time. I get down to cooking when they nap :)

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    Tina T — December 9, 2013 @ 4:26 pm
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    Jan Udlock — December 9, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    I think the biggest reason why I don’t entertain is due to fear – that if I have a mixed group – wives and hubbies – I won’t know what to do or talk about.

    Women are pretty easy. We chat.

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    Jan Udlock — December 9, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    I already follow you on FB.

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    Jan Udlock — December 9, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    I already follow you on Twitter.

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    Tina T — December 9, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    I like you on Facebook as “Tina Tapia”

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    Tina T — December 9, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/ttapiatt/)

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    Tina T — December 9, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    I follow you on Instagram as (ttapiatt)

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    Tina T — December 9, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    I follow you on Google + as (Tina Tapia)

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    Jan Udlock — December 9, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    And the second thing is the fear of being boring…which I know is a lie – but it’s scary to put yourself out there.

    Sandy, I added you to Google + , and I’ll tweet again – Super giveaway!

    Blessings to you, my dear!

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    Tina T — December 9, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    I follow you on twitter as (@ttapia0905)

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    Tina T — December 9, 2013 @ 4:39 pm
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    Tina T — December 9, 2013 @ 4:43 pm
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    Tina T — December 9, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    Shared it on Instagram http://instagram.com/p/huDQJJJ_Q9/

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    Jennifer — December 9, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    A busy schedule and trying to accommodate everyone’s else’s schedule.

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    Pam Gurganus — December 9, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    2 things that hold me back from down-to-earth, easy entertaining in my home are time and ideas! It always stresses me out to entertain because I always think it has to be some big production and it takes time and I’m not a very creative person so I have a hard time coming up with ideas for entertaining, such as theme, food, drinks, décor, etc.

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    Pam Gurganus — December 9, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

    I like Reluctant Entertainer on Facebook.

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    Pam Gurganus — December 9, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

    I like Reluctant Entertainer on Pinterest.

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    Pam Gurganus — December 9, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    I like Reluctant Entertainer on Instagram.

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    Melissa C. — December 9, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

    Nothing, that’s the only entertaining I do!

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    Pam Gurganus — December 9, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    I like Reluctant Entertainer on Google+.

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    Pam Gurganus — December 9, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    I like Reluctant Entertainer on Twitter.

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    Pam Gurganus — December 9, 2013 @ 5:52 pm
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    Linda Gregor — December 9, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    2. Things that hold me back are 1) the stress of it all 2) space

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    Pam Gurganus — December 9, 2013 @ 5:55 pm
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    Pam Gurganus — December 9, 2013 @ 5:58 pm
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    Pam Gurganus — December 9, 2013 @ 5:59 pm
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    Jessica To — December 9, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    1- My house doesn’t stay clean because of my son’s toys and activities. 2- Whenever I have people over, they tend to stay a long time.

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    Kim — December 9, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    1–the whole having to clean the apartment bit. I’m not one of those people who loves cleaning, and I avoid it as much as possible.

    2–my tendency to over plan. I love planning events, but always go a bit over the top and it never seems to come together the way I want to.. Or I plan and get everything done and then no one comes. That’s happened on more Han one occasion :-(

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    Sarah from WI — December 9, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    not being a good cook, clutter

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    Gianna — December 9, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    My kids not letting me keep a clean house and not enough extra time to cook for a crowd because of too much to do.

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    Christine T. — December 9, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    Feeling like I don’t have enough space and getting stressed about wanting things to be perfect.

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    Dean Sweet — December 9, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    The two primary things that hold me back would be;
    1) The small size and layout of our house isn’t really large group friendly.
    2) I need a bigger fridge and oven to cook for more than half dozen friends at same time. I really want everything to fresh out of the oven when we are ready to eat.

    Happy Holidays!
    Thank you
    Dean

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    Tracy — December 9, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    Tiny kitchen. Lack of time.

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    Tracy — December 9, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Tracy — December 9, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    I follow you on Instagram.

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    Tracy — December 9, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    I follow you on Twitter.

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    Tracy — December 9, 2013 @ 8:02 pm
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    Lara — December 9, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

    Cleaning the clutter, and desire to have everything done before people arrive!

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    Lara — December 9, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    I follow on twitter (@goodcookdoris).

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    Terri Moore — December 9, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    What holds me back is my perfectionist tendencies that Everything has to be just right or it bugs me.
    Second is running around so much before the guests arrive that I’m spent when they get here and am dull at conversations.

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    Terri Moore — December 9, 2013 @ 8:24 pm
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    Terri Moore — December 9, 2013 @ 8:26 pm
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    Zhaleh — December 9, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    A lack of space and a lack of commitment :(

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    Kelly D — December 9, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    Keeping the food and drinks served as well as cleaning up messes keeps me from easy entertaining.

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    Kelly D — December 9, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    I like you on FB(Kelly D Saver)

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    Kelly D — December 9, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    I follow you on pinterest(Kelly Saver)

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    Kelly D — December 9, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    I follow you on instagram(Kellywcu)

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    Kelly D — December 9, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    I Follow you on twitter(kellydsaver)

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    Kelly D — December 9, 2013 @ 8:50 pm
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    Melinda — December 9, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    1. Schedules – so many activities going on for everyone
    2. Menu – never know what to serve to make everyone happy!

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    Mary G — December 9, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    My home is too cluttered, and I get too nervous/anxious when expecting company.

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    Marie — December 9, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    1. Cleaning house
    2. Trying to keep Entertaining conversation going

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    sara — December 9, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

    1. Small kids
    2. Not enough help/support from husband

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    sara — December 9, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    follow on twitter @saramama

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    sara — December 9, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    follow pinterest @saramama

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    sara — December 9, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    follow instagram @saramama1

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    Shari Kelley — December 9, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

    My perfectionism and trying to get the whole house cleaned at the same time while still having time to cook.

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    Betsy — December 10, 2013 @ 12:14 am

    Lack of free time and a small kitchen holds me back from entertaining.

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    Dee S — December 10, 2013 @ 12:39 am

    Wanting everything to be perfectly clean and not having the finances to entertain the way I’d like.

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    Dee S — December 10, 2013 @ 12:51 am

    I like you on fb.

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    Dee S — December 10, 2013 @ 1:14 am

    I follow you on pinterest.

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    Jill R — December 10, 2013 @ 5:45 am

    1 – Trying to make everything perfect
    2 – General busy schedules

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    Heather Scharbach — December 10, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    Working 12 – 15 hour days, my house usually isnt spotless.

    Lack of energy. :(

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    Brenda B, — December 10, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    1. I work so many hours that I am so tired on the weekends.
    2. I am the only single person in my group of friends. I always feel like the 5th wheel, even though I know they love me and always invite me to everything. I need to get over it and start reciprocating,

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    Dee S — December 10, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    I follow you on google +.

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    Dee S — December 10, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    I follow you on twitter

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    Kristy — December 10, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    Feeling generally overwhelmed by this season of life and discouraged by all the too busy and cannot find a free night that works answers from friends.

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    Kristy — December 10, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    I follow on Pinterest

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    Judy Meek — December 10, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    Two things that hold me back — husband’s health and time — I know those are lame.

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    Judy Meek — December 10, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    I follow on Facebook.

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    Judy Meek — December 10, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    I follow on Pinterest

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    Sandy Headtke — December 10, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    Wanting the house to be perfect and the fact my place is smaller than my friends. I can’t invite them all at one time and they complaining about missing out, even if they are invited later.

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    Sandy Headtke — December 10, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    Like you on Facebook

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    Sandy Headtke — December 10, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    I follow you on pinterest

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    Sandy Headtke — December 10, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    Follow you on Google+

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    Sandy Headtke — December 10, 2013 @ 4:31 pm
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    Sandy Headtke — December 10, 2013 @ 4:33 pm
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    Sandra — December 10, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    My kids, and never seeming to have enough time!

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    Sandra — December 10, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    I’m a Facebook fan

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    Sandra — December 10, 2013 @ 4:35 pm
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    Ken G. — December 10, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    1. My house being in entertaining shape.
    2. The stress it tends to bring my wife, even though I’m the host.

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    Marilyn Stiles — December 10, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

    Liked on Facebook.

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    Marilyn Stiles — December 10, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

    Follow on Pinterest.

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    Marilyn Stiles — December 10, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

    I like everything to be perfect.
    Scheduling concerns.

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    Kim Kenny — December 10, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    Not enough room to have all of our friends over and scheduling difficulties at this time of the year. Next summer will be a different story when we can be outdoors!

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    Deborah Rosen — December 10, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    The two things that hold me back from down-to-earth, easy entertaining are the state of our ongoing upgrades to our home, and the fact that medications make me very, very tired by the time I get home from work.

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    Kim Kenny — December 10, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    I follow you on FB

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    Carol — December 10, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    1. Space and seating.
    2. Time scheduling

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    Kim Kenny — December 10, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    I follow on Twitter @proudyaya04

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    Deborah Rosen — December 10, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    I like you on Facebook.

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    Kim Kenny — December 10, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    I follow on Google+ (Kimberly Kenny)

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    Bill Bryan — December 10, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    Not having enough room and too busy at work right now. Looking forward to next year for changes in both

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    Deborah Rosen — December 10, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest @asthenight.

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    Deborah Rosen — December 10, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    I circled you on Google+.

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    Kat F. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    1: Faith in my abilities as a cook/hostess
    2: My home being prepared for guests

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    Tziona — December 10, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    I love entertaining, but I just cannot do it simply, so I do it less frequently than I would like. I love to try out new decor and new recipes when I have company, and perhaps decorate a cake. All of this takes a lot of time.

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    Deborah Rosen — December 10, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    I follow you on Twitter @AsTheNight.

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    Tziona — December 10, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    Already like the reluctant entertainer on facebook.

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    Kat F. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    I like RE on Facebook (Katrina Fries)

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    Heather Voorhees — December 10, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    Lack of time and not so great cooking skills

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    Kat F. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    I follow RE on Pinterest (nanakatf)

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    Michelle — December 10, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    The two things holding me back from entertaining more as a single mother are a serious lack of money and too much day-to-day chaos always going on! If the car or the shower handle’s not broken, someone’s sick or wreaking havoc of one sort of another. I do love to cook though. It’s a good thing with two teenage boys still at home.

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    Deborah Rosen — December 10, 2013 @ 5:12 pm
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    Ritika — December 10, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    Limited Space and post party clean up

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    Kat F. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    I follow RE on Twitter (@NanaKatF)

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    Michelle — December 10, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    The two things holding me back from entertaining more as a single mother are a serious lack of money and too much day-to-day chaos always going on! If the car or the shower handle’s not broken, someone’s sick or wreaking havoc of one sort of another. I do love to cook though. It’s a good thing, with two teenage boys still at home.

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    Elizabeth G. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    Not knowing what to cook that everybody would like and having to clean my house.

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    Elizabeth G. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    I Like RE on Facebook.

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    Elizabeth G. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    I follow RE on Pinterest.

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    Elizabeth G. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    I follow RE on Instagram.

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    Kat F. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:16 pm
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    Ritika — December 10, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    Like you on FB

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    Ritika — December 10, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    Following on twitter

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    Elizabeth G. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    I follow RE on Google+

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    Amy Honious — December 10, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest (hmamapiggy)

    I also tweeted ! Thanks for such a grand giveaway :)
    https://twitter.com/AmyHonious/status/410560915931545600

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    Ritika — December 10, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    Following on instagram

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    Elizabeth G. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

    I follow on Twitter.

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    Heather Voorhees — December 10, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    Shared on Facebook , Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and Twitter

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    Heather Voorhees — December 10, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    Followed on Facebook , Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and Twitter.

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    Aimee Porter — December 10, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

    The two things that hold me back are lack of a cohesive vision and limited space.

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    Aimee Porter — December 10, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    I follow RE on Facebook.

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    Kat F. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:26 pm
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    Aimee Porter — December 10, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

    I follow RE on Pinterest.

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    Kat F. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    Following RE on Google+ (Katrina Fries)

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    Kat F. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:30 pm
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    Jane — December 10, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    1. Cleaning up my clutter
    2. Not liking to cook

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    Elizabeth G. — December 10, 2013 @ 5:41 pm
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    April Hamelink — December 10, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

    1. small space. 2. no funds.

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    Rebecca — December 10, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    Business and the amount of cleaning to be done before and after!

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    Malissa W — December 10, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    Definitely a mixture of procrastination and the fact that I am currently living in a small apartment. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Malissa W — December 10, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    Follow all RE boards on Pinterest

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    Malissa W — December 10, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

    Follow RE on twitter!

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    Malissa W — December 10, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

    Follow RE on Google+

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    Debbie Gates — December 10, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    1. My home is too small.
    2. I bring lots of food to other functions, so it’s like entertaining only not at my house.

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    Debbie Gates — December 10, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    I liked you on Face Book and Pinterest and shared you on Face Book.

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    Sandy — December 10, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    A lack of space and everyone’s conflicting schedules.

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    Alice — December 10, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

    time and groceries … :) otherwise, with plenty of planning ahead, we can entertain but its not usually relaxing… :)

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    Alice — December 10, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    I follow Reluctant Entertainer on Facebook

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    Alice — December 10, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    I follow Reluctant Entertainer on Twitter

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    Alice — December 10, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

    I follow Reluctant Entertainer on Pinterest

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    Alice — December 10, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    I follow Reluctant Entertainer on Google plus

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    Katie — December 10, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    wanting everything to be perfect and wanting to decorate and cook with all DIY pinterest ideas. They are much harder than they look!

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    Katie — December 10, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    I like you on faceboook, follow on twitter and google +

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    heather — December 10, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    1. Busy Schedule
    2. Financial hard times
    Sure would be nice to win this one

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    Christina — December 10, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    My teeny tiny kitchen and my perfectionism

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    Terri C — December 10, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    I’m not comfortable entertaining anyone but family my kitchen is so small.
    I’m always afraid my house isn’t clean enough.

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    Terri C — December 10, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    I follow on Facebook and Pinterest, thanks for this wonderful chance!

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    Terri Moore — December 11, 2013 @ 12:43 am

    I tweeted about this wonderful giveaway!
    https://twitter.com/Moore30Terri/status/410673455399325696

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    Julia — December 11, 2013 @ 4:03 am

    The usual; time and money. :P

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    Itzia — December 11, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    not knowing how to say no and overthinking everything.

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    Itzia — December 11, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    i follow you on twitter

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    Itzia — December 11, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    i follow you on pinterest

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    Itzia — December 11, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    i follow on instagram

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    Itzia — December 11, 2013 @ 10:08 am
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    Itzia — December 11, 2013 @ 10:11 am
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    Ummehaani — December 11, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    Being busy and not knowing how to decide on what to serve

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    Ummehaani — December 11, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    I liked you on Facebook as Ummehaani Ghadai

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    Ummehaani — December 11, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    I followed you on Pinterest as Ummehaani Ghadai

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    michele nicastro — December 11, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

    my house is way too small and i wouldnt have enough glasses/dishes/silverware for more than 8 people LOL

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    michele nicastro — December 11, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    i “like” you on facebook :)

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    Mason Canyon — December 11, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    Caring for my elderly in-laws and I’m not that great of a cook.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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    Nicole — December 11, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    1. Lack of hosting space

    2. Disturbing the neighbors

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    Nicole — December 11, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

    I shared and liked on Facebook, Instagram,Twitter and Pinterest! :)

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    mysweetiepiepie — December 11, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    Too much inventory crowding my house and a tiny, tiny kitchen.

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    mysweetiepiepie — December 11, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    I like on Facebook.

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    mysweetiepiepie — December 11, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    I follow on Twitter.

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    natalie g — December 11, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    Two things that hold me back from down to earth entertaining are: a busy calendar and trying to make things too perfect. I want everything to be “just so” and put too much pressure on myself.

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    Terri Moore — December 12, 2013 @ 12:17 am

    Tweeting away about this great giveaway.
    https://twitter.com/Moore30Terri/status/411029154830622720

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    Katie — December 12, 2013 @ 6:55 am

    I tend to overestimate the amount of food that folks will eat and become overly ambitious in making things, causing me to feel more stress than I need to. Luckily, my family and friends are wonderful and remind me that it’s really all about the great company, not that everything was perfect :-)

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    heta s — December 12, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    sibling rivalry. My sister always ends up doing better than me. so that is one. And another one is, people do like better than home experience.

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    heta s — December 12, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    like you on fb, twitter, pinterest and instagram.

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    Brandi Bryant — December 12, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    The two things holding me back are trying to be too perfect (I want the house, food, decor perfect)…and trying to make things that everyone will love. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Melissa S. — December 12, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    Two things: A small house and a long guest list AND finding the time to squeeze something in!

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    Koren H — December 12, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    Mainly a small kitchen with a small oven. But I manage. And the dietary restrictions of others.

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    Koren H — December 12, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    I follow you on Facebook :)

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    Koren H — December 12, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    … and on Pinterest :)

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    Kim C — December 12, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    The two things that hold me back are coming up with a menu that you know everyone will like and a lack of room for entertaining.

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    Kim C — December 12, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    I follow Reluctant Entertainer on Facebook.

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    Kim C — December 12, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    I follow Reluctant Entertainer on Pinterest.

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    Kim C — December 12, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    I am following Reluctant Entertainer on Google+.

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    Kim C — December 12, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    I follow Reluctant Entertainer on Twitter.

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    Kim C — December 12, 2013 @ 4:19 pm
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    Juwairiya S — December 12, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    two things that hold me back are that I tend to stress out, and planning a good enough menu

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    Mujeeb Syed — December 12, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    My wife is in school so she’s usually tired or busy. And also because we still need to set-up our kitchen since we are newlyweds

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    Rosene S — December 12, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    Too much to do, to little time

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    Liz — December 12, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    Small kitchen and some picky eaters!

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    Dana — December 12, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    Sigh…perfectionism.

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    rosene S — December 12, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    I follow you on instagram

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    rosene S — December 12, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    I follow you on facebook :)

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    rosene S — December 12, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

    and you are in my google circle

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    Melanie — December 12, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    Coordinating with others’ schedules and my introvert tendencies

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    Terri Moore — December 13, 2013 @ 12:56 am
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    Michele C — December 13, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    The two things that hold me back are my house is too small and with my husband being ill lately, I just don’t have the time or energy to entertain people.

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    Michele C — December 13, 2013 @ 9:24 am
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    Michele C — December 13, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    I follow you on Facebook

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    Linda S. — December 13, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    Clutter and lack of resources to buy the special ingredients I’d like to get.

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    Linda S. — December 13, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

    I’m following you on twitter (@ljskop).

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    Natalie G. — December 13, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    My small dining room- not too many people can fit plus the fact I only have the weekends to entertain and everyone is too busy for big group gatherings all at once. It really only happens once in a while that everyone can get together!

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    Natalie G. — December 13, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    I follow you on FB- Natalie Swiatek Giambanco

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    Natalie G. — December 13, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    I follow you on Twitter- natakie16

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    Natalie G. — December 13, 2013 @ 8:45 pm
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    Natalie G. — December 13, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest- natakie16

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    Natalie G. — December 13, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    I follow you on Google+- mustsellbuy2much

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    Natalie G. — December 13, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

    I shared on Google- mustsellbuy2much

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    Natalie G. — December 13, 2013 @ 8:53 pm
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    Kirsten H. — December 15, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    With two kids and two pets I can’t keep my home clean for more than 5 minutes. I don’t ever want anyone over!

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    Hector Octavio — December 16, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    My main problem is that I sometimes forget to keep it simple. I start looking at recipes and plans get out of hand. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Hector Octavio — December 16, 2013 @ 4:44 pm
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    Danyelle — December 16, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    time and good ideas

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    Danyelle — December 16, 2013 @ 5:53 pm
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    Cindy — December 20, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    Having a clean house and a good, easy menu!

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    Cindy — December 20, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    I shared on facebook.

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