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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    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 @ 8:50 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 @ 8:53 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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