During the month of October 2010 I participated in a series, inspired by The Nester and a group of very talented ladies, as we posted for 31 days straight on different subjects.

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My posts were written about Stress-Free Entertaining …

Day 1. Why Entertain: The People
Day 2. Perfectionism: Learn More About Yourself
Day 3. Mistakes Happen: Think up Plan B
Day 4. Inviting: Is it Really an Art?
Day 5. Actual Invite: How Do You Do It?
Day 6. Help: They Won’t RSVP!
Day 7. The Dinner: Theme or No Theme?
Day 8. The Menu: 3×5 Card System
Day 9. The Menu: What’s in Season and Bush’s Beans Peach Pear Salsa
Day 10. Space: Even a Cardboard Table will Work
Day 11. Stress-Free Entertaining: Forget It! We have Kids!
Day 12. Money-Honey: I Don’t Have the Stuff
Day 13. My Ten Commandments: Print, Use, Share, Love
Day 14. Flowers and Weeds: Lovely Work of Art
Day 15. Last Minute: Paper Napkins Work
Day 16. Shop, Make a List: Learn to Improvise
Day 17. Shop: Farmer’s Market
Day 18. Pantries & Aprons: Organized and Useful
Day 19. Scope out the House: Are You Over-the-Top?
Day 20. The Day of the Party: Don’t Hate This Day!
Day 21. Cancelations: They Will Happen!
Day 22. KISS: Setting the Table
Day 23. Prepping in the Kitchen: Planning Ahead
Day 24. Getting Yourself Ready: Don’t Look Frumpy!
Day 25. Greet at the Door: Smile Even if you Do Not Feel Like It!
Day 26. Serve the Food: Learn to be Creative
Day 27. The Conversation: Sweet and Savory
Day 28. Sit Back: Enjoy and Relax
Day 29. During or After the Party: Who Cleans Up?
Day 30. The Day is Over: “Come Back When You Can’t Stay as Long!”
Day 31. Stress-Free Entertaining: A Grace-Filled Ending!

Here are my friends who also participated in this 31-Day Series.

31 Days to a Less Messy Nest – Nester, Nesting Place
31 Days to Grace – Emily, Chatting at the Sky
31 Days to More with Less – Jen, Balancing Bedlam and Beauty
31 Days to a Better Photo – Darcy, My 3 Boybarians
31 Days of Autumn Bliss – Melissa, The Inspired Room
31 Days of Living Simply – Emily, Remodeling this Life
31 Days to an Inspired Table – Kendra, My First Kitchen

(These posts and ideas are snippets found in my new book, The Reluctant Entertainer, and you can read more about the book, here. It’s full of savvy ideas and practical advice for anyone wanting to learn more about the art of hospitality!)