Hey Friends, I’m super excited today because it’s a big giveaway day!

I’m getting closer to 1,000 posts here at RE, with my message of journaling about entertaining and hospitality going back to 2006. Yes, way back then, I shared this simple post:

With the best intentions, many of us think about entertaining, but never get around to it. Usually this happens because we don’t have enough time, we’re disorganized or our spouse isn’t interested in hosting a party, or even a small dinner! For many this blessing of gracious living for both the hostess and her guests never takes place, because of fear … fear of failure, unable to cook, unwilling to share their lives with others, fear of deepening friendships … they are intimidated and think the meal has to be perfect, or … they don’t have the lifestyle that says, “welcome.” (-my very first post on RE)

Hospitality doesn’t have to be complicated at all, and today’s little tip is to bring beautiful Spring blossoms indoors to spruce up your home a bit.

You might have read my post on forcing branches, but my real love is the elegant pink and white blossoms that are currently blooming in Oregon. Stunning!

Clip and put in water.

Arrange and bring indoors!

Along with these beautiful blossoms today, The Hip Hostess and I are offering an amazing giveaway for 3 WINNERS. (Thanks to The Nester if she sent you over.)

1 person will WIN all 3 of these items:
Signed Copy of The Reluctant Entertainer
Balcony Girls E-Book
Sheath Style Black a la Mode apron from The Hip Hostess

2 people will WIN:
Signed Copy of The Reluctant Entertainer

Here’s HOW to WIN:

1. Leave a comment telling me what it is about hospitality or entertaining that bogs you down? Also, do you think your personality type affects your hospitality/entertaining style?

2. Join our Facebook pages and leave a comment telling me that you did (Reluctant Entertainer and The Hip Hostess)

{If you’re already a member, leave a comment. You guys get one too!}

3. Follow us on twitter and leave a comment telling me you did. (@SandyCoughlinRE and @TheHipHostess)

{If you’re already a follower, leave a comment. You guys get one too!}

This counts as three entries.

4. Facebook about the giveaway, and leave a comment, telling me you did.

5. Tweet about the giveaway, and leave a comment telling me you did. (using @SandyCoughlinRE and @TheHipHostess)

6. Blog about the giveaway, and leave a comment telling me you did.

It’s your choice to just comment, or do all six! So that is 6 chances total!

Contest ends midnight on Thursday, April 7th. Winner will be announced Friday morning, 4/8/11.

The Nester is featuring all of her sponsors today over at Nesting Place, so head over there for a kazillion more giveaways and chances to enter for some incredible prizes.

GOOD LUCK, Friends!

(I want to thank Debbie from The Hip Hostess for donating one of her classy aprons. The quality is superior. If you don’t have one, you’re really missing out. If you want to read more about Balcony Girls, go HERE. If you want to read more about my book, The Reluctant Entertainer, go HERE.)

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