2/27/09

Drink Charm Labels GIVEAWAY!


A few weeks ago, these creative labels showed up in my mailbox just in time for this dinner party - and with a few extras to give away to you!

Drink Charm Labels, made by Clingythingy Labels!

Where did I set my glass down?

Which drink is mine?

I have red lipstick on – that glass is mine! Or is it?



Conversation piece
It’s fun to set these labels out as guests arrive, to let people pick the icon they want – that’s best fitting to their personality - and then to talk about why they picked that particular one.

It’s a nice little conversation piece.

The four-leaf clover was perfect for my Irish husband!

And the kitchen tools, don’t you think they are me?


You can also give each person a number for the evening! What a creative thought!

Perfect hostess gift
I don’t know about you, but I love taking a hostess gift when we are invited out. I don’t look for anything big – but something small and affordable. These labels make awesome hostess gifts! One package is a perfect small "thank you!"


Cool clingythingy labels
• Reusable Drink Labels
• Reduce excess waste and washing
• Apply to any clean, dry, smooth surface
• Great for everyday at home or at the office

Custom labels
What I love is that you can customize your party! Orders are taken on an individual basis! How cool is that?

How to win
Please leave me a comment and answer this question:

Do you feel nervous right before your guests arrive? And if so, what do you do to calm your nerves?

3 WINNERS!
Yes, 3 winners will be chosen and announced right here on Monday morning!

These Drink Charm Labels are created by my friend, Mollie, who is a sponsoring advertiser on 4RE! Thank you Mollie! And you can order directly off of her website right now!

113 comments:

Jenni said...

oh, how fun!! depending on the party, yes I do get nervous. again, depending on the party, I might sip a glass of wine -- or fiddle with the music....

JoLyn said...

Yes, I feel nervous! And I usually end up saving too much for the last minute. What ends up happening is that I look like a frazzled mess. So it helps me to go freshen up and make sure I look calm and happy. Just stepping away from the preparations for a minute helps a lot!

Jennifer said...

Nervous? Heck no! I love to throw a party. I've done simple meals to large bashes. I've done impromptu raid the fridge for noshes to uber planning a huge soiree. I am addicted to throwing parties; large and small. Good thing because we have a birthday every month of the year in my house starting with March, skip July, and end in September. By that time I am planning autumn, Thanksgiving and Christmas/ New Years parties. I keep supplies on hand, fill in the blanks and never sweat the small stuff. I have not had a complaint yet...
Cute idea with the stickers. And, you don't have to be drinking out of a stem to use them.

Kristen said...

These are the perfect addition to any party and get-together!

I always get nervous before hand - worried if I've forgotten something, didn't clean something, etc. I always try to just sit down for a few minutes... hopefully beside the hubby and relax for a moment. If I am more relaxed and comfortable when the guests arrive; they will be more relaxed!

Abigail Hutchinson said...

Oh man those are awesome! I love them! I totally get nervous before a party! Will there be enough food, omg will someone spill something on my wood floors..hehehe! But I do love a good party!
TGIF
~Abigail

Darcy @ lwm3b said...

Sandy - these are genius! Kudos to the brain behind this child.

I have a large - and I mean LARGE - family and this is so much better than sharpies on a plastic cup. I mean - it's hard to feel festive with a plastic cup your name scrawled on. ;)

Genius!

slip4 said...

Wow! What a great product! I am always a little nervous before the guests arrive. I try to take a deep breath, read a minute or two, and light the candles.

Amy said...

I don't get nervous if it's just a few friends coming over but for bigger gatherings yes!! I usually don't do anything to calm down because I save to much for the last minute. I calm down after they get there. Love the labels!!!

Kathryn said...

Getting nervous totally depends on how ready I am for the evening. Unfortunately,I'm usually behind schedule. :( I wish I could say I did something relaxing when I'm nervous...but usually I just continue to stress, until all guests are here...and things generally turn out alright. :)

Kathy said...

I guess I get a little case of the nerves - usually when I'm prepping and trying to get the whole house clean before a gathering - and keep it clean with little ones underfoot!

But once people arrive, I get excited and enjoy having company. I love to be around people! =)

OKGardners said...

Cute little labels!

Yes, I get nervous before the guests' arrival. So what do I do? Bite my fingernails, probably. LOL (I'm doing better now.)

Betty in Oklahoma

Bonnie said...

I love the labels! What a fun giveaway. Yes - I'm almost always nervous right before guests arrive. I've found that the best thing I can do before everyone shows up is to walk through my house, room by room and pray over each one. I pray for a lot of different things but I always start out by praying that first, God is invited and I hope He enjoys being with us and then second, that He is glorified in the event - whatever that may look like, it's entirely up to Him. I've found, since I started inviting Him to each party, they have gone smoothly and even cleaning up afterwards is easier. He is the perfect first guest!

Melanie Dorsey said...

I temper the nerves by preparing days ahead!
A 1/2 hour before I change clothes, freshen up, etc.
Great ideas ~ the labels!
No telling how many germs have been spread with confusing the drinks!

Aubrey said...

What a nifty idea!
I don't get particularly nervous...I don't have much time to process nerves when chasing the littles and finding ways for each of them to help prepare for our company!

philben5 said...

Why didn't I think of charm labels? What a wonderful idea! As far as being nervous it really depends who is coming for supper. We hold sunday dinners for friends and family after church and it is very laid back. If it's someone we are just getting to know... I get too nervous. There's always a prayer sent up but it deffinately something I need to work on! Love having company though!
Blessings

Composing Hallelujahs said...

those are pretty nifty little suckers!

i'm only nervous when i'm in the process of getting things prepared. once i see the last thing checked off my list, then all is fine :)

Cheryl said...

What a great idea. Who doesn't feel nervous before the guest arrive? There really is no way for me to calm down, I just have to let them come and then I get in the groove of things.

Barb said...

Wow, those are CUTE!
To calm my nerves, when I have them, I let my family finish up the cooking....

rosemarie said...

i sometimes get nervous but i like play music loud in the beginning of the party so people have to talk louder and it feels like a party. rosemarie

Momma Roar said...

How cute!! That's so much cuter than our method - sharpie pen on plastic cups!! teehee

zentmrs said...

Those are so cute!! I sometimes do get nervous before guests arrive (depending on the guests) and try to turn the nervousness into excitement. After all, I have invited these guests into my home for a reason, right?

Thanks for the super giveaway!

Tarrah said...

It all depends on who is coming for me. Like a couple weeks ago when a chef friend came over I was REALLY nervous :). If I'm nervous I just try to tell my husband, he has a way of trying to calm me down.

BTW Sandy, I made your Chicken kalamata for some guests a couple weeks ago and it was fantastic. I made it with Muenster cheese that time but tomorrow were having different guests over and I'm making it with the dubliner cheese. I'm very excited to have it again. I also made your Carrot Orange soup for my MOPS group this week and it was a big hit. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and recipes.

I would love to win these too!

Sandy Toes said...

OH..those are great! I do not get nervous if I am ready but if I am behind...I will start to be bossy!
Sandy toe

Our Patch of Flowers said...

What adorable little drink labels! No, I don't usually feel nervous-just ready for my guests to get here. I get so excited about having them arrive that I'm usually piddling around with last minute candle lighting etc and my heart is beating in excitement, not nervousness.

jannypie said...

i do feel nervous, but i don't have any tricks to calm down, i just go with it!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

What a great idea! Love the drink labels.
I rarely get nervous, unless it is really huge event. I try to have everything done 30 minutes before so I have a chance for a little calm before the storm.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I feel nervous but so excited to open our house and have a good time with friends. I try to calm down with a few shots and... no just kidding! I try to stay calm by looking at my list of when to put things in and pull out of the oven and that reassues me that I am on top of what I need to do for the food to be hot when served. Love your site. You have helped me to entertain 2X this year and have such a relaxed time instead of fretting that everything must be perfect.

Anonymous said...

I just left my comment but....I forgot to leave my name since I do not have a blog!
Kathleen in Ohio
tennislady38@aol.com

Jen said...

I'am always nervous..I wont even let anyone walk across the family room carpet after I vacuum for feet prints....lol....too calm myself down..Scott always fixes me a drink...and it always calms me...wine or rum and coke.

ursula said...

yes, I DO feel nervous, and is this bad? I usually have a glass of wine to calm my nerves.....
ursula at uswood1@optonline.net

Betsy said...

I do get a little nervous before guests arrive! The best cure is to plan well and start early...the worst thing is to feel rushed or behind. I enlist family members to help...the more hands the better! :)

linda said...

I always feel nervous right before my guests arrive but I think everyone does. I would love to know some tricks that your readers come up with though on how now to be!

The drink stickers are aborable!

katyhollis said...

Nervous before a party...not usually. I love hosting and spread out preparations over the days before the party so I'm not scrambling at the last minute. I'm usually spending the time right before guests arrive shooing my family away from the food :-)

nee said...

Cool idea! The icons themselves are great conversation inspiration.
I'm usually a little nervous until the first person walks in the door...then my focus gets back where it should be - on the guests. The antidote for the self-concern that brings on my apprehension is focusing on the Lord and asking His heart on the event, His blessing on all.

Donnetta said...

Normally I do not feel nervous before guests arrive. I guess that's just my laid back extrovert personality shining through.

I would also guess it might depend on who was coming... ?

These labels are a perfect idea! Either to use as the hostess or to give as a little gift to another hostess. How clever!

GrammaGrits said...

Yes, I am a need-to-have-it-all done-and-waiting kind of entertainer, so I try to get everything done and have a few minutes to veg or refresh make-up, etc.

Count me in for the giveaway. They're great!

ginny said...

I am always nervous when I am entertaining. I relax by making sure I have done all I can do ahead of time, quiet soft music, and perhaps a small glass of wine. Those are such cute charms. What a great idea!

read2kds said...

I am only nervous if I have not been as organized and have too many last minute projects! I will drink a glass a wine or just pray about our evening as I finish the last minute details.
I LOVE these drink labels!

Amy in NC

Jackie said...

Yes, I get nervous! But as guests arrive and we start mingling I get calmer as the day goes on!

These labels look so fun!!

Meghan said...

Do I feel nervous?
Yes.
What did I do to help me?
I eat!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I do get nervous(an excited kind of nervous) and after making sure that everything is ready to go, I keep a "light" book tucked away and skim thru it until my bell rings. Jennifer Grace

Jill said...

Only just a bit. ;) I DO LOVE to have people over though!

LuLu said...

Too cute and badly needed in my home!! I think my nerves hit hour before company... when I feel like i wont be ready, the kids start circling, the dog needs to go out! I feel panicked that it wont get they will show up and it's a zoo..
LuLu

Betts said...

Those labels are a great idea... better than those dangly drink things that only fit on wine glasses and clunk around.

I'm never nervous before my guests arrive. I'm just excited. I can't wait for the party to begin.

Missy said...

I get a little nervous. More excited though. I bake and try to clean up and make everything look cute to calm me down.

Denise K. said...

Hi there! Just stoping by to say, "Hello!" and to let you know I just discovered your blog and look forward to returning! I'd love to be entered in your drawing too! I have found the best remedy for nerves before guests arrive is preparation! The more prepared I am, and the more advance work I have done, it all makes the leading up time go so much smoother! :-)

Kirstin said...

I love this idea. Especially for everyday drinking glasses that don't have stems like teh fancy glasses do.

I don't usually get nervous before company.

Elaine said...

These labels are great!

I am not nervous or stressed as long as I have prepared really well beforehand. However, there have been times when my prep level was very low and yes, I was nervous before they came.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

So cute! Of course, I'd like some of those. I don't tend to get too nervous before company. We are having friends over tonight...see I'm entertaining more!

Cassandra Louise said...

Sometimes I find myself feeling nervous. You find yourself wanting everything in it's place. Or GASP! What if they don't like what is on the menu for the evening. What calms me. My husband saying everything looks perfect. While also keeping the mentality that it is not always about how things look. But the interaction and relationships that you are building. Overall, I love to host! I love having people come. Making them feel cozy, welcome, and sharing some giggles!

The BLAH BLAH BLAHger said...

I usually feel a teeny bit nervous because I'm still running around cleaning, prepping, etc. As soon as the first guest arrives, I pour them a glass of wine and one for myself, too, that and usually settles me right down!

Redelsperger Family said...

I go outside, and then enter my front door as if I am a guest. I look at my house as if I am a guest...look to see what catches my eye first, smell to see if the house smells nice, etc... This usually calms me, knowing my guests will have a good first impression.

Rhonda said...

Those labels are great!!

Yes! I do feel nervous before my guests arrive. I don't have anything special that I do actually. My husband usually steps in and takes over and tells me to just go and relax. :)

Liz said...

I try to have everything done so I can enjoy myself and not be nervous.

FindingONEderland said...

Those labels are really cool. I have little "charms" you put on a wine glasses to know which belongs to a person but these are good since you can put them on things that don't have a stem or handle.
To answer the question, I am not nervous before my guests show up.

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

oh my goodness....I always just pick up what ever drink is closest. No one told me that it mattered. :)
Such a fun giveaway.

Robin @ My Blessed Nest said...

How cute! Guests always forget where they sat their glass...what a help these labels will be!

If I don't know some of the guests well, I get nervouse just before. I usually busy myself with last minute tidying up or something.

Thank you!

rebecca said...

If I didn't feel nervous, I'd figure I'd had too much to drink beforehand. I'm a reluctant party giver, but have dreams of throwing fabulous get togethers. This is a great idea and they wouldn't make as much noise as glass charms.

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Unfortunately, I'm usually running around like a lunatic before my guests arrive. So if I'm nervous about anything, it's that they'll arrive while I'm still sweaty. :)

lunalissa said...

i do so much planning beforehand, i don't worry about the outcome.i usualy take my bath an hour before and just relax while i get ready! if it doesn;t turn out like i planned, i am th only one who knows!

Lisa said...

Yes! I am always a nervous wreck! I usually try and do last minute table preps and TRY and act like I have everything under control...and drink lots of diet coke! lol. My last get together with my college friends one of the guests husband said I was so organized and the party ran like a well oiled machine! I took that like a compliment! Those drink charms would be much nicer than everyone writing there names on disposable cups with a sharpie at my BBQ! lol! Such a cool idea~

Toni Rivera said...

I always get nervous before a party! I'm always scared no one will show up! Nothing calms me down completely, but I make sure I have someone to help me out!
www.lotsofgoodtimes.blogspot.com

Doug and Terrye said...

I feel extremely nervous before others arrive. I just try to focus on putting the finshing touches on the food, and make sure there are no cobwebs hanging from the ceiling :)

Terrye in FL

Anonymous said...

Yep I do usually feel nervous right before my guests arrive but I'm usually bustling around doing last minute things so it passes and the guests arrive and then I relax and enjoy myself.

cheers,
Blueberry
bristolbayfield@gmail.com

Mary said...

I think the secret for not being nervous is planning and then letting go. Stuff burns. Kids create messes. But my guests are there to spend time with me and not judge me based on the 'show' I put on. Remembering that kills the nerves!

Jenny said...

I do get nervous before my guests arrive. What do I do to remedy that? Eat, of course!

Org Junkie said...

Those are fabulous Sandy! And I agree they would make great hostess gifts. If Mollie is reading this I would love to know what shipping is to Canada.

I don't really get nervous before guests arrive, more excited than anything.

Laura

DiamondDaisy said...

Of course I do!!! But I feed off the energy to let my creative juices flow. I honestly don't get my nerves under control until people start to arrive and I can tell they are having a good time! I love these new charms!!! I have always admired the hanging charms, but I don't use stem wear!! These would solve all my problems (at least about the glasses)..

Cathy said...

I use the bathroom about a bazillion times, I watch out the window and bite the side of my mouth. One night I was having a Tupperware party and I tripped on a dog toy and my drink flew up in the air, hit the ceiling and splashed on my head. I didn't have time to even get up before the door bell rang. I answered with drink dripping off my head. Then I excused myself.

Mary said...

Yes, I do get nervous just before the guests arrive because I want everything to be perfect. But you know, it all works out in the end.

Your blog is terrific. Thanks for the inspiration!

Rindy R said...

I would say I am more excited than nervous! On the occasions that I'm hosting strangers I am doing those last minutes checks - like making sure the toilet seat is down and there is a fresh towel hanging up - but for the most part my friends know my kitchen counter will have school papers on it, my toilet seat will be up and I will be holding a dust bunny convention under the sofa!

Susie said...

I only get nervous if I don't know the friends. For example if I am starting a new bible study and have never met the girls, YES!!! It helps me to pray while waiting and focus on asking God to bless the time and the new relationships.

Cute labels! What a great and fun idea:)

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

These are so cute - and what a great idea they are! Love them!

gail@more than a song said...

It depends on who is coming and how big the gathering is but sometimes I'm nervous! I just try to focus on getting myself ready. Those labels are really cute! Much better than our sharpie pen on solo cups!

Nalini said...

Yes , a little bit. But I am organized to handle it. Maybe relaxing for few moments will calm me. Thanks

Lyndee said...

Oh how sweet little charms to keep us with our own glass. I might use those everyday to save on dishwashing!

tidymom said...

Oh these look GREAT!! I love that you can put them on any kind of glass. I've always liked the idea of wine charms, and wished I could somehow do something similar with a drinking glass (aside from a permanent marker and stryofoam cups LOL)

~TidyMom

Carol said...

Oh my, nervous jitters can hit me big-time before my party. Especially it I get everything done way before my guests arrive. I always save something fun to do the last 30 min. before my guests arrive. Saying a mini prayer for each guest, lighting candles, dancing to a fun song........
Usually I have a sweet friend who is with me helping.

Amanda said...

Sometimes I get nervous, but usually I'm vacuuming as the guests are walking up to the door. That calms my nerves!

Lynne in NC said...

Yes~I do get nervous right before guests are expected. I take a moment to get quiet and focus on why we are entertaining!
cute labels by the way.

LSU Melanie said...

Those are too cute!

cindy said...

I have to say, that I have learned so much from your blog that I look forward to entertaining ( I just think back to the candle wax that spilled on your baseboard and carpet) The one area I do need to work on is I think about it all day and until I can put it into action ...this is when I am uptight.

Catherine said...

How creative!!! I could really use those. Yes, I get very nervous before guests arrive. I'm usually rushing around right before the doorbell rings. I don't start to relax until I feel that my guest are enjoying themselves!

Bethany, Phillip & Nolan said...

love this! i just want everything to br ready and to go smoothly! i usually just scurry around the kitchen and dining room making sure everything is set up and ready!

Amber said...

I don't usually get nervous before guests arrive...unless I'm making a new dish that I haven't made before and am worried about it turning out well. (I know you advise against this, but sometimes I just can't help myself! Ha! ;))

I might be running around like a crazy woman or running late trying to get dinner on the table, but I'm rarely nervous. My biggest issue is getting the timing right so it isn't ready too early or too late!

abnsigoslady said...

What a FABULOUS find. Love the labels.

I do tend to get a bit jittery before a gathering. I love at those moments to grab a drink, diet pepsi of course, turn on the contemporary Christian radio, and sit for a sec. Something about the stillness and the inspiration in the music really calms the soul. Don't want to be a big OL' MARTHA the entire evening!

Thanks for the great blog. Laura

LisaDuvall said...

I totally get nervous but haven't figured out the trick to calming down yet. I usually just putter around and get last minute things ready. I'm not usually calm until the guests have arrived!!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

These are way too cute! I've never seen them before and of course I would love some!
Thanks so much!
-Kim

Yard Sale Princess said...

Yes, I feel very nervous before my guest arrive. I get a tight tummy. I sweat profusely and then feel like a mess if anyone arrives early before I can wipe the sweat from myself. I try to calm down by walking from room to room and viewing it as a guest would but that doesn't really calm me. If I finish everything early then I will try to sit down to watch tv and let my mind go elsewhere for a few minutes. But usually I find myself looking out the window a lot. This is something that I have done since childhood when we expected visitors.
I would love this little labels. They would be perfect for Bunco nights!

Christine said...

These are adorable! I like them better than the fancy-schmancy ones, 'cause I'm not a fancy girl!

Christine said...

Oops, forgot to answer- yes, I get nervous, unfortunately for my family. I'm usually a bit more snappy before people arrive. I say a quick prayer and send the kids off to play and I calm down once everyone arrives!

Robin said...

It totally depends on who the guests are........old friends, no new ones, yes! To calm myself I say a little prayer and take a deep breath. It works!!

Love the labels!!
Blessings,
Robin

Tami said...

What great fun! I just happened across your blog! I do not get nervous proir to a party I am giving.....more excited and so cannot wait for their arrival!!

Awesome blog!!!

Twylla Gibbens said...

I always get nervous. I try to think of things I can ask them but it's my husband who always makes me laugh and then I am not nervous anymore.

Marci said...

Adorable, groovy, fun blog! I'll visit again!

Dianne said...

I'm not usually nervous. These days we seem to be hosting middle schoolers and college students and they are easy to please. I love to have 20 minutes to chill before anyone knocks on the door.

Maureen said...

I love those labels. I always feel nervous, so I do a few things. One, I tell myself that the guests are coming 30 minutes before they are actually scheduled. I have learned to not save my prep time (shower, dress, make-up) until the end. I play my favorite CD before they arrive because it's the only time I actually hear the music, and I pour a glass of my favorite wine right before the guests arrive.

The Blissfully Happy Housewife said...

No, I usually don't feel nervous before my guests arrive as long as I've covered all of my bases. If everything is set then I'm just excited...

Jamie

Shauna said...

Awesome! I am new here! What a great blog :)

Toni said...

What a cool idea! I get very nervous having parties at my home. I usually try to take a few minutes to relax before guests arrive. My husband is also great about reminding me that our guests want to spend time with us - not critique the food, decorations, etc.

Heidi said...

nervous? no way! I love a good party and i love having people over - so i pour myself a glass of wine and get ready for a great night of conversation! :)

Our Complete Family said...

Yep, I do get a bit nervous before folks arrive. I always make my hubby answer the door and greet folks and I busy myself in the kitchen for a second and then appear or the gals come meet me in there. Yes, I just might be crazy, right?!?
Super cute labels. What a great idea as a hostess gift, too!
Happy week ahead~ Les

Lady Dorothy said...

How fun and cute these labels are!

I really don't get too nervous before guests arrive. I get more nervous at the time I find out someone I don't know is coming. I take care of that nervousness by detailed planning. Then I feel so much better. Like things are in control.

carolyn said...

Yes, I can be anxious if I'm running a little behind with my preparations. I like to put on some soft worship music. It always puts my mind in the right place.

mrsjones6 said...

Cute Labels!
Yes, I always feel nervous before guests arrive, it doesn't matter whether it be family or friends. I would almost rather entertain people that I do not know than those I do, just b/c the ones that I know expect more!
To calm my nerves I generally try to find something funny going on or listen to a little Harry Connick Jr or Michael Buble'. Music has always been a great calming factor for me.
Have a great Monday1
Jennifer

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Yup, After all these years I still get the gitters. What do I do? I get out my wonderful Peace & Calming Essential oil, take a big wiff and put a drop on my heart and I am good to go!
I have been marketing these oils for 12 years now and I would not be without them.

Jessica said...

Yeah, I feel nervous...even if it's just my parents coming over. I guess to calm my nerves I stay busy. Not like frantic cleaning or cooking. But finishing the table setting or getting the appetizer ready to go out. Something to keep my mind busy. If I sit and wait, I'll just think I've forgotten something. I guess I should pray...that's what my husband would offer for advice. ;)

Ms. Tee said...

Now that is just the cutest thing I've seen in a long time! How fun and creative - love it!

E said...

Oh how do I feel nervous! But I'm usually so busy finishing up everything that I don't have time to really worry about it...

Domestic Diva....NOT said...

It depends on who is coming over, whether I am nervous are not. But a glass of wine is always a great remedy for calming myself :). I love you blog, I just came across it a few weeks ago! Thank you for sharing :)

Jackie said...

What nifty labels! I guess I don't feel nervous unless I'm not ready! lol. Great post and thanks for all the great ideas. Blessings, Jackie

Debbie said...

how cute! Yes I do get nervous not as bad as I use to ....years of practice;) I find a quiet place take a few deep breaths and say the Lords prayer....it always calms me down and reminds me to focus on whats really important...fellowship

Melissa said...

I always get nervous. I don't know that it solves the situation, but I make sure the playlist is stacked with Pink Martini and make sure I take a Listerine strip when the doorbell rings for the first time!