When I get invited to someone's house for dinner, I try to bring a hostess gift, although I never feel like I have to.
I like to take a baked item, or flowers from the yard, or maybe vegetables from my garden.
If neither are in season, I'll stock up on dish towels, bottles of soap, or even paper napkins, to be able to give as small gifts.
OR if I'm running short of time, I know that with my friends, a hug will do!
It's my 3rd year of writing and recording part of my life, here on Reluctant Entertainer, and my passion is as strong today as it was 3 years ago. My friend Barb encouraged me to start a blog, to write about hospitality, and look at what has happened!
My first post on RE:
... 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 host 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.”
I've been blessed by RE readers and their comments and heartfelt emails on a daily basis, saying RE has made a difference in their lives.
This giveaway is for YOU! To say thank you!
COMMENT TO WIN
Tell me your favorite hostess gift to give or receive?
Tweet about it (1 extra chance) or post on your blog (2 extra chances), but make sure and come back and tell me!
WHAT TO WIN
The winner will receive in the mail the above package - a gift from me to you to enjoy!
~ Wacky Jackie Cake Mix (Butte Creek Mill, made right in my town)
~ Pumpkin Bread Mix (oh, delicious, just like Wacky Jackie)
~ Meyer Dish Soap (basil scent - my favorite, thanks to my friend, Steph)
~ Fall napkins - perfect for entertaining
~ Plant holder (for your front door!)
WHEN TO WIN
The winner will be announced this Sunday!
Here's another THANK YOU and a BIG HUG, for being a part of my life, some of you having followed RE for almost 3 years!
And Happy Birthday today to my sweet baby girl. Abby is (sniff, sniff) ... 13 today! Daddy, Mommy, El and Garrett love you very much, baby girl!
Remember to tell me your favorite hostess gift - to give or receive!?