Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Heavenly Hostess (Giveaway) CLOSED




What does it mean to be a good hostess? I will never forget going to a class with many women around my age many years ago- all young mothers; and we were taught by an experienced mother of 10 about being a good hostess. This wonderful woman spoke of making sure your front walkway was clean, your door was wiped down, your front entry way was clear- esthetics. I'd like to add a few things to that.

None of us is perfect- but we all love to put our best foot forward and I don't think there is anything wrong with that as long as we allow others to know that it's our best foot. I wrote a post about being a good hostess about a year ago that you can read here. I also have a series of posts about house guests and how we can be good longer term hostesses.

When guests come, consider the following:

  • How does my home smell? I have warmers throughout my home that I turn on every day to enhance the smell of my home. I enjoy a congruent smell throughout that reminds me of Fall or Christmas, or even Springtime.
  • Is my home comfortable? This is not about square footage or the "clean house award". What I want you to ask yourselves is- Is there a place for your guest to be seated so that you can talk with them? Do you have them remove their shoes and walk on a sticky floor?
  • Have I been considerate of my guest? Ask your guest immediately if they would like a drink of ice water. If they have been there a while, ask them if they would like a snack, perhaps you could slice up an apple with peanut butter, crackers and cheese, celery and dip- it's not a bad idea to keep things on hand to offer.
  • Am I presentable? I love my sweats. Anyone who knows me can tell you that. However, when I am entertaining, I love to dress up. I think this shows respect for my guests. It shows them that they are important enough to me that I took the time to get ready and put on my best clothes for them. When I host a dinner party, you will find me in my Heavenly Hostess apron (friends can attest) because it's my best. I want others to know that they are special enough to me that I will put on my best things for them- get out my best china, crystal, silver or gold, linens, 40's jazz , and a fantastically cooked meal (hopefully).
Cynthia from Heavenly Hostess has graciously offered to do a giveaway with The Pink Teapot. I blogged about my Heavenly Hostess apron over a year ago and talked about the importance of wearing it! We should all feel honored because this apron is nothing short of amazing. I would wear this to show my guests how important they are to me, just as I currently wear my other apron from her. This is, in my opinion, the finest apron available, and I'm so excited to give it to one of my Pink Teapotians!

**You must leave a separate comment for each thing that you do below (ie one comment after you've blogged and tell me you've blogged, one comment after you've tweeted, one comment after you've added the button, one comment after you've become a fan, etc)- I have tried to email those who have not done it correctly but it becomes cumbersome and I'm not sure I'll be able to do that again, so please try do do this correctly (luff you)
  • Leave a comment on this post for one entry**
  • Blog about this for an extra entry (and link back to your post in your comment please).**
  • Put the The Pink Teapot button on your blog for an additional entry.**
  • Follow @thepinkteapot on Twitter and tweet about this for another entry.**
  • Become a fan of The Pink Teapot on Facebook for an additional entry.**

This contest will close at 11:59pm on Friday, September 18th. The winner will be announced the following day and chosen by random.org


75 comments:

pendy said...

I agree that being welcoming is key when hostessing...and how cute would I be in the process if I had that apron?

pendy said...

Oh, and I'm a FB fan, too.

Julie said...

Wow!!!! Love those aprons! They are gorgeous! I think I'd be afraid to wear it though! : ) I for sure wouldn't actually cook in it. I would just put it on when my guests arrived and PRETEND I had been cooking in it. Hehehehehe!

Julie said...

I have your button on my blog!!!!!

Julie said...

I'm a facebook fan!

amybyrd said...

This is so pretty!!

amybyrd said...

I am a FB fan!

amybyrd said...

and I tweeted! I am junctionbyrd on twitter

The Apprentice Wife said...

What a beautiful apron!

The Apprentice Wife said...

I am a fan on facebook!

The Apprentice Wife said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
The Apprentice Wife said...

I follow and tweeted about this on twitter!

Julie said...

I blogged about the giveaway on my personal blog! Count me in for another entry!

Julie said...

I blogged about it on my We Know The Good Stuff blog too!

Mrs. Priss said...

YAY! Another great giveaway!! I think I'll pretty much die if I don't have that apron, haha. :)

Mrs. Priss said...

I'm a fan on Facebook. :)

Dawn said...

DARLING Apron!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Dawn said...

I put The Pink Teapot button on my blog Ciao Bella....www.ciaobella1.blogspot.com!

Dawn said...

I am a fan on FB!!!!

Mrs. Priss said...

I tweeted too!

http://twitter.com/ohmorgosh/statuses/3889066455

Ashley said...

I love this apron so much! Getting ready to tweet right now. :)

Dawn said...

I blogged about your giveaway too on www.ciaobella1.blogspot.com!

The Ratpack said...

That is gorgeous!! I want it! I am tweeting it also!

EvaMarieva said...

This is so cute. I love it!
-Eva

Lauryn said...

That is the prettiest thing I've ever seen!

Lauryn said...

Tweeted!

http://twitter.com/LauReality/status/3889446848

Lauryn said...

Followed on Facebook!

sarah marie p said...

Wow, that is the most adorable apron ever! Love it!

sarah marie p said...

http://twitter.com/sarahmariep/status/3890323242 Tweeted!

.jimaie.marie. said...

omg, this apron is seriously the prettiest thing I have layed eyes on in a lonnnnggg time!
The prettiest apron I've ever seen FOE SURE!

.jimaie.marie. said...

I'm a FB fan!!

.jimaie.marie. said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/jimaiemarie/status/3890658335

.jimaie.marie. said...

I added the button to my blog!

http://jimaiemarie.blogspot.com

Crystal said...

sooo beautiful!!! would love this!

crystalgrant84(at)hotmail(dot)com

mel said...

I'd love to have a fancy apron to wear when greeting guests!

Erin said...

That is such a fancy apron but I LOVE it! I think it would definitely make me want to have company more often.

Erin said...

I'm a facebook fan!

Maria said...

I love that apron!! It's gorgeous!!

Amy said...

I love your blog! It's so fun and refreshing to read!! I love this apron....so beautiful! I would love to add it to my collection!!

Amy said...

I've added your button to my blog!

Amy said...

I'm your newest fan on FB!!

missy said...

I love this apron! Simply gorgeous:) ...and I'm a fan on Facebook~

Amy said...

I posted on my blog about your giveaway!! Crossing my fingers!!

(Not sure how to link to my blog while commenting but it's not private!)

Julie said...

Hey! The girl above named Amy is my cousin!!!! She just commented on my blog that she LOVES your blog. FUN!

My Lucky Day said...

This apron is wonderful! I'm so glad I stumbled across this blog.
mormonbeauty@gmail.com

My Lucky Day said...

http://lizzylyde.blogspot.com/
I blogged about this post. However, I'm not sure you can see it since it is private.

My Lucky Day said...

The Pink Teapot button is on my blog.

My Lucky Day said...

I am a fan on Facebook of The Pink Teapot.

Woman Interrupted said...

I love your tips! I want my guests to feel excited about being invited to my home and feel welcome when they arrive.

Woman Interrupted said...

PS, you are listed on my blog and I'd love to win that gorgeous apron!

Cori said...

My friend Julie just introduced me to this site and I love it! I completely agree with making your home feel welcome. There is nothing worse than going to someones house and you have to look at dirty floors and sit on couches covered with animal hair, or something like that!!!!

Cori said...

I've also added this site on my facebook page!

Lindsay said...

I love the apron, please pick me!

Lindsay said...

I have the button on my blog!

Elise said...

Oh WOW, this is a great post & you have the most gorgeously beautiful site here. I had to stop by to leave this comment for you – and to say hello of course ! Your posts are creative and original and you have interesting pictures. It's all perfect ! Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes... Happy weekend....

dicity said...

Please pick me.

dicity

tal said...

i have always loved your blog and now with all these apron give always i am drooling over it too! one of my hostessing tricks is to shape little animals/ shapes out of fondant to hold place setting cards...they make the table look cute and the guests can take them home after. that and making sure i have loads of booze on hand... thanks again for all the hard work you put into this site!

tal said...

...and i just became a fan on facebook (i was also almost tempted to be a fan of "The invisible pink dragon that lives on the little teapot orbiting pluto" which came up right under pink teapot in the search, but decided that must be more of a secret club...)

Penelope said...

What a gorgeous apron. Your blog site is amazing and I can't believe you have time to do this and raise four children + be involved with several other companies. I will be excited to see which one of your adorable readers wins the apron.

Mary said...

I love your website and this apron is ADORABLE! I want one!!

Mary said...

Your button is on my blog too, http://apairofjacks.blogspot.com

Pamela said...

Hello Pink Teapot! This is my first visit. Lovely apron . . . and blog. . . thanks for entering me!

Ashley and Brett said...

Yeah! This apron looks like fun. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Ashley and Brett said...

I have your pink teapot button on my blog!

Ashley and Brett said...

I am a facebook fan of the pink teapot!

Ashley and Brett said...

I blogged about it too! Another entry for me!
http://abhappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/2009/09/one-more-try.html

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

I have learned there is such a difference in entertaining and being hospitable. I prefer offering hospitality. You have offered some wonderful advice.

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

I came back to tell you I am now a FB fan!

Anonymous said...

It is too beautiful to cook in, but who wouldn't love this apron. It is gorgeous. Thanks for helping me cook also-
Love-ShelliCheri (Michelle)

BrOwN CiRcUs said...

What a lovely idea!!! Thanks!

Emilie and Branden said...

Entry ONE.

(Will post on the blog tomorrow)

It Just Fitz said...

"When you invite guests to sit at your dinner table and break bread with you, your relationship is forever changed." I LOVE the fancy apron!!

Alissa said...

I'd love a beautiful apron to wear while I use all of my new wedding gifts in the kitchen to make my soon-to-be husband a lovely dinner. :) And it totally goes with our antique theme. T-1 month!

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

That is the most fabulous apron I have ever laid eyes on! Stunning.

Hookah Replacement Vase Diamond Cut Vase said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
 
arrow-up.gif