September 13, 2011

Entertaining "Rules" + Candle Giveaway

I love to entertain in our home and have a few set of "rules" I have for myself in getting our home ready for company.  These are not rules I think that everyone needs to follow but guidelines for myself to feel like my home is pulled together and appears the way I want it to when we are having guests over.  These are besides obvious things like making sure clutter is picked up and toilet rings are unseen!  These are personal touches that I find joy and importance in their details.


1. A home that smells good: I have a sensitive nose and will purposefully seek out a stinky or lovely smell when it's aroma is present.  Because of my overly aware nose, I do my best to make sure my home is ALWAYS smelling good.  My favorite way to ensure this is with air fresheners and candles.  I read once that "every good hostess knows to light a candle in the bathroom" when guests are over.  Note taken.  An air freshener can is not a terrible thing either! wink

2. Flowers: It doesn't have to be a lot but a small arrangement in the bathroom and at our entryway says I took the time and thoughtfulness to bring a little life and beauty into my home.  This is a must for showers and anything girly.  It also pertains to #1 in keeping things smell good.


3. Snacks: I am not always great at this but I try to have some chips and salsa or fruit out just in case the main meal is not ready when guests arrive.  We personally eat at an hour of many retired people, so I have been there, saving my calories for delicious party food, only to have to wait an hour to eat.  I already do not love small talk with people I barely know...let alone on an empty stomach!  I try to save my guests from such torture! 

4. Music playing: I love a little background music.  Not too soft or too loud but it adds a party mood.  My husband has installed speakers throughout our whole house so that music can be heard throughout {even in the bathroom!} so we don't have to bump it too loud to be heard.  I have an "easy listening" playlist in iTunes that is a mix of mellow and slightly upbeat music that is used for most of our parties.  Pandora is also a great free option if you do not have a lot of music.

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To go along with my "entertaining rules," I was excited to recently try out an Aquiesse Soy Candle.  Without going to much effort, our home got into party mode with the light of my new candle!  The Aquiesse candle not only smells ah-mazing but it also comes in a pretty little glass container.  My husband mentioned how blinging it was and said it was very Juicy Coutore-ish {I have him fashion trained well, as you can see!}.  

Thanks to the people of Aquiesse, I have one Small Soy Candle in Shoreline from Aquiesse's Portfolio collection {same as the one I have pictured} to give away to one reader!

In order to enter, please comment telling me one of your "entertaining rules." 

For additional entries:
-Follow my blog
-Follow me on Twitter
-Follow me on Facebook
-Follow Aquiesse on Twitter
-Like Aquiesse on Facebook

*Please leave a comment for each entry.  Good luck!

Aquiesse candles can be found at several retailers including Bloomingdales, Candles Off Main, Scents and Sprays, Candle Delirium, and Zanadia.  Aquiesse candle was received for free in exchange for this giveaway.  







63 comments:

  1. I like your flower ideas. I always forget about flowers but they are such a pretty touch. My entertaining rule is a quick refresh of febreeze as ghetto as that sounds...haha. We have a dog and hate when I go to other peoples house and smell their dog. Yuck so I never want my house to smell like that.

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  2. I of course follow you on Twitter too :)

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  3. When entertaining I love to light candles, but one thing I always do is ask guests if there is something they don't like to eat or cannot eat. I like to be sensitive to their eating needs. If there are several people coming over I just make a variety of finger foods, etc..since we have friends who are dairy free, vegan, etc..

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  4. I couldn't find Aquisse on FB to "like"

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  5. This is great...In my quest to become more domestic, I'm learning about being a good hostess! My rule would be convenience...before a gathering, I stock the bathrooms with soap, paper towels and toilet paper so people don't have to ask for more! I follow your blog & Twitter feed. - Ashley

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  6. A woman after my own heart, I think you copied my rule book. ;) I was saying "Yes, yes, yes!" to every point.

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  7. I think flowers are a great touch and need to remember that when we have a party next!

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  8. I am already a follower on FB!

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  9. I am following Aquiesse on twitter!

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  10. I, too, have at the ready chips and salsa and more recently have stashed away some special beverages...for only when we have guests...it makes it special for all. Thanks for the giveaway! ~Connie

    cmh esh at yahoo dot com

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  11. One of my "rules" is to have photo albums out. They add a personal touch. People love to look at them and they're a great conversation starter.

    I also love good smells and always have a candle going when we have company.

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  12. I follow your blog. (and love reading along!)

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  13. My big hosting rule is just likes yours - having snacks. It's a big must. I always splurge on unique treats that I think guests would like that include sweet and savory (since I like both). :)

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  14. I love baking, so when I have company (and it's planned) I like to bake something to enjoy with coffee while we're talking.

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  16. Im following you on Facebook....

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  17. I like to prune the flowers in the pots on my front steps!

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  18. It all makes good sense to me. I think most friends would enjoy the extra time and effort that you put in when they come over! :)

    -c

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  19. Following on Facebook and Twitter ~ I am so obsessed with candles and cannot get enough of ones that smell as good as they look!!

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  20. I like to have a little basket of toiletries out in the bathroom. Floss, feminine products, etc. Those little things you might need. I also like to have a few magazines out for entertainment.

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  21. and I follow all the same rules :) I am obsessed with my house smelling good- like overly obsessive about it haha.

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  22. I'm really big on fresh flowers. I always try to have fresh flowers on the table when I have friends over for dinner!

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  23. I am following Aquiesse on twitter!

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  24. I just joined your FB page! (I'm Shana's Shop on FB)

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  25. I'm agreeing with all your points, specially the snacks -my main one is cheese or chips and salsa. Our family is loud and they love to dance no matter where they are so music is a must.

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  26. Ashley I have some of the same rules! My hubby thinks I'm crazy, he thinks no one cares, but us girls care ;)

    We are so much alike! I wish we lived closer!!

    xo

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  27. I love to serve dips and chips before dinner. I also love the veggies.. I have a ranch veggie dip that is sooooo simple and really good! It's 1 cup of cottage cheese, 1 cup of mayonnaise, and 1 package of 'dry' ranch dressing. Mix together and serve. My kids eat this on chips or veggies. I love your blogs! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. My entertaining rules is to prepare as much the night before as possible.

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  29. Yep, my list is almost exactly the same as yours. My pet peeve is the television. I make sure the TV is off, music is playing (softly, not blaring) and I try to keep everyone talking by asking questions about their work, hobbies, family, etc.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    lysa (at) fatfreecandles (dot) com

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  30. Following your blog via Google Friend Connect (Fat Free Candles).

    lysa (at) fatfreecandles (dot) com

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  31. Following you on Twitter (@FatFreeCandles)

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  32. Following you on Facebook (Fat Free Candles).

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  33. Following Aquiesse on Twitter (@FatFreeCandles)

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  34. Following Aquiesse on Facebook (Fat Free Candles).

    Thanks!

    lysa (at) fatfreecandles (dot) com

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  35. Fan of Fat Free candles on fb! lanette_beck@yahoo.com

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  36. Fan of Fat Free candles on fb! lanette_beck@yahoo.com

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  37. Of course I follow your blog :)

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  38. I, too, try to remember to light a candle or turn on my candle warmer before guests come over.

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  39. I already follow you on twitter :)

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  40. I already follow your blog :)

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  41. I like to be flexible on guest lists, but that can be a challenge when planning food. So I keep tasty things in the freezer that can expand the menu or present the opportunity for a "late night snack." Think a chocolate mousse, ice cream (with toppings in the pantry), cream puffs (which thaw in minutes) and that sort of thing.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the candle -- it sounds wonderful!

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  42. I am following Aquiesse on Twitter.

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  43. When entertaining, I like to make sure I am serving food that is both fun and delicious for everyone involved!! Options!!! That is one rule to keep in mind!!! Fun and delicious options so that everyone will be happy!!! Also, candles or tart burners always have to be going for comfort and setting!!! If the food aromas are strong and inviting, then scentless or low aromaed candles are a must so not to mix the scents and create one that is not so lovely!! :)

    sweet_bumpkin1306@yahoo.com

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