Thursday, July 1, 2010

Why Wait to Celebrate and a Fantastic Giveaway!

I have to admit, I am a planner. I like to know exactly what is going to happen and when. Watching my more spontaneous friends I have come to realize, however, that many times I have missed out on what is really important – sharing my home, my time and making memories with the ones who mean the most to me.

Inviting friends and family into my home should not be intimidating. It does not require fancy dishes or a five course meal. I have always believed simple is best but some how my desire to have friends over seems to get bogged down with the need for details.

To that end, I was so excited when Debbie from The Hip Hostess contacted me. After reading her company’s philosophy and seeing the amazing selection of stylish aprons and other fun pretties, I realized it is time to move out of my comfort zone. I don’t have to have every detail planned or even have a special occasion to celebrate.

So for all you spontaneous gatherers and to help get us “planners” moving, The Hip Hostess is giving one Red Door Home reader their choice of any Demi Style or CafĂ© Style apron. So exciting!
These pretty aprons combine simple, contemporary style with fabulous fabrics to create a “couture in the kitchen” look that today’s modern woman will want and actually wear.
Whether you make it, bake it or fake it, these fabulous aprons will positively change your domestic attitude.

BONUS
The Hip Hostess of offering 20% off all purchases for Red Door Home readers through July 31, 2010. Simply enter the promo code “REDDOOR” to claim your discount.

To enter:
1. You must be a follower.
2. Visit The Hip Hostess and leave a comment telling me if you are a planner or a spontaneous gatherer and which apron you would select.
3. For a second entry, post about this giveaway on twitter, your blog, or facebook page and leave a comment with a link.

Open to US and Canadian residents only. Entries must be received by July 8, 2010. Winner will be selected by Random.org and will be announced on July 10, 2010.

85 comments:

Pam said...

What a wonderful giveaway!! Since my kitchen has a lot of vintage 50's, I love the Cherry Me in the sheath style!! So cute!

Heather said...

I'm now a follower and I love the Tea Garden cafe apron...it's so cute and would make any outfit you wear when hostessing:-)
hmiller521@hotmail.com

Katrina said...

I am a super planner...I only need a few days to plan but I like those days.

Espresso Swirl

terra @ willowsgrace.blogspot.com said...

i JUST LOVE THE MELON SPLASH! hOW fUN!!!!

Anita@GoingALittleCoastal said...

I am a planner! I like the chocolate mint!

terra @ willowsgrace.blogspot.com said...

I am now a follower! I have been reading your old posts! I want to start running now so that I can find curbside finds. Found an old door a while back, but i was driving by. You can find so much more on foot though. You have inspired me to start running! ha ha

terra @ willowsgrace.blogspot.com said...

I created a link to my blog site. It is www.willowsgrace.blogspot.com Thanks for the chance at a giveaway!

Abby McG said...

I like to think that I'm spontaneous, but I am definitely a planner :) Black a la mode please! Fab giveaway - thanks!

Elizabeth said...

I am definitely a planner! And I love the Avacado a la mode.

April Oliver said...

I am difinitely a planner or a I like to think I am. I Love the Black Pearl Swirl Cafe Apron.

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April Oliver said...

I've also blogged about it.

azwahr85@yahoo.com

Roseanna said...

I am spontaneous, but I enjoy planning more elaborate celebrations. I found out long ago, that most people are thrilled to be invited to share a meal and you could serve boiled hot dogs and it would not matter.
It's the fun and sharing that matters...oh yeah, and they did not have to cook it!

Rene said...

I love The Hip Hostess and all that they stand for. Great giveaway!

-Rene

KitKat said...

Wow - they're all so cute!! I lo-huv the cherries in the sheath style!!! And I'm a little of both, planner and spontaneous. :) Keeps things interesting!

~Kat

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm a follower and I love the Black a la Mode Demi apron. I'm headed back over there to see what else she carries!

suburban prep said...

I am a planner.
I am a follower .
I love the Black a la Mode apron.
msgb245 at gmail dot com

Andrea said...

Beautiful aprons! I would love the sheath style pink mocha. I am most definately a planner. I am quite particular about my home, so I like it looking perfect for my guests. I, like you, need to perhaps be a bit more spontaneous and not fear the drop in friend! On a separate note, my 3 year old daughter saw your blog header and asked if we could 'live in that castle because it's so pretty' =)

meeyeehere said...

I love the pink sorbet apron!! I am so confused most of the time and running around all confused so I can say I am not a planner.
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BigBearswife said...

how awesome is this!!! I am following you now and I am surley a planner!! I have to have everything perfect for parties and get togethers!! I LOVE the Black a la Mode one!! so cute!!!

Jeannine said...

I am a follower and I love the Cherry Me Demi apron.

Angela said...

I'm both. We plan Thanksgiving dinner for 35 all year. But we also love to host spontaneous get togethers for any or no occasion. I've 10 year old twin girls who are "hostesses in training" and have got them some of the cutest aprons from etsy shops. It's also a wonderful gift when they go to their little girlfriends' birthday parties. We do a basket with a fun girlie apron, cake mixes, frosting, and all kinds of sprinkles and cupcake liners. It always ends up being the favorite gift. For myself, I like the demi style pink sorbet or melon splash. Thanks for the chance to win.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

I am a planner but I can let go and be a spontaneous gatherer if it is for my large extended family. I need to learn to be a spontaneious gatherer for friends, coworkers and neighbours, though. There are so many gorgeous styles and patterns but one of my favorites is Chocolate Mint Sheath Style. I'm a follower and thanks for the opportunity.

Amber Kanallakan said...

I am such a planner but I'm learning to be spontaneous and just go with it...I love the Demi style Mixer Apron. Sooo fun!

Renae said...

Love the demi in black a la mode! Very sweet!

Tarnished Rose said...

I'm a planner. Since I suffer from mild agoraphobia, I have no choice but to be that way. I love the Avocado a la Mode demi-apron. Too cute!

Smiles~
Marilyn

Tarnished Rose said...

I'm a follower!


Smiles~
Marilyn

Allison said...

I think I am a little bit of both. I like to plan gathering but I am also good with a spontaneous gathering as well.

And I think the Avocado a la Mode demi style apron is adorable!

Thanks for hosting!

Ashley Randall said...

I am through and through a planner married to a spontaneous man...life gets crazy. I am a huge fan of aprons and I love the sheath style pink mocha. I am new to your blog and am excited to check it out! Have a great day.

martha said...

I am always so disappointed when you post giveaways. I come here for your personal photos and ideas. Of course I, myself, do not have a blog, so maybe I am just ignorant about the commercial
and practical aspects.

Leah said...

i'm a follower (google reader!) and definitely a planner. i'd probably go with the sheath sytle apron..black a la mode or pink sorbet!

Jami said...

Love your blog!!
I would say I am a study in contradictions...I love to have people over spur of the moment, but I still plan whatever I can in the time I have...Also I may plan everything out to a tee, but will just do something else...
I like a plan, but don't always follow it. yeah, that's it.
OH! I love the Black a la Mode apron!
Smiles from Texas!!

Colour Yourself Design said...

I love the Melon Splash! So cute!!!

I became a follower :)

Jessica

busse(dot)jessica(at)gmail(dot)com

Ariel said...

I like the Demi style Chocolate Mint :)

I am a follower.

Thank you!

pinkdaddysgirl[at]msn[dot]com

Staci at Craftify It ! said...

I like the paper doile one! And I'm DEFINITELY a planner! Love the aprons, crossing my fingers!

Craftifyit@gmail.com

Michelle said...

I looove to plan but often find myself spontaneously entertaining. And I love aprons -- the Melon is just perfect!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I am a planner who tries really hard to be spontaneous! My favorite apron is the chocolate mint. I am also a follower.
xo, Sherry

Red Couch Recipes said...

I am a follower and I like the black LaMode or Chocolate Mint.

Not Just A Mommy! said...

I too am a planner who is trying to be spontaneous, although my planning OCD makes that hard. And I would love a demi in melon, can you believe I don't own one?

Red Couch Recipes said...

I am a planner, due to kid's activities. I put a button about this giveaway with a link on my blog: http://redcouchrecipes.blogspot.com. Joni

Not Just A Mommy! said...

I just tweeted!
http://twitter.com/NotJustAMommy/status/17548787414

Not Just A Mommy! said...

Just tweeted your giveaway
http://twitter.com/NotJustAMommy/status/17548787414

Not Just A Mommy! said...

Just tweeted your giveaway
http://twitter.com/NotJustAMommy/status/17548787414

Randi said...

I am a planner who is trying to repent and become more of a spontaneous person. I love the pink sorbet or the chocolate mint sheathe aprons! They are almost cute enough to wear as dresses!

I'm a new follower too!

foreignquang at gmail dot com

Saltbox Treasures said...

Hi. Just found your blog from DIY blog. Looking forward to following your projects. I am new to blogging and enjoying this wonderful, creative world. I also love decorating! Thanks for sponsoring this Hip Hostess giveaway. I am definitely a planner, and would love the demi chocolate mint apron. They are all so pretty! Any apron would be wonderful! I will also add the giveaway link to my blog.
Thanks for sharing your talents with others!
~ Julie

judy van houte said...

I'm a planner and I love the melon splash sheath apron!

A Write Life said...

I'm a follower. I'm also a planner. I get freaked out without a plan.

Tracy said...

I am a planner. I love the full avocado a la mode. Gorgeous. Popping by from the LBS. Have a great weekend.

Charity said...

Following ~ and I LOVE the Cherry me demi apron!

Julia said...

Oh, I am most definitely a planner. I just want everything to be so welcoming and memorable...but I am trying to break out of my comfort zone. Being spontaneous can be just as wonderful! I LOVE the Demi Apron in Avacado:). Thanks for a great giveaway!

Julia

other-option said...

I'm already a follower. I am a planner - I put a lot of thought and effort into the details. From the food, decor and atmosphere. I like the Cherry Me! demi apron.
- Danielle
other-option AT hotmail DOT com

Alyssa said...

I'm definitely a planner through & through! I would pick the Espresso Swirl full apron. I love it!

Alyssa
http://lifeoflyssie.com
alyssalb@gmail.com

Jessica said...

OOH, these are cute aprons! I REALLY like the Demi style apron! I'd be such a cute little cookin' housewifey in that! ;) ... I'm more of a spontaneous person than a planner...

Jessica said...

Such cute aprons!! I like the Demi Style one. I'd be much more a cute stylish cookin' housewifey wearing that!! ;) .. I'm more of spontaneous person! YEP!

Jessica said...

I posted about this giveaway on my facebook and my blog. http://homemakin-decoratin.blogspot.com/2010/07/giveaway.html I don't know how to link what I posted on my facebook profile though!

jennifer said...

I'm a huge planner - I'm a follower and I really like the Avacado a la mode.

thelearninggardenoc said...

I am totally a planner! I would love to have the Black A La Mode, Pink Licorice, or the most awesome Merri Mixers!

Amber

asimplediscovery said...

I retweeted!!!

@amberstarr

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I'm definitelly a planner when it comes to entertaining. I love the aprons and had a hard time deciding, but I finally settled on Black a la mode. Thanks for the giveaway.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I am already a follower. I put the giveaway on the sidebar of my blog.

Teri said...

I am a "planner" and would love the Black a la Mode apron--so cute!

I'm a new follower on bloglovin'.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Amy said...

I'm a follower and love the black pearl swirl apron. Super cute!!!

mary beth said...

I am working on being more spontaneous, but it's hard when you are a planner! Maybe that melon splash sheath apron would help! I just became a follower so maybe that will help too! Thanks for such a cool giveaway.

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

So cute! I like to plan, but I stress myself out most of the time if I do. Spontaneous gatherings are much better, helps me keep my house clean, lol! I'd love the Merry Mixers apron in the demi style and and I love that I can get a matching one for my daughter.

-Ann Marie

jeana said...

I'm a planner, definately. These are great, I really like the avacado a la mode!

Collaborations said...

I am a planner but desperately want it to feel spontaneous! I love the black pearl cafe apron.

Green Willow Pond said...

I'm definitely a planner and struggle with spontaneity. I need to work on that too. I'd pick the demi-style apron (really love the sheaths though - I'm so messy, I need full coverage LOL!) As for color, I'm waffling between the pink mocha and the chocolate mint...probably the pink.

Sweet Nest said...

I'm a little bit of both- spontaneous and a planner! I love the expresso swirl apron. So cute! I need a cute little apron. ;) I'm posting this on my facebook! I hope to win!

Hillcrest Acres said...

I'm a follower!!

I'm a planner. I like to add special touches for a get together.
I love, love, love the Avocado a la Mode apron. So adorable!!!

Lesa said...

I am pretty spontanious... although I am always planning home cooked meals and make extra just in case a friend stops by. It almost always get eaten somehow. I love the avocado a la mode demi apron (so cute!)
thanks for posting this blog~

Allison said...

I am a planner and end up getting stressed out because I want every detail perfect. I miss out on the fun! I want to learn to be more spontaneous! Life is short! I love the Pink Mocha Sheat style. What fun aprons! Seeing them makes me want to go in my kitchen right now and bake a batch of cookies!

Giggles said...

Cherry me or classic mint. When it comes to parties, I am a super planner. Everything must be perfect but never is!

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Bexay said...

I am very spontaneous, it annoys the husband a lot I don't know how to cook for 2 so it does pay off a lot of the time!
I would totally go for the Merri Mixers Demi apron its adorable, retro, red and whimsical.
I am a new follower, and I've looked back through a few pages and I am loving your blog! Thanks!

★All Thingz Related★ said...

I'm a planner and I hate for my plans to be messed up because it ruins my WHOLE day!
I love the Chocolate Mint!
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More Than "Just Mom" said...

I am soooo spontaneous- hence why I never, ever use patterns when I sew. I like the idea of having a general idea in mind, but the freedom to create something totally unique as I go. I love the Espresso Swirl and Melon Splash Sheath style aprons. All of them are gorgeous, but I'd probably end up buying both because they are soooo cute!

Michele P. said...

blog follower via GFC-I am definitely a spontaneous person, and love having an informal get together with friends and or family. Formal get togethers often take a bit more planning on my end however, so I tend to plan those out ahead. I like the demi style apron in Chocolate mint!

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Christina said...

I am a new follower and in desperate need of an apron...lol. I am definately a planner when it comes to gatherings. My favorite apron is the Black al la Mode...very classy!

Debbie L. said...

I am a follower and super planner. The aprons are so cute and its hard to decide but I will choose the expresso swirl sheath style.

Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the giveaway.

Jessica said...

I'd like to think I'm spontaneous, but I'm a super fast planner! :) I love your blog & I'd choose the Melon Splash.

Jessica

Holly said...

How darn cute are those aprons. I love the pink sorbet and the avocado a la mode! My two fave colors!

I am both a planner and a spontaneous hostess...I have only recently learned to be spontaneous...fits better into my life now!

Melissa at HOUSEography.net said...

A little of both - planner and spontaneous. Both have their charms :)

Melissa at HOUSEography.net said...

Love these! Both a planner and spontaneous. Hard not to be both with kids in the house.

meberts4 said...

I guess I am a little bit of both! What I am though is a very messy cook so a cute little apron would be very helpful!

Becky@Tea Party said...

I'm definately a planner...even when I try not to be :) Any of the black and white works for me!

Teresa said...

I am a new follower. I am also a little of both! I adore all of her aprons! They are precious! Pink a la mode is probably my favorite! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

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