Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Holiday Entertaining and $100 CSN Giveaway

Holidays are the time of year for making our home look festive for entertaining, hosting dinners and get-togethers for gift exchanges and celebrating.  Do you host holiday dinner parties for family and friends?  Where do you seat everyone?  Do you utilize drop leaf tables, card tables, the kitchen island, the livingroom? Do you serve buffet or sit-down style?  
We host dinner buffet style when we entertain because our family consists of 25+ guests. Our table normally seats 8 but we can squeeze in 10.  Sometimes teens will eat in the family room together (which I'm sure they prefer), a couple will take the kitchen bar stools or guests will take turns or carry a  plate to the living room.  It always seems to work out - thankfully!


What's your entertaining strategy?

How would you like a $100 CSN gift code to prepare for the holidays?  No?  Okay...I'll take it.  :)  Just kidding!  I'm going to give 1 lucky DIY Show Off reader the chance to win.  I love my blog buddies - you're always so supportive and encouraging.  I love reading your comments, seeing your links in my parties and showing off your DIY projects so this giveaway is my 'thank you' for being the best! ($100 gift code does not cover shipping costs but can be spent on ANY product from ANY of the 200+ CSN stores.)



How to enter:

One (1) separate entry for each of the following (leave an individual comment for each):

Entry #1 Just leave a comment.  If you want, tell me your favorite thing about the holidays.
Entry #2 Be a follower or subscribe.  Leave a comment telling me you do.
Entry #3 Share this giveaway with your friends and readers via blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Comment how you spread the word.
Entry #4 Make a new friend:  Visit the person who commented before you and if they have a blog, what was their latest post about? Tell them Roeshel says "hi"!
Bonus Entry (#5) - If you did Entry #4 AND you saw this giveaway shared, come back and comment THAT blog name.  Or if you were directed to the giveaway from someone announcing it, share who/where that was. You both will be added to the entries at the end of the giveaway for another chance to win. 

Remember to leave me your email address if I can't contact you via your blog.  Open to US residents only.  Giveaway starts now and ends Tuesday, November 22nd at midnight EST.  Winner will be announced shortly thereafter! 

Remember to leave a comment for each entry.  Comments are numbered and putting 5 entries in one comment will only count for one (1) entry. I will delete duplicate comments.  Because of spam comments, I approve each so it may take me a few minutes/etc. to approve your comment before it is seen.

Pop back over to see if anyone had something to say about visiting your blog during the giveaway - you might have more entries! :)

Good luck!

362 comments:

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Rhiannon said...

dang am i first, the first comment never wins. hahaha
i never liked the holidays, but it suddenly changed when we had our own home and my son was born!

Rhiannon said...

I am a follower!

Rhiannon said...

I blogged!

Nancy said...

I'm a follower and my favorite thing about the holidays is watching Elf over and over again.

Aelysium said...

Hot diggity, I love CSN! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. My favorite thing about the holidays is all of the awesome food, of course!

missa.moe@gmail.com

Aelysium said...

I am a subscriber.

missa.moe@gmail.com

Barbara said...

I'm a follower - and it's all about the food!

Sarah @ Comfort and Joy said...

Awesome. :) I totally love CSN and could put this to great use. I'd have to say that my favorite thing about the holidays is dessert. Particularly pie. ;)

Thanks Roeshel for doing this giveaway!

Stacy said...

I would love to win this! My hubby has been unemployed for 6 months and this would really help!

Leigh said...

I've fallen in love with your blog. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!!!

Sarah @ Comfort and Joy said...

P.S. I'm following :)

Leigh said...

I'm a follower:o)

Stacy said...

I posted this giveaway on FB!

Stacy said...

I am a follower :)

Nickie said...

I love my boys faces on Christmas morning!

Nickie said...

I am a follower!

Sarah @ Comfort and Joy said...

Also tweeted it! @candjblog

Nickie said...

I shared via facebook!

laxsupermom said...

I'm a follower - and my favorite thing about the holidays would be the giving. I know it's weird, but I just love when someone's about to open a gift that I just know they'll love. Of course that means that I only give gifts to people I really love and know, no obligatory ones. I visited Barbara's blog if I didn't have a sense of humor and she had written a tongue-in-cheek post about cigarettes and a poignant note about a greyhound with cancer.

Leigh said...

Stacy's last post was "Guest Blogger: C.R.A.F.T.".
Cute blog Stacy!!!

Laina said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is being with family and just being able to relax!

Laina said...

I'm a follower! Love Love your blog! keep up the amazing work!

Stacy said...

Laina's last post id aslo a CSN giveaway.

Red Door Home said...

I am a happy follower :)

Red Door Home said...

Thanks for the giveaway! One of my favorite things about the holidays is spending time with my kids playing in the snow.

Laina said...

What a great idea to check out new blogs! i looked at laxsupermom's blog and she wrote about Banana's Foster Cream Pie that looks Delicious!!

Leah said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is definitely family time!

Leah said...

I'm a follower!

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

I just gave away $55 to CSN on my blog and it was painful to let it go...I'd love one of my own please!!! :)

Jessica said...

my favorite thing about the holidays is just having all of the family together.. and watching my son & nephews (all under 5) opening gifts. it's the sweetest, cutest & most adorable thing. most of us live away from home so it's nice to be reunited!

jessicacotten@gmail.com

Leah said...

Correction: Laina's post is about her own CSN giveaway!

Jessica said...

i'm a blog follower!!

Jessica said...

Cassie's last post was about Fall updates!

☞ ⒶⓃⓃⒺ ☜ said...

I love CSN Stores...plus, what a great giveaway!!!

What I love about the Holidays...all the decorations...makes my heart go awwww!!!

☞ ⒶⓃⓃⒺ ☜ said...

I'm one of your followers!!!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I'm a follower.:)

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is getting all the family together. I love having all my kids in the same house~my husband calls it "getting all the eggs in one basket."

DANA said...

I am a follower of your blog! danajeanward@gmail.com

DANA said...

I love going home for the holidays danajeanward@gmail.com

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Jessica's last post was about her own CSN giveaway!

Chelsea said...

We usually don't entertain for dinner, as our tiny round table only seats 4, although we can squeeze in 6 if we have to. We like to throw cocktail parties, though, and football parties - the bar area and our large sectional in the basement is perfect for that kind of entertaining! :)

Thanks for the great giveaway!
~Chelsea

Katrina said...

I just love spending the holidays with family...and lots of yummy food!

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Chelsea said...

And of course I'm a follower. ;)

Alice H said...

I love your blog! I'm spending the holidays at home with family - it will be nice and relaxing which I need. Thanks for the chance - alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

kayduh said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is all of my siblings coming home and basically pretending we are still in high school. Sleeping late, making a mess in our bedrooms, leaving glasses all over the place and making our mom crazy. Silly but fun!

kayduh said...

i became a follower!

the cape on the corner said...

favorite thing about the holidays is time off from work! and the music that puts me in a good mood. and seeing family. and good eats.

Candace said...

My favorite thing today about the holidays is after-Christmas sales. 90% off signs make me weep for joy.

the cape on the corner said...

i'm a follower, and thanks for this opportunity!

Candace said...

I am a follower!

the cape on the corner said...

i visited the previous commenter, and they just bought a snazzy new rug. i'm jealous. i want it for myself!

Athena said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is giving gifts. I love the giving aspect. I also like driving around and looking at holiday lights.

cereza25 at yahoo dot com

Athena said...

I'm a new follower and also a subscriber.

cereza25 at yahoo dot com

Athena said...

Tweeted about the giveaway

http://twitter.com/GoddessFoodie/status/5003300608937984

cereza25 at yahoo dot com

Team Botanical said...

Our family numbers in the 30s (which includes a bunch of tots), so it's buffet style all the way.

(Oh, and I follow your blog.)

Katie @ the copper coconut said...

Awesome! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

Katie @ the copper coconut said...

I am a follower!

Athena said...

Candace of Making House A Home blogged about professional shopping and gave great tips on making money on Ebay.

cereza25 at yahoo dot com

C. said...

I am a follower!

C. said...

I love to entertain at my house whenever we can. We have an open floor plan and a big italian family so people sit everywhere! Kitchen, living room, and even at the dining room table!

Kara said...

My favorite things about the holidays is my family gathered around the table to eat. Nothing beats family and food!

kara6306@gmail.com

Kara said...

I follow!

Ashley said...

My favorite thing about the holidays? The food. I can't lie, I love to eat.

Ashley said...

I am a follower!

Janet said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is watching my kids experience them. :)

rebecca said...

my favorite thing about the holidays is getting family together.
rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

rebecca said...

i follow!
rwvanvoorhis at gmail dto com

Kara said...

hmm, so Athena doesn't have a blog, so I visited the one before her, Katie @ the copper coconut blogged about new faucets and a new showerhead that caused some chaos in her bathroom to install (ahh, the joys of home ownership)!

Janet said...

I'm a follower, and so glad that I am!

Emily said...

I love the yummy food at the holidays!

Mommy Jenny said...

I love the colors of Christmas! Red and green just make me happy!
jfreehardt(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mommy Jenny said...

I'm a follower!
jfreehardt(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mommy Jenny said...

Ashley's post is about her baby waking in the night... and there are some pretty cute pictures of her sweet girl!
jfreehardt(at)yahoo(dot)com

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is turning my house into a little Christmas Village House, so fun!!

Janet said...

I visited Kara's Corner, she has a post about how to make a diaper baby. Pretty creative!

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

My favorite thing about Christmas is turning my house into a lillte Christmas Village Cottage, so fun!

shellyhectic@yahoo.com

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

Happily a follower!

shellyhectic@yahoo.com

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

I posted this giveaway on facebook!

shellyhectic@yahoo.com

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

I visited Janet on her blog Todays Fabulous Finds, it is awesome I am now following her too!

Kristin said...

I could so use this for Christmas shopping this year! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!!

Kristin said...

I am a follower!

Kristin said...

I visited Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage, and she was posting about a bunch of giveaways that I'm about to go enter!

Cassie said...

Family time (and baked goodies!!!)

Cassie said...

I'm a follower :D

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I would love to be entered. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Yes of course, I am a follower. Hugs, Marty

Laura said...

I hope I win! :)

mrslauram @ gmail.com

clairesmom05 said...

Oooohhh! I hope I win! BTW, I love your dining room chairs! :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I followed Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage and her last post was about 2 giveaways. Hugs, Marty

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I think the best thing about the holidays is having all of my boys together under one roof!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I am a follower :)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I visited Marty's blog A Stroll Through Life and she is planning on having a Christmas cloche party Dec. 10! There are lots of pretty ideas in her post!

Jessica said...

Great giveaway! To me the best part of the holidays is spending time with family and eating good food. :)

ChRiS said...

going a little postal was person ahead of me i went i liked and i followed.......her post today is about plate's (just.plzzz@yahoo.com)

ChRiS said...

i get to spend time with my sons who live away from home the youngest i see maybe 2x's a yr so holidays are special to me (just.plzzz@yahoo.com)

ChRiS said...

i am a follower of your blog (just.plzzz@yahoo.com)

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is family get togethers!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Follower of DIY SHow Off!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Follower of DIY SHow Off!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Just visited Chris's Blog- Nuffin Special!

Cheyenne said...

I love the coziness of the holidays.

Cheyenne said...

You bet your bottom dollar I'm a follower!

THE.PAINTED.STUDIO said...

I follow!!!

www.paintestudio.blogspot.com

Cheryl

THE.PAINTED.STUDIO said...

My favorite thing is Jesus's Birth. :)

MeeDun said...

I love EVERYTHING about the holidays! From decorating to desserts to seeing family, it's all wonderful. I especially love Christmas because I love wrapping gifts and get antsy waiting for my family to open them, it's a little annoying when I'm bouncing nearby waiting for my mom to open a necklace or scarf that I just thought would be PERFECT for her, I love reactions =)

MeeDun
http://heelsheartsandhighkicks.blogspot.com/

Aja said...

So fun!!Great giveaway!

Aja said...

I'm a follower!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Awesome... thanks for the entry! My fave things about the holidays - spending time with family. -Tammy

Flat Creek Farm said...

I am a happy follower, and can't get enough of your wonderful blog!! -Tammy

Christina said...

Hmmm...what I love about the holidays? Family, food, and rest. So good :)

Christina said...

And of course I'm a follower :)

Em said...

I'm a follower :) My fave thing about the holidays is how happy it makes everyone...well mostly everyone :)

Jenn said...

My favorite part of the holidays is spending time with my family! We have a close family and make the most of the holidays and the time we get together!

pickleandcupcake@gmail.com

Jenn said...

I am a follower! I am loving your blog!

Jenn said...

I have blogged this giveaway!
http://pickleandcupcake.blogspot.com/2010/11/diy.html

Jenn said...

I visited Flat Creek Farm @ http://flatcreekfarm.blogspot.com/

last post is It's all gone to the chickens-coop tour!

Jenn said...

I found your blog and this giveaway from From the Heart @ http://collectionsfrommyheart.blogspot.com/

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is the FOOD!! 15 lbs, here I come! ;)

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

I am a follower!

Heather said...

I adore those chairs!!!

Heather said...

I'm a follower. :)

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Love the holidays, and any excuse for getting together with my parents, brothers, and sisters!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I'm a follower!

Heather said...

Ann Marie's latest post was an ebook giveaway!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I visited Heather! She has some beautiful holiday gift boxes on her blog.

Erica Wyatt said...

I just love being with my family for the holidays. We lived far away for awhile, and I missed it too much.

Erica Wyatt said...

subscribe by google reader

Erica Wyatt said...

shared on facebook

Wife and Mother. said...

Love your "Make a new friend" option for an extra entry. Great idea!

mrs_apple_juice (at) hotmail (dot) com

tiare said...

I love the warmth....from the oven/stove of food being prepared, from family and friends, from the purpose behind celebrating the holidays!

Wife and Mother. said...

I'm a follower!

mrs_apple_juice (at) hotmail (dot) com

the thrifty ba said...

i follow!

the thrifty ba said...

fav thing about the holidays...food!

Jenny said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is getting together with the entire family!

Wife and Mother. said...

I made a new friend! Ok, well, I really just visited her blog, but I'd like The Thrifty Ba to know I enjoyed it.

Her last post was about a yummy-looking chicken pasta recipe (as if I wasn't already starving, in my attempt to limit all things chocolate and otherwise sugary and wonderful in my life. Sob).

I may have to try this recipe out!

mrs_apple_juice (at) hotmail (dot) com

Jenny said...

I'm a follower!

Jenny said...

I visited one of Heather's 3 blogs (http://blossomfield.blogspot.com/) where she blogged about some notecards she won that I really like & will be checking out for myself now :)

emilie @ dolce Divine said...

My favorite things about the holiday is to reunite with family and friends, the great meals, the parties and no work!!!

emilie @ dolce Divine said...

I am a follower!

Lois@frugaldecormom said...

I'm a follower!

Lois@frugaldecormom said...

Holidays are great for seeing family and taking vacations!

Tricia said...

Hello, love!

Tricia said...

I am a faithful follower.

Jane said...

I am a big fan of CSN stores. They have *everything*!

Jane said...

I am a follower! So many great ideas here!

Jane said...

I visited Tricia above and saw her awesome glass door calendar.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Love the holidays, family, blogging friends and CSN and I'm a follower!

Christin@Pregnant with power tools said...

Fav thing about the holidays? Time Off!

Christin@Pregnant with power tools said...

I'm a follower!

Christin@Pregnant with power tools said...

I shared on twitter...

You are sharing http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2010/11/holiday-entertain... using Twitter's URL shortener, t.co.

Christin@Pregnant with power tools said...

I visited Marsha Mpressions and I love (and covet) the tiny kids' table and chair set she refinished!

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

comment? I love your blog, and this is a great giveaway, especially so close to the Holidays! :)
gail

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

I'm a follower!

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

I passed along "roeshel says hi" :)

great idea! love that one!
gail

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

what is not to love about the holidays? i love it all!!! the food, the glitter... and i have a bad vintage ornament habit.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i am a follower!

Leigh said...

My fav thing about the holidays would be unwrapping ornaments I've had since I was a child and smiling at the memories while decorating our tree!

Leigh said...

I'm a follower of the DIY Show Off!

suburban prep said...

I love the holidays just because people are a bit nicer and kinder to others. I get so spend more time with my family and friends.
msgb245 at gmail dot com

suburban prep said...

I am a new follower of your blog.

Sims Family said...

I love that the house smells good and looks pretty for 2 months! :)

sims.whitney@gmail.com

Sims Family said...

I am a follower. Thanks for your fun blog.

sims.whitney at gmail.com

JC's Loft said...

My favorite thing about the Holiday's is just being with family, especially family we don't get to see that often!

Paula

JC's Loft said...

I'm a follower...stalker...whatever you call it, hahahaha : )

Paula

tami said...

I love everything about the holidays except all the money it costs! grizzlywulff@hotmail.com

tami said...

I am a follower. grizzlywulff@hotmail.com

JC's Loft said...

Visited the Sims Family blog and their latest blog post was about their anniversary!

Paula

Stephen and Larissa said...

I love decorating, and baking, and shopping for gifts for people. Ooops that's three favorites!

Stephen and Larissa said...

I'm a follower

Stephen and Larissa said...

I made a new friend over at the Sims family. Her most recent post was about her anniversary!

Wendy said...

This is a fun time of the year and what a wonderful give away! Perfect timing :)

Wendy said...

I am a follower!

Charlene Austin said...

Oh I was getting so excited about this giveaway!! US only? You're sure? CSN ships to Canada!!...hint hint. Love CSN.

Ashley said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

gfc follower.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

MrsKBJ said...

Great giveaway! :O)

I love spending time with friends and family during the holidays and all the yummy food.

xo,
Kelly
mrskbj (atgmaildotcom)

MrsKBJ said...

I am a follower! :O)

xo,
kelly
mrskbj (atgmaildotcom)

Teri said...

Best thing about the holidays: FAMILY. All of us together=happiness.

Teri said...

I'm a follower!

Teri said...

Ashley is not a blogger, but neither am I...I just love to follow!
Thanks for the giveaway.
terilybb@aol.com

Kathryn said...

LOVE GIVEAWAYS! My favorite thing about the holidays is watching the excitment in my children!

Kathryn said...

I'm a follower too! Love your blog!

RachelT said...

I'm a follower...and proud of it

RachelT said...

...and this is my comment

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I'm a follower!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

My favorite thing is having my family together!

One Life Many Journeys said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is going down memory lane with my family. Lots of laughter and love.

One Life Many Journeys said...

I am a follower! ;-)

ro-grammie said...

I have a long fireplace mantle. I love decorating it for different seasons. Today, my first grandbaby was born so I'm so thrilled I can't see straight

I'm a new daily follower and appreciate all your ideas!

Heather.foster@kp.org

ro-grammie said...

I love decorating my mantle for the holidays. It is about 8 feet long so it's always a fun challenge to come up with a theme for each holiday that can fill up 8 feet!

HillsRus said...

I love Thanksgiving!

HillsRus said...

I'm a follower!

Domestic Diva said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

Domestic Diva said...

I follow on gfc

Jordan said...

I'm a follower!

Jordan said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is visiting family who I don't see often enough!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is all of our fun family traditions!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

I am a follower!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Jordan's post was about their weekend trip to Garden City, Kansas. Sounds like they had a wonderful time! :)

The Clines said...

I love the music and decorating the Christmas tree!
teresacline2001(at)yahoo(dot)com

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