CLOSED! Sandy Coughlin’s Reluctant Entertainer – Book Giveaway

Update: This giveaway is now closed…and the winners are:

Deborah T. says, “Spent years raising our kids and now I’m tired.”

Michelle L. says, “I am reluctant because I feel like the house, the food, and entertainment must be perfect!”

Janna B. says, “I am a reluctant entertainer because my budget often gets in the way of how I think it’s “supposed” to look or be when we invite people over. I’d like to go hog wild at the grocery store to prepare but I can’t and it’s hard to be creative in this area for me.”

Kristy says, “I subscribe via RSS feed!”

Kelly says, “The thing that makes me the most reluctant is having to tell my hubby we are hosting a get-together. I don’t mind all of the prep work (in fact I love it), but getting him onboard is a chore in itself.”

Winners have all been contacted via email with instructions on claiming their prize.  Thank you all for entering and keep an eye out for the next $5 Dinners giveaway!

This week I’ve got an extra special book to giveaway. The book is called The Reluctant Entertainer, written by the lovely and talented Sandy Coughlin.  I’ve met Sandy on a number of occasions and she just oozes grace, simplicity, and sweetness.I look forward to the next time we meet…which I hope is over coffee, or better yet lunch!

And yes. I said oozes.

She is as lovely as they come, and you sense this with every word in her book.  She will inspire you to get back to entertaining, regardless of whatever your reluctance may be. She was once reluctant. She found her way out…and she will give you the tools to find your inner entertainer!

Here’s the scoop…we’re giving away 5 copies of her book The Reluctant Entertainer!

Giveaway Details

1. Contest ends Wednesday, September 29th at 5 pm EST. Winners will be announced back here on this post, and notified via email with further instructions.

  • Entry #1: Leave a comment sharing what makes you reluctant about entertaining.
  • Entry #2: Follow me on Twitter and Sandy on Twitter, and tweet the following…(leave a SEPARATE comment.)

@5dollardinners is giving away 5 copies of The Reluctant Entertainer by @SandyCoughlinRE! Details here:

2. Winner will be selected by

**NOTE: If you receive the email newsletter and wish to enter this giveaway, click on the title of this giveaway to get to the site and leave a comment on the site with your name and email address to be entered!

*Disclosure: I did receive a copy of this book. I loved the book. I love it’s author. And no one paid me to say it.


  1. Deanne says

    I feel like I’m terrible at entertaining. I feel almost like I’m going to have an anxiety attack!

  2. Lori Gatlin says

    I think that all the house cleaning, food purchasing, food prep is what holds me back! Wish it was all easier!

  3. says

    I am reluctant to entertain because I feel my apartment is too dingy and small, and also our diets are restricted by different health reasons, so sometimes it’s hard to come up with a menu that will work for everyone.

  4. Kara Mayfield says

    I’m a reluctant entertainer because I don’t feel my house is big enough to accomodate much more than one more family once you add kids to the mix.

  5. stefanieq says

    My biggest fear is that I’ll throw a party and noone will come. Does that explain my reluctance in entertaining? Is that sad?

  6. Lynn says

    I’m reluctant to entertain because everyone else I know seems to do it better and with more panach than I could.

  7. rose says

    I hate the clean up after the entertaining. Kids are all grown and out of the house, I now have time and money so I like to be entertained.

  8. Dolly says

    I am reluctant to entertain because my cooking skills are minimal at best. I have a sister-in-law who is fantastically creative and hosts parties or brings food over all the time, and there’s no comparison!

  9. Cathy says

    Growing up, my parents NEVER entertained. In fact, my mom didn’t really want anyone aside from immediate family members in our house. So…entertaining does not come naturally to me. I tend to obsess over silly things (like is my house clean enough, will anyone accidentally wander into my bedroom and discover the hoarding? 😉 that I hardly ever notice myself when I’m in other people’s homes. Weird. I would LOVE to be more enthusiastic and relaxed about it as my husband grew up in a home where frequent entertaining was the norm; he would be pleased if we did it more often!

  10. Angela G says

    My reluctance to have more dinner parties stems from my fear that people who rsvp’d won’t show and that I would have purchased pricey food that won’t be eaten. Sigh.

  11. Kristen says

    I am reluctant to entertain because I always fear that I won’t have enough food, or it won’t go together well, or the people will not get along. I would love any kind of advice that would calm my fears and help bring many entertaining get togethers to my home.

  12. Anne W says

    I lack confidence in the area of entertaining or showing hospitality due to the number of bad experiences I have had with it. However, I also know that God commands us to show hospitality. I am therefore, always looking for help with entertaining and hospitality.

  13. Candace says

    I’m sometimes reluctant because of the extra preparation involved. Everything needs to come together at once… the house cleaned, toys picked up, food cooking, etc… just when your guests are walking in the door.

  14. Brenda says

    I am reluctant about entertaining because of the size of my home. We live in a small home and the more people you have in it the smaller it feels. In the warmer weather we use the outdoors as much as possible.

  15. Susan Nichols says

    I love to have people over, but I have a very demanding job that really reams me out, so it’s a major deal to cook and clean for company.