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. says

    The times I’m reluctant to entertain are when I know I’ve taken on too much. As my husband often teases me, “This is all going to end in tears, isn’t it?” 😉

  2. Dawn says

    I am interested in being a part of the book giveaway. I tend to find myself reluctant because of the perceived extra work – not so much on the cooking perhaps but getting the house “perfect” in order to entertain. I enjoy being hospitable yet often defer to the overwhelming challenge of it all.

  3. says

    My own insecurities make me a reluctant entertainer. Will they like the food? Will they think my house is too small for company? Will they enjoy themselves? When I can just let go of all that we usually have a great time!

  4. says

    Oooh I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this book!!

    What makes me reluctant are several factors: 1) my less than perfect house (classic right?)
    2) My lack of natural hospitality. I’m not good thinking of things like offering people something to drink or striking up good conversation. *blush*
    3) I don’t have “company” dishes or serving dishes. Everything here is mix n match and I serve dinner to my family out of the pans.

  5. katklaw777 says

    I’m reluctant because it seems like a lot of work…I love to have people over, but I have a very little time to get the food prepped and the house “perfect” so I just say forget it and go to someone else’s house and bring a dish to pass. lol

  6. Dawn Neale says

    I worry about the house being perfect. This tends to stress me to the point of never having anyone over.

  7. Carissa says

    I am reluctant to entertain because I am never sure if I have made enough for a group of 8 or more.
    I am already a Facebook Fan!!!


  8. Whitney says

    I’ve been reluctant to entertain this whole past year because of being pregnant and then having my first baby at the beginning of September. Its tough wanting to entertain when your body is going through so many changes and being tired!

    It’d be nice to gain some drive for entertaining again!

  9. Diane C. says

    I’m a reluctant entertainer because I’m always worried that everyone is having a good time and that conversation doesn’t stop! I get worried over the social aspect and that no one will show up!

  10. Lynda says

    I just looked at this book at the bookstore this weekend, and I like what I see! Please enter me in the drawing.

  11. jaime says

    I’m sometimes reluctant to entertain because with 2 very energetic kiddos, my house is often a mess!

  12. Jeanne says

    That will be my new name, relectant entertainer, I have a big house, big yard, family that begs me to have parties, but the confidence just isnt there….cooking, cleaning, etc. But…I do love cookbooks, and if it would make it easier for me, I’m willing to give it a try.

  13. Jean says

    2 things keep me from entertaining: I am gone from home so often between work & volunteer/social activities that when I do get to spend time at home, I’m either playing catch-up on cleaning or just enjoying some down time; and I feel like my house isn’t ‘good enough’ to have people over.

  14. Teresa Beebe says

    I am a reluctant entertainer because I tend to be a perfectionist. I take it personally if people don’t show up (worry are they avoiding me?), worry that the house has to be spotless and will they like the menu choices. I really do need to loosen up!

  15. Rhonda says

    My husband loves to have people over. I am a reluctant entertainer b/c of all the cleaning I feel is necessary before someone comes into my home. Also, not great at cooking. It would be wonderful to have something to make it all more manageable.

  16. Linda S.` says

    I am a FB fan and receive your daily emails.

    I am reluctant about entertaining because it is just WAY too much work! I hate to cook more than any other “chore!” I’d rather clean toilets!! So, to consider entertaining as “fun,” is a foreign thought!!

  17. Debra Donahue says

    I get very nervous when I think about all the preparations that have to be done for entertaining. I become reluctant when it comes to the food preparation. Will people like the food? Will there be enough food? Will I get it all cooked in time for the party? Will I make something one of the guest is allergic to? The list goes on and on. Then the party starts and its too late to turn back. Eventually the reluctance disappears and we all have a good time.

  18. CarolH says

    After 20+ years in a house made for entertaining, I’ve moved to a condo. I don’t yet know how to entertain in a smaller space and with so many of my “company” type things not as accessible as they were. So, I have definitely been reluctant to entertain.

  19. CarolH says

    I follow $5 Dinners on FaceBook and I subscribe by RSS Feed through My Yahoo!
    I don’t want to miss a thing.