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How to host a pint size party & GIVEAWAY!

I recently partnered with Apartment Guide to bring you 3 party planning tips for hosting a entertaining in small spaces (check out my tips here). Today, I’m sharing more tips for entertaining & living in small spaces plus launching a $50 Target GIVEAWAY that you can use for your next gathering.

If you are planning a get together, party, or dinner for guests — make an effort to keep things simple, this will allow you to stay within a smaller budget. Here are a few easy ways to plan a great gathering without overspending:

pint size party

{tip #3 :: image from this 30th birthday party}

1. Reuse items from your home. Move around candles, decor items, and use older pieces from your kitchen in new ways. This prevents you from buying new pieces that you can’t afford (or store!).

2. Keep the menu simple. Serve just a few items rather than offering a ton of choices. A salad, burger, and dessert is plenty. Don’t get distracted by  thinking of all the sides and extras you can do. Keep the menu small. It will save you money at the store and time in the kitchen!

3. Choose a signature drink or stick to beer & wine. No need to stock a full bar. That will put a big dent in your budget (think of all the liquor and mix-ins you’d need) and take up valuable counter space in your home. Instead, create one signature drink or stick to the basics and serve beer & wine only.

I also love these simple ideas from Apartment Guide that will help you get ready for your next pint size party: get creative with frugal decor ideas & decorating a small space.

You can check out more tips at Moving Today and on the Apartment Guide blog

Target Giveaway

What are your tips for entertaining in a small space and/or on a small budget?

Comment below to enter to win a $50 Target gift card!

Contest is now closed – Congrats to Crystal!

{contest ends Sunday March 31, 2012 at 11pm PST}

Editor’s Note: Apartment Guide and owner Consumer Source, Inc. partnered with bloggers such as me to participate in their monthly blogger programs. As part of that program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products used, and believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Consumer Source’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

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WIN! Southern Living Wedding Planner & Keepsake

Are you planning a wedding? Know someone who is? The new Southern Living Wedding Planner & Keepsake is AMAZING!


wedding planning timeline


I really couldn’t have found this at a better time — I’m currently helping my sister-in-law who is in full wedding planning mode! As her sister-in-law, wedding planner, and hello…. Maid of Honor, I want all the best resources at my fingertips! What I’m loving about this planner:

-It has a great wire spiral binding so I can open it up and it will lay flat. It also has great pockets to put in business cards, notes, and swatches.

-The step-by-step wedding planning timeline and guide feels so different than typical wedding planning books I’ve seen — it’s refreshing!

-The photography is top-notch. I’ve already been inspired by flipping through the gorgeous pages.

Here’s a little peek inside:

wedding planning timeline - book

Want to WIN a copy?

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this post telling me what you love most about weddings!

Good luck! Contest ends March 2, 2012 at 10pm PST.

P.S. Stay tuned for a lot more wedding posts over the next 4 months!

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WIN! A Chinese New Year Celebration with P.F. Chang’s

The Chinese New Year is one of the most important and festive Chinese holidays and 2012 happens to be the year of the Dragon. Why not invite friends over for a festive Chinese New Year celebration, or plan a romantic night in with that special someone?

chinese new year celebration - decorations

The folks over at P.F. Chang’s are helping us plan the perfect night. I’ve partnered with them to bring you a fun and festive giveaway and to share some ideas that will get you excited about the peace and good fortune that awaits you in 2012!

Create your space: Paper lanterns, bold colors, simple centerpieces are all fitting for a Chinese New Year’s party. For a festive centerpiece, submerge your favorite blooms in water. Image via Rachel Ray

The meal: Pick up on of P.F. Chang’s Home Menu noodle entrees like Pepper Steak with Chow Fun Noodles, Grilled Chicken Teriyaki with Lo Mein Noodles, Garlic Chicken with Dan Dan Noodles (my personal favorite), and Firecracker Shrimp with Yakisoba Noodles. Don’t forget — it’s simple to dress up these no fuss meals!

A Festive Cocktail: Our Ginger Beer Cocktail is a great pairing. Or try something more festive like this Red Dragon:

Red Dragon Martini

11/2 oz. SKYY Infusions Dragon Fruit

1 oz. Pomegranate Juice

1/2 oz. Lychee Syrup

2 Lychees


Combine all ingredients except lychees and lime in cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with lychees and twist of lime.

recipe via Marie Claire

Are you ready to celebrate?!

In observance of this centuries old custom, P.F. Chang’s is giving away Red Envelope Celebration Kits.

1 Grand Prize Red Envelope includes: A night out at the Bistro with their Dragon  and a night in enjoying Home Menu with their favorite Dragon 

 14 Additional Winners will get the Red Envelope First Prizes include: Home Menu coupons, Bistro gift cards, co-branded t-shirts

Contest is Closed. TO WIN: Comment below telling us who embodies the dragon traits in your life (confident, bold, honest & genuine).

For an extra entry: Follow both Thoughtfully Simple and P.F. Chang’s on Facebook — then come back and leave a comment letting us know you did.

Enter by January 26, 2012 midnight, PST. 15 winners chosen and announced by January 27, 2012.


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Naughty or Nice $2,500 Giveaway!

Shopping, baking, decorating, shopping and more shopping — tired yet? Could you use a little help this holiday season? I know I could!

Check out this contest from our friends at and for a
chance to win $2,500 (now THAT would help, right?).

They have a simple and fun Facebook contest going on and the grand prize is $2,500 (I’d totally get that new dining room table I’ve been dreaming about and dozens of these darling bowls).

Here it is:

Like and for a chance to win $2,500!

*Bonus: in addition to the $2,500 grand prize, each of the above Facebook pages will be giving away weekly $100 gift cards (enter each week for the $100 drawing or just once for the grand prize drawing).

Enter to Win the $2,500 Grand Prize & Weekly $100 Gift Card Giveaways

  1. “Like” &/or on Facebook and fill out the entry form located on the Naughty or Nice tab on the left side under their profile picture.
  2. While filling out the form refer the contest to friends using the “refer a friend” option. Referring your friends increases your chances of winning.

Good Luck everyone! Contest ends at 12pm EST on December 16, 2011. Grand prize and weekly winners will be emailed and announced on Facebook.

Now, what would you do with an extra $2,500 to spend this holiday season? After you enter, be sure to come back and let me know in the comments!

This is a sponsored post. has paid me to review their holiday contest and offer my opinion. I only recommend companies or services I believe my readers will enjoy — cheers.



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Finally, simple shipping + GIVEAWAY!

Today we are introducing you to a cool, new (and helpful!) service and kicking off a giveaway!

Tis’ the season of shopping online, sending gifts cross-country and the frustration of damaged, lost, or “I just missed the delivery!” of packages (am I right?). We can stop the shipping nightmare with this cool service — UPS My Choice. I recently had the pleasure of learning what new and exciting things the folks at UPS had been up to (who knew?) and I thought you might be interested as well.

UPS My Choice is helping you avoid the disappointment and hassle of missing a home delivery by letting YOU take control of all UPS deliveries. This ground-breaking service increases the likelihood of a successful delivery on the first attempt by providing delivery alerts, specific delivery time frames, reroute options, a visibility dashboard and electronic signature release – all by accessing through a computer or mobile phone. Cool right?

Can’t be home to sign for delivery? No problem! It frees you from worrying about when packages will arrive, where they will be left or what to do if they are not home to receive them.

To register for UPS My Choice or for more info, visit here (basic membership is free). And since you’ll be wanting to test out UPS My Choice, we are giving away a $50 AmEx gift card you can use for a little holiday shopping.

UPS My Choice

To enter: Contest is closed

Congratulations to comment #14 – Michele P!

1. Head on over to UPS My Choice and set up your free account.

2. Come back here and let me know you did by leaving a comment

Good luck! Contest will end midnight, PST on December 11, 2011. One winner will be chosen at random and notified via email.

This is a sponsored post and I received compensation from UPS  to participate in this campaign. In addition, UPS provided the gift card prize I’m using in this giveaway. All thoughts are my own.

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GIVEAWAY! Soup Tasting, Bertolli Style

It’s fall and that means cool breezes and chilly nights. What I love about fall are the evenings — a warm fire and a hot dinner! Soup is a go-to this time of year and everyone in my family loves it. The best soups seem take half a day to simmer and cook … which can be fun, but for us there just isn’t a lot of time for that process. Good news! Bertolli has recently came out with a line of gourmet frozen soups that can be made in minutes but taste like you cooked them all day! Since we already love Bertolli’s pasta meals, I was pretty optimistic about trying these out. Yep – love them!

Soup can be a wonderful meal when it’s done right. Bertolli uses fresh ingredients in these delicious and easy-to-prepare meals. The restaurant-quality soups are full of crisp vegetables, cooked chicken or beef, and pasta that leaves you feeling satisfied. – Bertolli

Want to try them out yourself? Enter to win our Soup Tasting Giveaway!

Bertolli Giveaway

This soup-tasting giveaway set includes:

  • 2 Tasting Certificates for Bertolli Premium Meal Soup for 2 (yum)
  • Stainless steel soup ladle (oooh it’s nice!)
  • Woven oval bread basket (gorgeous!)
  • Bertolli reusable freezer bag (it’s huge and comes in handy at the market!)

To Enter:  Contest Closed

1. Leave a comment here telling me who you would share your soup with!

2. For an extra entry (optional) Like Thoughtfully Simple on Facebook and leave a separate comment here telling me you did.

One winner will be randomly selected, open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends Novemeber 13, 2011 at 11pm PST. *This is a sponsored post. Thoughtfully Simple may have received compensation and/or product however all opinions are those of your Hostess.



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