31 Days of Idea House Giveaways: Day 8, Pineapple Martini Table

August 8, 2015 | By and | Comments (83)

Love the 2015 Southern Living Idea House? Every day in August, we are giving away the items you need to make the look your own.  Check back daily to see the product and enter to win!

Courtesy of Stanley Furniture

Courtesy of Stanley Furniture

Stanley Furniture’s Charleston Regency Pineapple Martini Table in Ropemakers White ($569) has an etched carved base and a clear walnut top. A true symbol of Southern hospitality and the perfect piece for entertaining!

How to Enter: What’s your one entertaining secret that always makes for a good time? Comment your answer below, and we’ll pick our favorite.

The contest begins today at 12:01 a.m. CST and ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. CST. Official rules here.


  1. Jane Ellen Davis

    Cater, eat, and relax with your company!!

    August 18, 2015 at 8:48 am
  2. Joanna S

    Potluck coordinated around a theme. Everyone contributes and hostess is not stressed.

    August 11, 2015 at 7:07 pm
  3. Kristyn Waters

    My secret is to put out food in phases. It keeps things looking fresh and instead of having a dozen platters that look picked over an hour into the party, I bring out a few fresh options every hour.

    August 11, 2015 at 11:36 am
  4. chrisie favara

    Make a fun drink with theme of party ie get rid of the blues in feb a party that we hosted with blue martinis:)

    August 10, 2015 at 5:43 am
  5. Mary Harris

    I always have a theme, it makes planning easier and ties everything together! It’s also a good conversation starter.

    August 10, 2015 at 5:39 am
  6. Lexi

    Have a lot of good food around, seasonal food and comfort food. People will stay have a good time.

    August 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm
  7. sally ritchie

    Very organized … prepare ahead … RELAXING evening for everyone!!!

    August 9, 2015 at 1:35 pm
  8. Deborah Mather

    In the summer, it is having a game/activity that is doable for all ages to join in…..in winter this happens as well just with fewer options, such as card or dice games

    August 9, 2015 at 11:57 am
  9. Mary Kaye Raddatz

    Let the pets join the party – always a hit!

    August 9, 2015 at 11:42 am
  10. Anna Rochat

    Great music is a must

    August 9, 2015 at 11:19 am
  11. Terry

    Plan the menu with make-ahead items, so you have more time to mingle with guests.

    August 9, 2015 at 10:17 am
  12. JoAnn Dill

    have a unifying element and add a touch of whimsy. Have a game up your sleeve just incase!

    August 9, 2015 at 9:53 am
  13. ginnymoore

    Great music, diverse group of friends and food you have prepared before so no surprises!

    August 9, 2015 at 8:42 am
  14. Christine Phillips

    To make gracious use of the digital age, at my last Christmas party, which was a large gathering potluck-type heavy hors d’oeuvres extravaganza, I had all my guests either email or bring a copy of their recipes, and I put them all together in a “cookbook” of sorts for my guests, which I either sent by email for my tech savvy friends or copied for my friends who still like things via paper. I still use mine every year, and I still get thanks and requests for copies!! People always bring their knockout dishes to parties!!!

    August 9, 2015 at 7:05 am
  15. C Alexander

    We have the perfect front porch for entertaining. So I always make it a point to have drinks and snacks on the porch with my guests and enjoy their company.

    August 9, 2015 at 6:55 am
  16. marsha self

    Always have a pan of homemade sausage cheese biscuits with directions to give all who attend as they leave my home each one has a warm inspirational message attached to the tin and breakfast the next morning.

    August 9, 2015 at 6:50 am
  17. Pam Mangum

    Do as much ahead as possible so you can spend time with your guests. Make it an easy menu with what is in season. Grill Grill Grill

    August 9, 2015 at 6:30 am
  18. Sharon D. Long

    Welcome friends as family! Invite them to make themselves at home and make sure everyone knows or has met each other. Since I can be shy, I make sure my husband, daughter and I scan the gathering to make sure everyone is engaged. Since I use my back porch as an entertaining area, I also serve beverages and appetizers there. My goal is for everyone to leave my home feeling happy and having enjoyed their time here in our little coastal island. Christian, Southern hospitality is always my goal!

    August 9, 2015 at 5:52 am
  19. Beth

    Through the years, I have learned that the single most important aspect of entertaining is to just BE with your guests and enjoy your time together. I have hosted birthday parties, Christmas ornament swaps, bridal showers, and more. It is easy for me to get carried away in the cleaning, preparation, planning and hosting. While that is all very important, I try to take the time to savor my child making a wish and blowing out their candles. I try to be thankful that my grandfather was able to attend one more July 4th cookout. Hosting a great party is about just being with the ones you love.

    August 9, 2015 at 12:58 am
  20. Sandra Lehnert

    Make the food ahead of time.

    August 8, 2015 at 10:59 pm
  21. Nancy Pickens

    I am a grandmother and my favorite people to entertain are my grandchildren. I try to remember all their favorite foods and plan meals for them when they come to visit. I have 11 grandchildren, they range from nine to 27 and there is always a wide variety of food.

    August 8, 2015 at 10:51 pm
  22. Joan

    Greet each guest at your front door personally if possible with a smile and a warm welcome. That personal one-on-one greeting makes each of them feel special. If you are relaxed, and everything is ready for company, everyone can just jump right in and start enjoying their visit. Remember everyone loves a good smelling fragrance when they walk through your front door – that alone is always a pleasant entrance way to begin a visit – it can be a special signature of yours or the smell of great food just waiting to be eaten. You have to be careful of flowers or plants because some folks have allergies. Soft music, a variety of seating, space to wander around to chitchat with each and everyone. Plan to have a good time and you will enjoy yourself and others as well. Life is short – enjoy every moment!

    August 8, 2015 at 10:35 pm
  23. Vickie

    I host many and varied parties throughout the year. We so enjoy entertaining be it a elegant sit down affair, a tailgating bbq, a Holiday open house or a garden party. No matter the type of party for me I find the key to success is early planning, prepping early, not to be so serious. Having an interesting mix of guests for conversation stimulation is a good idea. Mostly, being gracious, relaxed and having delicious food is the secret.

    August 8, 2015 at 10:34 pm
  24. VLinville

    Lots of great food and letting the good times roll!

    August 8, 2015 at 10:29 pm
  25. Steve T.

    Lots of good appetizers prepared ahead of time, along with an assortment of fine wines and alcoholic choices and great entertainment!

    August 8, 2015 at 10:22 pm
  26. Lona Ruth Goldsworthy

    Good food/drinks; fun entertainment/things to do and always an unexpected surprise thrown in!
    Always embrace the role of gracious hostess and/or host!

    August 8, 2015 at 10:10 pm
  27. Jacquelyn Dougherty

    Hospitality! If you can make your guests feel like you’ve been waiting all day for them to arrive, that they are special to you; that’s the best secret I know. Whether it’s preparing something that they especially love, setting the table or picking music to create a theme for the meal, or just letting them do all the taking – find some way to make the time special – even if it’s just serving left overs.

    August 8, 2015 at 10:01 pm
  28. Melanie Madden

    Have everything prepared in advance…greet guests with a Prosecco or Sparking water…and enjoy!

    August 8, 2015 at 9:55 pm
  29. Nancy Leager

    Good food good wine comfy seating!

    August 8, 2015 at 9:46 pm
  30. Susan Richter

    For a sitdown dinner party, formal or casual, I place a different question at each person’s place. Questions can be of any genre but the answere always promote interesting conversations! What book has made an impact on your life? What is no.1 on your bucket list? What would you do with 5 million dollars? Etc. etc

    August 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm
  31. Cheryl Blackwell

    Keep the menu simple so you can spend time with your guests!

    August 8, 2015 at 9:21 pm
  32. gmcl

    Prepare, prepare, prepare. That way everyone can relax and enjoy the visit.

    August 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm
  33. Rollin Watson Walker

    greet each guest as they arrive to make them feel welcome. have food and drinks set up in certain areas to make it easy to mingle and talk. music and lighting are very important in setting the mood. relax and smile!

    August 8, 2015 at 8:58 pm

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