Disclosure: I was asked  to participate in the #EvineEntertains campaign, sponsored by Evine. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

I love entertaining at home.  To me, it is the experience of a meal from the shopping, to the music you play when you mince the garlic while drinking a glass of wine, to talk to your friends about life and kids.  

What I really love is bringing my friends and family over to share a meal with us.  It’s a great way to catch up with everyone in a more relaxed setting.  We can sit back and laugh out loud while the music is playing.  The best part is that we all get to make some wholly unwholesome jokes without being judged.

Since hubby works on the weekends it’s been a challenge for us to invite friends over frequently.  However, we always make an effort to host dinner parties a few times a year from summer to winter.

Recently, we invited a few friends over for an alfresco dinner on the patio with the help of the shopping channel Evine, Waterford, and The Deen Brothers! #EvineEntertains #EvinePartner

Whenever we entertain, we always have appetizers and wine readily available.  We also bring out the best dinnerware and glasses, and we serve everything to the plate.  Although we serve whites and reds throughout the night but we prefer to serve red for dinner because red wines are the perfect complement for rich entrees.  Of course, they also set the tone for the second half of the evening.  

The intensity of red wines like Deen Brothers’ Savannah Cellars Red Table Wine – with hints of dark fruits and oak – pairs effortless with pork, chicken, steak, seafood, and even pizza.  This wine is well balanced, full bodied but not overwhelming.  The Deen Brothers (Paula Deen’s sons) partnered with an award winning master vintner to develop the wines they sell. They are sold in sets of 3, 6 or 12 and you can even order a monthly subscription.

Fine, lead crystal like Marquis by Waterford Newberry Crystalline Glasses really does enhance the wine drinking experience.  Another entertaing piece that I absolutely love from Marquis by Waterford is the gorgeous Diamond 44 oz Crystal Pitcher adorned with darling diamond cuts and fantastic flat cuts.  You can serve ice cold lemonade, infused water, or even sangria (there’s a sangria contest below 🙂 )  

I’m a big fan of Waterford because of its fine craftsmanship and timelessness, which never goes out of style.

I really do love entertaining because It gives me so much joy and happiness to be able to spoil my friends and family.  The thrill  and the anticipated ambiance of the venue keep me going through the preparations.

Are you planning to do some entertaining this summer or throughout the year? Evine has generously offered a discount for Mama in Heels readers! Use code FashionFlash15 to get 15% off with no minimum purchases from today until December 31, 2017 for new customers only.  It excludes Deen Brothers Wine, Waterford and CE items.

Disclaimer: This offer is valid on purchases made online at evine.com for new customers only. To be considered a new customer one of the following must be true: shopper has no customer number in the Evine system; the shoppers credit card has not been used on any shipped orders; The shopper has a customer number in the Evine system but has no orders that have been fulfilled against that number. You may use this offer one time. May not be valid with other discounts or promotional offers. No cash value. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted, if sold or transferred. Not valid on merchandise offered by Evine’s paid programming partners or for the following types of merchandise: computers, electronics or Waterford. Evine reserves the right to substitute or cancel this promotion in the event of printing or system error.

I have partnered with Evine to give away 3 bottles of the Deen Brothers Savannah Cellars Red Blend (value $50) to one winner and the Waterford Pitcher (value $80) plus the Waterford Glasses Set of 6 ($150) to another lucky Mama in Heels reader!  There’s more….. in addition to these two fabulous giveaways, Evine is also giving away $50 Gift Certificate for the best Sangria recipe!!!

For the Deen Brothers Wine and the Waterfood Crystal gifts, winners will be picked at random through the Rafflecopter widget.  I cannot guarantee which prize each entrant will receive. This giveaway is limited to US residents 21 years of age or over, where permitted by law. Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 5th at midnight PT. Follow the mandatory tasks on the Rafflecopter widget to enter to win. To gain additional entries, complete the optional tasks on the widget. Note: by participating in this giveaway entrant acknowledges that entrant’s email address will be shared with a third party. We are sorry but delivery to AL, AK, AR, DE, HI, KY, MS, OK and UT is currently prohibited by law.

For the Sangria Contest gift, please include your recipe in the comments section and use the hashtag #giveaway in the recipe comment.  We will partner with Evine to evaluate the favorite recipe and notify the winner.

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09/18/2017: The giveaway has ended and two winners have been selected and should be displayed on the Rafflecopter.  The 3rd winner for the Sangria contest is Kim C!  Thank you so much for participating!

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  1. We make our Sangria similar to the way you make punch for a birthday party. Sometimes we use Big Red(a soda popular in Texas), white wine, and crushed ice. Other times we replace the crushed ice with vanilla ice cream.

  2. Kathy Persons Reply

    Absolutely beautiful crystal~ Sorry I really don’t have a Sangria recipe

  3. Margaret Smith Reply

    We’ve been making this White Sangria recipe for years. It’s so delicious. It’s always a hit and many guests have asked us for the recipe. #giveaway

    Mix all in very large pitcher
    1 Bottle White wine
    3 oz. Triple Sec
    3 oz. Peach Snapps
    3 oz. Captain Morgan
    3 oz. Melon Liquore
    3 oz. Brandy
    2 Cups Orange Juice (no pulp)
    1/2 bottle (2 ltr.) sprite soda

    Mix all together and add
    2 apples and 1 pear, cut in to bite sized pieces
    LOTS of ice

    Chill and serve

  4. Ashley Perez Reply

    I like to make Sangria with Red wine:
    1 750 ml bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja reds, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
    1 Lemon cut into wedges
    1 Orange cut into wedges
    2 Tbsp sugar
    1 Shot brandy
    2 Cups ginger ale or club soda

    Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine.
    Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy.
    Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.
    If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.
    Addition ideas: sliced strawberries, diced peaches, a handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi slices, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, a cup of ginger ale, citrus soda or fresh squeezed lime juice.


  5. Kim Pincombe-Cole Reply

    My favorite Sangria recipe for outdoor parties on our patio with friends & neighbors:

    Summer Sangria With Watermelon And Pineapple

    1 bottle Moscato wine (750 ml)
    1/2 C brandy
    1 lime, thinly sliced
    2 C watermelon, cubed and cold
    2 C pineapple, cubed and cold
    Lemon Lime soda, for serving
    ice cubes

    Pour the wine and brandy into a pitcher and stir to combine. Add the sliced lime, watermelon, and pineapple.
    To serve, place some of the fruit in a glass with ice. Pour the sangria over the ice and top with lemon lime soda.

  6. This is my favorite Sangria recipe

    2 bottles dry garnacha red wine
    1 bottle dry rosado (Spanish rosé)
    12 ounces orange soda
    1 ounce Torres orange liqueur or Triple Sec
    2 ounces Romate or other Spanish brandy
    1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste
    2 apples, cored and diced, for garnish
    2 oranges, cut into wedges, for garnish
    In a large vessel, combine all liquid ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon. Let rest for 5 minutes. Taste, and add sugar if desired, stirring to dissolve. Refrigerate for at least four hours, preferably overnight.
    To serve, fill glasses with ice. Pour 5 ounces sangria into each glass and garnish with diced apple and orange wedges.

  7. Birdie Skolfield Reply

    Summer Sangria


    1 bottle white wine (Spanish table wine)
    3 ounces brandy
    2 ounces triple sec
    1 cup orange juice
    1 cup pineapple juice
    2 ounces simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water brought to a boil for 2 minutes in a small saucepan) and cooled
    3 ounces white peach puree (peel peaches, remove pit and puree in a blender with a small amount of water)
    Fresh peaches, oranges, and apples sliced

    Place all ingredients in a pitcher and stir to mix. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or up to 48 hours. Serve over ice.

    • Janise Reply

      I think I need a whole pitcher of sangria right now! Good luck!

  8. I really don’t have a set sangria recipe. It is usually just Wine, Brandy, Prosecco and then oranges and limes.

  9. I don’t have a sangria recipe, but I’m seeing yummy ones in these comments! I’m getting inspired to try them out!

  10. We make it simple and dark.

    2 bottles white Zinfandel
    4 cups grape juice
    1 cup pomegranate juice
    1/4 cup grenadine
    sliced oranges and lemons to taste


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