A month passed and I heard nothing. I had almost forgotten about it and then I got an email with the subject line: "YOU'RE OUR WINNER!". I'm used to marketing gimmicks by now and almost deleted it until I remembered the contest I entered the month before. It was from Ballard! I had won! I ran up to my husband's home office like a kid on Christmas morning. jumping up and down and squealing. "We won! We won!" Of course, my husband's first response is "What's the catch?". I wouldn't allow him to ruin my joy, but kept that voice in the back of my head as I responded to the email asking for all of the details.
Once we discovered the gift amount we had to decide on an item. Since our move to the suburbs of Atlanta, we have spent much of our time outdoors entertaining. We have a lovely backyard and a covered porch. We both enjoy grilling and sitting outside until the stars come out. It only made sense that we buy a sturdy outdoor table that would last a lifetime.
We decided to host our first event last week with wine and cheese. We recently tried some cheese from the cutest local cheese shop, CalyRoad Creamery. I paired their blue cheese with honey, added two of their goat cheeses, and a brie. We love 14 Hands wine and served that along with the cheese. It was a hit! We were so happy to have close family and friends over to share in our joy of our new (free) table. It was the best wedding gift we received and we have continued to entertain on it. I think winning the table was a good lesson on never giving up.