One of my resolutions this year was to have more “grown-up” dinner parties. This means less people over, cloth napkins, and meals that don’t involve calling Domino’s.
However, it’s me, and I still like to have a fun theme or activity planned. UncommonGoods came to the rescue with some fun products for me to review, and I thought it was the perfect chance to invite some friends over and make a night out of it.
UncommonGoods is an amazing shop, featuring tons of unique home goods and gift ideas–perfect for a host/hostess gift or a unique wedding/shower gift. They allow you to vote on which products you think they should carry next, ensuring that everything they sell is actually wanted. They also make gift-giving super easy by sorting their most popular items into gift guides based on the recipient: check out their “Gifts for Wife” section here and their “Gifts for Husband” section here. (I’ve actually found great gift ideas in both of those for men and women of all marital statuses!).
Mr. Geek and I, along with our friends Katrina and Rob, enjoyed cheddar and beer fondue while catching up and playing with some of their items. Take a look below for the items, our reviews, and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate!
Although these are called “napkins”, I wouldn’t recommend actually using them as such. They’re way cooler as a toy, and make a cute table decoration/ice breaker. We started dinner by reading each other our fortunes, and had a great time reliving the “cootie catcher” days of our childhoods. The fortunes are more friendly pieces of wisdom, and seem to be appropriate for all ages. They were ok, but not super compelling. The most interesting part of this was calling the images shown on the catcher by the longest names possible, making our friends spell it out on the spot.
We’ve never had trouble starting conversation with our friends, but Table Topics made it even easier. The attractive cube (that now resides on our coffee table) is full of ice breaker questions that can lead to some quick laughs or a thought-provoking discussion. We went through a majority of the cube in one sitting because we just kept wanting to talk and explore more questions. A favorite from the night was the question, “if you could change one thing about the way you look what would it be?” While the rest of us gave standard responses regarding trimming down parts of our body, Mr. Geek was adamant that he would have a third arm growing out of his chest. It would be very practical and never in the way, he argued.
Our dinner party ended up going hours longer than we expected as we got caught up in conversation and delicious food. Thank you, UncommonGoods, for helping make it a wonderful night!
Want to throw an amazing dinner party of your own? I’d highly recommend checking out UncommonGoods for that little something extra. If your dinner parties are less beer and more sippy cups, they even have some fun things for kids. Check out the adorable Construction Plate and Utensils!
Ok, the moment you’ve been waiting for:
Enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate!
You can enter by doing any (or all) of the following things–leave a comment for each thing you did so they can count as a separate entry! A winner will be randomly selected at noon PST on Thursday, March 8th and announced later that day.
- Tweet a link to UncommonGoods’ “Gifts for Wife” page.
- Sign up for the UncommonGoods email list.
- Vote on a product using UncommonGoods’ voting tool.
- Follow The Geeky Hostess on Twitter.
- “Like” The Geeky Hostess on Facebook.
EDIT: We have our winner! Random.org selected comment #52, which was Monica Hudak! Congrats Monica, I’ll be in touch over email!
Disclosure: UncommonGoods provided me with the products shown above and the $50 gift certificate in exchange for a review. The review is my own opinion.