Heartwarming story behind Reba McEntire’s surprising Solo cup habit and family tradition

Reba McEntire’s well-titled book, “Not That Fancy”, is set to come out later this year.

In it, the star discuses much about her life, especially her humble roots before she had fame and money.

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Known for her warm and down-to-earth personality, Reba McEntire has blessed us with her music and unique blend of country, pop, and rock.

Reba is not only a beloved country music icon but also a talented writer who has released four books chronicling her life and career. Now, fans can look forward to a new addition to her literary collection.


The country superstar recently appeared on Today to talk about her upcoming book, and especially focused on how her upbringing shaped her entertaining style.

”We talk family, friends, how to throw a party that’s not so fancy. That’s my kinda party. You know, I don’t really care if everything matches,” she said.

Perhaps the most surprising detail was one that we might not expect from such a high-profile star.

”Sometimes I ask to use real plates instead of paper plates. But I love Solo cups,” Reba explained.

But her love of the traditional red party cup might not be as surprising when one considers McEntire’s humble upbringing and continuously humble lifestyle.

The 67-year-old music icon grew up on a family ranch in Chockie, Oklahoma – and she is country through and through. When not in school, she played in a family band or helped with the cattle. Her father and grandfather were decorated rodeo champs – Reba was an avid barrel racer.

Growing up in the countryside came with certain values and many of these Reba carried with her later in life.

”I think that’s the main message of the book — don’t not have a party because everything doesn’t look right, or you didn’t have time to get this ready. Just go have fun.”

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In this case, it seems like McEntire is simply keeping a family tradition alive.

”I got that from Mama. At Thanksgiving everybody wrote their name with a magic marker on their Solo cup, and that way you didn’t have to waste a lotta cups, gettin’ a new one, and you knew which one was yours,” she explained. “And next Thanksgiving you look for your cup, ‘cause it’s still there.”

Host Willie Giest asked Reba about the family’s use and reuse of the cups.

”I still wash Solo cups,” McEntire added in response.

The upcoming book will include the country singer’s advice for hosting events and other homestyle advice. Advice on life and food will also be included, including recipes that can be found at her new Oklahoma restaurant, Reba’s Place.

Other than her humble roots and hostess tips, McEntire used the interview to address claims that she is considered an idol for others, scoffing at terms like “legend” or “trailblazer”.

“When I hear those words I think Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Barbara Mandrell, Anne Murray, Minnie Pearl, all of those women are the pioneers, the icons, the legends that I got to learn from,” she explained.


What do you think of McEntire’s ability to stay so humble despite her fame and wealth? Let us know in the comments!