The Hostess Gift

THE PLEASURE OF GIVING A THOUGHTFUL HOSTESS GIFT

My mother always told me, “Never arrive empty handed.”  I am a stickler about being a grateful guest Which means I do as my mother taught me as well as to be prompt with a thank you note…a handwritten thank you note.  I love to put real thought into the hostess gift.  If time allows, I will do my best to order a gift that is monogrammed.  It does not require great expense, just great thought.  There is nothing unacceptable with purchasing gifts and tucking them away for a future occasion.  If you have a friend who collects and you come upon one of their desires, purchase it.  I love to please the host or hostess with something other than the traditional bottle of wine.

Leather desk items

Leather desk items

Monogrammed cocktail napkins

Monogrammed cocktail napkins

French soaps

French soaps

French candles

French candles

Antique silver napkin rings

Antique silver napkin rings

French olive oil

French olive oil

Linen napkins

Linen napkins

Antique monogrammed silver

Antique monogrammed silver

Monogrammed coasters

Monogrammed coasters

Gourmet chocolates

Gourmet chocolates

Antique books

Antique books

Unique cutlery

Unique cutlery

A leather journal

A leather journal

Champagne

Champagne

Whatever your choice for your gift to the hostess, give equal thought to the wrapping.  I confess that for many years I detested gift wrapping.  It was a chore.  Where are my scissors?  What did I do with that roll of paper?  The tissue?  The ribbon?  I then realized that I was going about this all wrong.  I love details in decorating…I need the same attitude with wrapping gifts.  Also, the fact that I dislike gift bags!!!!  So I ordered silver grey tissue in bulk, spools of various ribbon, a variety of sturdy boxes and I buy rolls of wrapping paper often.  Now that my wrapping room is set up and organized, I have a sense of excitement at the thought of gift wrapping.  I also have become inspired by the artistry of Carolyne Roehm.

Carolyne Roehm

Carolyne Roehm

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Add a little extra

Add a little extra

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Perhaps a hint of what is inside

Perhaps a hint of what is inside

Beautiful gifts coordinated and ribboned together

Beautiful gifts coordinated and ribboned together

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Stunning yet simple

Stunning yet simple

Charming

Charming

The gift suggestions are endless.  Seasonal is always appreciated and who can resist sharing something delicious.  I have ordered bread from Poilane in Paris which arrives in two days, is not expensive and will WOW your hostess.

The French patisserie ships overnight from Paris

The French patisserie ships overnight from Paris

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Knowing your host and hostess’ likes and hobbies gives inspiration to books on the subject.  Always a good idea.

Coffee table books

Coffee table books

Monogrammed stationary

Monogrammed stationary

This requires a bit of thinking ahead, but will be ready for the occasion

This requires a bit of thinking ahead, but will be ready for the occasion

Gourmet pastries

Gourmet pastries

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I now recognize that this will not be a singular post subject.  Hopefully it will inspire you to give a bit more thought to your gift for the hostess.  Whether it is a couple of friends gathering for coffee, a dinner party or a few cocktails before dinner out…please do not be empty handed.  These are occasions that are meaningful to all involved and these occasions certainly matter because…

EVERY DAY MATTERS

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