Hostess with the Mostess

With summer fast approaching (technically, although the weather in the East Coast hasn’t reflected that as of late), you may find yourself invited to a lot of summer parties. It is a nice touch to bring a hostess gift with you as a token “thank you” to your hosts for inviting you into their home and throwing a party, bbq, dinner party, or any type of celebration.

Recently, I was out to dinner with a group of women and I was approached to come up with some hostess gift options for a hostess who already has everything.  The guests were going to be treated to a lavish weekend away courtesy of the hosts and wanted to either bring a gift with them to give to their hosts, or have a gift delivered upon their return home.

After some pondering, I came up with the following list of hostess gift options for the hostess who already has everything.

Under $100

1.  Petrossian Duet: 30 g. tin of Caviar and a 80 g. Whole Duck Foie Gras – comes packed in a signature isothermic case ($80+); 2. Vosages Chocolate: La Petite Hatbox ($85); 3. Chelsea Market Sweets Basket – comes packed in a french wire hamper ($85); 4. Claus Porto Guest Soaps ($20+)

Over $100

1. 25 Year Aged Balsamic (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena) ($169.99); 2. Villa Cappelli Truffle Pantry Gift Basker – includes among other things: White Truffle infused Olive Oil, Black Truffle Seasoning and White Truffle Honey ($215); 3. Spanish Saffron ($149.99); 4. Gapogiro Gelato Artisans – includes 6 gourmet gelatos with out-of-the box variety (no vanilla here)

Of course a large bouquet of flowers is always a nice safe bet as well! What are some hostess gifts that you enjoy either receiving, or giving?


May 24, 2011. Celebrations, gift suggestions, Recommendations. 1 comment.

Housewarming Gifts and a Reader Giveaway

Housewarming parties provide a wonderful opportunity for friends and family to enjoy a new space together.  When you are invited to a housewarming paty, it is a nice gesture to bring a gift. The gift doesn’t need to be expensive, but should be something thoughtful.

Here are some housewarming gifts that I think are very creative:

Wood Bottle Bookends (set of 2 $100); Organic Rice Hull Herb Garden ($16); Balsamic/Olive Oil Cruet Modena ($56); Glass Candle Snuffers ($30); Giraffe & Moose Wall Hooks($40); and Agate Wine Bottle Stoppers ($25)

Since I have been shopping for a perfect housewarming gift, I wanted to share the goods with my first Reader Giveaway!

I have an Ashley Nicole Designs hand crafted bottle stopper to give away. All you have to do is comment stating whether your favorite type of wine is red or white. Easy, right?

Winner will be selected by on Friday.

January 19, 2011. Celebrations, gift suggestions. 8 comments.

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