Let’s face it, dinner parties are why we look forward to the weekends. Whether it’s for rooftop cocktails, a backyard BBQ or pool time party, these social gatherings with friends and family is what makes leisure time that much more pleasurable—time to eat great food, laugh, and enjoy the company of loved ones both outdoors (in the warm weather) and cozied up inside (for when the temps drop). Although we all know that it’s super tacky to show up to a party empty handed, stressing over a great gift to bring the hostess can sometimes take away from the fun. In comes my list below. Simply and classy yet fun and thoughtful, these are my top 10 Gift ideas for the Hostess of your next dinner party:
Every girl loves sweets, whether they be French macarons or chocolate, and these gorgeous bonbons from Ladurée are edible works of art.
The custom of gifting flowers or bouquets dates back to ancient BC times. It has always been the best way to communicate feelings without making use of a lot of words. This is the perfect opportunity to show the hostess your gratitude and appreciation. Check out the beautiful arrangements at Ovando NYC.
This gift is especially great for the hostess who loves to cook. Nothing adds better zest to a home cooked meal then fresh herbs, and it doesn’t get any fresher than your counter top or garden. Think of it as gifting potted plants—that you can actually eat. BONUS: Choose a variety that can act as a natural insect repellent when set on your outdoor dining table.
Are you having a meal that would pair beautifully with a specific wine? Do you have a knack for baking? Perhaps fresh loaves of bread or a perfect dessert? I’m sure your hostess will appreciate your regard for helping her out by bringing something that will take a load off of her shoulders when it comes to preparing the meal.
Hostesses are always looking for inspiration—whether it be from magazines, blogs, or old cookbooks. These vintage cookbooks double as eclectic kitchen décor for the stylish hostess.
Buy a glass pitcher and fill it with the ingredients to put together a signature drink. Perhaps you can pair a nice tequila with some salt, sugar and limes for a margarita inspiration, or even wine, brandy and fruit for a nice sangria. You can even just fill it with fresh lemons and a little sugar for a non-alcoholic lemonade drink.
RETURN ADDRESS STAMP
This doubles as a cute housewarming gift as well. I personally prefer the old school rubber stamps that you have to dab into the inkpad before imprinting onto a piece of paper.
Whether it’s a beautiful slate tray or an eco-friendly bamboo board, the key is the choose something the hostess can serve and label various cheeses on.
DOUBLE DUTY SPICES:
Pick something that can be set in the kitchen as a decorative item, but practical used by the hostess (so it doesn’t waste away or spoil). This salt sampler is perfect.
These are probably the most thoughtful and from the heart. You can really get creative here with baskets that contain all of the ingredients to make organic S’mores, ice cream equipment with toppings, an Italian-themed dinner, your favorite cookie recipe + ingredients, breakfast in a basket, you get the idea.
And there you have it, the top gifts that I would bring to someone’s home as a gesture of my appreciation. I hope you find them as lovey and practical as I do.