Cherished readers, as a tie-in to yesterday’s post about entertaining guests, today we shall look at the nice custom of guests bringing the hostess a small gift as a thank you for putting on a wonderful get-together.
The guest need not spend a fortune or spend an inordinate amount of time searching for the perfect gift. These types of gifts, in The Lady Hooper-Brackett’s opinion, should be simple and useful.
Some items you may wish to consider when choosing a gift for your host:
A bottle of wine
A box of chocolates
A bouquet of flowers
Some lovely cocktail napkins
A box of pretty stationery
Non-perishable foodstuffs (jams, jellies, mustards etc..) in a gift box or set.
A beautiful coffee table book (The Lady prefers photography or travel books)
Marble cheese cutter
If your host is an avid barbecuer, an apron or BBQ tool set
And because The Lady is fond of getting good deals on beautiful things….I will suggest that if you find a sale at one of the better department stores on some of the items on the list, you stock up and keep a shelf in a closet loaded with items to grab and go when you are asked over. The Lady has personally found appropriate items that any host would be proud to display at Dillard’s and Macy’s. (And though this fact will date her horribly….back in the day Filene’s had gorgeous things with which to gift your hostess!)
Best Guest Gift Wishes,
The Lady Hooper-Brackett