Growing up in the South I was raised on the notion to never arrive at a home empty-handed. To this day my 90-year-old grandmother comes bearing baked goods to every visit and door she graces. Whether it’s a short visit to see a friend, a dinner party invite, or popping in to see family it’s always a good idea to bring a little something. Express your gratitude to the hostess for their hospitality. Yet many of us don’t have the time or skill of my grandmother to whip up a tasty food item to bring to our hostess.
Luckily, there is an easy alternative to show your appreciation without slaving away in the kitchen or spend all day crafting.
Share a Great Read
Have you read a good book lately? Do you have a go-to cookbook? Share it with your hostess! In my opinion, the book can be either a new copy or used depending on the situation. If I’m giving a favorite book to a good friend, I think she will appreciate the stretched spine and notes in the margin of my beloved book. Yet, if you’re meeting an acquaintance or someone you’d like to impress, I’d encourage picking up a fresh copy. Not only will they be charmed by the sentiment it will also give you something to talk about if you’re at an awkward dinner party!
Drink and Be Merry
The classic hostess gift is a bottle of wine. I love some wine but that idea is boring and surprisingly not everyone is a wine lover. A cute alternative is bringing single serve ingredients to make your favorite cocktail or mocktail. I’m a Kentucky girl so we love our bourbon and ginger ale, but the possibilities are endless! Hold the bottles together with a rubber band or twine and tie a ribbon for a refined touch.
Running On Coffee
When I’m hosting a party or event, I’m usually running around like a mad woman trying to get everything accomplished. I have little time to enjoy a hostess gift that requires my immediate attention. What better way to show your appreciation than a gift that will pamper your hostess the next morning! Insert coffee. Our world runs on coffee! Pick up a unique mug that fits your hostess’s personality and fill it with your favorite coffee beans, k-cup, or morning treats.
A Note Of Thanks
A lovely pack of note cards is great hostess gift. How often have we, ourselves, searched high and low for a note or thank you card to send? Give your hostess a set of monogrammed note cards, in her favorite color, or embellished with her favorite flowers. Include a nice pen all tied up with a pretty ribbon. Sometimes the little things mean more than grandiose expressions.
In today’s world sometimes a simple thank you can mean so much. These hostess gifts provide an easy, no-fuss way to show your appreciation to your hostess with the mostess!
Brittany is a recent law school graduate practicing in her home state of Kentucky. She is the creator and writer of The Lady Lawyer blog where she discusses office fashion, entertaining recipes, travel, and the quest for work-life balance. Her interests include spoiling her two dogs, shopping, dreaming up vacations, reading, and never turning down a brunch invite.