There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to hostess gifts. Some parts of the country find them to be standard for get togethers while others reserve them for special occasions. Here are a few tips and guidelines to help you choose the perfect hostess gift for your next dinner party.
You can’t go wrong with the basics, a bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers are probably the most common hostess gifts given but there are few things to keep in mind when giving one of these staples.
Flowers are a wonderful gift but consider bringing them in a vase, even a mason jar can work! By including a vase your hostess won’t feel obligated to arrange the bouquet immediately when she may have other pressing party preparations to make. Don’t be afraid to make your own bouquet either, this tutorial shared on Design Sponge gives you a step by step tutorial on putting together a gorgeous bouquet accessorized with a tea towel and wooden spoon-perfect for a hostess gift!
Wine is another common hostess gift but please don’t expect your wine to be opened that evening. Sometimes your host may have wines already chosen to compliment the menu so be flexible! Consider bringing your wine in a reusable wine bag or tie a corkscrew and reusable corks to the bottle as a bonus!
Small household gifts are another thing to consider when bringing a hostess gift. Tea towels, candles, soaps and other small items for the home are always appreciated by your grateful host. If you’re in the mood for DIY you could even create your own stamped tea towels using this tutorial shared by The DIY Village.
Gift baskets are another great gift to take to a party. They don’t have to be extravagant or expensive, just be sure they are personalized to your host’s tastes. Keri at Shaken Together Life shares an easy tutorial for making a Summer Beverage Hostess Gift Basket that I’m sure any host or hostess would be delighted to receive.
No matter what you decide to bring your host or hostess as long as it shows thought and consideration it is sure to be a hit! What ideas do you have for hostess gifts? Our readers sure would appreciate hearing about them.