Spring season is well underway and with it comes a whole host of parties, afternoon teas, and summer gatherings. Thanking the hostess is always important, as playing the role of host requires a bit of planning, preparation, time and often money.
My mother was never a huge fan of hosting–whereas I’ve always loved the work and preparation that goes into it. That being said, my mother did do a great job of teaching my sister and me the importance of thanking the hostess. Today I’m sharing a roundup of my favorite ways to thank you to the hostess at your next springtime event or summer picnic.
Some of these gift ideas cost more than others. But it does depend on your relationship with the hostess, your financial situation, and the appropriateness of the occasion. And remember, at the end of the day it really is about saying thank you and it’s the thought that counts. Do not feel bad if a fellow guest brings a gift more expensive than yours. I have received a variety of hostess gifts in the past–from bottles of wine, to flowers, to a home-curated goody basket of Mrs. Meyers cleaning supplies (still one of my favorites!), to a Glassybaby candle votive. I have been touched by all these gifts and never thought twice about who paid more or which gift is most expensive.
1. Flowers or Plant
2. Bottle of Wine
3. Gourmet Treat: Such as handmade pasta and pasta sauce
4. Cute Cocktail Napkins
5. Box of French Macaroons
6. Box of Chocolates
7. Box of Tea
8. Bag of Gourmet Coffee Beans
9. Stay Cool Mug from Makers + Goods
11. Candles–these are my favorites
12. Goody basket of themed items–for instance the collection of Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products I received were given by a good friend for my first housewarming party with The Beau. It was perfect for a housewarming, and perfect for me, given my love of cleaning 🙂
13. Nest Serving Bowl from Kaminer Haislip . . . or any of Kaminer’s home items!
14. Set of Linen Napkins
15. A Cookbook–honestly any cookbook from Anthropologie is always perfect!
16. A Piece of Pottery–like a mug or small serving bowl
17. Collection of Soaps, Bath Salts, or Bubble Bath
18. Set of Tea Towels
19. Set of Pot Holders
20. Local Honey or Maple Syrup or Jam from Farmer’s Market.
21. Set of Patterned Cupcake Liners
22. Gift Card to Local Coffee Shop
23. Set of Esse Nail Polish Colors