With the holidays quickly approaching the dinner parties and cocktail parties are about to begin! During the holiday season is seems as if everyone is throwing parties. Since it is the holidays it is important to not come empty handed but to show your appreciation by bringing something to the party. It can be something as simple as asking the hostess what you can bring to something as elaborate as fresh homemade baked goods. We have come up of a list of the top 5 gifts to give to a hostess.
- A serving platter
This is the perfect gift for a younger hostess who is just starting out throwing parties. A younger hostess is opt to not have as many serving platters so this would be one of your best options. If you are looking to give them something more personal you can always monogram it. This shows how much you appreciate the hostess having you over, but at the same time you don’t have to go above and beyond to think of a super unique gift. It is simple yet very useful for the hostess.
- Flowers in a vase
Flowers are the perfect gift you are looking for something on the cheaper side. Though be sure to not just bring a bouquet of flowers because then the host has to try to find a vase as guests are arriving. If you bring them already in a vase, then the hostess can just set them out. Also try to stick with vases that are clear glass that way you don’t have to worry about the vase clashing with any of the decorations that the hostess has put out.
Alcohol is the perfect gift for a smaller get together or for when you meet someone for the first time. If you know that there are only going to be a few people, a nice glass of wine is a great gift to bring. That way if the hostess wants to serve it they can but they also won’t feel pressured to. Often times hostess has the wine picked out according to the food they are serving so be sure to know the hostess and if that is the case try to stay away from alcohol as a gift. It is also a great gift if you were for example meeting the parents of your significant other. It is enough to show your gratitude but not too much that it looks like you are trying to show off. It is the perfect medium.
- Holiday Baked Goods
With the holidays right around the corner this is the perfect gift. It shows your appreciation while also adding the personal touch of you making them yourself. This also eliminates any pressure on the hostess to use/eat it the night of the party like other gifts do. Holiday baked goods are also great if you are going to multiple parties in one weekend. Instead of going out and buying three separate gifts for three different parties you can bake a few dozen cookies and split them up for each hostess!
- “What can I bring”
Simply asking the hostess prior to the party “What can I bring” is one of the best gifts you can give them. Many hostesses are stressed out and have so many things to do and make. By asking this it shows that you want to help because you appreciate them inviting you to their party. Also by asking you are guaranteed to give the hostess something that they want but also need!