Thanks to the Hostess with the Mostest

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I am always in search of beautiful and creative tokens of appreciation for my kind and hospitable hostesses.  Whether its a weekend stay or a dinner party, it always feels good to say thank you with a fabulous present.  I recently sent this Tea Cup Candle from Cambria Cove to my dear friend and very generous hostess with whom I stayed during my business trip to Savannah.   

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Another favorite gift of mine is this delicate and tranquil Lotus Fountain from Red Envelope.  It would look terrific anywhere, but would be especially soothing in a bedroom or bathroom (next to a big soaking tub!).  I gave one to my mom and it looks lovely in her greenhouse room surrounded by orchids.

Lately, I am loving all of the tableware from Acacia Catalog, like these Mug and Plate Sets below.  I love the interesting patterns and the non-matchy sets.  I would really enjoy sipping my morning coffee from one of these mugs.  Acacia also carries the cutest dessert plates that come wrapped in a hatbox – they are out of stock right now, but keep in mind, that also makes a terrific gift with a knock-out presentation. 

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Va Va Va VOOM!  Check out this flirty apron from Layla Grace with a slimming silhouette – isn’t it awesome?  Almost makes you want to have a dinner party just to sport this sassy smock.  A definite must have for the hostess with the mostest! 

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I also love to give cocktail caddies to hostesses who love their libations.  Williams Sonoma makes the most delectable Margarita Mixes.  Their current flavor offerings are lemon-lime, mango and mixed berry.  The holiday margarita collection, which usually features delicious pomegranate and blood orange flavors, is also a wonderful holiday gift. 

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My good pal from Telling It Like It Is gave me this amazingly chic Cosmetic Bag from Kate Spade last Christmas.  Mine is a beautiful rich, navy, paisley pattern.  I am loving this cheery yellow for the summer!  It is fully waterproof and holds everything but the kitchen sink, but it is still flat enough to lay across the top of your checked bag.  Makes traveling even more fun!

I also love this idea from friend and an inspiring and fellow blogger Paul Corrie – he suggests wrapping a nice bottle of wine in a luxe dish towel.  You could get creative and wrap it in a silk scarf, or tie it all together with a pretty organza or grosgrain ribbon.  Check out these great tea towels (Al Fresco and Butterfly Mosaic) from Anthropologie:

hospitality6hospitality7A kind gift of appreciation for a hostess does not have to be expensive, in fact, most of these ideas are less than $50.  What are your favorite hostess gifts?  Please leave a comment and share!  

Also, do not forget to click back tomorrow for Favorite Things Friday with a new guest blogger – it’s going to be a good one!

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One response to “Thanks to the Hostess with the Mostest

  1. Jessica McClellan

    Love all of the new posts on Spark! especially the one on hostess gifts! You always give such thoughtful and special gifts! Really like your new carpet runner too!
    p.s. The lotus fountain reminded me of a fun night when we were supposed to be at thrift sale but got sidetracked! When we finally arrived, you were relegated to trying to fix that broken fountain! Better than pricing someone else’s thrift! 🙂

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