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Being a Gracious Party Guest: 12 Ways of Showing Appreciation to Your Hosts

Invitations to a person’s home are always memorable. It may be a birthday or special celebration, a house warming or just a more or less informal get together for a group of friends to catch up.
Obviously your gift for the host or hostess will depend on the occasion, but even if the gathering is just for fun you don’t want to arrive empty handed. Start by asking if you can bring something for the party, a beverage or dessert maybe. A stylish carrying tote, dessert platter or lovely tea towel can easily double as present.
Alternatively choose from the suggestions below. While some assume that you know your hosts’ lifestyle and habits, others are quite universal.

One – Homemade food specialties

Your homemade Jam, Chutney, Pesto, Liqueur or cookies presented in an attractive container are sure to please and are truly individual. Add a personalized label and if you like include the recipe.

Presentation is everything. Make sure your homemade delicacy is wrapped in style.
Two – Wine

A fine bottle of wine is an obvious choice for oenophiles.  Afraid it might come across as unimaginative? Spruce up your offering with a creative wrapping. You can find inspiration here.

A fabulous bag makes any wine or beverage special. Image source
Three – Mixed drink kit

Arrange all the ingredients of your friends’ favorite mixed drink in a basket or ice bucket along with cocktail napkins and/or stirrers and coasters.

This Margarita gift crate comes complete with a miniature lime tree .
Four – Wineglass markers

Glasses get easily misplaced at parties. Color coded glass markers are a fun way to help everyone identify their drink. A small gift that is sure to be appreciated. You can follow this step-by step guide to create a one of a kind set.

These handmade wineglass markers are as cheerful as they are practical.
Five – Candle holders

Candles are a gift universally liked, however unless you know the recipient really well I recommend staying away from the scented kind. Complement them with candle holders – you might even want to make your own for a unique flair. Here are some charming yet easy projects.

Use your imagination to create charming candle holders from materials you may already own.
Six – Flowers

Flowers are always well received. If you choose cut flowers present them in a receptacle, your host/ess is probably busy enough as it is and won’t be too happy having to hunt for a suitable vase in the back of a kitchen cabinet. Or you can opt for a potted plant instead.

A humble mason jar embellished with a string serves as a vase for this adorable arrangement.Found here.
Seven – Plant for the garden

Your hosts live in a house with a garden or patio? How about a perennial plant that can be moved outdoors? A lasting gift that will grow with time. Depending on the size of the property and the type of garden you might even consider a tree sapling.

Give a perennial like this eye catching Mandevilla.
Eight – Herbs for the windowsill

For  your friends who like to cook potted herbs for the windowsill make a splendid offering, especially if it’s a collection of several different plants.

Assorted herbs are arranged in a wooden planter box. Source
Nine – Special olive oil or vinegar

Food lovers will likewise appreciate that distinctive bottle of olive oil or vinegar. Buy it ready at a gourmet store or make your own by infusing good quality olive oil with herbs and spices.

Delicious herb infused olive oil.
Ten – Apron

Yet another option for the cooking or barbecue enthusiast.  Available in a wide range  of fabrics and styles, from classic to colorful to whimsical. For a more personal touch sew it yourself.

You can find a sheer endless variety of apron DIY projects on Pinterest. I like this unisex model for its classic simplicity. Instructions here.
Eleven – Picture

Maybe you have a great photograph of your friend or of the two of you together. Print it and frame it for an genuinely personal present.

Choose a frame that matches both your picture and the personality of your host.
Twelve – Breakfast kit

After a successful (and tiring) party the last thing your hosts want to worry about is breakfast the morning after. Put together a basket with the ingredients for a healthy – or totally irresponsible – way to start the day.

Your hosts will adore a nicely arranged breakfast kit. Why not include something home made, like a loaf of delicious banana bread?

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10 Inventive Ways to Gift Wrap a Bottle

You are invited to a dinner party and don’t want to arrive empty handed – a bottle of wine or another beverage is an obvious choice for a gift. Or perhaps one of your friends is a wine enthusiast and you want to present him with that special bottle for his birthday.

You can a) go with the bag from the store – advertising and all; b) buy a wine bag with a nice print ; or c) get creative and produce a distinctive gift wrap that might well turn into a conversation starter at the get together.

Here are some ideas I found around the web. Some simple, some sophisticated, some whimsical, some a little more challenging to execute – but all of them imaginative and unique.

 

Wrap your offering in burlap for a rustic and charming effect. Instead of a ribbon add some corks tied to a string and an ivy tendril for the finishing touch. Click here for image source.

 

Looking for a gift for somebody who’s graduating? This champagne bottle comes complete with mortar board, gown and diploma! Find the complete tutorial here.

 

This playful bottle bag was the sleeve of a dress shirt in its previous incarnation. A bow tie is the fitting complement. You can find it here or easily make your own.

 

Craft paper, string and a wax seal give this wrapping its individual appeal. I know, most of us don’t own a wax seal, see here how to create an alternative. Or else just substitute with an attractive button.

 

This bag is a gift in itself. It’s as elegant as it is simple. Accolades from your host/ess and fellow guests are guaranteed. You can find it here.

 

Another easy yet fetching alternative: use a tea towel or a scrap of fabric in lieu of wrapping paper, as seen here.

 

A stunning arrangement made from leaves. Almost too beautiful to disassemble. Seen here.
A stunning arrangement made from leaves. Almost too beautiful to disassemble. Seen here.

 

A bottle of champagne disguised as a pineapple with the help of Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Instructions (in German) here.

 

These lovely wine carriers require some basic knowledge in sewing and may be a little more time consuming than most of the previous ideas. But they are definitely worth the effort. You can look up the tutorial here.

 

Recycle your old jeans. Just cut off the legs and turn them into these handsome wine bags. Discovered here.

 

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