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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?

You’re all set for your next invitation. Thank you for visiting. Please feel free to sign up for e-mail notification or follow me on facebook or bloglovin’.

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Color Code Your Guests’ Wine Glasses

It happens at every party: guests mingle, put down their drinks and later are not sure which glass was theirs. So they go and get a new beverage. There is a simple and whimsical way to avoid this. Color coded drink markers. For cocktails just use different stirrers, beer glasses can be personalized with adhesives. Wine glasses on the other hand deserve more style. Their stems downright call for some fancy adornments.

Surprisingly, while there is a decent selection of wineglass markers available on the internet, they are quite elusive at most stores. However they can be a quick and easy DIY project. Make them for your next party or as a host/ess gift or stocking stuffer come Christmas time.

I’ve been making this beaded model in numerous variations. Thanks to its wire base it attaches to the glass by a simple twist. Follow the step-by-step instructions to copy it or use it as inspiration for your own creation.

You will need thin pliable wire and for each marker beads from within the same color family in different sizes. In addition I used the same clear beads and silver sequins for all color variations.

Thin wire and different beads are all you need for this project.Recommended tools are rounded pliers and sturdy scissors for cutting the wire. Cat optional.

Start by cutting off two lengths of wire, 18 – 20 cm each. Thread a small bead on each, folding back the end of the wire, about 1 cm.

Thread beads in the same sequence on both wires, about 2 – 3 cm.

Join the wires and continue with a sequin, a large bead and another sequin.

Continue with the two wires together.

Maintain the joined wires and create a pattern with small and medium sized beads for about 8 –  9 cm. Finish with another large bead between two sequins.

Creating a pattern along the double wire.

Separate the wires and repeat the design of the opposite end.

Trim the excess wire to about 1 cm and bend it around the last small bead.

This is the tricky part: tuck the remaining wire into the preceding beads.

Pull the wire as tight as possible.

Voilà. Your first marker is done.

Approved by Galileo.

Repeat with different colors.

A complete set of six markers

Enjoy this playful little project which can be completed in a small amount of time.

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