Kids are back in school and the fall season is right around the corner. This comes along with football season, fall festivals, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. Before you know it, the holidays are here. I guess you could say it is the un-official kick off of party-season. You know you will start to get the party invites, so be prepared and come ready with perfect hostess gifts.
My typical go-to is mini cheesecakes from a local bakery, but there are lots of great options available. French macaroons are also one of my favorites and mini donuts are always fun too. Odds are your host will plate them up and serve them along with the desserts at the party! Check your local bakery about whether they can do mini-sized options or order online from companies like Chelles Macarons or Shari’s Berries.
Alcohol is always a good staple. I am not a beer drinker, but my husband in particular, loves a good craft beer. If you aren’t familiar with your local or regional offerings, as at your neighborhood liquor store and they can direct you to a few favorites. They often let you mix it up and create your own 6-pack, too.
If you are really looking to impress and not too keen on putting together your own gift basket, you cannot go wrong with a fabulous gift basket from Harry & David. With everything from wine accessories to spreads and dips, kitchen accessories, etc., they ship directly to you or can send to your host/hostess directly.
My dad always made chili in the fall. To me, it just goes hand in hand with football season. His secret ingredient: 2 Alarm Chili Mix. You can find this at most regular grocery stores in the meal helper aisle. It comes in a red box and has all the spices inside for a perfect chili. Wrap it in cellophane and tie with a bow and you have a great gift! Spice it up with some hot sauce, a bag of fritos, and a ceramic bowl for chili and you have a real kit with all the fixings!
A great sea salt scrub is always a nice treat to have out in the bathroom for guests to use. These are available now in many stores, but you can find a good selection online.
If you are like me, most of my dish towels are nothing to write home about. I love giving or receiving decorative towels like these.
This sounds like a boring gift, but it is a really practical one. There are some great selections of nut and fruit mixes at Whole Foods. Wrap those in cellophane and include a small serving bowl and odds are your hostess will set it right out for guests at the party to enjoy.
This is a fairly traditional idea, but one that I have come to appreciate even more as I have gotten more into gardening (a.k.a. learning how to keep plants alive). Your local nursery will have a variety of plants and containers to choose from. I always like to go with potted succulents as they are easy to take care of, trendy, and make for an easy to carry hostess gift.
This can also be found at Whole Foods and is a great alternative to the typical bottle of wine for some of your non-drinking friends. A delicious mix of lemonade and elderflower makes for a unique blend of tastes. It comes in a pretty glass bottle that would fit easily into a wine bag, so makes for an easy gift. I try to keep some in my fridge to offer my own guests.
Just a few fun ideas that hopefully will get you through the party season and provide much appreciated hostess gifts. Enjoy!