Today I’m linking up with The Blog Connect 2017 team to share a few gift ideas for the holidays. Sarah from smoorelovin’ is sharing 10 Gifts for the Working Babe, Melissa from A Skinny Affair is sharing a Gift Guide for the Holistic Babe, Priyanka from Paint the Town Chic is sharing a 10 Gifts for the Fashionista, and Sarah from Shades of Sarah will be sharing Gifts Under $40.
My specialty? Great gift ideas for entertainers. Today I’ve got 10 great ideas to share with you for the hosts and hostesses in your life. Check it out:
First option. Aprons. They’re flipping adorable. You can buy them at Anthropologie like the one seen above. Or you can buy them at Marshalls and Homegoods. As far as I’m concerned you can never have too many. They make them for all seasons, in all styles, and all colors. Don’t believe me? Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to aprons.
Cookbooks aren’t just for recipes anymore, they’re for inspiration. Between the delicious-looking food, beautiful spreads, and enticing menus, every host or hostess, no matter how experienced, will surely be able to find something to add to their usual gatherings. If you know the host or hostess in your life reads blogs, watches certain shows, or has any favorite restaurants, there’s a good chance that you will find a cookbook written by one of those folks. Here are a just a few suggestions that I either own or have spent enough time paging through at the bookstore that I probably should have bought:
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Admittedly, the photo above is a magazine, Mingle magazine. It’s an entire magazine of “the visual feast of imaginative gatherings.” Y’all. It’s so pretty. Highly recommend. Other suggestions for books about entertaining include Great Get-Togethers, Effortless Entertaining Cookbook, Celebrate, and Dinner Diaries: Reviving the Art of the Hostess.
A great cutting board can make a food display. They make some flipping cool cutting boards. But I’m a traditional girl and like this regular rectangular cutting board form Home Depot. They come in all different shapes and sizes. I bet there’s even a bunch of DIYs. And if you’re feeling really inspired, buy your hostess friend some cheese along with your cutting board. Because cheese. Specifically the delice de bourgogne from Trader Joe’s.
I finally pulled out my Table Topics game for the first time at a party, and it was a big hit! It was great for people to have something to talk about – and we even used one of the questions as an icebreaker. After browsing the Table Topics website, I found out they have one called: Not Your Mom’s Dinner Party. What a great way to kick off the party fun.
I was given custom stationery after volunteering at Texas Style Council 2015. It’s so useful to have. It has my name on it. It’s simple. It’s classy. The one above is from Minted.
Y’all. Do you know how many times I think about buying coasters, but can’t justify the price? I would love if somebody bought me coasters. The ones above are slate. But my friend Lisa just did a blog post on looking for cute coasters. There are so many options.
In my new quest for being a more thoughtful hostess, I’ve been enjoying decorating with candles. I bought my first one this year – it was called Mermaid Kisses by the Shore Soap Co. It smells delicious. Before you purchase a candle on behalf of someone else, just give some consideration to what types of smells the host or hostess enjoys. (For example, I hate super flowery smells and Ben hates super vanilla-y smells.)
There are so many cute plates these days. And they add a little extra something to any party or food display. The ones seen above are from West Elm. My other favorite place for plates is Anthropologie. That said, I always wait for them to go on sale first, no matter where I get them from.
What’s more hospitable than offering somebody a cup of tea? (My interpretation of Sheldon Cooper’s: Cay I offer you a hot beverage?) It’s always nice to have some varieties on hand because everyone has a different taste in tea. I recommend somewhere like Plum Deluxe where you can get many signature tea blends.
When In Doubt
When in doubt, just walk into Williams-Sonoma, Anthropologie, West Elm, or Crate & Barrel.
I hope this list inspired you and gave you some insight into gift ideas for entertainers. If I missed anything (especially if it’s on your list), let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to browse through the additional gift guides while you’re browsing, you never know what you’ll find: