I re-purposed decorations that we had in other parts of the house and popped our little Ballard Designs boxwood wreath on the wine glass rack and stacked about 40 little plates that I got at the Oneida outlet in New York with some red napkins. I love to do real plates and glasses whenever possible… It seems to make the party feel more special and dressy. And of course I love that we aren’t throwing away stacks of plastic plates.
After polling people on Migonis Home’s Facebook page and my personal page a few people recommended goat cheese stuffed dates so I tried Williams-Sonoma’s recipe for them and they were entirely gone by the end of the night.
I’m not sure if anyone did the simple peppermint hot chocolate swirled with a candy cane,
…but I know a lot of people tried bourbon with spiked pecans in their cocoa.
And then at the end of the night it was just a group of us standing around the island finishing sampling the mulled cider.
As I’m sitting on the couch I’m looking around and thinking about how generous our friends were… we were spoiled with some really sweet hostess gifts, like these gold glitter beeswax candles from a gift shop in Gloucester, or an enormous poinsettia, or gorgeous ornaments I’ll show you when we talk about the Christmas tree or a gift bag from Stonewall Kitchen… and of course, wine.
What are your favorite hostess gifts to give (or get)? What have you found to be a big hit?
I’m finding myself brainstorming fun ideas for what to bring to the next party we are invited to…