Thursday, October 29, 2015

Host Gift Ideas Inspired by The Salonniere 100

I was really inspired by "The Salonniere 100" list (released today) of the best party hosts in the United States. As the holiday season approaches, I read through the list envisioning the many soires that took place over the last year and how we can all get inspired by these uber hosts!

Lela Rose and Her Suspended Dining Table

The people recognized are as diverse as you'd imagine and one thing I love about the list is people hosting parties for strictly business reasons weren't considered.

The people recognized tend to be "diverse across a variety of factors, all on the list share a rare gift for creating warm, gracious and memorable experiences for others." (From Salonniere website)

So, being inspired by these hosts for the holiday season, I thought I'd share what I believe is a unique aspect of the holiday season: not how to entertain, but the host gift!

If you have the blessed opportunity to be invited to an intimate dinner or a "party of the year" type event, host gifts are the best way in which you can say thank you!

And the days of a bottle of wine for the host is O-V-E-R!

The Salonniere 100: Herb and Felicia Gray

Even Real Simple confirmed that host gifts should be unique and thoughtful!

Here are a couple unique ideas shared in Real Simple and helpful recommendation links I searched for you to purchase these unique host gifts.

Each recommendation is $50 or less:

Flowers 2.0
“Show your host that her parties are always a great ‘thyme’ by giving her fresh herbs growing in pretty pots.”
—Carla McDonald, founder of The Salonniere

My Recommendation from 1800Flowers:

Morning-after Kit
“Add pancake mix, two mugs, a bag of freshly ground coffee, and a bottle of Advil. Then wrap it in newspaper.”
—Michelle Bachman and Seri Kertzner of Little Miss Party

My Recommendations:

From Amazon: Click Here

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