The best cookbooks do more than just present recipes -- they offer a glimpse into a particular place or style of cooking that can change the way we view the food on our plates. While running your last minute holiday errands be sure to swing through a bookstore to load up on house gifts and stocking stuffers.
Or at least make you the most popular guest.
Nothing says "I totally forgot to get you a hostess gift so I just stopped at the local store" like showing up to the party
When you show up to a friend's dinner party, do you bring a host or hostess gift? Absolutely! Unfortunately, these days many guests arrive expecting to be wined and dined -- but it should be the other way around. Hosts put a lot of time into preparing for and entertaining guests and you should always remember to say "thanks" with a thoughtful present.
Just because I'm sober doesn't mean I don't want to come to your party. Maybe I do and maybe I don't, but if we're friends, I'd at least like the invite so I can decide for myself.
Thinking of bringing flowers? Yeah, great. Now, your hostess has to stop what she's doing and cut your flowers and put them in some water. How thoughtful. Stop being so predictable and get your gracious hosts what they really want...
These gift suggestions, while meant for the rounds of parties that erupt during December, can apply all year round, as graciousness never goes out of season.
Hostess gifts are tricky -- it sometimes feels near-impossible to think beyond the typical bouquet or wine bottle. As the
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Whether your heading to the beach, lake, park or backyard patio, be sure you have these fun and festive essentials on hand to ensure a summer worthy good-time!