November 28, 2012

Holiday Celebrations!!

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:00 am by JBEvents

It’s that time of year when you will inevitably be invited to Holiday gatherings and when you attend, you definitely do not want to show up empty-handed.  This blog will share some of my favorite Hostess Gifts!  I hope perhaps they will spark your creativity and provide you with unique and personal gifts for all of your Hostess Gift Giving needs.

One common gift I tend to give is a bottle of wine.  But instead of just handing over a bottle – make it festive.  There are many ways of doing this and if you have time, wrap the bottle in a beautiful ribbon.  You can choose any color or type of ribbon (or yarn) you would like!

Another way to wrap a bottle is to use a festive Holiday towel.  You place the bottle in the center of the towel and then wrap it up around the bottle, tying it off at the top with a beautiful ribbon.

An idea I think that would be perfect for that Girl’s Night Out group Holiday gathering is to wrap a bottle of wine in a beautiful scarf or pashmina.  Since scarves and pashminas are so popular now, and most ladies love adding them to their wardrobe as an accessory or a warp for chilly evenings, it would be a welcomed two-in-one gift!

What would the Holiday’s be without the yummy homemade goodies like cookies, brownies, fudge and cakes?  Growing up, my mom would make approximately 20 different types of cookies for Christmas.  She would make double and triple batches of each variety and would then make a platter for each of the neighbors.  Needless to say, the neighbors loved receiving those tasty treats every year. 

Homemade cookies and fudge make wonderful Hostess gifts too!  A special way of presenting the delectable treats is to display them on a pretty plate or platter.  {Helpful hint ~ purchase inexpensive plates, platters or other unique containers throughout the year at yard sales, thrift stores or at clearance sales at your favorite department or specialty stores and use them to place the baked goods on.  The plate becomes another part of the Hostess gift.}

If you don’t have time to actually bake the cookies, how about giving the ingredients with the recipe and instructions to the Hostess.  Take your favorite cookie recipe, and measure out all of the dry ingredients.  Layer them in a jar.  Tie the recipe to the jar with a colorful ribbon.  I like to add some festive holiday fabric around the top of the jar for a finished look.

Another idea using a jar is to make a Hot Cocoa mix.  I like to make a tasty mix with some secret ingredients for an unexpected surprise ~ like cinnamon or a pinch of nutmeg.  For a cute way of providing the directions, create a poem that can be attached so the Hostess knows how to make the perfect cup of Hot Cocoa.  If you like marshmallows in your Hot Chocolate, include those as well.  I also like to include a cute Holiday mug to present with the mix.

Since nuts are prevalent around the holiday’s, why not create a tasty treat that’s gift-giving worthy, like one of my favorites, Spiced Pecans!!

Another sure-to-please Hostess gift for the Popcorn Lover is a variety of gourmet flavored popcorn.  Or, maybe they are a popcorn purist and would just prefer regular popcorn kernels and variety of popcorn seasonings.  Add a bowl for the popped goodness and you have a gift your Hostess will find delicious!

What Hostess wouldn’t like to receive personalized towels?  This is something you wouldn’t necessarily purchase for yourself, so giving monogrammed towels (finger tip or hand) makes a wonderful and thoughtful gift.

I hope these suggestions have given you ideas for your upcoming social season!!!  Wishing you a Happy and safe Holiday!!! 

Cheers!

Janice

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