Miss A Columnist

I am a WHO DAT LOUISIANA transplant dwelling in the Big D and I can be described as a vogue-a-holic by default, a socialite by nature, and a shoe-preneur by trade. I delight in the unexpected, have a tongue in cheek approach to tradition, never wear just anything, miscellaneous is my favorite category, and lastly – am spoiled by all things fabulous and swanky. I absolutely love the Big D because there is always a wide array of people, places, and things to experience.

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Perfect Hostess Gifts

When it comes to hostess gifts, I prefer the personal touch rather than flowers and wine – personally I have enough vases underneath my counter to open my own florist, and enough wine to open my own wine bar. There is absolutely nothing wrong with flowers or wine, but it tends to be the (expected) gift. The key to finding the right token of thanks is just putting in a little effort. A gift for your hostess need not be extravagant, but a little creativity does go a long way toward making this present surprising and special. 

While you should never arrive at a party empty-handed, I start collecting throughout the year and keep a closet filled with potential gifts. It can be anything if you put the right spin on it. I once gave a hostess a beauty mask, accompanied with a spa certificate for a deluxe pedicure. Gifts should be a conversation starter – a story that starts the fun.

Some of the best hostess gifts I have ever received were personalized stationery, beautifully wrapped – well thought out and very useful. Another was a handwritten note and a donation to The American Diabetes Association in memory of my father who passed away with this illness, a gift that was so near and dear to my heart. Lastly, I love to cook and entertain, so I have received many cookbooks over the years, with special notes written inside to add to my ever growing collection.

So you have an invite for this week, no need to sweat it, as there are many lovely options, but it is very important to decide properly. Your hostess has taken the care to invite you and has shown her side of love.

Your hostess gift will also have to reflect your side of the bond and goodwill. So depending on the kind of person your hostess is you can decide from a number of options.  You can do it – make me proud! (and I certainly hope you didn’t forget to RSVP)

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