Mother always took a Hostess gift. She impressed upon us how important it was to properly and politely recognize invitations and the efforts that a Host or Hostess put into having an event in their home.
Flowers, plants and chocolates are the first gifts that come to mind.
If you decide to give one of these items I would suggest a bouquet arranged in a vase
or a potted plant or an orchid...
leave nothing extra for the busy Hostess to do on the night of her open house or dinner party.
If you are giving chocolates...
opt for a local artisan chocolate shop over a box of "store bought" sweets.
(or make your own!)
If you are invited out to a dinner or house party do not arrive empty handed...
the gift does not need to be extravagant
and please consider the Hostess and her tastes.
A bottle of wine
a scented candle
French milled soap
exquisite olive oil
a linen tea towel
Hostess gifts need not be purchased if you are handy in the kitchen.
I have a few things that I like to make every year just before Christmas.
Our social calendar gets filled up quickly and I like to be prepared with a variety of gifts.
I buy pretty tins and doilies at the local Dollar Store.
My latest gift is dried fruit from the health food store dipped in chocolate.
Buy an assortment of fruit...melt the chocolate "buttons" and dip the fruit.
Cool on a parchment lined sheet pan then store in air tight containers
a layer of parchment or waxed paper between each layer of fruit.
Trust me...these are delicious!
They do not take very long to dip once the chocolate is melted.
Work in smaller batches so the chocolate stays smooth and pliable.
Arrange tins so that you can divide the fruit evenly.
Assembly line seems to be the most efficient way for me to get things done.
The fruit made ahead and stored in separate tins...
Each tin has a variety of chocolate dipped fruit.
You could add nuts if you like...
I make a batch of spiced nuts that I package in separate containers.
This is an easy and inexpensive Hostess gift...
the fruit is slightly addictive!
(I reserve a large tin of dipped fruit in the pantry for our use)
Organic Chinese Mandarin Oranges are so sweet...
we have eaten one box so far and are into the second one!
I like to make one dinner and serve it twice when I am busy.
I made a big batch of soup...
I served it for dinner
and packed the leftovers for another day.
You can freeze it of you want and bring it out on a night when you are pressed for time.
is always so much easier if you "plan ahead!"
Stay tuned for more Hostess approved recipes!