Monday, May 12, 2014

Hostess Gift Etiquette Defined

Through the years our weekends have certainly changed.  There were the college years (and post-college years...) where our weekends were spent at restaurants and bars.  Then there were the early years with kids, where our weekends were spent going to bed by 9 pm, or falling asleep on the couch, barely making it through a movie.  But as the kids have gotten older, we are getting our mojo back in a whole new way.  It's the dinner party! 

The dinner party is a wonderful way to spend time with friends while the kids play together (in another room...away from us....sometimes they join for a quick bite to eat!)  When you get invited to a dinner party, should you bring a gift?  What's the etiquette on bringing hostess gifts?  

More Than Paper is here to help define when you should, and when you can skip, bringing a hostess gift to a dinner party, or any party for that matter. 




BRING A HOSTESS GIFT: 
  • If there is a printed invitation that was sent in the mail 
  • If you are the guest of honor. If someone is throwing you a party, bring that person a gift as a thank you
  • If there is a guest of honor, such as someone birthday or anniversary. Bring a small gift for the host throwing the party AND a gift for the guest of honor
  • If it's the first time you are visiting the person's home 
  • If you are staying overnight/out of town weekend trips 
  • During the holidays 
  • If it's a housewarming party 

SKIP THE HOSTESS GIFT:  (But ALWAYS write a thank you note!) 
  • If it's a regularly occurring group, such as a supper club, or close friends that you see often
  • If you have been asked to bring food and wine 
  • If it's a last minute group ensemble and you get invited via text or quick call
Always remember to write a note to the host or hostess! 

Boatman Geller - Rainbow Thank You Birth Announcements/Invitations (#22218)

Here are some ideas for hostess gift giving this spring and summer. We love bringing items that people can use for entertaining.  Other ideas are a bottle of wine, nuts, candies, homemade canned goods (jams or jellies), cookies or other food items. 




Find all these great hostess gift ideas here and let us know what you think! 

1) Wine Tags by Three Designing Women (stamp or write in!)  2)  Serving Tray by Kelly Hughes Designs 3)  Pub Glasses by Chatsworth 4) Napkins by Classic Impressions.  5) Personalized Candle 

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