“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” –Oscar Wilde
Hosting events, for me at least, is such a roller coaster of an adventure. There is the meal planning, decor planning, figuring out what to drink and wear, shopping for said meal and decor and then arranging everything while hitting the inevitable speed bumps of running out of essential items along the way. I have so much fun in the preparing process that when the actual event comes along it passes by in what feels like a blink and then all that is left behind is a mess of dishes and overflowing garbage to take out. And still I love every crazy second of it.
Recovering from a million disasters and near misses that guests never even notice and attending to all the little details that pop up is sure to leave even the most seasoned host or hostess feeling drained by the end of the day.
With Thanksgiving creeping up on us, and boy is that the holy grail of hosting dinner parties, I thought it would be fun to share some ideas of really easy and affordable host gifts that are sure to be enjoyed!
A really easy DIY breakfast basket will be the perfect way for your host to wake up and ease back into clean up mode. You could include fruit, scones, granola, some jam..so many easy options to toss into your breakfast basket…who knows maybe they will do breakfast in bed!
As an avid tea drinker I love the idea of packaging up specially picked out flavors from my loose leaf tea collection and arranging them in a nice box for your host to enjoy, especially if you have some flavors that are seasonal and would enjoy sharing them! If you don’t have a massive tea collect like I do, this is easily done in a quick trip to the grocery store and grabbing a seasonal or variety box and putting your own unique spin on boxing it up! Easy and delicious gift!
Another great way to thank your hosts is with a gift certificate to the local cinema for a night out to the movies. Your hosts will be whisked away into a world of intrigue or imagination, far away from their dishes, for a couple of hours and it will only cost about $20. Plus who doesn’t love an excuse to go to the movies!
After all of the running around, prep work and serving your host is sure to enjoy a relaxing trip to the local nail salon for a pedicure. Slipping off to be pampered and groomed is a wonderful way to show your hostess how much you enjoyed the work she put into preparing the special day.
All of the ideas I suggested are quick, easy and cost less than $30! I’d love to hear some of your favorite go-to hostess gifts so leave me a comment with your favorites!