Starting this week, hostessing is in full swing for the next 30 plus days. Why not show up at the front door with something beyond a bottle of wine? An inventive host(ess) gift doesn’t require spending a lot of money, it just involves a little consideration more than an hour before the event. Why not create a small hostess gift stock as a go-to so you’re never in a pinch? Also note, presentation is everything, so invest in a some elegant wrapping–even the simplest Kraft paper and twine with a live sprig does the trick. Find something you like and make it your signature “packaging”.
Bees Knees Hudson and Salted Honey, $16 each; Mad et Len potpourris (scented lava rocks), from $145; Aesop Geranium Leaf body balm, $35; Ella Lou shibori-dyed cocktail napkins, $24; Tina Barney book, $71; Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderone, $24.