Gift Guide: Hostess Gifts, Thanks for Coming.

By |December 11th, 2014|Gift Guide|

holiday wreathUgly sweater party season is upon us.  I am fortunate enough to have wonderful friends who know better than to invite me to such a terrifying event.  They also know a lot of other things, like how to throw great parties.  One of the most gracious gifts friends can give us during the holidays is opening up their homes (whether a massive mansion or teeny studio) to host a festive get together.  In a city like New York, friends fast become second families and there’s a reason things like “Friendsgiving” exist.  Something my mother taught me from the time I was invited to slumber parties was to never arrive empty handed.  I diligently practice this form of social etiquette to this day and always arrive bearing gifts, whether they be basic bottles of wine or a bags full of glowsticks.  I never arrive unannounced or empty handed and to ensure that you will be invited to next year’s fete, I suggest you do the same (and avoid using your dinner napkin as a headwrap).  Below are my picks for gifts to thank your generous hosts for having you this holiday season.

hostess holiday gift guide

Baccarat Dom Perignon Flutes, $240C. Wonder Pop Fizz Cocktail Shaker, $38Alexandra von Furstenberg Fearless Coasters, $125 Lia Bottlestopper, $64Georg Jensen Wine & Bar Gift Set, $195Match Lucido Pitcher, $185Gift Boutique Piedmont Slate Cheese Board, $99Jonathan Adler Blanc Candle, $78Kim Seybert Paillette Wine Decanter, $177Bombki Little New York Set of Five Glass Baubles, $85




Gift Guide: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

By |December 10th, 2013|Gift Guide|

holiday party friendsUnless you are a terrible house guest (insert all too easy obvious relevant pop culture reference here), you will more than likely be invited to at least one holiday gathering- dinner party or otherwise.  As anyone knows, Emily Post would encourage you not to turn up empty handed.  While there is debate whether or not bringing good spirits, alcoholic and emotional, is enough, my personal opinion is that it’s always a welcome surprise to receive something other than a bottle of Chateau Diana that was picked up from Duane Reade or the deli on the way over.  Be it pricey or just playful, there are plenty of fun options to be presented to your gracious host(ess) as a token of appreciation for organizing the soirée.

gifts for host hostess1. Williams-Sonoma Monogram Collection Salad Plates, 2. Limited Edition Golden Monogram Mug, 3. AERIN Round Match Striker, 4. Mistletoe Stem,  5. Cire Trudon Le Grande Bougie Melchior Myrrh and Benzoin, 6. Wishbone Bottle Opener, 7. Toasts & Tributes by John Bridges and Bryan Curtis, 8. Linen Satin Stitch Cocktail Napkins, 9.Set of 2 Copper Moscow Mule Mugs, 10. D.L. & Co. 12 Days of Christmas Candle Set, 11. Soiree Opus Wine Gadgets Gift Set, 12. Lékué Macaron Kit, 13. Argentinean Candy Jar


Happy hosting.




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Gift Guide: Hostess with the Mostess

By |December 21st, 2011|Gift Guide|

Chances are that in the next week or two you will be attending some type of holiday party, dinner, or domestic gathering.  If you are lucky enough not to be the one stuck hosting, don’t you dare show up empty handed.  What?  Were you raised in a barn?  If you have ever hosted, you are aware of all the duties (and expenses) that come along with putting together a suburban soiree.  Rather than show up with the run of the mill bottle of wine or spirit, how about picking up something that will actually make the lady of the house feel appreciated — and may even get you invited back again?  Unless, of course, you don’t want to be invited back again… then might I suggest a case of PBR?

1. Kate Spade Rose Print Thank You Cards, $20, 2. Diane von Furstenberg High Rise White Wine Glass Set, $60, 3. Hollywood Fashion Tape Hostess with the Mostess Kit, $19.99, 4. Dennis Basso Faux Fur Throw, $48.96, 5. Kate Spade Two of a Kind Highballs, $50, 6. Cut Lace Vanity Tray, $24, 7. Sequin Swirl Pillow, $32, 8. Bormioli Rocco Sorgente Fuchsia Water Glasses, $29.99, 9. Nest Holiday Votives Set, $32

Can I take your coat?