The Perfect Hostess Gift…

Is a must when hosting and being a guest.  My Grandmother taught me to never show up empty handed.  Hostess gifts in her day were everything from Russian Tea Cookies(from scratch of course), Rum spiced jam that she and her sisters had “put back”, or hand embroidered linen towels.  Needless to say…times have changed, but the sentiment has not.

I traveled with friends to Macon, Georgia this weekend for Bragg Jam-a city wide music festival with a charitable slant.  SO much fun…when we arrived, our more than gracious hostess greeted us with her version of “weekend necessities” for our 1st Bragg Jam.

Weekend 1

The picture pretty much sums it up…Festival glasses, purse size schnapps, BC powder, breath mints, etc.  Hilarious!  We went a tad bit more traditional and took cocktail napkins and my favorite new candle line Lowcountry Luxe-the Charleston scent is divine…and they are beautifully packaged.

Charleston Candle

The other scents are so charming-Spanish Moss, Gullah, Living in High Cotton and Sea Grass.  The full line is available at local retailer Patina Blu.

Wine is another great go-to for a  hostess gift and is easy when you are going to a dinner or cocktail party.  Bon Appetit is featuring an article online that recommends 6 Great Rose Wines to Drink this summer.   The 2012 Pino Noir Rose Russian River Valley is 1st on my list.

Rose Wines

Other Charleston-esque hostess gifts are my ultimate favorite boiled peanuts from The Peanut Dude.  Not only are they salty perfection, but owner Chris Bible is the ultimate charmer and if you can catch him a total breath of fresh air.  He has stands all over Charleston…I visit Chris in the GDC parking lot on Coleman.

Carolina Cupboard Cheddar Cheese Straws are another no-brainer and are perfect compliment to the rose selection above.  They are available locally at Southern Season.  Yum!

Cheese Straws

It seems to me that in these situations the phrase “It’s the thought that counts” is so very true.  Your signature hostess gift should be a reflection of your self, your town and most importantly your gratitude.  I would love to hear about your favorite hostess to get or give!

Happy Monday people…let’s make the most of it!  XOXO,  Catherine




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