In the age of CV-19, social gatherings are (definitely) more petite in scale, and often with participants at a six-foot distance. We’re all learning how to do this well and with a good sense of fun, as humans are made for good company and friendship.
I’ll readily admit I’m one of the first persons to grab a bottle of wine as a host gift when en route to a dinner or party. And, although I know a gift of any kind is appreciated, isn’t it a little disheartening when you see your bottle land on a table amidst a sea of other guests’ wine bottle gifts? “Bye, little guy,” I want to say as I walk into the festivities. “I hope they know you were from me.”
You might think someone who owns a greeting card and gifting company would take a more ‘interesting’ gift to a party than a bottle of wine. For sure.
But I’ve gotta tell you - a small business owner often feels like the parent of a toddler: a bit bedraggled, unkempt and apologizing much of the time, because they spend their energy worrying about people and things outside themselves - as well as praying away rain that causes slow foot traffic, Amazon that’s easier and easier to choose over small business, and economic upheavals and pandemics.
Admittedly, I want to do something more thoughtful than picking up a bottle of wine for a host - this hardworking, thoughtful human who, often, has been planning and running errands for days to put together a fun event.
Let’s face it - a party is a generous and non-profit function leaving the host with an unrecognizable kitchen they’ll clean ‘till almost dawn, and a growling belly (no time to eat when hosting!).
So I’m committing to doing a much better job with party host gifts in the future. I’m stepping up my personal game and sharing with you my very favorite ways to love on a party-throwing human. I hope you find them helpful and inspiring - and, because we’re all busy, I promise each idea is easy to pull off!
These goodies are all available in our online shop (just click the links - and enjoy free shipping on orders $35+) and in our Dallas + Plano stores.
ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS are great host thank you options - truly something for everyone - including a host you haven’t yet met!
A cool bottle opener
To replace the one that inadvertently (and often!) breaks during the party. Hello, #lifesaver. Plus - great for both guys and gals!
Spirited cocktail napkins
Often put to use immediately because the host, in a party-planning rush, may have forgotten to buy them (note: humorous napkins will also make them laugh and forget the pre-party argument with their significant other - bonus!).
Durable, dashing wine glass markers
Due to CV-19, these are now a social imperative and a nice accessory for helping ensure folks aren’t accidentally drinking from the glasses of others.
Wine-O's Hexagon Midcentury Mix 12-pack by Graf Lantz
Well-made linen kitchen towels
These babies will feel extra fresh in a kitchen the day after a party, and are also plenty nice enough to use in a bathroom as a hand towel.
Grey + White Mini Stripe Towel by LinenCasa
Great to place on tables at an event - and the host will be able to toss a bottle into their daily tote bag or backpack after the party!
WELLNESS TREATS help the host blissfully recover from having created a great event
Bath bombs/balms + salt soaks
The perfect pampering, restorative goodies your friend will appreciate post-party.
You Are The Best Thing Bath Balm (Bomb) by Musee
Masks for eyes and face, lip treatments and more
Lack of sleep due to party planning and hosting can be hard on the skin. A dose of high-grade skincare can change the way the host looks (and feels) at brunch the next day!
Down Time Calming Aromatherapy Eye Gels by Patchology
A GREAT CARD
Wonderful to pair with a gift - or send after the party as a thank you - a beautiful, often funny card says as much about you as it does your sincere gratitude for the host.
Participating in a Zoom-based get together?
Send one of the above prezzies to the call’s host in advance of the event! We’ll wrap your gifts in gorgeous tissue and hand-write your note in the card - always at no charge. (We love being a part of the party. : )
Founder + Creative Director