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August 5, 2010

My New Favorite Hostess Gift

Here is my list of great  hostess gifts.  There are times I might pick up a unique item from a local boutique or store, such as loose tea, a fun piece of jewelery, gourmet coffee, or scented candles.   But, the list below focuses on the gifts I usually give as a hostess gift.  (And based on this list below, there's no denying I  am partial to gifts that involve some type of eating or drinking!)

1. Wine. Usually I select one of my favorite red or white wines to take as a gift.  But sometimes a port or a dessert wine is a nice change.  
2. Fresh Flowers. This is always a safe gift.  But other options are also fresh herbs or plants such as orchids or fresh cut basil.
3. Champagne. Ah, who doesn't love a good bottle of bubbly?  And this gift is perfect when there is a special occasion. (Although, I am not saying there has to be a special occasion to enjoy champagne!)
4. Dessert.  Sometimes I like to pick up fresh baked cookies or cupcakes from a local bakery. If I have more time, I like to bake a simple cake or pie and take it over. (but somehow this option does not happen as much as I would like it to)

Here is my new favorite hostess gift
5. Beautifully crafted chocolate sweets

I just heard about  this new chocolate cafe in South Boston called Blue Tierra Chocolates.  Blue Tierra specializes in handcrafted chocolates, pastries, and desserts.  They truly are unique because they use natural ingredients and everything is fresh. At Blue Tierra, they even use local and organic ingredients when possible. They also serve loose leaf tea, origin coffees, and coffee elixirs.  And the truffles are infused with spices and flavors from all over the world.
Blue Tierra serves this amazing chocolate called Wasaberry, which is a dark chocolate ganache infused with wasabi and raspberry puree enrobed in dark chocolate.
And did you see those adorable green turtles? They were so delicious!

What is your favorite "go to" hostess gift?

-Wasaberry chocolates infused with wasabi and raspberry puree
-beautiful exposed brick sitting area with middle eastern pillows and antique tables
-amazing selection of loose tea and coffee
-fresh baked cookies and pastries
-green turtle chocolates--so adorable!

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50 Comments:

Anthea said...

Oh my! Blue Tierra looks and sounds amazing! It's not helping my chocolate addiction!

Anthea,
Embracing Style

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh yes...We usually get some wine and chocolates like that....We have a shop near by that makes the most amazing handmade treats and they pack them in amazing boxes:)

Such a great post as we are going for a dinner over to our friends in the evening:)

Hugs

Ps:I hope you had a chance to enter my GIVEAWAY!!!

Café Bellini said...

Wine is the safest option! Dessert's a good idea, too, thanks!

Café Bellini said...

I forgot to mention what _I_ like to receive! Champagne, of course! :-D

Katie said...

Those are all great gifts!

notjustmedical said...

Oh those turtle chocolates are addoorrabble. Sounds like a great chocolatier.

My go to hostess gifts are pretty much the ones you have listed, although you can always bring a salad or something if it's lunch or a BBQ.

S
http://notjustmedical.wordpress.com

My Republic of Fashion said...

I would definitely not complain if someone turned up with any of those!!SarahD:)

kirstyb said...

love it alll x

Emma said...

I love all of your go-to gifts, my go-to gifts are chocolates!

Emma
TheSidewalkIsMyRunway

Cara said...

I gave my friends a steak braiser once with their initials on it when they hosted a party-they loved it!

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Rachna said...

I pretty much always stick with wine or champagne! Can't go wrong with that!

Tanvi said...

I almost always stick with Wine or Chocolates!!! :) But all your choices are bang on! :)

Emilie said...

Champagne and cupcakes ;)

MelissaNibbles said...

I usually give wine. I really like the idea of fresh flowers! A plant is another idea...

Blue Terra looks like a fantasy land!

Oh, I just saw your tweet. Yes! I'm local!

Tayebug said...

I usually go with the wine or dessert option, but I love the idea of hand crafted chocolates. Who wouldn't love that!

Not a Paper Cup said...

Definitely wine and plants :)

love jenny xoxo said...

What could be better than wine/champagne, flowers and dessert!

Amy said...

i've been doing personalized items of course! a candle, set of stationery, etc...

coolkids said...

I love to bring wine from one of my favorite wineries that we visit in Michigan. I think its always nice to have a "reason" behind the wine. Tonight I am going to a going away party for my cousin that is moving to the big apple! I think I will bring a bottle of champagne.:)

Amber said...

How thoughtful of you to always bring a gift. I try to do the same as well - but it seems like that is not as popular anymore these days. Wine is always a plus! :)

Closet Fashionista said...

Mmmm chocolate! I've never had a need for hostess gifts yet, but I'd probably go with chocolate or flowers or something, hah
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com

Marissa said...

A chocolate cafe? Sounds like a dream come true. There's also Burdick's in Harvard Square. Not sure if you've ever tried it, but it's delicious!

xo Marissa
(The Well-Appointed Catwalk)

Annie said...

I almost always go for a bottle of wine, but I do put some thought into - whether it's getting the hosts' favorite variety, getting one that comes from a place that has meaning to them or one that has a funny or significant name, etc!

Ms. Emily Ann said...

What a cute place!! And those chocolates look amazing, I would love to get them as a hostess gift :)

Nikki said...

Great pics!!


xx
Nikki

Torrie said...

You're right. Those chocolates (any of them) would be a perfect hostess gift. If you're in town, I'll remember to invite you over:).

I love your list of 'go to' gifts. I usually give one of those (from the list) and I am right there with you on the homemade gifts. I love to do this, but often run out of time (or don't think of it soon enough). Since my husband works for Starbucks, (and we get a free lb. per week), at times I give coffee related gifts, which always goes over really well- for them to enjoy 'the morning after.'

Cafe Fashionista said...

I always bring desserts, I have no clue why - it just seems appropriate! Though hand-crafted chocolates sound divine!! :)

bollywoodstylediaries said...

Cupcakes - since u can get one in every flavor and everyone is happy:-) If the hostess has kids, I take books for them..These chocolates look every yummy - now I have chocolate cravings!!

Ana said...

Wine or dessert. Can't go wrong. Sometimes flowers depend on the occasion.
By the way, how did you find the Blue Terra???? Looks amazing and plus in South Boston. Hurray

Valerie said...

I usually bring wine, but I LOVE the idea of bringing amazing chocolates! These look fabulous, Naina! Great idea.

xo
Valerie

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Oh I must try- that special chocolate sounds so yummy!

The Zhush said...

These are all so great! So....when can you come over? :)

Phuong said...

chocolate are the best!

Ensley said...

As a hostess, I always appreciate wine. I have one guest that always brings vodka, which is also more than welcome. I think candles are a great small gift as well.

Ensley said...

Also, love that you have connections to Charlotte! It's an awesome city. And I hope your daughter loves Montessori. I didn't know much about it before I was hired as a teaching assistant, but I absolutely love the independence and confidence it fosters in children. Can't wait to hear about it!

MarchMusings said...

Good choices. They say that we give what we'd like to receive as gifts so perhaps we should give good gifts!

this free bird said...

I am with you on the chocolates...they're unexpected and you know everyone's going to love and appreciate them!!

xoxo,
carrie

Krystal said...

love the list! i usually bring wine or flowers...my friend brought me a basil plant which was the coolest gift i have received!

style-haus said...

mmmm chocolates look sooo tempting! wine or desserts are usually my common go-tos but i like to select an assortment of individual desserts from a nice bakery. it's fun for guests to share and try different ones.

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Sovina said...

i am so bad in this selecting gifts process and you have just made my work so much easier.thanks

its simple love said...

MMmmmmm yum. Love the idea. Who doesn't love chocolate?

Rachael

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Tamara Nicole said...

Great ideas! I do wine, always good:-) Or flowers, but the chocolate idea is great!

OneCraftyFox said...

Totally agree! There is nothing better than a beautifully crafted and divine quality chocolate. I also like to get a little something for the hostess' kids if she has them. Puzzle games are great for the little ones.

:)

Elle said...

Wine and chocolate - seriously who wouldn't love these things! Haha I love fresh flowers too!

Style Attic said...

I would love to have you over and receive any/all of these! I tend to go with monogramed notecards for the hostess...not sure why...but it's always given and received with a smile :)

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THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I would never turn them away. What a fabulous gift! :)

Have a great weekend, sweetie!

Andee Layne said...

oh love all of these pics! I always go with a bottle of wine or yummy candle! xo

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Elle Sees said...

I love a homemade dessert to be enjoyed later.

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