Over the weekend our wonderful friends Shannon and JD threw an engagement party in our honor. What a fiesta! I was honestly overwhelmed by the amount of friends and family that came into town for the event. I’m realizing that being a bride is completely unnerving and surreal on some levels. One of the things that is starting to hit me the most is realizing how many people we have in our lives that care about us and want to celebrate our happiness together. It’s an amazing and humbling feeling!
For those of you that are keeping tabs on last week’s Fiesta Dresses post – I ended up getting a fiesta dress from Rent the Runway. What a great experience! I’ve never rented from RTR before but I was really pleased with the process. My dress arrived a day earlier than it was supposed to, in a garment bag and ready to go. The size I ordered fit perfectly, and the dress was in great condition. RTR sends you a prepaid envelope to return the dresses in after your event, and all you have to do is drop it off at a UPS store!
We really wanted to get our hosts a thank you gift for throwing such a wonderful party in our honor, so the cop and I put together two gift baskets for Shannon and her mom as hostess gifts. For Shannon (the undomestic goddess) I thought it would be fun (ok funny..) to buy her a few things I knew she would never get herself: Baking gifts! I thew together a basket of items that I knew Shannon would neither own already nor buy herself. I found an adorable ruffled polka dot apron at Home Goods, then added a rubber baking spatula, easy cherry scone mix (just add water), and a few kitchen tea towels. The basket I actually picked up at a thrift store. A word to the wise – stock up on baskets whenever you are thrifting! You often have to sift through piles to find quality – but the basket I selected was in great condition and made from wicker with a metal frame. For Shannon’s wonderful mother Linda, who helped throw the party for us, we wanted to give her something local from Savannah. So the cop went to a local gourmet store, Ancient Olive, and bought a few amazing items like Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and Champagne Balsamic Vinegar. We rounded out the basket with adorable metallic flecked tea towels for the kitchen and an olive tapenade spread for parties. The basket we picked up from Home Goods.
I’ve always loved buying hostess gifts for friends and family – my rule of thumb? Think of the item that you’ve always eyed in the store but would never actually treat yourself to. The perfect hostess gift. Thoughtful, personalized, maybe just a bit lavish. No matter what you choose your friend will really know that you care. Here is a roundup of Hostess Gift Ideas that are perfect for any event! Buy separate or group together as a gift basket like I did. Happy hosting!
Hostess Gift Ideas
 Cheese Markers, Bambeco  Slate Cheese Board, William Sonoma  Cheese Knives Set, Pier I Imports
 Vanilla Cold Brew Coffee Syrup, Crate and Barrel  Gourmet Coffee, Savannah Coffee Roasters  Copper Cream and Sugar Set, Crate and Barrel  Batik Coffee Scoop, LEIF
 Striped Dish Towels, Sur La Table  Acacia Monogrammed Tray, Mark and Graham  Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Set, William Sonoma