Summer is almost here and to me summer means receiving invitations from some of my friends and perhaps business acquaintances that have boats or live on the ocean. Entertaining in the warmer weather is the perfect way to spend the day or week-end – outside with the ocean breezes either on the beach or on the water. Since I’m the one visiting them, I always like to bring a gift for my hostess. It’s a long standing custom and great way to show my appreciation for the time and effort put in to entertain me.
While hostess gifts are not mandatory, they are thoughtful and show good manners. If you have been invited by a business acquaintance and don’t know them that well, I feel that bringing a hostess gift will make a good impression. After all, we all want to contribute something for the get together or something that the hostess will be able to use in the future.
Before buying a hostess gift, it’s important to know the reason behind the invitation – is it a normal dinner party, a cocktail party, anniversary party, a birthday party or just a casual get together? When buying a hostess gift, if I know the person well, I always think of their tastes and try and think of something that is useful, small and classic. Visiting people who live near the ocean makes me think they might like something with a nautical theme – a Marseille Knot Door Stopper, guest book with a beach picture, a shell picture frame, cocktail napkins with nautical flags or perhaps a bottle of wine with a starfish bottle tag. Guest books make great gifts if you know the person doesn’t already have one because many hostesses enjoy keeping track of their guests by having them sign a guest book. I have one in my home and enjoy looking back and reading the comments from past guests and remember the good times had while entertaining.
Source by Beth Crenshaw