Summer Entertaining: Must-Have Hostess Gifts
'Tis the season for weekend getaways and lounging poolside. Hopefully you've scored some great invitations from generous friends. Show your appreciation (and guarantee a repeat offer) by arriving with a thoughtful hostess gift tailored to your host's tastes. Think of something original like a DIY champagne flute kit (don't forget to add a bottle of bubbly) or a chic set of cloth napkins. Or bring something irresistibly edible like these locally made jams or gold-dusted cake pops. Click the photo to see our favorite ideas, and Bon Voyage!
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The Jam Stand Jars of Jam
With all kinds of unique flavors to choose from, these jams might be the sweetest way to thank your hostess.
$10 each; thej.am.
New York Cake Pops Bouquet
Available in an assortment of colors and flavors, there’s no way a bouquet of these tasty treats won’t stand out at the dessert table.
C. Wonder Ikat Tray
A perfect gift for anyone who loves to throw parties, this eye-catching tray will allow your happy hostess to serve her guests in style.
Tory Burch Lucite Letters
Personalize your gift with a monogram letter or a word she’ll love - either will add a special touch to any desk or bookshelf for years to come.
$95 each; toryburch.com.
Nicole Porter Wooden Serving Spoons
These neon-painted utensils are the perfect way to add a pop of color to any tabletop.
Nicole Porter I Love New York Napkin Set
Show love for your home state with these fun printed napkins, available in a set of four bright colors.
Jo Malone Rose & Rosemary Candle
One whiff of this rustic, summery scent will help your hostess unwind once all the party planning is over.
C. Wonder Enamel Bar Set
While every hostess needs proper bar tools, this stylish set will get the job done long after the party is over.
Darby Smart Gilded Votives
For a hostess that loves DIY, this kit will become her favorite project! For an extra touch, bring a bottle of bubbly.
Flower Girl Arrangements
While a beautiful hand-tied bouquet won’t go unnoticed, showcasing fresh flowers in mason jars will give your arrangement a unique twist.