tea talk

tea talk | polka dots and picket fences

It’s time for April’s tea talk…so grab a cup of coffee or (if you’re like me) some tea and join us as we discuss the question for this month!

“What is your go-to hostess gift when attending a party or dinner hosted by a friend?”

  • Name:  Christy
  • Age:  49
  • City:  Nashville,  Tennessee
  • Occupation:  stay at home mom
  • Number of Children: two

I like Archipelago boxed candles in Pomegranate Citrus, Mango Tangerine, or Verbena Basil.

I also love anything from Williams Sonoma.  Their kitchen towels, logo towels, and little holiday towels are fun.  I love their Essential Oils Kitchen Essentials with dish soap. hand soap or lotion, and countertop spray.  The olive oil and balsamic vinegar sets are wonderful!


  • Name:  Wendy
  • Age:  47
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  financial advisor
  • Number of Children:  two

If I find something monogrammed that’s appropriate for a hostess gift, I buy it and set it aside until I can use it.  Some examples are soap, cheese boards, notecards, and coasters.  Otherwise, I’ll pick up something seasonal from Williams Sonoma…a pumpkin bread mix, hot chocolate, etc.


  • Name:  Jill
  • Age: 47
  • City:  Cincinnati,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  teacher
  • Number of Children:  two

My go-to a lot of times is a Yankee candle in a “generic” scent, like Vanilla Cupcake, or a seasonal scent for that time of year.


  • Name:  Tammy
  • Age:  49
  • City:  Pauline, South Carolina
  • Occupation:  homemaker
  • Number of Children:  2 daughters, 1 heavenly daughter

I try to personalize my hostess gifts as much as possible…whether it be “themed” along with the party I’m attending or something I definitely know the hostess appreciates and enjoys.  My favorite idea when attending a dinner party is to provide a breakfast bread, coffee, and a couple of mini-bottles of Baileys or OJ/champagne for the hosts’ morning after breakfast.


  • Name:  Christy
  • Age:  46
  • City:  Toledo,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  mom, wife, and corporate executive
  • Number of Children:  two

I like utility or consumable items.  My current favorites are:

  1. Corkcicle, which is frozen and used to cork and chill wine
  2. Mrs. Meyers linen spray, dish soap, counter spray, etc.  My two favorites are lavender and geranium
  3. Philosophy Amazing Grace body wash
  4. Godiva chocolates

  • Name:  Lauri
  • Age:  46
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  mother, coach, and retired attorney
  • Number of Children:  two

A great bottle of wine that the host will love.  As a level 1 Sommelier, I sometimes bring something I think the host may not have tried before, but really like.


  • Name:  Kathy
  • Age:  61
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  development officer
  • Number of Children:  one

I have several go-to hostess gifts when attending a party or dinner hosted by a friend.  A nice bottle of their favorite wine or pretty cocktail napkins (depending on the host).  But if it’s a special friend, I usually take a jar of American Spoon preserves, jelly or spoon fruit.  That way it’s a gift the entire family can enjoy.


  • Name:  Julie
  • Age:  48
  • City: Sylvania,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  stay at home mom
  • Number of Children:  three

Wine is probably my easiest pick up.  I also enjoy perusing Hallmark or TK Lane (a local boutique) for a fun gift, often seasonal.


  • Name:  Meredith
  • Age:  40
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  former licensed nursing home administrator…now a household engineer
  • Number of Children:  four

I would have to say Paula Brown sells a pistachio dish for about $20 and then I get a bag of pistachios.  It’s kind of my go-to gift for men or women or for a couple.  It is also great for cherries.  There is a separate bottom dish for the shells or pits.


As always, my friends shared some great ideas!  I will definitely remember these suggestions the next time I need a hostess gift!!!

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