A Tisket A Tasket, Think Picnic Baskets

1a5e69e53001025097fd388cf12e6441Ahhhhh….the glorious days of summer. Ours begins today! And, among the many things on our “summer list” is going on a picnic. The food can be simple, homemade or store bought, but the basket…that’s the important thing. Yes, you can use a cooler, but a basket just evokes a certain image that I’m going for.

I picked up a vintage one from France at Trade Secrets that said it was for “champagne”, but it’ll work just as well for sandwiches and cookies.2c885cc7e92b7e2bdca57ee59b3eb664Not only, is a picnic basket a great item to have in your summer arsenal, but I think it would make one of the sweetest hostess gifts. Add some of these items to make it a little more personalized:

Mason jars with lids for drinks or salads

Cloth napkins

Colored/striped straws

Eucalyptus bug repellent

Individually packaged hand wipes

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Winter Hostess Gifts

Are you hibernating this winter at home or are you joining friends for ski weekends and cozy dinner parties? This time of year, I must admit to my desire to nestle in at home a bit. But, for all of you out there tearing up the social scene, here are some of my favorite hostess gifts for winter gatherings!
Love this antler wine stopper from Aerin Lauder’s home collection, Aerin.
Just when you’re ready to move on from the holiday scents….the ladies at Diane James Home have created a winter candle, inspired by the idea of walking through a lush forest on a crisp winter day…soft pine, red berries and a hint of Spring to come. Divine!
And, for your friends who prefer to spike their cozy bedtime treats….this fun book can be found at Terrain.
Whether you’re cuddling with your favorite book and blanket in front of a fire this weekend or rocking the ski lodge, have a wonderful winter weekend. Enjoy the shorter days and longer nights!

Holiday Hostess Gifts

‘Tis the season for parties and celebrations! Which means invitations, good times and…..hostess gifts. Join me over at The Enchanted Home today where I’m sharing my ideas on some things that I love to give.
Remember, it needn’t be expensive…but if you wrap it like it is, your host will feel special!
Do you have some parties to attend in the next couple of weeks? Do you have your hostess gift? Wherever and whatever you’re doing….have a fabulous time!