Headed to a backyard barbecue or neighborhood pool party? While showing up empty handed isn’t an option, deciding what to bring can be a challenge of it’s own. How do you pick something you know your hosts will love? Let’s count down seven clever, creative ways to earn yourself a permanent spot on the “A” list.
1. Kidding Around
Anyone who’s ever thrown a bash knows that content kids are the key to a hitchless party. Gifts designed to keep kids happy and occupied will free up the adults to have some fun of their own. Bubbles and sparklers are both inexpensive ways to add fanciful flair to any celebration while delighting both the young and young at heart.
2. Game(s) On
If your hosts frequently entertain outdoors, consider a gift of a backyard game to add another activity to the mix. Bocce ball, horseshoes, badminton, and ladder ball are all well-known crowd-pleasers. Party games are also great for encouraging guests to mix and mingle.
3. Serve Up Style
No self-respecting hostess can ever have too many serving trays. Seek out pieces that suit the recipient’s unique sense of style. For example, a minimalist may prefer something earthy and neutral, while glamour girl might prefer something bold and bright. Not certain? Stripes and chevrons are always-chic choices. A decorative pitcher is also a lovely addition to any tablescape — fill with flowers for an extra-special touch.
4. Go Gourmet
Gourmet gifts are the perfect way to please foodie hosts. Nothing says summer fun like an assortment of gourmet ice cream or popsicles. Eleni’s Summer Cookout Cookies Gift Set adds a touch of whimsicality to any dessert spread.
5. Next Day Delights
Or, why not consider giving your hosts the next morning off by bearing breakfast? Consider href=”https://www.foodydirect.com/restaurants/mah-ze-dahr-bakery/dishes”>Oprah’s Favorite Cream Scones from Tom Colicchio-backed Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery, or Town and Country’s pick for “Best Hostess Gift,” Bobby’s Breakfast in a Box from cult favorite Red Truck Bakery?
6. Grill Style
If you’re attending a party at the home of a professed grill master, consider gifts to support his habit. From attire like a chef’s hat or custom apron to accessories like cedar planks, specialty charcoal, or professional quality accessories can help him raise his grilling game.
7. Just For Her
While bringing something to be enjoyed by the party guests is a grand gesture, bringing something for the hostess to enjoy afterwards offers special allure. Whether you select a relaxing scented candle, gift card to a spa or salon, or one of her favorite gourmet treats, these indulgences-for-one are sure to make an unforgettable impression.
Summer may be quickly drawing to a close, but expressing your gratitude is always in style. These gifts can help you thank your hosts while sending off one season and welcoming in the next.