Friday, November 16, 2012

Hostess Gifts for Thanksgiving

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Kelly & Mrs. Gosling

Today all three of us are passing notes about our idea for a thoughtful hostess gift.  They're all simple to put together and each under 20 bucks.  Check out what we'll be giving the hosts of our Thanksgiving feasts this year....

Mrs. Williams - 

I'm a lucky girl because my mother-in-law hosts Thanksgiving each year.  She's an amazing cook.  One taste of any of her food and it's not a surprise why my husband claims Thanksgiving as his favorite holiday.  I'm even luckier because I don't even have to bring a side dish.  (One taste of my food and that's not a surprise either.)  So, in a situation like this, what's a girl to bring on Thanksgiving?  This year, I thought I'd bring along our favorite Wegmans pie, Triple Berry Crunch (so delicious). I figured I probably shouldn't just show up with the pie in a plastic container, so I purchased a tea towel and pie server to add to the wrapping.  Here's how it turned out.

The tea towel and server are from Big Lots 
(and they were a great deal).
I originally planned to wrap the pie in the tea towel.  No luck.  
So, I wrapped the pie in craft paper instead.

I may not have baked the pie, but I do think I'll get major grandma bonus points if it's delivered by these little hands.

Mrs. Kelly

Hey Girls -
I wanted to bring a bottle of wine to Thanksgiving dinner this year.  Sometimes it's hard to know what will complement a turkey dinner with so many choices available.  That's why I called in an expert.  Nicole Casciani is a family friend who also happens to own the store Via Girasole on the Erie Canal in Pittsford, New York.  Right next door to Nicole's amazing shop is Pittsford Wines, which is run by her mom.  Together, these two ladies can really assist you in making some great selections for your holidays (or any day for that matter).

I asked Nicole what wines she would recommend for Thanksgiving and here is what she wrote:
"If you want to bring a bottle of wine over to your friends for thanksgiving dinner, you can find wines in all price ranges but specifically want to look for Pinot Noirs as they complement turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce because of the soft and delicate flavors. You have so many layers of tasty food and Pinot Noir doesn't overpower your palate--it makes a beautiful pairing! We have a Candoni Pinot Noir from Italy at $9.99, or Thomas Henry Pinot Noir for $13.99 and if you want to impress your guests try Erath Pinot Noir from Oregon $20.99. 
 For the white wine lovers out there a white Bordeaux has crisp clean flavors that refresh your palate and brighten any meal especially thanksgiving. Try Chateau Ducasse for $15.99.
Looking for something sweeter? Gewurztraminer and Riesling are top notch! Support the local and try Sheldrake wines ranging from $9.99-$19.99 or Lameroux Landing wines $9.99-$19.99. If you want to try the real thing from Germany? Gewurztraminer and Riesling can be found in prices ranging from $9.99-$16.99."
Ok, to sum up, here they are again:
  • REDS - Candoni Pinot Noir ($9.99), Thomas Henry Pinot Noir ($13.99) or Erath Pinot Noir ($20.99)
  • WHITES - Chateau Ducasse ($15.99), Sheldrake Wines ($9.99-$19.99), Lameroux Landing Wines ($9.99-$19.99), Gewurztraminer and Rieslings (($9.99 - $16.99)
If you are lucky enough to live around Rochester, you should check out Nicole's store(s).  Not only will you get knowledgeable, personal service, but you will find unusual items.  They do amazing gift baskets too!  I will definitely have to have her guest post!  Did I mention they also do complimentary gift wrap?  

If you're in a hurry this holiday and are local, duck into Via Girasole and Pittsford Wines and let them do the work for you:
They wrap like this for everyone because 
they had no idea it was for us!

If you have a little more time, I took my bottle of wine and did this:

I thought it would be fun to do a wine with a packet of mulled spices and a cinnamon stick.  If you're not into wine, you can bring apple cider and the spices.  There is nothing better on a cold Thanksgiving day than mulled wine/cider.  Ok, well mulled wine and green bean casserole if you're this girl.

If you don't like the option above you could also write, "Didn't have to 'mull' this one over...thankful for family and/or friends like you."  Did you just wince? Good!  Success!

Mrs. Gosling
Hello ladies! 

I love this time of year, because the plants in the yard are so colorful!  They start to take on a "dried" effect, preserving their summer hues.  That's why I like to make hostess gifts out of them.  I let the plants dictate the clippings I choose.  Here is what I found this week:

1-6 (left to right):  fern, hydrangea, eunomyous, dappled willow, lavender and mums

After I am done clipping, I like to lay everything out so I can double check my color groupings and make sure that they are going to work.  Then I grab an old pasta jar/mason jar that I have saved.  I start to layer the flower arrangement, placing the largest clippings in first and filling in with the thinner ones.   

I always add a little note, on chalkboard paper or anything I have laying around the house.  I like to keep twine, small clothespins and bamboo skewers on hand, so I can always attach my notes. Best part - it was free and only took about 15 min.

Happy Clipping!

So, to recap, here are three hostess gifts for around $20 or less:

Happy Thanksgiving!  Eat, drink and stop to smell the mums!


1 comment:

Moe said...

Beautiful. I'd like to invite all of you to a soiree at my house just so that I can collect all of your gorgeous hostess gifts.

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