‘Tis the season–those holiday party invites have started streaming in. If you’re looking for something festive to bring your holiday host or hostess, we’ve got you covered. (Throwing a party? We’ve got you covered there too.) No need to reinvent the wheel here–just a few simple guidelines: (1) Cut flowers are typically a no-no, as they require the host to drop everything and find a vase. If you want to send flowers, either send some ahead of time or as a thank you the day after. (2) Consider the host’s taste–sometimes it’s best to wait until after you see their decor before deciding on something specific, like a throw blanket. If you’re going that route, but don’t want to arrive empty handed, bring a bottle of bubbly or a nice olive oil. (3) Save the bigger-ticket items for a special occasion–a weekend away, for instance–for a cocktail party, a bottle of booze or a nice candle (can’t go wrong with Ralph Lauren’s Holiday scent) are perfectly fine. Let us know in the comments if you’ve got favorite hostess gifts or other helpful tips. And while we’re on the topic, Tuckernuck, one of our favorite online retailers, is popping up in Georgetown’s Cady’s Alley to help with your holiday shopping–we hope you’ll join us for the opening party tomorrow!
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT • BLANKET: Faribault Woolen Mill Co. // TRUFFLE SALT: Dean & Deluca // MONOGRAMMED BOTTLE STOPPER: C.Wonder // GINGER LIQUEUR: Snap by Art in the Age // BOOK: The Age of Elegance by Alex Papachristidis // PEANUTS: MV’s Best Virginia Cocktail // NAPKINS: Mark & Graham // TOP HAT NUT BOWL: Ralph Lauren // BOOK: The Meaning of Home by Jeffrey Alan Marks // TOPIARY: Park Hill Collections at Tuckernuck // CANDLE: Kai (Lauren’s fave scent) // MATCHES: Design Darling // CHANGE TRAY: Hermès // DISHES: Juliska