Holiday Etiquette 101

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 Host or Hostess Gifts

It’s that time of year again! People have you over for their Holiday celebrations and feed you incredible food.  Some may think Host and Hostess gifts are outdated, but I highly recommend them, and so would the ghost of Emily Post. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, or elaborate just a small something to show your appreciation.

I tend to go for the bottle of wine when I attend any gathering. Yes, it’s simple and easy and that’s the point! You aren’t trying to draw attention to what you are bringing, but just giving a simple gesture of thanks for being included. If you bring a bottle of wine, don’t expect it to be served that night, wine might have already have been chosen to accompany the meal. Flowers are another great host/hostess gift, and if you want to make it easier for the host/hostess put them in a simple mason jar or vase, so they don’t have to take the time to do that during the evening. A small candle is another simple host/hostess gift, you can get them already prepackaged with a bow, and who doesn't love an amazing smelling candle?

Thank You Note

After the party or gathering, a simple hand written thank you note goes a long way. Again, you don’t need to write a novel, but just thank them for having you over and include anything personal you may have learned that evening. This will show that you really appreciated being included and were engaged throughout the evening. Make sure to write the thank you note directly after the event (it doesn’t have to be as soon as you get home, of course) but ensure that they get it in a timely manner. You don’t want them to receive your Halloween Party thank you after their Christmas Party!

I am a sucker for stationary! I am a complete weirdo and collect notebooks, pens, and thank you cards. I can’t pass by a cute stationary store without going inside. This comes in handy when it comes time to write those handy-dandy thank you notes. Make sure when you write your thank you notes you use a nice pen, stationary, and plan out what you are going to say. You don’t want to write on that lovely card and have to throw it away if you made a mistake. I like to write out my note on a piece of paper and get it exactly right before I write it on the Thank You card.  Some people write thank you notes when it’s a new friend or event, but I think it’s a great idea to write thank you notes to family and friends that you see all the time! Let them know that you appreciate their hospitality throughout the years J It doesn’t have to be an obligation, it can be a fun challenge to change them up each year.

photography by Andi Stempniak

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