Julie Anne Rhodes

I’ve been invited to quite a few dinner parties lately, and if someone is going to go to all that effort to feed me, then I like to show my appreciation. A hostess gift is not about being ostentatious… it is the thought that counts. Unless your host happens to be a wine connoisseur what is the thought behind giving a bottle of wine you intend to drink too? Maybe it’s just that I don’t drink, so I find wine a bore? Flowers and chocolates are always appreciated, but I prefer a little more witt, whimsey, and imagination when it comes to choosing a gift, so I did a little net searching, and here are some of my online favorite finds:

The 70’s in me is showing I know, but I love these little bean bag chairs for your cell phone or ipod. So useful both in the kitchen, or on your desk. Plus they come in such fun colors!

I immediately thought of my fellow blogger Lisa Borgnes Giramonti at http:///abloomsburylife.blogspot.com (subconsciously angling for an invite to that gorgeous home of hers no doubt) when I saw these. I could envisage her curled up on some fabulous cushions or lounging in her lush garden as she reads her favorite classics with “a cuppa” by her side.
You know I love these pop art baggies… culture and convenience all in one! I think Andy Warhol would have appreciated these.
Christina Estrada, John Taylor, and Julie Anne Rhodes
How many cocktail parties with finger food have I been to while struggling to hold a drink, my evening bag, and a nibble? The appetizer plates I found at…
… sit on top of your wine glass, so you you have a hand free to greet fellow guests, and grab more hors d’oeuvres before they disappear. Absolutely brilliant!
No idea what to get the host that already has everything? Alpine strawberries of course! These easy to grow plants produce delicious, aromatic red strawberries about twice the size of wild berries, and make excellent house plants. Also available are lucky clovers in a bag, a garden in a bag, or lavender in a bag.
How could I possibly pass up these frozen iced JEWELS? If diamonds are your thing… just fill with water, and freeze. For other jewels use the color juice of your choice, but do pour a beverage that will mix well with the flavor.
Dinner with the girls

Remember “diamonds are a girl’s best friend!” Finding the perfect gift for your host is just as much fun as receiving one. What will you come up with for the next dinner party you attend?

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  • April 17, 2010
    8:00 am

    Feeling a bit out of sorts today, I went to the mall to pick up a few necessities and then found the nicest candles at Clair de Lune. Spring blossom has a heady mix of rose and other flowers, there was lavendar mixed with vanilla, orange with cranberry and others. Picked up the spring blossom, one for me and one for the lovely lady who comes in to help tidy the apartment. Just smelling the candle made me feel better and the smile on Judy's face when I gave her the candle and my heartfelt thanks made the day so much better. I love buying candles as gifts for people, it's often a little luxury they don't indulge in themselves. What bothers me is when people put these things away in a drawer saying that they will keep them for a special occasion. What could be more of a special occasion than right now? Don't tuck your little luxuries away in a drawer for another day, enjoy them now, while you're sipping tea, having a bath or just a lazy quiet evening at home listening to some wonderful music. I love to buy little somethings for people in my life, just a little something to tell them I'm thinking about them and that I appreciate their friendship. Now, if anyone is coming for a visit, I saw some lovely candle holders that would be fun . . . You have the lovliest ideas Julie Ann, reading your blog makes life seem so vibrant and sparkling. Always keep your joyful appreciation of life, it's what gets you through the rough patches.

  • April 17, 2010
    5:13 pm

    Ms. Rhodes,You are cordially invited to my place ANY time!! LOL Lovely thoughts and some of those "gifts" are great ideas indeed. Thanks again for bringing them to light.

  • April 18, 2010
    12:59 am

    I especially love the frozen iced jewels… and is that a divine Westwood corset I spy in the evening standard picture? I have one in green velvet that rarely leaves the house as I'm always afraid that it will cause my chest to overflow into my soup over dinner.

  • April 18, 2010
    3:57 am

    I also use etsy.com alot to find gifts that suit the host(ess) likes….Andrea Loeffler Barber

  • April 18, 2010
    3:59 am

    Love the blog! ; )Martina D' Epifanio

  • April 19, 2010
    1:08 am

    xo John xoKim Phillips Cuccia

  • April 19, 2010
    1:09 am

    Always so much fun to read your blog! kiss kiss love love……………the other JulesJulia Negorn

  • April 19, 2010
    10:20 am

    Hi Julie Anne,Love the blog and I really love the cool jewels ice mold. Infact all items found on the net are fabulous. I think I will need to do some net searching myself very soon.Dinner with the girls looks like it was so much fun.Aussie Mum :)

  • April 20, 2010
    7:01 am

    Ruthee… how true, and how important. Love it! "Don't tuck your little luxuries away in a drawer for another day, enjoy them now, while you're sipping tea, having a bath or just a lazy quiet evening at home listening to some wonderful music. "Premierludwig… ROTFLMAO at the thought of soup splashing everywhere.