One of the joys of the holidays is the holiday parties and events. However, this calls for a hostess gift. A bottle of wine is fine or a candle or a book....but I think everyone loves seeing their name (or initials) on something, as it says you chose it just for them.
I wanted to share these with you as they came from a source, La Plates, that you normally associate with....well, plates. But, they do so much more. Look what they cooked up for the blogger gathering, LAVISH, in Atlanta!! (So wish I could have been there!)
Another reason I love these gifts...is that they are so pretty, that with a little cellophane, shred and ribbon, they are "wrapped" and ready to give! There I go, embellishing again!
The acrylic bowl can be used now for popcorn, which is how I packaged it...with popcorn bags from Williams-Sonoma and Orville Redenbacher popcorn. Once the weather warms up, the hostess can use it outside by the pool for chips or salad!
Cocktail napkins give instant panache to a holiday bar. And, it's always nice to have a crisp new set!
RED is a great color for a gift...as it can used all year long. Think Valentine's, 4th of July, Labor Day and Christmas.
The beautiful ladies of Diane James Home have teamed up with my favorite illustrator, Patricia van Essche of pve design, to create a fragrant new candle. With packaging as beautiful as this, just a little embellishment and its ready for a ride in Santa's sleigh!
Calligrapher extraordinaire, Bernard Maisner, customized his butterfly bookmarks for my book club friends! They fluttered arrived today from Bergdorf Goodman, pacakged perfectly.....thanks Joseph!!
Each one is hand painted and unique....alighting soon on the pages of a best seller!
What are your favorite gifts for friends this year?
Without a doubt, the wedding of the century will be HRH Prince William to Kate Middleton. Odd-makers are busy taking bets on who Kate will select for this prestigious design.
For the rest of us commoners, WWD has invited a bevy of renowned designers to submit their ideas for the dress.
You can see all of the designs here, yet above I've highlighted the three wise men (Karl Lagerfeld, Giles Mendel and Jason Wu) who put pen to paper and created dresses even a princess bride would love.