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A Host/Hostess Gift Idea

As the 4th of July festivities kick into gear and parties/gatherings begin, I thought I would share a few go-to host/hostess ideas starting with a jar of jam. While flowers and wine can be lovely, we try and think a bit out of the box most times when it comes to gift giving. There are so many good jams out in the world and I have yet to meet someone who could not benefit from a good jar of jam. Insert large smile. Then spiff it up. Add a big block of French butter, a fresh baguette and wrap it all in a dish towel. Or go the cheese route, choosing a yummy piece of cheese that you think goes nicely with the jam, then add a horn spoon, presenting the trio on a little cutting board. Let your gift giving imagination run wild!

Have a lovely & safe Independence Day all. From WestWard. X, T2+B



 

 

Jot Off a Quick Thank You

I find the surest way to send off a ‘Thank You’ note is to have a variety of cards/tags at the ready. That way you have one at your fingertips easily and can get down to business of jotting a quick note.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 207

At this abundant flowery time of year, if you have a garden overflowing, sharing is always a great idea. Friends without yards can be the happy recipients. Blooms make the best ‘just because’ gifts.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 198

The gift of a note or letter is one of the very best things. To make the process easier, put a small stack of cards & envelopes out on your desk at the ready. That way you can reach for one easily and jot off a quick note in a heartbeat. Makes someone’s day!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 197

Entertaining need not be a ton of work. It can be as easy as roasting a chicken. Along with a green salad and baguette, a simple meal to enjoy while catching up with friends.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 196

Here is a fun idea. When you are the guest at a friend’s home, pick up supper for them right before you depart. It will be a lovely ‘Thank You’ and will the perfect parting gift.



 

 

The Gloriousness of a Handwritten Note

Thursday, our first day back to Seattle, I spent part of the day at my desk in the shop office going through mail. The above gem made my day. Little beats a handwritten note. So my thought for all of us this weekend is to make someone’s day. Sit for a few minutes, or maybe more, and hand write someone you know a note. I love the idea thinking all of us will be doing this mannerly, kind gesture as a collective group. Cheers to thoughtfulness & kindness!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 180

This busy, gift giving time of year, bake two of something and give one away. If the recipient is a neighbor or someone you hardly know, even better. ‘Just Because’ gifts this time of year given out of the blue can hold extra special meaning for both the giver and receiver.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 177

A place card at a table setting is a lovely way to greet your guests as they first arrive at the table. Think out of the box for clever ways to make a place card. Old game pieces with letters are swell as well as hydrangea leaves with the names written right on them.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 173

A few blooms in the guest bathroom when you are hosting company is a nice visual touch in an often overlooked space.