Thoughtful Hostess Gifts For Every Budget

Hostess Gifts

 

I never like to go to show up to anyone’s home empty handed! Whether I am staying with a friend for the weekend, going to a dinner party, or just popping by someone’s house for coffee, I always try and come with at least little something as a thank you to my host for having me. Sometimes though, bringing the typical flowers or wine can feel a little impersonal.

Over the years, friends have brought me lovely hostess gifts (one of my recent favorites is a wine glass that says MOM FUEL), and I really cherish them because they always remind me of the person who gifted it.

When I am selecting host / hostess gifts, I usually try and come up with something that is meaningful, and well thought-out. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money! To me, I think what makes the gift a special sentiment is that it is something that you clearly put time and effort into selecting.

On that note, I know we all get busy, and finding time to shop for these types of gifts seems to be the kind of thing that gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. What I try and do is look ahead in my calendar, and purchase several gifts at once, so I have things ready to go.

Recently I was doing one of my host / hostess gift online shopping missions, and wanted to share with you guys my favorite finds for every budget! These are items that I would love to give, or receive!

What are your favorite gifts for a host? Comment below and let me know if you have any other great suggestions!

Xx
Tamera

 

GIFTS UNDER $30

first batch of gifts

Slant Collections Chance This Is Wine Mug, $18

Bag-all Wine Goodie Bag Set of 2, $18

Gift Boutique Heart Trinket Tray, $15

Umbra Pulse Wine Rack, $30

Marble Collage Large Square Tray, $45

GIFTS UNDER $55

second batch of gifts

Gift Boutique Pineapple Serving Bowl, $36

Beaches By Gray Malin Hardcover Book, $40

Books with Style How To Eataly, $35

Voluspa ‘Vermeil – Prosecco Rose’ Home Ambience Diffuser, $34

Freeform Decanter, $51.99

GIFTS UNDER $80

third batch of gifts

Rosanna Flamingo Appetizer Plates, $60

Sugarfina Faves 8pc Bento Box, $65

DIPTYQUE Baies Scented Candle, $64

kate spade new york Pearl Place Rose Bowl Vase, $75

RABLABS Ita Cheese Plate & Forma Spreader, $85

Summer Entertaining: Avocado Crudités Platter

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Summer is officially in full-swing, and that means lots of warm nights, alfresco meals and of course, good food! With 4th of July tomorrow, I had to share with you guys one of my new favorite appetizer recipes. This Avocado Crudité Platter has been a big hit at my house, and I have to admit, I feel a little bit like I’m pulling one over on my family each time I serve it. The entire dish (with the exception of a little sea salt) is made of vegetables! Okay, well I guess technically avocado is a fruit, but you get my point — It’s healthy!

This recipe is a really nice alternative to traditional chips and guacamole, or veggies and dip. I also love it because my family can polish the whole thing off and they still haven’t filled up too much before dinner is even served. It’s very simple and quick to make, and is perfect to serve at a summer barbecue. The best part is, everyone always comments on how beautiful the platter looks!

What are your go-to summer appetizers?

Xx
Tamera  

Avocado Crudité Platter | Serves: 6 | Prep Time: 15 minutes

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Avocado Dip Ingredients:

  • 3 medium avocados (ripe)
  • 1 tsp of coarse sea salt
  • Juice from half a lime

Vegetables: These are the veggies I served, but feel free to select your own variety of vegetables!

  • 6 Heirloom carrots, halved
  • One medium orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • I small bunch of broccolini
  • I large handful of snap peas
  • 3 large leaves of kale

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, mash up avocados with a fork, and combine with sea salt and lime juice. Keep the consistency of the dip chunky so that it can easily be dipped with veggies.
  • Layer a few pieces of kale in your serving bowl, and then place avocado dip on top.
  • Place all your sliced veggies on a platter, and arrange a few veggies right in the bowl with the avocado dip.

5 Tips for Spring Entertaining on a Budget

Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to start thinking about entertaining. Just because the holiday season is long gone doesn’t mean you don’t get to play hostess every now and then. There are so many reasons you might want to invite people into your home this time of year, but don’t worry – you don’t have to spend a lot of money to show friends and family a great time.

5 Tips for Spring Entertaining on a Budget -  Tamera Mowry

How to Entertain on a Budget

Host a potluck. People have mixed feelings about potlucks – guests don’t always want to feel forced into it, but it can be a great way for an already busy hostess to save money and time, too. The trick here is to make it worth guests’ while. If you’re going to host an event potluck style, be sure to take on something else instead. Give guests a guide or suggestions on what to bring instead of a strict menu, and offer something like ample drink options or custom décor in order to make the event feel special.

Cheap cocktails. Beer and wine is often cheaper than a bar full of alcohol, but it can still add up. Create your own cocktails with bubbly for a fun, inexpensive alternative to traditional event offerings. With a little fruit or a homemade simple syrup, you can take sparkling cocktails up a notch and not need to worry about getting the fanciest bottle.

Create an ambiance. A lot of people think you need great flowers to create a beautiful centerpiece, but you can actually create a fabulous tablescape without the blooms. Opt for a little greenery (preferably from the farmers market – you’ll get the best prices) and lots of candles instead. You can even buy votives in bulk for the occasion, allowing you to save room in the budget for more important things. This looks even prettier outside, so if you’re entertaining in warm weather you’ll be able to impress guests without completely transforming your backyard. If outside, hang bistro lights for an added oomph!

Create a paper table runner. Instead of expensive linens, there are tons of pretty printed papers that can double as a table runner or placemats. You can even buy a roll of kraft paper for less than $5 and create a rustic base to arrange all those candles on. This handy trick also makes the table a lot more personal for your guests to enjoy.

Keep it casual. Who’s ever said no to a casual hangout? Especially when the temps warm up. If you’re on a budget, don’t go overboard trying to make an event more formal than it needs to be. Guests aren’t always thrilled about spending a lot of money on an outfit or dinner anyway, so they’ll be relieved to attend a casual dinner party during a season with so many weddings and formal events.

Find more entertaining ideas on my Pinterest!

Xx,
Tamera

5 Ways to be a Better Hostess this Holiday Season

Are you guys feeling ready for Thanksgiving? Holidays stir up a lot this time of year – we’re excited to be in the company of those we love, many of which we don’t see as often as we wish we would. If you’re hosting, you’re also likely heading up a gathering for people of all ages, making it tough to cater to everyone’s needs – literally. Even the most casual gatherings come with at least some pressure, so I really wanted to tackle ways to truly make the most of the holidays we wait all year to enjoy – both for your guests AND you:

5 Ways to be a Better Hostess this Holiday Season - Hostess Tips from Tamera Mowry

5 Ways to Be a Better Hostess

1. Learn from years past. Even if you didn’t host the last holiday gathering, you can think back and consider what stood out to you. What were the highlights? The near-disasters? Use those as a basis for planning your own party, before you dive in.

2. Don’t overexert yourself. Ask for help if you need it. I know some people really struggle with this – it’s so easy to think because you CAN do it all you should. In reality, people are often ready and willing to help – sometimes they just don’t think of it at first.

3. Keep expectations in check. Going off of that last point, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Remember, you probably know at least most of your guests pretty closely, right? …Don’t get too caught up in the planning that you forget what type of get together THEY like to attend. Keep it realistic!

4. Try something new. That said, the holidays only come around once a year. If you’ve been eyeing a tutorial like my DIY place settings or a recipe I’ve shared, now is the time to go for it! Do a trial run before the big day to work out kinks and get confident.

5. Keep it in perspective. Remember, when people look back on this event, they’re going to think mostly about the awesome day they spent with you – even if dessert took too long or one of the side dishes looked a little sloppy. Don’t beat yourself up if things don’t go according to your vision – different can be good too.

This time of year is so action-packed, and it’s all about to get crazier! But all this entertaining is truly all about love and comfort and warmth – don’t let anything get in the way of that.

What’s your favorite part of holiday gatherings? Any tips for avoiding stress?

Xx,
Tamera

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting Idea

Hosting gatherings during the holidays can be a scary thought – you’ve got food, drinks, décor and guests to think about. And if you scroll through Pinterest for fall table inspiration like I’ve been doing, it can seem impossible to pull ALL that off, even for a simple dinner party. Luckily, simplicity can be beautiful this time of year, and you can actually get creative with what you already have to make your Thanksgiving or other fall tables come alive.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

This DIY place setting looks elegant but is so easy to throw together right before an event – even while dinner’s in the oven.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

You just need a place mat, the dishware you’ll be using, and your supplies: ribbon, a metallic pen, kraft paper or card stock, and whatever twine or ribbons you already have stashed away. Navy and cream make a rustic fall combo if you ask me :)

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

Punch a hole in the card stock (or use ready made tags) and write out your message. I like the idea of writing words like “thankful”, “blessed”, etc., but you can also write guests’ names down if you have a lot of friends and fam gathering around the table.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

Tie the tag to a piece of twine or string and then tie it and a few ribbons around your cutlery.

It’s such a simple design that really goes a long way in setting a gorgeous fall table.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Tell me about your plans!

Xx,
Tamera

Homemade Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Are you ready for a season of hot drinks and comfort foods? Can’t wait to bring you as many recipes as I possibly can for you to share with friends and fam. That’s why I’m kicking things off with a classic hot apple cider recipe. This one is for all you that want to try your hand at homemade treats—it’s super easy! And for you more advanced hostesses, it’s easy to dress up gorgeously for serving to a crowd.

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Tamera Mowry

Homemade Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon

The title says it all, here’s what you need…

Ingredients
4 cups apple juice or cider
1 tablespoon honey (more or less depending on whether juice is already sweetened)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (can warm up with a cinnamon stick if you don’t like the powder)
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions
Add juice/cider to a small pot over medium heat. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. Serve warm.

Serve garnished with a cinnamon stick and apple slice, if you’d like!

What’s your go-to fall drink?

Xx,
Tamera