(Closed) Dinner parties!

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think a bottle of wine is totally acceptable, especially if you don’t know them…if it were me throwing the dinner party I think I would have it all planned to a T so extra wine would be all I’d hope to receive…

Post # 4
4824 posts
Honey bee

Just bring what she asked to bring. A wine is a hostess gift. Maybe bring two, and wrap them up nice. Maybe a nice bag or some ribbon or something.

As a hostess of a dinner party she has it all planned. You want to show appreciation, but not out shine her or go over the top since you do not know her incredibly well.

Post # 5
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you’re ok with a bottle of wine.  She said not to bring any food, and as long as you aren’t empty handed you should be ok. 

Post # 8
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Bring a nice bottle of wine.  No need to bring a dish since she sounds like she will have everything under control.  If you are adament about bringing something extra how about some flowers or a nice plant.  However, I don’t think it is necessary.

Post # 9
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Bring chocolates as a hostess gift. They’re yummy, she can pass them out after dinner or keep them for herself. But pick good chocolates, not the Pot of Gold kind.

Post # 10
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I tend to go with a bottle of wine, especially when the host says not to bring anything. I figure they can always enjoy it another day – it doesn’t necessarily have to go with dinner. If I know the person at all, I might bring something else – like chocolate, a book, etc.

Post # 11
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Bottle of wine is always nice. Everyone woman always loves flowers, but if you go that way, put them in a vase already so that she just has to put them on the table and it’s done. I love getting flowers but it always throws off my rhythm when I have to stop everything, unwrap them, cut the stems, find a vase, arrange them nicely, and then put them out.

Post # 12
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’d bring a bottle of wine to have with dinner (since she asked you to bring whatever you like to drink) and also a small hostess gift – fresh flowers, a scented candle, or pretty soaps or something.  Or another bottle of wine meant for the hostess, or some fancy chocolates.

I definitely wouldn’t bring any sort of dish to share.  1) It may not go with the meal she’s planned, but she’ll feel obligated to serve it anyway.  2) It can imply that you don’t think she can handle it on her own.

Post # 13
46612 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Wine is great but do not expect that she will necessarily serve it for dinner. It may not go with her menu, or she may already have chosen her wines.

If the expectation is that she will serve it for dinner, it’s not really a gift.

If you want to take something else, you have some good suggestions. Flowers should already be arranged so she doesn’t have to scramble for a vase. Chocolates, a small bottle of ice wine or liqueur, are also great. Or send flowers the next day.

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