Post # 1
Here’s the wedding-related part…
I’m amazed at how people come crawling out of the woodwork once you announce an engagement! We’ve gotten more dinner invitations since we’ve gotten engaged than we probably have in the entire time we’ve been dating! The invitation in question right now is about FI’s uncle who is sort of the black sheep of the family, because he was a workaholic (he’s now retired). While Fiance says most of the family really doesn’t care for him, Fiance also says that he and the uncle always got along well when he did attend family stuff, but Fiance hasn’t seen him in the four years we’ve been dating and I’ve, obviously, never met him. Anyway, when the uncle received our Save the Date, he invited us for dinner saying he wanted to reconnect with Fiance and meet me. Great! We’re both looking forward to it.
Here’s the non-wedding related part…
As I said, this uncle is a workaholic. He’s also a multi-millionaire with a mansion in the swanky part of town. We are going to his house on the weekend for dinner and a tour on his yacht. We obviously need to bring them something, but what? My go-to hostess gift of a batch of my famous butterscotch cookies doesn’t seem enough for these people. Fiance and I don’t drink, so really wouldn’t be able to choose a decent bottle of wine. I suppose we could bring flowers or a plant, but does that seem cliché?
Post # 3
My go to is a bottle of wine. If you go out to a liquor store, someone there should be able to help you choose a nice one!
Post # 4
My go to is also a bottle of wine. But I think the homemade cookies would be great!
Post # 5
Thanks ladies! I did get a gift card to the liquor store for Christmas that I don’t know what to do with seeing as we don’t drink. Maybe this is my occasion to use it?
Anyone have any other ideas?
Post # 6
I, too, usually go for a nice bottle of wine. Barring that, I usually try to stay away from anything that would require their immediate attention upon receiving it. For example, I never bring flowers because then they have to stop what they’re doing to find a vase, etc…
Post # 7
I think your homemade cookies sounds wonderful!
I don’t really have a “go to” hostess gift, but I know that I really appreciate receiving flowers, as long as they’re already in a vase so I don’t have to search for one. Though, my favorite gifts are homemade goods, like cookies, a pie, or anything edible.
Post # 8
Bottle of wine, a candle, something homemade. Cookies would be a great idea, maybe put them on a nice serving tray for her to keep or in a jar.
Post # 9
I love the idea of getting a nice platter to put the cookies on!!!
Post # 10
We always bring wine even though we don’t know diddly squat about wines. 🙂
Our solution is to go to a wine/liquor specialty store and give them a price range and let them go to town. If you are in a time crunch, you can go to a specialty store like BevMo! or Total Wine & More and pick a color (red or white) and pick one with 90+ points. I figured if some kind of publication thinks it’s awesome, it should work! Generally speaking, we aim around the $30-40 price range for wine.
For plants, I would do orchids or succulents since they’re not scented and last a long time. We get orchids quite inexpensively here at Trader Joe’s. I would hesitate to bring scented cut flowers in case the hostess/host is allergic. I’m personally highly allergic to many flowers so we are very careful with what plants/flowers we have at home.