Entertaining Tips

Whether you’re visiting friends or hosting guests, summer, especially the holiday weekends, is the perfect time for entertaining . As we approach the tail end of the summer and the Labor Day holiday weekend, we still have a little time to throw the perfect summer party.  If you’re planning on entertaining guests for your summer party, welcome gifts are always a nice touch.  Below are some of my favorite welcome-gift ideas.  My personal favorite…flip-flops.  Not only a fun summer souvenir, but an admittedly self-serving one since it enables me to avoid awkwardly requesting and enforcing my home’s no trekking street dirt through my living room’ policy!  I usually put a basket or a tote full of vibrantly colored flip flops by the entrance for guests, but if you prefer a little more variety (and aren’t as germophobic as I am), here are some great gift ideas for your holiday summer entertaining.

Hostess Gifts Ideas for Guest

Canvas Homework Tote Bag by Anya Hindmarch, Living Beauty BooK by Bobby Brown, Chelsea Flowers Single Soap by Bond No.9, Couture Bow Jelly Thong Sandals by Valentino, iPhone 4 Flowers Snap Case by Incase, Retangular Pouchette by Longchamp, Creme de Blush by YSL, Hand Wash & Candle by Molton Brown, Hydra Tint Lip Balm SPF 15 by Laura Mercier, Nail Lacquer by D&G, Personalized Bowl & Plate Preppy Plates, Sun Protection Compact SPF 34 PA+ by Shiseido

If you prefer to make the most of what remains of the sensational summer sun, an outdoor picnic might be just right for your summer entertaining.  Whether at the beach picnic, backyard or your favorite park, picnic in style! Here is some of my favorite perfect picnic paraphernalia:

Picnic Ideas

Blue Stripe Blanket, Yorkshire Picnic Basket, Wine Carrier & Purse by Picnic at Ascot, Disposable Napkin & Placemat by My Drap, Metal Water Bottle by C Wonder

If you’re a guest planning to attend a sensational holiday summer party, your hostess will appreciate a gift with a personal touch. Topping my list is something monogrammed or personalized, but for those who want different options, here are some other suggestions for expressing your gratitude:

Guest Gifts Ideas for Hostess

Amanzi Tea, Nightingale Song Forte Candela by Molton Brown, Deluxe Gift Assortment by Torn Ranch, Taschen’s New York by Taschen, Moss & Mint Bar Soap by Nest, Personalized Bordered Coasters by Chatsworth Collection

Psst! So, what are your favorite gift ideas?