Summer is time for BBQ’s, cocktail parties and beach-house soirees.
And when you live in the South, you never come empty-handed. (Although, I confess I do. That’s because when I am a hostess, I prefer you show up and not hand me something I have to put in the kitchen. Plus, I don’t want clutter. Obvs.)
But for those of you determined to follow southern societal rules and bring someTHING to the hostess, here’s a plea from me: Make it a drinkable or edible gift. That way, you won’t add to her clutter.
Here are some ideas:
Finding a good bottle of wine can be overwhelming. But here’s a trick: If you call wine shops in Raleigh and tell them what type and your average price, they will put together a case you can pick up. Or just a bottle. I do this all the time. I am in the store for less than 5 minutes, and their selections are always better than mine.
But, please, don’t get sucked in by the pretty wine bags. Forget it. They just end up in the landfill or in a pile of other wine bags she swears she will use one day.
Here are some of my favorites:
There are so many new breweries in the Triangle, I can’t keep up. I am also not a beer person. So here’s a North Carolina brewery map. Go get your hostess some fresh beer!
Raleigh has several artisan chocolate stores. Bring their bars, and I promise you will get invited back for the next 50 years.
I also recently met Bob Scibor, owner of Chocolate Elegance in Johnson City, Tenn. He ships hand-made chocolate gift baskets all over the world. His business is a great way to thank clients, hostesses or guests.
The number of bakeries in the Triangle has exploded, and my waistline is proof. Here’s just a few:
Baker’s Dozen Donuts (My personal favorite. Just bring me a dozen for every party.)
This is a good bakery list for Durham
I know there are many more. Leave a comment or email me, and I will add your favorites.
The point is, there is no reason to bring a gift that will get shoved in a closet. Let her eat cake and make it disappear.