Marcella Rose’s top 5 hostess gifts

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I am frequently asked what I bring as host/hostess gifts.  Let me tell you, I love to answer this question!  I enjoy nothing more than preparing a little something special for a host or hostess.  Here are my current absolute favorite gifts to bear for every type of host and every type of party:

1. For the host that you are just getting to know:

– Williams Sonoma have these seasonal Essential Oils Deluxe Hand Soap & Lotion Gift Sets.  They are so luxurious!  This gift is a little something that will last months; it will bring a smile to your face and delight senses.  It turns the simple act of washing your hands into a spa-like experience.  Not to mention, it’s something every home needs and having a back up is nothing short of genius! Image

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2. For the quirky host who’s kitchen is her favorite room in the house:

-Oh Anthropolgie, how I love thee!  You can walk into any of their stores and anything you pick out will be amazing.  My current favorite are these adorable little fruit baskets that are full of even more adorable dish towels.  I like to pair these with the dining room measuring spoons that are as much art as they are function.

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3. For the classy modern host:

-This is a great gift for either host or hostess! Bringing a bottle of bubbly or vino is a sure way to please at a dinner party.  Bringing something extra special with two modern flutes for the hosts to have a quiet romantic moment to celebrate after the party or for that much needed mimosa in the morning is practically perfect in every way!  I love the modern style of Crate and Barrel’s Edge Sparkling Wine Glasses.

 

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4. For the host that loves to host:

– Ask any one that loves to host and they will tell you that a cheese board is one of the best gifts to give and receive and there is no such thing as having too many serving plates or boards.  This is one of my absolute favorites since you can actually write on the board and cheeses really pop against the dark background the slate gives.

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5. For the host that loves to cook:

– There are so many amazing cookbooks and new ones come out every single day! My current favorite to give is by a fellow blogger Smitten Kitchen.  It’s so innovative and fun and the recipes are to die for! I like to wrap this gift in a pretty silk bow and tie one of these stunning heart shaped wooden spoons on top with the bow.  Simply wonderful and a gift that is sure to please for months after the party is long over.

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ImageI hope these favorites of mine with get your creativity flowing to create some truly perfect hostess and host gifts for the next party you attend!
Love, love, love
Marcella Rose
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Matt’s Meatball Shop Birthday Party

IMG_7384 My husband and I recently moved from New York to Ashland and it’s been so wonderful to have a house instead of a closet to celebrate and host in.  So, I was extremely excited to throw my first big party at our home for my husband Matt’s birthday.

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The first thing I do when throwing any event, be it a wedding or a simple dinner party, is to decide on a theme.  A theme gives your party a body, so to speak, and whenever you have to make a difficult choice you can go back to the theme for guidance.  It pulls your event together and gives it shape and cohesion while making decisions so much easier.

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For Matt’s party we looked to one of his favorite restaurants in New York’s Lower Eastside: The Meatball Shop.  If you’ve never been, it’s this great restaurant that took New York eaters and hipsters everywhere by storm.  Their menu is simple, meatballs and homemade ice cream sandwiches, so my menu played out like this: IMG_7401    

Hand-squeezed lemonade

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Beer

Make-your-own meatball sandwich with marinara, mozzarella and parmesan

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Three-meat antipasto board

Fresh handmade pickles

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Spicy bow-tie pasta salad

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Superfood salad with dreamy poppyseed dressing

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Homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches;

– Double dutch cookies with mint ice cream

– Ranch girl cookies with chocolate peanut butter ice cream

– Chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream

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For the decorations I used twine and old grocery paper bags to create recycled decorations.

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I measured the locations first and then created paper bag pennant banners to swing across the yard and blow in the breeze.

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On the house I placed larger pennant banners to spell out Happy Birthday as well as cut-outs from paper bags for the menu.

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I always like to create, even in the smallest of places, seating areas for people to settle and chat and create memories.  With a few bistro tables, some lounge chairs, a couple smaller end tables, and using a few of my mismatch vintage tablecloths, created some lovely seating areas dotted around the yard.

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On our porch I set up a rocking chair, lounge couch and my record player with a few carefully selected vinyls to set the mood of the party.

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To give it that real finished look I added some small bouquets and my constellation cans on the tables and set up a game area.

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 That way people could feel free to play a few yard games or decorate the walkway with sidewalk chalk. IMG_7382

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There was plenty to eat and lots of fun had by all! Happy Birthday Matt!

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Love, love, love,

Marcella Rose

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A special shout out to my dear friend Amanda who helped in the kitchen and at the craft table!