Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Growing up with Amy Vanderbilt

To this day, I can still hear my mother say "According to the Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette...." 
I would roll my eyes, thinking, here we go again...
Now, of course, I am happy she taught me some manners. I learned you always RSVP and never go empty handed to a dinner party. Your host or hostess has worked very hard planning this event. Even a casual BBQ takes some planning. Deciding a guest list, sending invitations, planning the menu, shopping, preparing, cleaning etc. take a lot of effort. Why would you not want to give them a little gift to show your appreciation for all their hard work ?

I prefer something a little more unique than the same old wine and flowers everyone brings.

Here are a few ideas:

Wouldn't this dishtowel be cute in a basket with a variety of flavored coffee and muffins?

Why not personalize it for a couple.
Include in your basket a jar of pear preserves.

The perfect pear is also a good idea to acknowledge an anniversary or tuck into a wedding gift.

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