Thursday, December 12, 2013

Timeless Holiday Hostess Gift Guide by Jordan McBride


Hello, gorgeous! I'm Jordan McBride, and I plan and style timeless weddings and events in Phoenix, Arizona and beyond. It's such a sweet privilege to be guest posting on Darling Cashmere today! Rebecca has you covered with what to wear to all your holiday parties this month, but what to bring for the hostess? I'm so excited to share my timeless holiday hostess gift guide. Enjoy!

Charbonnel et Walker's pink champagne truffles are to die for - I don't know anyone who doesn't love them. The dusted strawberry ones come in a darling red box that's perfect for the holidays and can be kept as a keepsake long after the truffles are gone!

I love any party gift that can be used during the party. These gold foil letterpressed coasters are the perfect mix of fun and function!

Who doesn't love a festive drink during the holiday season? A great addition to the bar cart, this book offers page after page of cold-weather cocktail recipes - complete with gorgeous photography. (Wrap it up and attach this adorable wine stopper to the bow for a finishing touch!)

Kate Spade can do no wrong. These shakers are a classic, chic addition to any hostess's home.

Cocktail trays are so versatile! The sophisticated combination of white and gold would compliment her bar cart, her coffee table, her dresser, or even her desk.

There is so much overlap between interior design and event design - I love pulling inspiration from the interior design world into an event space. In fact, I probably read more interior design blogs than wedding blogs! Erin Gates is an interior designer based in Boston whose classically-fresh style makes me swoon. Just imagine a Christmasy arrangement like this one in her striped vase!

When I was a little girl, my favorite thing in the world was a Shirley Temple - with extra cherries. These days, I enjoy the grown-up version: with a splash of vodka and a couple of Luxardo cherries (or let's be honest - right out of the jar). They taste absolutely amazing, and your hostess will appreciate something she wouldn't typically splurge on.

Again, if you want to keep it simple but unique, give a gift that your hostess is sure to love but not likely to buy for herself. She'll be happy to replace her Swiss Miss with this set of gourmet hot chocolate and marshmallows from Williams-Sonoma.

Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit like the smell of a fresh Christmas tree. This potpourri looks and smells so festive. (This candle, too!)

Stripes and salted caramel... together?! Amazing. And after the guests devour the popcorn, imagine how cute the tin would be as a vase or ice bucket!

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