How To Make A Hostess Gift Basket
Just a bit of holiday party prep…
I am so excited about this post! I’ve had this idea in my head for a while now and I just think it’s so brilliant (ha!), but let me tell you why. Our holiday calendar is filling up FAST and I am the first one to RSVP yes. I love a party and will always try to find a way to make it happen. But by the time the actual party rolls around we are inevitably rushing out the door 15 minutes late, because LIFE, and then I panic… I don’t have a hostess gift!
Guys, just typing this out makes me sweat.
So there we are, swinging through the closest wine shop so Ryan can run in and pick up a bottle (along with some unfortunate looking wrapping) while I stay in the car and finish my makeup… and now we are even more late and both sweating. It’s a total scene, if I’m being honest. So this year, I AM ON TOP OF IT.
I made a hostess grab-and-go gift basket, so I am ready… and this may be some of my finest work yet. I reviewed our upcoming holiday calendar (along with last year’s) to see what kind of parties we usually attend and about how many, and jotted down that number (along with notes like two fancy, two daytime, two kids, etc.) and took that with me to Target to shop.
Here’s my hostess gift guide so you could always use any of these thoughtful little gifts, too!
Because I planned this all out early, I was able to pull together really thoughtful and beautiful hostess gifts for the handful of parties we typically attend during the season.
I made little gift bundles, tied them up with ribbon (how cute is this?!), and popped them all into a basket that will sit in our laundry room. Now, when we are rushing out the door, I’ll just grab a hostess gift from the basket, and it’ll be one I’m actually proud to give!
Not only will this save us time and energy, but I also think it will save us money as well. Each little bundle ranges from $12-20 in total, which is wild! But they really do feel expensive and far more thoughtful. I’m just so thrilled they all came together like I envisioned! And I feel like I’ve checked one stressful thing off my list and made it fun.
What I Bought From Target:
4 Easy Hostess Gift Bundles
Sophisticated & Sparkly
Love this for a dinner party! I paired a bottle of Prosecco with this pretty dragon fly ornament and star ornament, and topped it with a bow. Feels sophisticated and special, but it’s also under $20 total.
Fun & Colorful
This one screams kid’s party to me and I love it! Truthfully it may be my favorite one, the colors are just really good! Box of cookie mix, llama ornament, cute napkins, and festive ribbon! Under $13 (not including ribbon!).
I just love this idea and feel like you could take it and translate it for a lot of things. Just a simple way of making something that matters (to me!) a lot less overwhelming and truthfully really FUN.
If you end up putting together your own basket, I’d LOVE to see what you come up with! Make sure to tag me on Instagram so I can re-share.
Photography by Sally Watson