Next time you are asked to bring an item to a party...turn it into a hostess gift. Here are some great ideas:
My goal of giving a gift or favor is that it is useful...cocktail napkins are a staple in my house - you never know when someone will stop by or drinks or appetizers. I think this is a great favor for a ladies happy hour, holiday party or even a garden party.
To "upgrade" your favor, instead of using themed paper napkins, purchase some nice cloth cocktail napkins and maybe monogram them. for each of your guests.
Here is another great idea from Martha Stewart for your next baby or wedding shower....click below for DIY instructions
What a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day with your friends and their children. Set up a children's table with a cutting board and spatula at each place setting. Place icing and various toppings throughout the table and let the children decorate their own cookies. If you wanted to go the extra mile you could also provide aprons for each of the children. This is a sure way to keep them occupied while the adults have time to visit.
Here is another example of using a gift as decor for a baby shower. This is my favorite gift to give to parents! I purchase a raw wood box from a craft store and line the inside with a fabric that matches the baby's room (using a glue gun). Parents love to receive personalized gifts so I take the theme of the baby's room and place it on the front of the box. It is THE most useful gift....you always need more storage plus you can fill it with wonderful items such as books, bath accessories, clothes, etc... For this gift, I also made a door sign and photo holder to match his room. If you are hosting the shower - this would be a perfect centerpiece.
I love to use gifts as decor especially for wedding and baby showers! It is an easy theme that your mom or bride-to-be will appreciate since she has registered for these gifts to match her baby's room or home, plus it eliminates the needs to spend any extra money on decorations for the party.
For example, string a clothesline with clothes for the baby, make or purchase a diaper cake to include items from the registry, use toys as buffet decor - even the favor boxes add a pop of color. For a wedding shower, you can make or purchase a "kitchen cake" full of tea towels and utensils from the registry, use various vases as a centerpiece or even place a floral arrangement in the blender the couple has added to their wish list.
These marshmallow lollipops work great on a buffet, as a gift or a party favor. I placed a lollipop stick (found at any craft store) into the marshmallow, dipped it in chocolate and rolled the marshmallow in crushed holiday peanut butter m&ms. You can also roll them in peanuts, crushed mints or sprinkles - whatever you like!
We have just begun our marathon of holiday parties and most of us typically bring a bottle of wine as a gift to our host/hostesses. Here is a great idea to make your bottle of wine memorable - attach a wine stopper. With so many choices you can be sure to personalize a stopper for your host/hostess and leave a lasting impression.