Hostess Gifts

Summer’s the season for socialising. We’ve come out of our winter-induced hibernation, and are making the most of these long days by filling them with late-starting dinner parties and getaway weekends. The one thing we’ve sworn not to do? Show up at our generous hosts’ houses empty handed.
We met with Punit Jasuja from Second Floor Studio to pull together a list of gifts for your host that are unobtrusive but essential; gifts that can be easily put to work, ideally at the very gathering to which you’ve been invited.
While wine and flowers are great, we’re fans of gifts that can be put to use over and over again, each time reminding your host of just what a fabulous guest you really are.You can never have enough coasters, and these cool slate and marble versions will fit into any home. Durable and classic, these are an easy choice.

For the environmentally conscious host, a set of easy-wash napkins and napkin rings. We picked napkin rings from Second Floor Studio (set of six Rs 1020) to go with our own charcoal napkins.

We love a good scented candle, but can’t help but feel a bit uneasy about leaving one unattended at a party. A reed diffuser infuses the room with the same lush scents, and leaves your hosts free to enjoy their evening without worrying about curtains set ablaze. (The Niana reed diffuser is at Second Floor Studio, Rs 3500)A chic marble olive boat is elegant, and perfect for anything from cherry tomatoes to bites of perfectly cubed cheese.

A bottle of wine is nice, but why not go the extra mile, with a container worthy of only the finest liquor?If you know your hosts have a sweet tooth, surprise them with the perfect serving dish. Top with cake, and we can practically guarantee another invitation. Punit recommended a glossy, red lacquer cake stand (at Second Floor Studio, Rs 5500).

For a flicker of warmth and a touch of shine at an outdoor do, try a set of sparkly candle votives.

The best things come in small packages; and this tiny mishri jar is the perfect container for the sweetest morsels.

Find Punit's guide on throwing a great party here.
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