For all of you who have ever hosted a holiday or party in your home you know what a labor of love it can be. For the rest of you who enjoy the holiday or party but don’t love the labor…first of all thanks for being an anchor. However if you must continue your sponge-like ways and refuse to utter the words “This was great…next time let’s do it at our place!” then this is the post for you.
Here are some traditional and some not so traditional ideas for your freeloading behind to say, “You are a real sport for getting up at 5 a.m. and hiding all of those eggs” or “Wow you made Old World German Easter Sausage from scratch…Thanks!” or “You made Charoset toffee? Well done you!”
I have hosted my fair share of holidays and have my own list of hostess pet peeves. Such as the person who shows up a day early, or an hour late, or the guest who has dietary wants or needs and likes to decribe them to me in graphic detail, stating what my food will do to their bowels. Thanks, I’m all set.
If you’re guilty of any of these guestly sins, here’s how you can make up for it this holiday season. Although wine and flowers are always much appreciated, try a creative twist. When you go that seder or Easter breakfast, be sure to bring…
- A flowering bulb in a fun reusable container tied with gorgeous ribbon and topped off with a broach.
- Interesting decorations: The head of this reproduction vintage rabbit comes off to fill with candy
- Antique holiday post cards ( I have many and they are funny conversation pieces as they usually have messages and addresses on the backs)
- Vintage candy holders filled with non-vintage candy (vintage candy=nasty)
- Chocolate bunnies
- Handmade cookies
- Napkins printed with the host’s or hostesses’ town
- Hand lotions and hand soap
- Chocolate covered matzo
And where to find them:
Vintage egg basket-$30
Chalkware lamb (Made by the now-deceased Chalkware Man of Nutley)-$22
Blue flowered enameled brooch c 1940-$50
White McCoy planter
Pink flower enameled broach c 1940-$50
“Colonial Block” green sugar bowl c1930-$18
Goose candy dish (occupied Japan) c1945-53-$40
Easter Postcards– $3-$6
Repro bunny candy holder-$28
Green Depression glass cake plate-$38
Available at Little Cricket Bloomfield Ave. Montclair
Chocolate Bunnies, chocolate covered matzos and boxed candy tied in ribbons – available in a wide variety of prices from Sweet Home Montclair. The wonderful staff there will work with your budget and put something gorgeous together for you with all of the trimmings.
Town napkins (Montclair, Bloomfield and Glen Ridge shown but many other surrounding towns available)-$19.75 for a box of 50 and Host/ess towels wrapped to look like desserts-$15-$25Available at Watchung Plaza Home Watchung Plaza Montclair. Emiko will put together a lovely box to fit your budget and package it up with tissue in a box tied with whimsical ribbons.
Hand-made and frosted cookies (A personal favorite) from Le Bakers Dozen Belleview Upper Montclair
Ribbon available at I Have A Notion Watchung Plaza, Montclair
Potted bulbs available at A&P- 3 for $10
Click here for directions on how to grow the wheat grass shown above.
And hostesses, do tell your best rude guest stories!