We have held many dinners and parties in our house and gathering friends or family or both around the dinner table with good home made food in cosy surroundings really is the best medicine for life.
As a guest to many occasions also I used to always find myself pondering over dinner etiquette and not wanting to turn up to a friends house empty handed.
Of course the meal is always catered for by the host and unless you are asked to bring something in particular then a main course is definitely out of the question for a gift.
I adore the kind of guest that rolls up to one of my gatherings with a bottle of champers or a fine bottle of red. We have far too many bottles of wine said no host ever. If you are attending a dinner date where your fellow guests do not drink then why not check out your local deli or farm shop for some traditional apple juice or lemonade. Failing that a bottle of sparkling water should be appropriate.
Flowers are a great gesture if served adequately. Flowers inappropriately passed to a host whilst she is rushing around and greeting over guests is sure to cause a little more chaos.
So when choosing flowers for your host remember to buy with a vase and arrange before hand. That way the vase and your chosen arrangement can be gently placed upon the dining table with minimal fuss for all guests to admire.
Not too heavy on the scent as the candle may be burned during dinner. A deep voluminous candle with a strong wick should last the course of the evening and again can be placed around the serving area for decoration.
If choosing a scented candle maybe opt for Rose or Lavender offering a more intimate setting.
I hate cheese but the rest of my family adore the stuff. Baring the no food rule I would gratefully accept a small board of a selection of cheeses along with a cheese knife to offer after dinner.
If the host already has her party dinner planned out then I am sure it would come in handy as a late night graze for extra hungry guests or a light morsel for next day’s hungover luncheon.
I should really explore stats but I am guessing a very high percent of hosts that throw dinner parties are already fantastic cooks In the kitchen. Dinner parties usually take place of a Saturday night therefore having a tray of fresh herbs for Sunday’s roast will warrant points as a fabulous dinner party gift.
Back in my traveling days I once gave a hostess a herbal bouquet as a dinner gift. Only in the states of course!