Gift Guide: Hostess with the Mostest

If you’re shopping for a girl (or couple!) that loves to entertain, this gift guide is for you. Or if you’re attending a holiday party, all of these items would make for the perfect little hostess gift!

My favorite hostess gifts to give and get have to be coffee table booksluxurious candles, or a nice bottle of wine or liquor (complete with a cute wine bag!).

There’s nothing quite like a heavy, hardcover coffee table book, am I right? I have quite the lengthy list of books I’d like to add to my collection, but they can get pretty pricey. And that’s exactly why they’re the perfect gift! I always like to gift items that she or he wouldn’t buy for themselves.

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Christmastime in the City

The holiday season is one of my favorite times to spend in my favorite cities… The snow, the twinkling lights, the crisp air… It all feels so magical! New York, Paris, and Chicago all know how to do the holiday season right, but now that I’m in Chicago – let’s focus on the holidays here!

If you had 24 hours in Chicago and wanted to pack as much in as you could, here’s my suggested agenda! I teamed up with Express to show just how easy it is to take one single outfit from day to night, that transitions from each of my four favorite holiday activities with just a few accessory swaps.

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Friendsgiving Feast

Now that I have a whole lot more space to work with, entertaining has been one of my top priorities. I started small and had a few different little cocktail parties over the last few months, but I knew I wanted to step it up for Thanksgiving. I’ve wanted to host a Friendsgiving for quite a few years and I finally made it happen this year. Considering I don’t have a dining table in my one-bedroom apartment, nor do I have enough nice dishware to host more than a handful of friends at once, I kept my Friendsgiving on the intimate side. I absolutely love going to casual Friendsgivings at my friends’ places, but I wanted to swap the disposable plates for picturesque place settings instead. Who says you have to wait until you have a formal dining room to host dinner parties?

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