Saying thank you for a wonderful evening at a friend’s home is important. And doing it with a small gift is a fun and thoughtful way to express gratitude. Lucky for us, seasons come & go and inspire us with fresh creativity. When you start out on any new adventure, just start small. Start with one idea and use it for 6 months or a year and then grow into another style. As you get familiar with a certain idea, more creative ideas will come to make that theme even more artistic. Let’s consider a few fun ideas for hostess gifts including plants.
- Fresh herbs are always a good idea because they add zest and life to everything food related– sandwiches, soups, pasta, rice, meats spring flourish with flavour when fresh herbs are added.
- You can quickly wrap the pot in any kind of paper, fabric, or burlap and hold it all together with a bow made from ribbon or jute string.
- If you don’t want to wrap the pot, just put a ribbon around it.
- Finish the whole thing off with a colourful tag or a simple shipping label that expresses your appreciation.
- This doesn’t have to be an expensive of difficult endeavour, just look around your home and see what you have lying around in your wrapping accessories. A little thoughtfulness goes a long way.
- Succulents are a popular and hot trending item these days. They are super easy to care for and there are so many possibilities!
- Succulents, because of their simple care, lend themselves to fun container ideas that don’t have drainage holes – small wooden boxes, teacups, colourful ramekins, or rustic metal containers all make great containers for succulents because succulents need very little water and almost thrive on neglect. Be careful not to over water them, because they will rot.
- Dress up the containers as you wish with raffia bows, little chalkboard signs, anything you can think of that will match the theme of the event you are attending or the season of the year. Pastel colours are great for spring; bold bright colours are perfect for summer; rusts, browns, oranges, deep yellows, and burgundies ring in autumn; and then reds, greens, golds, silvers, and shades of white are thematic for the Christmas season.
3. Spider Plants
- Spider plants have been a houseplant staple forever. The thing that is so good about them is that they naturally purify the air. The next good thing about them is that they are easy care. And then, they are fun – they send out sprays of blossoms that turn into baby plants that you can use to share the love.
- Spider plants work well in mixed containers or alone, depending on the amount of energy and money you would like to spend. They pair well with anything shade, like ferns.
- A planted container placed in a basket would work well here, just make sure that there is a drainage tray under the pot to keep drips from leaking out the bottom that could cause damage.
- A playful spike with a star, a heart, or another design placed in the center makes this fun too.
- Poinsettias are a perfect hostess gift for the Christmas season! Poinsettias say “Christmas” and “festive” in a way no other plant does.
- Fortunately, there are many choices for the types and size of poinsettia to use.
- Poinsettias can be dressed up with sparkly spiral spikes, plant glitter spray, and other festive decorations.
- Be sure to check out our blogs on poinsettia care to extend the life of a poinsettia:
We’d like to encourage you to try out one of these ideas and run with it for a while, letting your creativity flow. Take some time exploring the web for even more creative ideas. Have fun with this and express your thanks to those who take the time to host events.
– by Sharon Wallish Murphy