Design & Remodeling

Entertaining With Style: Hostess Gift Ideas

Everyone loves a good party. And now there is no need to stress out deciding on a gift for your hostess.

Here are some unique, easy and (mostly) DIY hostess gift ideas. A great hostess gift doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and is always a very thoughtful gesture. Here’s hoping inspiration strikes!


1. Color-block terra cotta pots filled with succulents from one of our local favorites, Suburban Lawn and Garden. See their selection by clicking on the image above.

Tutorial here
2. Homemade Lemon loaf

Tutorial here and here

3.DIY wine stoppers (well, okay – a bottle of wine can still be a good gift)

Tutorial here and find a large collection of decorative knobs at World Market in Westport by clicking the picture above.

4. Fabric wrapped potted plants. Again – look at the inventory available at Suburban Lawn & Garden to get some ideas. Click the pic above.

Tutorial here

5. Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook: Classic Cocktails with a Twist – find it at Barnes & Noble on The Plaza or buy it online by clicking the image above.

It is always a good idea to attach a note of some kind to any hostess gift you give.

I designed 24 small gift tags in trendy retro, chevron, herringbone and ikat patterns…and I want to share them with you.All you have to do is click hereto download the 2 sets of print ready tags that are pictured below. They will open full size and all you have to do is print them on letter sized white paper (heavier stocks work best), cut out with scissors, punch a hole at the top and attach it to your gift with some ribbon. You can even write a message on the back if you wish.

There you have it – a low stress and unique hostess gift is yours for giving!Audrey Kuether is the creative force behind Oh So Lovely, a Kansas City-based graphic design, photography and event planning company. She specializes in wedding design, photography and styling and planning.