Hostess Gift Idea #100 – In Good Taste Wine

So you got that sweet dinner invite this weekend and your in sweats about what to bring to thank your host. Not to worry I am here to guide you and give weekly tips about some good hostess gift tips. A good hostess gift is a way to show your appreciation for not only the invitation but also for the good time you are about have.

Don’t wait until the last moment to regift a bad bottle of wine or grab a cheap one on the way to your soiree. Think about the planning, shopping, and execution that your host has undertaken to show you a good time. The last thing you want to do is to say thank you with the wrong gift. Right now I can go to my cupboard to see the many wine bottles I have received as hostess gifts that are simply undrinkable. I file those in my use for cooking only stash. You may think this is harsh but unfortunately it is true.

A good tip is to get a good bottle of Champagne or Prosecco. Champagne is so festive I have yet to meet anyone who is not excited for sparkling wine. Whatever you would spend on a luxurious bottle of champagne is certainly less than you spend for a night out on the town for two for sure.

In Good Taste

While recently scrolling through Instagram, I happened upon the In Good Taste wine company. I love it when a new discovery stops me dead in my tracks. What first caught my attention is the cute brand identity and the individual serving sizes. This is perfect for when you want to enjoy wine but do not want to open a fresh bottle. They come in packs of 6 and you can purchase the wine as a flight, as a curated for you collection, or in varietals. This makes the perfect hostess gift. It’s hits all the marks – it’s unique, it’s useable, and sustainable. After you drink the wines, the little bottles are so cute you can repurpose them around your home.


So how do they taste you’re wondering? Well I tried the rose and the curated summer sipper and I give them a B+. The wines are pretty reasonable at less than $11.00 per bottle. These tiny sizes makes wine drinking less intimidation and affordable to try new wines because there is little waste. So go ahead and gift these cute little bottle to your next host, in my opinion, it’s In Good Taste.

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  • RosevonyJuly 3, 2022 - 7:26 pm

    Great post with some helpful hints. What would you recommend for host who do not drink?  Since I am not a wine connoisseur, I prefer to bring a bottle to add to the bar — Tequila anyone?…but I am always stumped when I know the hosts do not drink. ReplyCancel

    • ahouseonguilfordOctober 5, 2022 - 8:08 pm

      Thanks for your response! So I just recently discovered Fever Tree sparkling drinks. Available at most grocery stores. Try the Yuzu Lime. Its taste just like a cocktail and only 30 calories. Pour it in a fancy glass, add ice, and sprig of rosemary.ReplyCancel

Micro Champagne Towers are a Yes!

Micro champagne towers are always a yes for me on Friday nights!   I love hosting friends at our house and when I do, I always like to add little fun and unique touches to entertain our guests. Micro champagne towers are an epic way to add a fun splash to a small gathering or to up the fun to any soiree.   The look is so glamorous, so elegant and just perfect.  It reminds me of old Hollywood and grand affairs but just done on the micro level.  

Of course you can go all out and make them as tall you want. Normally, we see the super tall ones with rows and rows of glasses at formal weddings and grand galas.  But, guess what? there is no need to wait, just do it now, anytime you want to up the ante at your next fete.   The look of the steadily spilling champagne from the top to cascade down to the rest of glasses is to die for.  And don’t worry, even though it looks like the champagne is spilling there will be very little waste.  Arrange all the glasses in the tower or pyramid formation before your guest arrive.  The look of the micro champagne tower alone will be an amazing ice breaker and will set a great festive tone for the rest of your gathering.   Here is the perfect recipe to achieve the look. 

micro champagne tower

First step:

Have a large square, round or rectangular tray to use as a base to place the glasses into. This will collect any of the extra champagne that spills over.

Second step:

With the number of guest in mind count how many glasses you need to arrange the pyramid until you get to 1 glass on top. So for 12 guests you will have 6 on the bottom, then 4, then 3, then 1.  Clean sparkly classic coupe glasses work best for this.    For the one I arranged, I wanted a bit of a glam look so I used sparkly iridescent glasses that give off a nice colors when the light hits – so incredible.

Third step:

Start building your micro champagne tower with the largest number at the bottom and work way up to create your envisioned plan.  Be sure to work carefully to ensure that the glasses are well supported.  Place the glasses as close as possible to each other for a tight look. 

Fourth Step:

Depending on how high your tower is you might have to stand on a stool to fill your glasses. Pop open your favorite bubbly.   As a guide, a 750ml bottle of champagne will fill 6 glasses. To serve a tower for twelve you will need three full bottles. You can start at the very top and start pouring the champagne down while ensuring that every glass is filled.  Another faster way to do it is to pre-fill the glasses a little and then start pouring from the top.

So yes it is just that easy.  I just love micro champagne towers and I am so sure you will love it too.  Cheers!  

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    A Book Review – Wonderland is Wonderful

    Summer Thorton’s Wonderland is wonderful! So, you’re already being forewarned. Proceed with caution! This post will probably get me some shade but let’s go! Lately, on instagram most of what is currently trending are pages of homes full of neutral tones in every tone but not an ounce of color.  People have sworn off color like it’s a bad habit.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a well designed monochromatic moment.  The look is calming, it’s airy and it’s clean.  But,  if I were to be true to myself, I’m definitely a color girl.  Give me all the color, give me all the patterns, all the texture and all details. 

    To tell you the truth, I was feeling a little lonely out on my color island and in comes Summer Thorton. With her newly published book, Wonderland:  Adventures in Decorating her designs wow us on every page. Wonderland is wonderful and reaffirms for me that – Yes, color is absolutely amazing. Thorton charges us to use color as much as possible until it feels just right.

    “when it comes to interior design, reason, logic, and practicality are largely overrated.” 

    – Summer Thorton

    Wonderland – Summer Thorton

    Wonderland is an ode to color, a bible if you will, that not just encourages but wills you to unleash your wildest design fantasies using your home as your palette.  Every page of Wonderland is wonderful and is full of beautiful luxe designs with nonconforming decor ideas.  Summer Thorton uses multiple colors in various shades, textures such as fringe, mohair, velvets, mixes various styles like vintage, glam, modern, and lot’s of chinoisserie.   In her book, the lacquer painted walls are to die for and I am definitely looking to add this high gloss dimension somewhere in my home.  Wonderland is so inspirational and it is the perfect coffee table book.  

    “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.  Better yet gold it.”

    -Summer Thorton

     She affirms, “a purple sofa is a real power move,”  and my favorite “live like Marie Antoinette is coming to breakfast.”  This book speaks volume to me as I try to live my live more with intention and in the present.   I am willing to take risk and allow myself the freedom of self-expression in my home.   

    The first pieces of furniture I bought for my new home three ago were two luscious luxurious velvet teal coaches by Mitchell Gold Home.  You can see me sitting on one of them on the top left photo and also here on my instagram page.  They are beautifully feminine that curve out the in the back and curve in the middle creating a gorgeous silhouette.   Literally swoon worthy in my honest opinion.  Those couches set the tone for the rest of my home and has helped me create a space that feels luxurious and full of drama.  

    Wonderland is wonderful and it is Summer Thorton’s collection of her most favorite things.  Whether you have a love of monotones or multi-color dream coats be unapologetic of how you express yourself. 

    “Every day can be a fantasy when you create a dream world.”  

    Summer Thorton

    Summer Thorton Wonderland

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      Tropical Glam Tablescape is Loading!

      Welcome to my very first blog post! This should be a glorious moment for me, it’s too little too late. Full transparency – this post was to be about how to put together a swoon worthy Mother’s Day tropical glam tablescape that would make even the most unbothered mother take notice. To my dismay, this post is three weeks too late! You know crazy busy life and all that!

      Speaking of Mother’s Day, do you know how this day became a national holiday?  The Mother’s Day celebration dates back to the early 1900’s and believe or not originated in Philadelphia.  Started by a woman’s group founded by Anne Jarvis as a day to promote friendship and health.   Within 5 years, this yearly gathering spread like wild fire nationally. Before long, President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day an annual event – what could be better than that?

      Fun fact – what was to be known as a day of honor was hijacked by the corporate powers that be and Mother’s Day transformed into a day of sending cards and gifts.  The last years of Anne Jarvis’ life were spent trying to revoke the holiday.

      tropical glam tablescape
      tropical glam tablescape

      Not to let a good tropical glam tablescape go to waste, allow this setting to inspire your next brunch, lunch, or fete you have coming up. I decided on an elegant yet fun floral arrangement with tropical accents that would be unforgettable at any event. The flowers used here are roses, carnations, anthurium, and pampas grass. Using blue chinoiserie plates as the focus, I paired them with a thick woven leaf placemat. I added raffia covered glasses to complete the look. Other accents include blue and white vases, and disco balls placed throughout the setting. This bit of shine is just the right touch that will be sure to delight your guests. Looking quiet glamorous and casual, I love the way it all came together.

      tropical glam tablescape
      tropical glam tablescape

      Next time your looking to plan your next gathering keep this tropical glam tablescape design in mind. To get the same look tropical glam look in a paired down version add your own twist. Use any women placemats and add coordinated florals in a glass jar, a few votive candles and voila!

      Tablescape styled by AHG // Photographer: Tori Sikkema

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