THE GRACIOUS GUEST | HOW TO BE A GRACIOUS GUEST THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
With Thanksgiving only a week away, it’s time to start thinking about the big day!
For most of us the planning involves the many ways in which we can stuff ourselves into a food-coma, and questioning if unbuttoning our pants is uncouth or completely acceptable on Thanksgiving. It more than likely means showing up and patiently/impatiently waiting while watching the game or mingling with friends and family. If you’re lucky enough to be attending a dinner that you don’t have to prepare, congratulations you have hit the jackpot!
You are the Gracious Guest, which truthfully has a little bit of responsibility. Showing up and chowing down is your main obligation, but it’s nice to contribute in a little way that also shows your gratefulness. If you feel like we feel, then you know being a Gracious Guest means never showing up empty handed. We at Bella Vita have a few ideas and tips that are sure to get you invited to dinner again next year…
That is the ultimate goal, right?
Give Everyone At The Gathering A Reason to Be Thankful For Your Gift
Show up with Wine, Liquor, or Sparking Spirits for everyone to enjoy while they socialize, and wait for dinner to be served. Wine and spirits deliver the party, and when presented in a wine bottle bag it is officially a gift and offering of thankfulness. Bella Vita even offers double bottle wine bags, and wine totes that can carry up to 4 bottles of wine! We suggest taking the gift one step further and gifting your wine/spirits with an opening apparatus like a cork screw, or bottle opener. Always be prepared! This is not only for the benefit of your host, but also for your own sense of security. If you are really feeling gracious you can gift wine with an aerator, and compliment liquor with a set of ice rocks. This sounds like a festive feast we would like to attend! The most important point here is to show up bearing a gift that everyone can enjoy, even if its nonalcoholic related. Extend the gesture and multiply the cheer!
Gift Edible Items For All The Guests To Enjoy
Patience may be a virtue, but that means nothing when you are hungry! Chances are you have starved yourself all day in the hopes of being able to stuff yourself like a turkey come dinner time. Providing little things to nibble on not only helps out your host, but it also ensures that no one gets “hangry”. We recommend showing up bearing a cheese board of gourmet goodies, chips and a dip assortment all ready to go in dipping bowls, or even cookies in one of Bella Vitas jute or handmade paper gourmet bags made to accommodate such scrumptious foods. It’s the holy trifecta of food: Cheese, Chips, and Cookies. Who could argue with that logic? Showing up bearing food is a gracious way to help your host ease the burden of making sure everyone is attended to, and taken care of. Try to remember the little things with your gift like cocktail napkins for messes, or gourmet serving utensils for ease of self-serving convenience. You can never go wrong with food!
Show Up With Items That Can Be Used At The Soirée
It’s instant gratification that gives the hostess with the mostest reason to utilize your gift right on the spot. It’s an instant feel good gratification of giving and receiving, that also can be quite fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend gifting drink markers which will be necessary if you show up with wine or spirits, you can also gift coasters to protect your host’s furniture, a bottle stopper to keep your wine fresh, or serving accessories that can aid in your edible assortments you so kindly prepared. We also think it’s fun to show up with games, or some holiday movies for the kids to enjoy while the adults get a little extra toasty. It’s the little things that often make a big difference and when you have a 30 lbs. turkey to deal with and starving people to serve often times the little things will slip your mind. Showing up with gifts that serve to be used on the spot can often times help your host more than doing the dishes… but we still recommend you ask, manners matter.
The holiday season is here, and Thanksgiving is just the official start to the most magical and festive time of the year. There will undoubtedly be lots of holiday parties and reasons to pull out all the stops of gift giving. Our main suggestion is to remind you that it is ultimately the thought that counts, and even a heartfelt thank you goes a long way. Hosting a party or dinner is a lot of work and as a gracious guest you get the joy of being an essential part of the fun. Offer help, clean up after yourself, and don’t forget to bring that dazzling personality that got you invited in the first place!
Bella Vita offers a range of unique and festive wine bags and gourmet serving accessories that are not only affordable, but are also extremely useful both during the holiday season and after. We have an entire section dedicated to the holiday season that includes decorative wine toppers, bottle stoppers, bottle bags, serving accessories, and gifting ideas for wine lovers and foodies alike.
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