Westchester Home, Summer 2012
Our Guide to the Best Hostess Gifts
If your hostess cheerily replies “Just yourself!” when you ask, “What can I bring?” know that she’s lying. In addition to your company, of course, she’d really love one of these.
Nothing beats a summer’s weekend visit to a dwelling on which you are not making mortgage payments. And, sure, your presence is your present and yada, yada, yada, but let’s get real here. Your hosts have spent days scouring the bathtubs, laying in lots of pricey gourmet goodies, and searching for just the right drawer sachets—and you’re gonna show up empty-handed? We pray not. Want your pals to invite you back next season? Do the dishes, make your bed, arrive with a big smile (“No air conditioning? No problem!”)—and bring one of these.
Coral Cowhide Leather Trays
Gift your hosts with one of these striking coral cowhide leather trays with chrome-plated handles (large, $369; small, $229) and then pile it high with some yummy nibbles for a perfect present—something to scarf down now, something to enjoy ever after. Also available in ivory, black, and turquoise.
Faux-Leather Serving Tray from Milieu
Even if your hosts’ derrères have never sat on the real thing, the equestrian-inspired style of this faux-leather serving tray ($179) will add a timeless touch of horse country class to just about any weekend abode.
Milieu , Mamaroneck, (914) 315-6090,
Text by Laurie Yarnell with research by Calley Ritzzo