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Evening for Two Hostess Gift

I don’t know about you, but when I’m invited to a soiree at a friend’s house 
I feel the need to bring a little something in way of appreciation to the hostess.
Sometimes that’s as simple as picking up a nice bottle of wine.
Sometimes I like to take it a bit further and put together a gift basket!  

When I think about putting together a hostess gift, housewarming gift, or even birthday gifts
I always think about Cost Plus World Market
Their amazing selection, exotic goods, and reasonable prices just can’t be beat.
I recently had an opportunity to do a little shopping there and thought I would show you what I found 
and how I put together my hostess gift.

Every time I walk into World Market I am immediately drawn to the gift wrap center. 
They have absolutely everything you need present a sophisticated gift basket.
Baskets galore, filler, ribbon, gift bags… It goes on and on!

I love looking through all of the bright colored gift bags. 
You have to be careful with World Market though…
Your wrapped gift could possibly outshine your actual present!
But not if your gift is from World Market, too.
So let’s look at what I put together. 
After walking around the store a bit I finally decided what I wanted to create. 
I found a fun linen-lined chicken wire basket to hold all of my goodies. 
I started with the to small green plates, then found the matching green linen napkins.
The chalkboard napkins rings were so fun I just had to include them, too!
To bring in more black to go with the napkins rings, I grabbed a black pot holder and two small black hued glasses.
I also picked up a large green glass bottle with a stopper, salad servers (which I think would make great individual serving pieces), and two small containers for spices.

To get our gift basket started I added some filler material to the basket. 
This will give our items a little height and also help cushion the breakables.

I began by putting the two plates in the basket then started adding the larger items behind them. 
The serving pieces fit well in the pocket of the pot holder.

To show off the napkin rings, I tucked the napkins in them then personalized them with an initial.
The smallest items go in the front and can be raised up by adding more filler material underneath them.

My plan, come time to share the hostess gift, is to fill the green bottle with sangria or flavored water and add complimentary herbs or spices to the small containers. 
A fresh warm pie or cobbler will put the oven mitt, serving pieces, and plates to good use!
I also want to share the Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes that 
Cost Plus World Market is currently hosting.
To enter, simply visit their Facebook page!
**Grand Prize package includes:

  • A trip for two to to Santa Fe, New Mexico (this is a 5 day Trip for 2 to Santa Fe which includes airfare and hotel)
  • Hands on Southwestern Cooking class with Master Chef
  • Personally signed glossy cookbook
  • Multi-course dinner at the acclaimed Geronimo
  • Southwestern Foodie Tour with a cultural kick
  • A $1,000 World Market gift card

** There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!
**The Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes runs from August 18, 2012 until September 21, 2012.
**If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.

I visited Santa Fe once. Back in college I had a girlfriend working at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the summer and another friend and I went out to visit her for a few days. Santa Fe is only about 20 miles from Los Alamos. 

I remember it being a lovely and quaint little town. I know I would love to go back and explore it some more!

To keep up with all the goings on and giveaways 
hosted by World Market follow them online on 
Twitter / Facebook / Google + / Pinterest
Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group, but all opinions expressed are my own.
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Jenn "Rook No. 17"

Saturday 22nd of September 2012

Michele, you have a great eye for picking out and assembling beautiful and useful items that any host or hostess would love!


Randi~Dukes and Duchesses

Thursday 20th of September 2012

What a great basket! I'm clearly inviting the wrong people to dinner! :)


Tuesday 18th of September 2012

This is such a cute idea. I have went by World Market and never went in but I think that might have to change. ;)


Tuesday 18th of September 2012

This is fabulous! I'm loving the green theme!!

Amanda @ Serenity Now

Tuesday 18th of September 2012

I love that basket!! You sure know how to treat a hostess right! ;)

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