Simple and Inexpensive Hostess Gifts – Recipe for Vanilla Scented Sugar
Anyone who’s ever hosted a party knows that a lot of work goes into it. It doesn’t matter the occasion, every hostess deserves a little token of your gratitude.
Summer is often a time for entertaining. This month for the Eat Well, Spend Less topic we thought we’d focus on ways to make that fun, inexpensive, and memorable. You’ll definitely want to check out what the other ladies are sharing (links at the end of this post).
Because it’s so hot right now, we haven’t been doing a whole lot of entertaining, or even spending much time outdoors, so I thought I’d share some tips and ideas on Hostess Gifts.
With back-to-school and holidays sneaking up on us before we know it, keep this post in mind to refer back to next time you’re in need of a holiday gift or treat for your child’s teacher.
Inexpensive Hostess Gifts
Hostess gifts don’t have to be extravagant, expensive, or even store bought. Check out these simple and inexpensive make-at-home ideas next time you need a little something extra to tell someone “thank you.”
It is always wise to ask your hostess if she needs any help with the food or drinks. Many hosts appreciate extra hands and help, but some prefer to run the show themselves. If your hostess declines your offer, consider treating her to one of these delicious recipes instead.
photo via My Baking Addiction
Any of these fun recipes can be neatly packaged in cute, inexpensive containers to serve as a hostess gift. Some, like the canned homemade salsa, scented sugar recipes, and homemade pancake mix can be made ahead and stored for when the need for a gift arises.
- Caramel Sauce
- Cinnamon Honey Butter
- DIY Pink Grapefruit Marmalade
- Fresh Bread
- Fresh fruit or vegetables from your garden.
- Greek Cucumber Tzatziki
- Homemade Marshmallows packaged with Chocolate Bars and Graham Crackers
- Homemade Pancake Mix Jars
- Homemade Salsa – fresh or canned
- Homemade Vanilla Extract
- Hot Fudge Sauce
- Lemon, Lime, or Grapefruit Curd
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Scented Sugars
- Spiced Pear Butter
Vanilla Scented Sugar
Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 24 hours
Vanilla Scented Sugar is a great way to get another use out of leftover vanilla bean pods.
2 cups granulated sugar
2 - 4 whole vanilla beans, empty pods work too
Layer sugar and vanilla beans (you can slice them in half for smaller jars and for stronger scents) in a jar. Let sit for at least 24 hours for the sugar to become scented.
Sugar can be used in baking, tea, or anything else you'd want a lightly flavored sugar for. Makes a perfect, simple and inexpensive gift.
Variations: Use citrus peels, herbs or rose petals for other scented sugar options.
Adjust the number of vanilla bean pods you use to make the vanilla sugar to vary the strength of the vanilla scent.
Other Thoughtful Gifts
Often times the focus of party preparation can easily become directed at the food, drinks and guest list. If you’re hostess has all of that covered, look for another way to show your appreciation. Flowers to add to the table are great. Look at these gorgeous homemade painted vases!
Entertaining takes a lot of energy. Sometimes something as simple as fresh flowers or something to soothe the body show your gratitude. Try some of these gifts to treat your hostess to some pampering.
- All-Natural Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub
- Rosemary Mint Sugar Scrub
- Bath Salts
- Homemade Lip Balm or Gloss – this Kool-Aid Lip Gloss looks fun
- Painted Glass Bottles would be a beautiful homemade gift to include with fresh flowers and something that your hostess can enjoy long after the flowers have wilted.
These gift ideas are a simple way to show a little extra appreciation to those who have so willingly opened up their home and hearts to entertain. Be sure to check out the other Eat Well, Spend Less ladies to read their thoughts on inexpensive summer entertaining.
Once everyone has posted their topics, I’ll update this with links direct to their posts.
- Aimee at Simple Bites
- Alyssa at Kingdom First Mom
- Carrie at Denver Bargains
- Katie at Kitchen Stewardship
- Mandy at Life…Your Way
- Shaina at Food for Your Family
- Tammy at Tammy’s Recipes