Hostess Gifts and Tips

A Sweet-As-Pie Hostess or Shower Gift

Nicole's shower registry card
Nicole's shower registry card

I recently attended a “display bridal shower” which was thrown for the lovely lady my brother is engaged to. In case you have never heard of a “display shower”, guests are asked to bring their gifts wrapped in cellophane or unwrapped and they are put on display. This way the bride-to-be has more time to spend with her guests, and does not spend time opening gifts at the shower. In my opinion, it’s a nice, modern twist on the typical bridal shower and its eco- friendly too! I also think this is a great option for a person who might be on the shy side or a great solution for a bride who has a very large shower guest list as gift opening can be a very long, and sometimes frenzied, process.

Of coarse I wanted my gift to be an adorable standout in the display stack and I always like to make my gifts as personal as possible… Nicole and I spent summer weekends together this past summer and suddenly found ourselves taking turns making different cookie crust pies. I nicknamed this “Our Summer Pie Project”. So I scanned her registry for the perfect items relating to our “pie project” and voilà… a sweet-as-pie gift was on the way. In the meantime, I gathered the recipes that we made, collected the photos I took of them, and created a little book (using Illustrator and Photoshop) to include with the gift.

Pie pages
Wow! Did we really taste all these amazing pies in 3 months?!
pie cover
I fastened the pages with a brad so it could be easily added to in the future!
Gifts that relate: Trivet, pie plate and dish towel from Nicole's registry
Gifts that relate: Trivet, pie plate and dish towel from Nicole's registry
gift stacked
I stacked the gifts, fanned out the book for cute display and tucked the card in between the pie plate and trivet for safe keeping
add ribbon
1.5 inch, ivory satin ribbon tied the whole gift together!
The finishing touch- a perfectly tied bow!
The finishing touch- a perfectly tied bow!

I have honed my bow tying skills over the past several years… its kind of an art and takes a bit of time and patience but the final result is always worth it!

The lovely Nicole at her shower
The sweet & lovely Nicole at her shower with a "sweet as pie" gift!

This is a fun and fabulous gift that can be customized in so many ways… It is a sweet shower gift or a thoughtful hostess gift that would be especially great for the Holidays! Perhaps your recipe book is customized and made up of favorite family recipes… or you can add a recipe collection of both savory & sweet pies… The possibilites are endless but your end result is guaranteed to be be “Sweet As Pie”!

Xo Dani

About the author

Dani Boglivi-Fiori

Dani Boglivi-Fiori

Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.

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