For the Hostess with the Mostess

– By Kimberly Babock – 

While everyone knows there is an art to entertaining– welcoming guests into, a clean, orderly space, making their favorite dishes to make them feel at home, having a special activity planned– there is also an art to being the ideal houseguest. With the holidays upon us, it is perhaps more important now than ever to brush up on the components of a graceful stay. While it’s important to arrive on time and to be helpful and courteous, equally important is the token of appreciation you bring to honor your host’s hospitality. Try these five fail-proof gifts for even the most discerning of hostesses, to be the ultimate guest and ensure many more happy visits.

1. Missoni Home Humbert Throw
This cozy Missoni must-have throw is ideal for falling temperaturess and fall décor schemes.

2. Chanel Three Book Set, Special Edition. By Francois Baudot and Francoise Aveline.
It’s what’s inside that counts, but when it comes to these Chanel coffee table books in a bound in the house’s classic black-quilted leather with a metal Chanel logo by by Assouline, your host will have a stylish decorative item along with the endless inspiration inside.


3. Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles, Charbonnel et Walker.
This gift tastes as pretty and pink as it looks. Arrive with legendary Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles for a sweet treat to be remembered.




4.Set of 5 Travel Candles. Bond No. 9 New York. Saks Fifth Avenue. $95.00.         Visiting jetsetters? Provide your host with these exquisitely scented travel candles named after New York neighborhood, like Nuits de Noho and Chelsea Flowers, to bring a little of New York to corners of the earth near and far.




5. Brunches, Lunches, Suppers, Dinners. Smythson. 7.5″ x 5.5.” $305.
For a colorful way for hostesses to keep tabs on upcoming soirees, bring them this “Brunches, Lunches, Suppers, Dinners” notebook in red calfskin.

Kimberly Babcock is a publicist and blogger, having lived in Chicago, Rome and Los Angeles, is now settled down on the Upper East Side of New York.  A lover of the arts, charity, cooking, entertaining, events, fashion, tennis, travel and spinning, she strives to keep a well-balanced life in bustling Manhattan and weekends away. She records her adventures on her blog at

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