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what's a foolproof hostess gift for parents holding a children's party.

In my Italian leaning family (we're a bunch of mutts) the usual is a tray of cannoli or a bottle of wine, for the adults to munch on. I'm not sure if either of those would be appropriate. I'm going to a child's brithday party at the home of an acquaintance. They are very nice and I'd like to bring them a hostess gift in addition to the gift for the child. Any suggestions?

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  1. How about flowers? They probably won't have used flowers to decorate for a children's party, but they will appreciate some brightness on a dreary winter's day.

    Cheers
    Niki

    1. Gourmet jarred/packaged items--sauces, jams, etc etc. The options are endless. They require no immediate attention and can be savored at their leisure.

      1. I agree on the flowers. I would have then sent tho' ahead of time. The hostess of a children's party probably has enough on her hands then to go off and get a vase.

        1. If they are inviting adults to a kids' party and you have a gift for the kid, I think wine is fine. They may not be serving alcohol at the party but they can put it away, you can just say "a little something for you to enjoy when it's all over!" or something like that so they understand you are not expecting to drink it then & there.

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          1. re: julesrules

            May I suggest that before you take wine as a gift it would be good to know the recipients well enough to know that they do, in fact, drink alcohol. Some people don't.

          2. Cannolis? May I invite you to my daughter's party in March? I love/hate this idea of a hostess gift. It doesn't seem to be done in my child's circle. On one hand, it seems to me that if the party is really for the kids, it's not the host's responsibility to feed the parents, too. We're just there for transportation. Certainly if the party is not at home but at a "party place" I can't even imagine bringing a hostess gift.

            On the other hand, I know how much work I'm putting into my daughter's party and a little "we appreciate what you've done" could be nice.

            I'm pretty ambivalent about the whole idea (as I am about most of these over the top parties in general) but I'm thinking I'm not going to be the one to introduce this idea to the other parents around here.