Host gift for son's first birthday and baptism
So an old friend of mine who I haven't heard from in ages invited me her son's baptism and celebration for his baptism and first birthday. It's going to be a child friendly event so I don't want to show up with just wine as a hostess gift . Any suggestions? Thanks!
I think it's perfectly acceptable to only bring a gift for the child but I know that opinions on that differ. For the child I second the idea of giving a book, I would prefer something with pictures but not a "picture book". Front runner for me would be a well illustrated Narnia book which granted would not be enjoyed until some years later but on the other hand can be treasured for far longer.
I would focus on the child's gift, rather than the mother's. You can do the wine for her (she is not required to serve it and might enjoy it later, when the party is over!), but get the son a book, preferably with a religious theme, if you are comfortable with that. If not, or if you are a different religion, then just get a classic. I think this gift for her child will be as meaningful to her as a nice wine or food gift would be for her.
If you think the wine might be a tacky hostess gift for such an occasion, try a gift of spices from Penzey's or a jar of really good chocolate sauce. It would be interesting, but not so personal that it would put the focus on her.