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MIss G Dec 6, 2011 05:55 PM

My teammate threw a terrific party last week for her professional circle and I was one of the few teammies invited. This weekend is the official team holiday party which she's hosting. It's a potluck but would like to give her a little thank you...suguestions? Thanks!

  1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 6, 2011 06:22 PM

    kinda hard to offer suggestions without more information. what is her decorative style like? her food preferences? does she cook a lot? is her kitchen well-stocked? does she drink wine, beer or spirits? and what's your budget, or were you thinking about making something for her?

    tons of inspiration & ideas here:
    http://www.chow.com/search?query=host...

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      pine time Dec 8, 2011 08:59 AM

      I've taken to keeping a few Penzey's gift cards on hand for various amounts--great for last minute hostess gifts like this. That way, they can pick & choose at their leisure for something truly delicious.

      1. bagelman01 Dec 8, 2011 01:43 PM

        Nothing edible, she may feel that she has to put it out for the guests to consume.

        Last potluck we went to (for daughter's BB team) I brought the hosts a bundle of paper towels and a box of garbage bags. This was much more appreciated than a little knicknack.

        I also helped clear and hauled trash out to the cans behind the garage.

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          hungryjoanne Dec 9, 2011 07:45 PM

          A nice bottle of wine might be welcome - wrap it nicely so she'll save it to enjoy at a later date.
          Or a floral arrangement (make sure it's already in a container or vase so she doesn't have to take time while hosting to deal with it)
          Does she celebrate Christmas? If she has a tree, you could give her an ornament - you might be able to find something related to your team's sport...
          Have fun!

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            MIss G Dec 9, 2011 08:59 PM

            Thanks for the tips! She has a self respecting kitchen/ outdoor grill. I don't know if we have a Penzey's in the SF Bay Area but will look. The team enjoys good beers and there's several teammies bringing beer/mulled wine/cider etc....So...I bought several Starbucks gift baskets from Costco that I plan on cannibalizing into other gifts. It contains a mug, peppermint simple syrup, cookies, two small bags of coffee and a small tote bag. I'm using everything but the mug as stock stuffers for my brother since he won't use it I can include the second mug in a second gift set for her and partner. Sound corny?

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            josephnl Feb 23, 2014 02:56 PM

            In that it's a potluck, others may reasonably think that a gift is not appropriate, and may be embarrassed by your bringing a gift (which is indeed very kind and thoughtful). I'd be inclined to send flowers, a small gift, or even drop off a nice note and a plate of cookies or a box of chocolates the next day!

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