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Black Tie Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 3 years ago

Fashion Insider: Summer hostess gifts

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Show your thanks to the hostess with these summer gift ideas
by: Heather Merriman Saba Black Tie Editor

As summer winds down, and you find yourself squeezing in last-minute getaways or attending end-of-summer parties, it’s always a good idea to have a few gift ideas in your back pocket for the hostess.

We found some great products from local stores that are sure to secure your next invitation.

"Beer and Food" by Mark Dredge

One of the first books to mix beer appreciation with food pairings, “Beer and Food” discusses great craft beers, the science of taste and the principles of matching beer with food. There are also over 40 beer-infused recipes to try — a creative recipe book that everyone is sure to love.

TOPS Malibu’s “Pasta Time II”

This dinner conversation game contains 120 “noodles” to get the table talking. The person you’re gifting can use it at the party you’ve brought it to, or save it for another occasion.

Bella Cucina Artful Food’s artichoke lemon pesto with dish

This gift is a delicious way to thank someone. The pesto can be cooked in the dish it’s packaged in, and, of course, the dish can be kept and used for years to come. $35, at Asparagus.

Koozies from Terra Nova, St. Armands

Koozies are always an easy go-to gift. More importantly, you can never have too many. $8.99 at Terra Nova, St. Armands.

“Bring on the Beach” throw pillow from Terra Nova, St. Armands.

You can never have too many throw pillows, and meaningful ones are especially great. “Bring on the Beach” throw pillow, $23.99, at Terra Nova, St. Armands.

Nautical picture frames from Fanta Sea, St. Armands

Picture frames that blend well with someone’s everyday décor, but have ocean inspiration are always a good gift from any Sarasotan. Silver coral frame, $39.99; turquoise shell frame, $44.99 at Fanta Sea, St. Armands

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