Holiday Hostess Gifts ($30 & under)

I really enjoy all of the holiday parties and gatherings that seem to pop-up this time of year, and my southern upbringing won’t allow me to show up empty handed. While usually appreciated, I try my best to avoid bringing the cliché bottle of wine. I often pick up appropriate gifts whenever I just happen to see something while I’m out shopping to make sure I have the perfect gift on hand. For some of my friends, a bottle of wine to help them unwind after the party is the perfect hostess gift, but even then, I try to find a special bottle, limited edition release, or something of the like to make it feel a bit more festive and thoughtful. What are your go-to hostess gifts this season? Here are a few of my favorite finds!

holiday hostess gifts

1. Acropolis platter ($29) Z Gallerie / 2. Henri Bendel scented candle ($30) Henri Bendel / 3. “Rough Day” wine glasses ($15 for set of two) Nordstrom / 4. Monogrammed Cheese Board ($28) C. Wonder / 5. Zebra Dish ($28) Jonathan Adler

Getting the Party Started

Welcome to Peonies & Prosecco, a sparkly refuge from the realities of daily life, dedicated to living well and finding glamour in the everyday. The name was inspired by a couple of my favorite things that conjour up thoughts of parties, pampering, and delight so what would be a better way to get this party started and celebrate the start of a new year than with a sparkly cocktail? Cin cin!



serves 12

Ginger Syrup

    1 ounce sliced peeled fresh ginger
    ⅔ cup water
    ¼ cup granulated sugar for ginger syrup
  1. Simmer peeled fresh ginger with ¼ cup of the granulated sugar in ⅔ cup of water for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and steep for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain and chill until cold.

Candied Ginger

    ½ cup granulated sugar for candied ginger
    2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
  1. Finely grind the crystallized ginger with ½ cup of granulated suager in a blender or food processor.

Sparkling Ginger Prosecco

    2 bottles of prosecco
    prepped Ginger Syrup
    prepped Candied Ginger
    lemon wedges for rimming the glasses
  1. Rim champagne coupes or flutes with lemon wedges and dip rim in candied ginger to coat.
  2. Spoon 1 tablespoon of cold ginger syrup into each rimmed glass and top with 6 ounces of prosecco

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