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Come bearing gifts

Laura A. Ball
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When your mother told you that bringing a gift to the hostess was only proper you may have rolled your eyes.But now that you’re older and you’ve invited friends once or twice, you understand. Playing hostess is hard work, possibly even an art. You have to make sure your guests’ glasses are full at all times and never, ever even hint to the party dwellers that you put an ounce of effort into making a get-together possible. You must see that everyone is having a great time and yet appear relaxed all night long.So the next time you’re invited to a holiday party, put yourself in the hostess’ shoes. Of course you have to bring her, or him, an offering of appreciation for all the hard work.

When considering what to bring, try to think of what the hostess wants. Hostess gifts always fall into the category of superfluous. Bring something you would never buy for yourself without suffering intense bouts of guilt afterward. Make sure the presentation of your gift is pleasing and don’t expect the party planner to open your contribution right then and there. Hostess (or host) gifts are to be unwrapped at the recipient’s discretion. If you failed to have a gift in hand remember, it’s never too late to show your appreciation. Send a note and a little something after the party to say thanks for a great evening. Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14641, or laball@vaildaily.com..

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