Friday, March 23, 2012

Hostess Gifts and a Guest Post


My friend Tish from A Femme d’un Certain Age has asked me to do a guest post about hostess gifts and of course I’ve gladly accepted. Homemade breakfast granola is just a sneak preview of one of the ideas I’ve come up with.

If you love the French life and their joie d’vie as much as I do and want to dress and act more like those chic French ladies, then I’m certain you're already familiar with Tish’s fabulously fashionable blog. But just in case, allow me to introduce her. You can come back later and tell me merci beaucoup.

All of her career, on both sides of the Atlantic, Tish Jett has been a life and style writer. She moved to France for a job and stayed for love. Pretty romantic, oui? I for one am so glad she did. Her blog, A Femme d’un Certain Age, has let me in on all of those little secrets of the French woman I’ve always wanted to know so I can be stylish and chic. Dedicated to women 40ish to whatever, every detail is chosen for us to wear, to amuse, to use……and always with a French twist. So what if the last time we saw 40 was on a speedometer? With Tish you will embark on a life-enhancing cultural exchange with the masters of looking fabulous at every age: Les Femmes Francaises. And just in case you happen to be planning a trip to Paris, she just featured fabulous suggestions on April in Paris and the perfect things to wear.


So grab a spicy cheese straw to nibble on and join me at A Femme d’unCertain Age for some ideas for hostess gifts so you don’t go to a dinner party empty-handed. See you there - à bientôt.

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This will be linked to Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum, Miz Helen’s Country Kitchen Full Plate Thursday, and On the Menu Monday at Stone Gable.

Photography by Meakin Hoffer

38 comments:

  1. LOvely! Heading over there.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Would you believe that with a slight glance to my right I can see Lydia Cassatt Reads the Morning Paper? It is one of my favorites as well and I recently pulled it out to enjoy again this spring. I've been trying to think of a healthy (and totable) Easter treat and mulling over a bag of granola tied with a pretty ribbon. Thanks for the inspiration and excellent article.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  3. On my way. It's always great to have new suggestions for hostess gifts! xo

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  4. Beautiful suggestions. What is your source for the sweet jars with the bale that you have your salt in? Love the shape of the olive jars also. Beautiful photos, Meakin!!

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  5. Thanks to Tish, I have just found your lovely blog - and we are nearly neighbors (Richmond, VA). Looks like you have tons of lovely food ideas.

    As you know, one of the problems for women of a certain age is that we have been cooking so long, we need new inspiration. I'm thinking I have found some... thanks!

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  6. I adore gifts from the kitchen Sam. Heading over to take a look.

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  7. Thanks for introducing me to Tish's blog last week. With our trip to France just around the corner, it has been a great resource. I am heading on over to see the goodies that you prepared.

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  8. Heading to Tish's blog right now! Sounds like one I will love.
    Penny

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  9. Always enjoy coming to see what you will be coming up with next. Your photos are always perfect! Went to see Trish.
    Rita

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  10. My dearest Sam,

    This is by far the most amazing introduction I have ever received. Thank you so very much. Coming from you I am especially touched and flattered.

    Again, merci mille fois, for the fantastic post you did for me and Meakin, merci for the gorgeous pictures.

    Why don't you two do a book? The idea of a couple writing and photographing (and cooking of course) together is very appealing I think. What do you think?

    Huge hugs dear Sam,
    Tish

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  11. I loved your post Sam... your hostess gift suggestions were brilliant... xv

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  12. What nice ideas of hostess gift! Heading over there..
    I wish you a wonderful weekend!
    Angie

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  13. i have made cheese straws before as a gift but never granola- that is a fantastic idea. your granola looks amazing and so flavorful for being so good for you:)

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  14. I don't know, I've always been partial to hostess gifts like this: http://tinyurl.com/5z7mqj


    :)

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  15. Sam, I am so impressed with your guest post at Tish's place. I left a long comment yesterday. This was brilliant, and I think you showed us so many great ideas, combining things, etc. Excellent post, my friend !!

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  16. I love her blog. Lovely ideas of yours, too.

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  17. Love those raffia ties, Sam. I even use them to tie my orchids to the bamboo canes I use to support them.
    Great guest post!

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  18. I can't wait to visit her blog and see your wonderful ideas for hostess gifts (and also some of her wonderful ideas too!).

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  19. Lovely hostess gifts. Love them all.

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  20. I viewed your post at A Femme d'un Certain Age. Great ideas and I'll bookmark that post for future recipe reference. Lovely photos as always.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    D

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  21. These are lovely hostess gifts. I would have never thought of the cheese straws, but they are so simple and novel, making them the perfect party favor.

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  22. Your guest post is wonderful, Sam. Your suggestions of hostess gifts is very creative. And thank you for introducing me to Tish and her lovely blog. I won't be going to Paris this year and already have my reservations for April, 2013. I'm very interested in her suggestions about what to pack.

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  23. I'll be right over! Can't wait to read it and follow Tish! Oh, the speedometer comment made me smile! LOL!!!

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  24. Sam,
    I'm very impressed with your posting of Tish. What a wonderful recipe. I always enjoy visiting your blog.

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  25. Hi Sam,
    What a great post and wonderful hostess gifts. I really appreciate receiving a lovely hostess gift like this when I am hosting. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.

    Hope you are having a very special Spring Week End and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  26. Great post over at Trish's, Sam! I will be using my dried hydrangeas with a book from now on. Surely beats a bottle of wine, etc.!

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  27. Just came back from your guest post. Terrific ideas Sam. Your so thoughtful and creative. Mona

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  28. Oh, Cheese straws! This is a Southern treat that I've always wanted to make. These would be fantastic for my Friday night Happy Hours, at home.

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  29. What a special treat to give and receive!

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  30. I would be very happy if a guest brought homemade granola to my house, but would be ecstatic if someone greeted me with blue cheese stuffed olives!

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  31. These foodie edible gifts I love somuch! i always give tasty home-made food gifts!

    Thanks for introducing this person's blog!

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  32. I just came back from spending almost an hour, perusing Tish's beautiful blog! Thanks for the link & for doing a guest post over there...your ideas are very helpful & Meakin's photos are spectacular, as always.

    I think Tish has a great idea that you two should do a book together!

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  33. Sam, Thank you for introducing me to A Femme d'unCertain Age! Her blog is so chic (something I am not~ but working on!). I love your entries in her guest post... especially the little cheese straws! Be still my heart!
    Thanks for participating in ON THE MENU MONDAY~ you bless my life!
    Yvonne

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  34. Beautiful photos, I can't wait to read the rest of the story and recipe! I am going there!

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  35. What a wonderful introduction, Sam. Your guest post is a treasure as well. You write so beautifully. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  36. This is a really nice blog, I am following you, and then I'll go and check out the guest post :-).

    Come and visit me if you like, I am an Italian leaving in New Zealand, you can find me here
    http://alessandrazecchini.blogspot.co.nz/

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  37. Oh... homemade granola. I'm gonna hostess gift myself!

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