As a once, and hopefully future, resident of Hawaii, I have a special affinity for the pineapple. Colonial dame decor aside, I know how beautifully it symbolizes hospitality. It was a staple of my everyday… the chunks of , fresh, slightly tart bites I cut up for my children each morning, the outlandish cocktails I served my mainlander visitors, the unexpected ingredient for a savory dish.
Summer is in full swing and these days I am more often a guest of friends and family in beach-y locations. Whether host or guest, to be gracious is always welcome. And my favorite hostess gift? Well… the pineapple I find at my grocers in Maryland leaves much to be desired, so I bring along a little something in our popular pattern that features a pineapple, which (not coincidentally) is called Gracious.
Here are some gracious gift ideas for your next trip:
- potholders or oven mitts for your foodie friend
- cocktail napkins for the consummate entertainer
- cocktail apron for the girl’s weekend get-a-way
- guest towels to spruce up your brother’s dream place on the sand (That’s where I’ll be! Thanks Brother.)