Welcome to Metropolitan Mama’s Christmas Gift Guide for Party Hosts. Below you will find hand-picked selections of the best furniture, decor, serveware, glassware, lighting, games, activities, and accessories for people who love to entertain - both indoors and outdoors.
Whether you gift recipient enjoys hosting formal dinner parties, weekend brunch, high tea, or backyard barbecues, this list will help you find exactly the right gift.
It's so much fun to discover new board games and to play them with guests!
Gamewright has been creating and releasing "family games of the highest quality" since 1994. The games are specifically designed for laughter, fun, and fostering closeness. Whether you are looking for a family game that your preschooler can play, a game for only 2 people, a game for a larger crowd, or a game for a roomful of teenagers, Gamewright's got you covered!
Our good friends recently introduced us to the game "Things" on a camping trip and all of our kids agreed that we should add it to our board game wish list! It's a super fun "getting to know you" social game that works best with 4-8 players. One person reads aloud a topic card and all players write down their responses. It can be anything that comes to mind; there’s no right or wrong answer! Then, all the responses are read aloud and you have to figure out who said what! *Note that families may need to skip some of the 300 topic cards due to content.
If you're entertaining a gaggle of kids in the 6-12 age range, pull out 5 Second Rule Jr. by PlayMonster. This high-energy, fast-paced game requires players to think on their feet! Can you name 3 super heroes or 3 zoo animals in 5 seconds flat? It's harder than you think!
When we have guests in our home, we almost always light at least one candle. Candles are cozy and aromatic - welcoming friends and weary travelers to a safe place.
For a candle that will look pretty on the table, offer a comforting scent, and last a long time (3 wicks with 35-55 hours of burn time), take a look at Hallmark. Spiced Pumpkin and Vanilla Nut Cupcake are perfect for the holidays!
To add instant Christmas cheer to any lonely tabletop, bookshelf, or fireplace mantel, think: Department 56.
Department 56 has been creating whimsical and wonderful lighted villages and accessories for over 40 years. You'll particularly want to keep your eye on the Dickens A Christmas Carol Village, which is as charming and haunting as the original literary work. Add a new piece to your collection every Christmas!
If you asked me to make a list of my most-used and most-loved kitchen products, the 360 Cookware brand would be near the very top.
Designed and made right here in the USA, 360 Cookware's pots, pans, and baking dishes are of the finest stainless steel and no toxic chemicals are ever used in the craftsmanship process. These are the kinds of pans that can be passed down as heirlooms between generations.
The 6 Quart Slow Cooker (pictured above) is exceptionally versatile. Use it either on the stove top or on the slow cooker base to make soup, stew, taco meat, sauces, or desserts. Perfect for parties!
A beautifully decorated cake instantly adds a celebratory spirit to any gathering! Learning to decorate cookies, cupcakes, or cakes is a worthwhile skill to master since it will allow you to bless others on special occasions - birthdays, graduations, wedding, and baby showers.
Wilton is one of our go-to brands for baking and decorating goods. Available in most craft stores and department stores nationwide, Wilton's decorating kits and sets are excellent gifts for children, teenagers, newlyweds, hobbyists, or amateur bakers.
Pictured: Navy Blue and Gold Icing Spatula Set 3-Piece (as beautiful as it is functional!), Marble Silicone Kitchen Utensils Set 6 Piece (Ideal for every day use or as a second set in your RV!), "I Taught Myself To Decorate Cookies" Set, and/or Icing Decorating Tip Set.
Set up your own photo booth at your next birthday party, family gathering, or backyard barbecue! The Kodak Dock Plus instantly prints 4x6 glossy photos, using your mobile device and bluetooth connectivity. It's a cinch to use and can easily be carried around to various functions.
Unfortunately, when the party ends, there is cleaning to be done! Hosts and hostesses often are up into the wee hours of the day or night rearranging their homes after a well-planned party. Help them out by gifting them with beautiful and practical supplies from Norwex, a company "dedicated to safer, healthier and more sustainable cleaning and personal care solutions."
My husband and I are coming up on our 20th anniversary. When we compiled our wedding registry over two decades ago, we added many items from OXO and it's still one of my go-to brands for kitchen utensils and cleaning products.
OXO's microfiber dusters, for example, are easy to use and easy to clean. After you're done dusting, simply remove the top and throw it in the wash to use again the next time.
The Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set and Salt & Pepper Mill Set are other handsome gift options! Pick up these Mini Tongs as a stocking stuffer also!
After the party, your host may want to send out thank you notes and what better way than through the lovely old-fashioned USPS! Texts are tiresome and our inboxes are overflowing, but oh-what-a-wonderful-thing it is to receive a thoughtfully-selected, handwritten card in your mailbox!
As you know, Hallmark has been in the card business a long time (since 1910, in fact). Over 100 years later, Hallmark still produces some of the best greeting cards around. Choose a set and gift it to a friend.
Some of the products in the list below were sent to us to try. Other products are ones that we purchased ourselves or were given by family members and friends. Know that I will always provide both the pros and cons of each featured product. You are welcome to send any follow-up questions to me via twitter (I’m @stephsheaffer).