We enlisted seven LA insiders to share their advice on how to be the best holiday guest this season.
Eric Buterbaugh, Celebrity Florist: Holiday Florals and Candles Make Great Hostess Gifts
“It is always a good idea to present your hosts with a token of gratitude for letting you share in their holiday celebration. My suggestion is to bring along a bottle of wine or other spirits for your host to enjoy. Of course, if it's well thought out, any type of offering will be greatly appreciated. Other ideas to consider include holiday florals, a festive holiday candle, or a local specialty from your own hometown.”
Caroline Styne, Co-Owner of Lucques, A.O.C., and Tavern: Don’t Arrive Early or Too Late
“The most stressful thing for me is when my guests arrive early. I think people are trying to be super prompt and helpful by getting there early, but what really happens is that they get there right when I’m in my crunch moment.”
Béatrice Cointreau, Admirable Family Vineyards Winemaker: Let Your Host Know You Had a Great Time
“Bring a personal gift, even if your host told you not to bring anything. I love to bring a bottle of our Admirable Family Vineyards wine with a present of the season—whether it be a bunch of aromatic herbs or a freshly baked loaf of French bread. Make sure you compliment the host on the food and remind them how wonderful the evening has been for you.”
Carly de Castro, Co-Founder of Pressed Juicery: Bring Something Your Host Can Enjoy Later
“I think the key to being a great holiday guest is to contribute something positive to the gathering. I always love to bring a special item to the host or hostess for their home. My favorites of the moment are linens from Heather Taylor Home, a special mug, or cookbook. Of course, I also always bring Pressed Juicery. Cold-pressed juices are the perfect healthy and refreshing next-day treat to wind down from hosting duties.”
Paul Zahn, Host/Beverage Expert: Gift Your Hostess Drink Stones
"Think outside the box when it comes to a gift for your host. A bottle of bubbly is always a great idea, but [instead] go for something they can use at their next party like drink stones (try these from Modern Look). Not only are they a great conversation piece, but they are an item that will make your host's next soirée better than the last."
Anne Sage, Design Blogger: Graciously Receive Your Hosts’ Generosity
“While it's important as a guest to offer assistance with meal prep or cleanup, it's just as valuable to practice graciously receiving your hosts' generosity. So ask what you can do to help, but if they insist that you sit back and relax then take them at their word. Truly enjoying the gift of their hospitality without guilt or obligation is the best way to repay them.”
“For a small intimate gathering with close friends, I always love to bring over a few bottles of some favorite wines. I find out ahead of time what my friends are cooking and choose a wine that I know will pair well with their dish. I also love grocery shopping, so often I'll stop at a local organic market a few hours ahead of time and help my friend with the groceries.”