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Old 07-24-2007, 02:45 AM   #1
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ISO gift ideas for cooking club

What gifts do you give to your guests when you host a lunch party? I was hoping to find canning jars at WalMart today to add some premeasured dry ingredients for cookies but they're no where to be found. I don't want to spend a fortune on the gifts either as my paella ingredients (including that lobster and saffron) cost A LOT already. Any gift ideas you all might have in mind? Thanks.

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Old 07-24-2007, 09:45 AM   #2
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Hm. Well, I've never hosted a lunch party, but I've hosted dinner parties, and am currently part of a gourmet dinner group, and it never occurred to me to give gifts *and* cook dinner.

Maybe you could find suitable containers at the dollar store.
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Old 07-24-2007, 10:35 AM   #3
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Does your club always give out gifts ? If so what type - could help us.
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Old 07-24-2007, 10:51 AM   #4
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Dina, buy some nice cellophane and a bunch of Hersheys hugs and kisses and wrap them as little packages. That isn't too much and makes a nice statement for you.
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Old 07-24-2007, 12:19 PM   #5
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I have given away a box car load of Hershey kisses in my life time. Two or three here and there during Holidays to almost everyone I come into contact with; young ,old, friends, strangers, it doesn't matter. During the winter months I almost always have a bag in my coat pocket to hand out. I have never, ever given away two/three of them without it eliciting a big smile from the recipient!!

So another "vote' for little bags of Kisses!!


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Old 07-24-2007, 06:32 PM   #6
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[quote=GotGarlic]Hm. Well, I've never hosted a lunch party, but I've hosted dinner parties, and am currently part of a gourmet dinner group, and it never occurred to me to give gifts *and* cook dinner.

Me either, isnt the lunch your gift?If anything your guests should bring you a small gift.There, I said it!
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Old 07-24-2007, 07:16 PM   #7
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I've done small terra cotta flower pots, lined with cellophane either in a color or clear then add a mix of spiced nuts you've made, tie with a wired ribbon. Pretty easy if all the same color and the mixed spiced nuts taste great, add a small card with the recipe printed on it gives your friends something they will ask for anyway and your done.
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Old 07-24-2007, 07:18 PM   #8
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jpmcrew > > >

I used to have a very tiny whisk that I used a LOT (it someone has gone missing). It's something I used several times a week. Something like that shouldn't be too expensive I don't think.

I vote for the Hershey kisses too!

Edited to say kadesma's suggestion is wonderful too!
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Why not put some kisses inside a whisk, wrap the whisk in nylon net and tie with a ribbon? I would imagine you could buy inexpensive whisks at any dollar-type store.
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You guys are awsome! I will do the Hershey's kisses in a pretty container, perhaps a canning one so they can keep their spices in. Thanks a million. I plan to give the gifts to the friends who have hosted a luncheon at their homes already. They've brought me some wine and magnetic notepads for my fridge. Another one got me some delicious cookies to add to the dessert options.
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