I am a firm believer in never showing up empty-handed to a get-together. I always try to bring a little something that says, "Thank you for having us — we like you." However, it's easy to get in a hostess gift slump, but here's a cute and simple idea that'll change up your gift-giving game: a produce bouquet!
Sometimes when I am in a gift-giving slump, I like to look back on some of the favorite gifts I've received as a hostess. This produce bouquet is high up on my list. My friend Lauren came over to my house one day with a beautiful bunch of greens and carrots tied up all fancy-like with a ribbon. Not only was it pretty to look at, but as an avid cook it was useful! If you have a friend who loves to cook, this bouquet is like a little treasure chest of goodies that they aren't expecting.
Simply pick out the veggies that you would like to include in a bouquet, being mindful of how you are going to fasten everything together. Greens work really well as a base. I love chard and kale because they are sturdy.
Once you have gathered all of your produce, arrange it the way you'd like it to be presented, then simply tie it all together with a ribbon or some string. If your bouquet is hefty (like the one pictured above), it might be helpful to secure the bottom with a rubber band before tying it up with ribbon. It just helps to give everything a little extra support!
After it's all tied up, you're ready to head out to the party with a super unique hostess gift in tow!
Have you ever given or received a produce bouquet? What kind of produce would you include in yours?
(Image credits: Gina Biancaniello)