Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hostess gift : Fresh flowers from the garden

Last Saturday, we were invited to a St. Patrick's Day brunch at a friend;s house. As I was thinking about what to bring as a hostess gift, I realized that I seldom buy hostess gifts.  If I have time, I like to bake something for host family so that they don't have to think about what to make for breakfast the next morning. If it is summer,  I would take an armload of vegetables from my kitchen garden. If the hostess is someone who loves to cook, then the gift might be a spice blend such as garam masala powder or masala spice blend, recipes which are featured in my cookbook. But more often than not, I bring fresh flowers from the garden as a hostess gift. Spring is the time for proteas and wax flowers in my garden, so I arranged proteas as a hostess gift.

I try to arrange the flowers before I take them to the party, so that the host can quickly drop the flowers in a vase and go back to the party instead of having to take time to arrange them. Depending on the event, I may include a vase as the part of the gift.

Flowers are the best gift to give or receive in my opinion. What do you think?

Both my cookbooks feature elaborate flower arrangements and table settings. Almost all of the flowers featured in my cookbooks were picked from my own garden. I know that I am little obsessed with the flowers but it is a healthy hobby.

My friend was very happy to receive these flowers.

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes), please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

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  1. Your flower arrangement is the prettiest, it looks so interesting and unusual..love it and the colors are wonderful...love your book...

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  3. Beautiful flower arrangement! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I agree! When guests bring flowers that can be quickly set into a vase, they are most welcome! Homemade cookies or breakfast breads are also my go-to hostess gifts.

  5. Oh my goodness. Your flowers are absolutely stunning. I am a flower fanatic too..and love to grow them. These are just lovely...I am not familiar with proteas but they surely caught my eye...I am now your newest follower. hope you will come visit me sometimes...

  6. Very pretty!


  7. Your arrangement is totally original an stunning! I love it...

  8. I'm sure anyone would be happy to receive that glorious bouquet.

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  9. Your arrangement is stunning! I know that your friend was thrilled to receive them. Wow!

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  11. Stunning and elegant flower arrangement !!!!

  12. Who wouldn't LOVE to get that beautiful bouquet of flowers. You have done a wonderful job arranging them as well.

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  15. Wow!!!! Awesome and stylish arrangement of beautiful exotic flowers . So lovely!!!! Thanks for sharing....