2010 Summer Gift Guide

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When I’m hosting weekend guests breakfast is one of the most challenging meals of the day. So, why not send a box of delicious William Sonoma croissants to your hostess before you arrive, so all she has to do is pop the french delicacies in the oven and voilà…a bit of Parisian splendor for all to enjoy!

An eco-friendly alternative to styrofoam plates at a picnic would be a set of Bambu bamboo plates.

Elizabeth W’s lavender hanger sachets are a great gift for any hostess. Not only do they perfume the closet, but the lavender scent relaxes as well!

Summer days are best spent outdoors and Jonathan Adler’s pop rocks glasses are a bright and easy way to jazz up an al fresco table and they come in two sizes, so mix and match for cocktails, lemonades or iced tea.

St. Germaine is the mixer of Summer 2010. Mix it with fresh squeezed lemon juice and top with Prosecco. St. Germaine is also great mixed with melted butter then brushed on grilled seafood.

John Besh rules New Orleans and his cookbook My New Orleans was one of the best written last year and its filled with delicious recipes perfect for the summer.

Why not send your hostess 6-pints of Graeter’s ice cream? Graeter’s is delicious and has many flavor combinations that your hostess will love. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, they’ll ship directly to you.

Summer nights need summer light, so why not purchase a set of hurricane lamps for chic candlelight? Try hurricanes from Sophie Conran for Portmeirion.

And what is an American summer without a bit of Ralph Lauren? If you’re headed to the beach this summer take Ralph’s fluffy beach towels with you.

Why not arrive at your hostess’ front door with a batch of summer gazpacho presented in a casserole from Sophie Conran for Portmeirion?

Board games are in and backgammon is back! Find a unique set at FAO Schwartz and it will provide hours of entertainment for kids of all ages.

And for that very special gift, a Black Orchid Cheese Board with Knife is perfect for alfresco entertaining and impressive for any cocktail party.

Editor’s Note: Zavvi Rodaine has no financial interest in the sale of any products featured, links provided only as a courtesy to Zavvi Rodaine readers.

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