|Edible flowers to decorate salads for example from one of my favorite sources, Terry Exotique.|
When I think of the little gifts I choose for friends and family to mark an occasion (or just because. . .) my intention is always to say in the simplest way: “You are important to me and I wanted to show you with this small gesture.”
I want each cadeau to be special (at least in my eyes) and très, très French.
Today I’m moving out of beauty, although I may return to that department before the week is over. Like the beauty products the scale is small making them, I always hope, an expression of thoughtfulness and sentiment without being over the top.
We’re moving from the boudoir to the cuisine with these presents.
These are three of my absolute favorite small hostess gifts, particularly when grouped together or, once again for no reason at all gifts.
|By far, one of my all-time special objects and, I think, an objet d’art or at least an objet de curiosite.|
1.) A silver plated champagne opener. This one is fun because very often people don’t know it exists. It is perfect for those of us who are a little nervous about popping a champagne cork in our hand without it flying across the room with that classic Pop(!).
When MRFLIF is not available this is my go-to utensil.
2.) Almost anything from the absolutely incredible line of herbs, spices, natural food coloring products, edible flowers and on and on from Terre Exotique. The company is French and has expanded to include the most exotic products from the most exotic corners of the earth.
For my purposes, to stay on message, I select something from France.
|The ones I buy do not have holes in the handle.|
3.) White porcelain spoons. They come in all shapes and sizes. I find them at an inexpensive chain store in Paris, La Vaissellerie, that sells primarily white porcelain and other objects — some shockingly kitsch — for the home.
I started using mine for mustard when not using my little crystal Baccarat purpose-made pot a mustard (the auto-correct, which is maddening, would absolutely not accept mustard in French) with its accessory crystal spoon. It’s sort of a pain for every day use whereas a little bowl filled with mustard and one of these spoons is perfect. They are great for jams, jellies, all sorts of condiments and probably other uses I haven’t thought of yet.
I get delivery request for these.