Thursday, May 3, 2012
Breakfast Hostess Gift | Banana Bread and Honey Butter
It is important for us to be as gracious of a guests as you are when you’re the one hosting the party. When you’re invited to someone’s home for dinner or a party, it is always appropriate to bring a hostess gift - the obvious choices being flowers and wine.
When I’m hosting a party, while I appreciate these sort of gifts, I’ve already arranged my flowers and have selected wine to serve. So when I’m the one giving the hostess gift, I like to think about what the host would really appreciate- something she can look forward to enjoying after the party is over.
Because your host has likely spent a great deal of time and energy preparing for the party, breakfast the next day is probably the last thing from her mind. Wouldn’t it be so nice for her to wake up tomorrow morning after an evening of entertaining to a special treat waiting for her in the kitchen? Create a breakfast basket filled with homemade (or home-packaged!) goodies like moist and dense banana bread, creamy whipped honey butter and a special blend of your favorite gourmet coffee beans.
Banana Bread (recipe here)
Ground Coffee Beans
kraft coffee bag
small glass jar with lid
Wrap the banana bread in parchment paper, then tie it with kitchen twine or string to secure the ends.
To make honey butter, place softened butter in a mixer with the paddle attachment. For every stick of butter, add 3 tablespoons of honey and a pinch of sea salt. Whip together on high for 3 minutes. Put the butter in a glass jar fitted with a lid. Store in the refrigerator.
Grind coffee and scoop it into a small craft paper bag with a secure folded top. Add a monogrammed label for a special touch.
To package, use a small basket or box lined with a kitchen towel or linen napkin.
I used Paper-Source labels (link button, below) to create the Coffee Bean label on the paper bag (from The Container Store).
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