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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

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A Hostess Gift that Keeps on Giving!

Category: Host/Hostess Gifts  |  Permalink

Published: Monday, February 28, 2011

A Hostess Gift that Keeps on Giving!

A friend of mine arrived with her husband for dinner many years ago. She had a wonderful, large, "hour glass" shaped vase in her hands, filled with a beautiful assortment of flowers. As she handed it to me she said, "A friend of mine gave me flowers in this vase a long time ago, and when I went to her home I would return it with flowers in it, and then she would do the same later. She just recently moved and told me to keep the vase and start the tradition with someone else. I immediately thought of you."

Eight years later we are still exchanging that vase with one another. Sometimes it doesn't have flowers in it but something else. At Xmas time, I filled it with beautiful large pine cones that I had gathered in South Carolina while on vacation, and tied a red and green plaid ribbon around it with a lovely bow.

But the wonderful thing about this hostess gift is; that I think we both look forward to getting that vase back, for it is a symbol of our enduring friendship. Traditions with friends are something to always cherish.

I was thinking about this before I wrote this blog and thought if she should move I would just send her flowers as a surprise during the year with a note, "Wish you were here for dinner." She would understand what I meant.

Now in closing, dear students of flaunt, remember this: if you are taking flowers to your hostess make sure that they are in a vase. Why? Because if they are not in a vase your hostess will have to look for one to put them in and this will take her away from her dinner preparations or other guests. Even though flowers are a wonderful gift, always bring them in a vase, or better yet have the florist deliver them that day or the day after. Another thoughtful gift and usually a delightful surprise too!

P.S. Remember, you can get flowers at your local farmers market that will look great in that vase too. Check out some of your discount stores for vases. All that glitters does not have to be gold.

Alexandra Smythe

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