Anyone who's ever hosted a holiday brunch knows that it's a massive endeavor—almost as taxing as a dinner, though often with less recognition. As G's and my schedule fills up with more invitations to holiday brunches, I wanted to find a special gift that felt worthy of both the holidays and the hosts' efforts.
I've long believed that the best hostess gift combines something that makes the hosts' lives easier, as well as something they can keep long after the party's over (like flowers in a vase, or breakfast for the hosts the next morning with a pretty linen). For the holidays, I wanted something that made even more of an impact.
When friends recently invited Geoffrey and me to a holiday brunch, I purchased a Le Creuset dish to gift to them. To take things one step further, I baked cinnamon rolls to have something to contribute to the brunch. It wasn't until I handed it to them, with a gift tag, that they realized not only were the rolls for them, but also the dish.
The dish you make doesn't have to be difficult or over-the-top—in this case, I purchased pre-made cinnamon dough from Trader Joe's and popped them in the oven to bake for twenty minutes while getting ready, then whipped up a simple spiced cream cheese frosting before heading out the door.
As an added benefit, Le Creuset comes in a variety of beautiful colors (I thought I wanted everything to be glossy-white until I saw this matte pink, and I love this muted grey), so you can make it even more personal by gifting your friends a dish in their favorite color. Our friends wanted to put theirs on display immediately, as we did (how pretty do these look, even sitting out on the stove?). It means the world to me to give a gift I know my friends and family will cherish, show off, and pass down for years to come.
P.S., I'll be giving one winner a five-piece Le Creuset set on my Instagram later this morning! I'll link it here as soon as it's live! Happy holidays! x