This is the Hostess Gift to Bring to Your Next Holiday Brunch - Cupcakes & Cashmere

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This is the Hostess Gift to Bring to Your Next Holiday Brunch

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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.

(From Left to Right): Saucepan, Braiser, Dutch Oven

(From Left to Right): Saucepan, Braiser, Dutch Oven

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.

(From Left to Right): Oval Dutch Oven, Braiser, Dutch Oven,undefinedSaucepan

(From Left to Right): Oval Dutch Oven, BraiserDutch Oven,undefinedSaucepan

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. 

It goes without saying that a Le Creuset pan or Dutch oven is an incredibly generous dish, but it was worth it to see how thrilled they were to receive it.

(From Left to Right): Dutch Oven, Heritage Au Gratin Dish

(From Left to Right): Dutch Oven, Heritage Au Gratin Dish

(From Left to Right): Heritage Au Gratin Dish, Dutch Oven

(From Left to Right): Heritage Au Gratin Dish, Dutch Oven

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

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