Monday, June 21, 2010

Gifts of Summer

Did you know that today is officially the first day of SUMMER?!?  Sure it still may be a bit on the chilly side here in Southern California, but we know that sooner or later, the temps will heat up and there will be plenty of beach days, poolside parties and BBQ's to enjoy.

So imagine our excitement when we opened up freshly delivered boxes last week to discover some amazing items that would be perfect for host/hostess gifts.  Sure, these pieces would be a wonderful little indulgence for your own home or collection, but we believe in spreading the love here at Chartreuse, so may we suggest a few things to take along with you to your next summer bash?  We assure you that if you present your hostess with one of these little pieces, you will secure yourself a spot on the guest list next summer.

Oh and did we mention they are all under $20?  Ha!  Now we knew that would get your attention!

First up on the list are these gorgeous little colored lanterns and votive holders.  Made of iridescent glass, they cast a beautiful light when lit and sparkle in the sunlight.  Fill them with citronella tea lights and you have a fabulous alternative to the standard, yet unsightly citronella candle in a can. 
Look at the detail in these pieces
We love how these lanterns look clustered together.  
We think they would be perfect lining a walkway or as a dining room table centerpiece
Ranging from $12-$19, any hostess would love to have one of these decorative pieces. 

Wine anyone?  
Sure, your favorite blend of Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc is always a thoughtful and appreciated gesture.  But how much more impressive does that bottle of wine become when accompanied by a beautiful frosted glass or crystal wine stopper?  In summer ocean themes, choose a seahorse, shell or starfish.

Perhaps your host is a voyager of the sea?  
Then surely he will go overboard for a sail boat or anchor themed stopper.
All wine stoppers range in price from $15-$19

And while this owl may have nothing to do with hostess gifts, we just couldn't resist showing you one other little item that was delivered last week and that Wendy, the Owner of Chartreuse, is smitten with.
Isn't he cute?  
Made of white enameled ceramic, this chic and stylish umbrella holder 
is a fun way to add a bit of interest to any little corner of your home.

Wishing you all a happy and fun filled Summer!  
Please come by and see us the next time you need that perfect little something for a special host/hostess.


  1. These are great! I do love the OWL too....any fun ideas for other things to store in there other than umbrellas? I can see my kids bringing us lots of bad luck if the umbrellas were stored out in the open.

  2. Haha! Miranda, Rachel actually has this same exact owl and she keeps it up high on top of her piano and it looks darling up there, like he's saying hi from above :) But I will divert your original question to the masterminds at Chartreuse.