The Edwards Dinner Party


Host Gifts: Riley Writes Scout

One topic I hope to talk about here at the Dinner Party is hosting and being hosted. Hosting guests in your home/apartment/studio is a great way to get to know people better and it’s important to be able to be a good guest as well. This post falls into the second category: ideas for being a good guest.

Earlier in the year, my husband and I went to visit friends in DC! We met when we were both living there, went to the same church, and had lots of mutual friends. We were so excited after being away for more than a year to go back to DC and visit. Our friends there were kind to offer to host us! I stayed with a house of girls and my husband stayed with his old roommates. We had so much fun visiting so many close friends and being in our old city!

After we left, I wanted to send the girls a thank you for hosting me. I thought about giving them a single gift that they could all enjoy in the house, but for a few reasons decided to get them each their own gift. I decided on a print from Riley Writes Scout! A talented friend from college started RWS, a lovely shop with hand drawn designs ranging from a series of hymns, to custom invitations, and stationary. These 5×7 prints of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, one of my favorite hymns, made the perfect “thank you”.

RWS Come Thou Fount

RWS Joyful Joyful

This is another favorite hymn of mine! It was the recessional at our wedding, so it has special place in our hearts.

One nice way to make sure you don’t forget to send a thank you note is to take a note with you on your trip and write it before you leave. You write the note before you leave for home and leave it with your host!

Do you have a go-to host or hostess gift? And what do you give a house of guys as a thank you? We sent them Omaha Steaks! Seriously 🙂

Visit Riley Writes Scout’s site to check out more of her fabulous work.

All photos courtesy of Katherine, creator and owner of Riley Writes Scout.


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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from the Kitchen

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (uh oh, did you forget? Don’t worry. It’s May 10, so you still have some time)! With that in mind, I wanted to give you a few ideas for the Mom who loves to cook, spend time in the kitchen, or is thinking about doing more of either.

1. A set of colorful paring knives

Paring knives are a workhorse in the kitchen. Great for peeling, chopping, and detailed cutting, a good paring knife is a great gift someone just starting in the kitchen or an expert. These Kuhn Rikon paring knives come in fun colors and a set of three is $25 at Bed Bath and Beyond! You can find similar ones at Target for about $9.Kuhn Rikon Colori 3-Piece Paring Knife Set in Red/Yellow/Blue

2. Le Creuset Utensils

Okay, I know it may seem silly to spend $15 on a spatula when you can get a perfectly good one for just a few dollars. But, y’all. This. Spatula. I received one as part of a wedding gift and it is absolutely my go-to, favorite spatula. The silicone blade is non-stick, the wooden handle feels great in your hand, and they thought of genius details like the ridges that keep it from sliding into the pan and how one edge of the spatula is squared off so you can get every last bit of whatever you’re making out of the pot. Buy one for your mom and one for yourself– you can thank me later 🙂

Image for Revolution® Spatula Spoon from Le Creuset

3. Le Jacquard Francais Tea Towel

My Mom has started a tradition that I love: every year for Christmas, she gets us a Le Jacquard Francais Tea Towel that is a calendar of the upcoming year! Not only are these towels made in beautiful colors and fun designs, but the texture of the linen is so nice! Using them makes drying dishes a little more fun. A few fun options for the mom who speaks French; the mom who is also a beekeeper; the mom who loves to dance.

4. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Have you ever enjoyed reading a cookbook as much as you enjoy using the recipes? For me, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is one of those books. The photos are beautiful, Deb’s anecdotes that accompany the recipes are funny and relatable, and the recipes themselves are delicious! There are lots of recipes that involve baking (biscuits, cookies, home made crackers), so this is especially good if your mom enjoys baking or wants to try to bake more.

5. A ruffled, girly apron

I have several aprons that I enjoy wearing. I have one with my name monogrammed on it (in case you forgot that I’m from the South), a simple striped one with pockets, and then I have a Funktion apron with about 15 different colors, ruffles, and crocheted trim for good measure! It is so much fun to wear and it always makes me feel a little more spunky when I wear it. I have on that looks like the “Jill” style, but there are less-ruffled options. I just love all of the bright, vibrant fabric she uses. If you sew, and want to try to make your own, there are tons of patterns available online for your inspiration!

I hope you enjoy these recommendations! What are you planning to buy for your favorite mom-figure for Mother’s day?