As a Gift, It’s Simple


A couple of Fridays ago, Mrs. E. and I hosted two very sophisticated couples, which is always a pleasure. (Mrs. PvE, that night’s menu included sesame toasts with raclette and ham, bagel chips and smoked bluefish paté, potato chips with sour cream and “caviar”, salad and a coq au vin.) As a hostess gift, one of the couples brought a very nice Pinot Noir around the neck of which was tied (with a bit of raffia) a multi-striped tag printed with a poem.

What a great idea, I thought. And then I looked at the photo wall in the bar room where a black and white of Mrs. E.’s and my engagement party hangs. It’s a good shot reminiscent of the poster above. Only we are sipping from an etched martini glass which had just been given to us. (It was a “Stock the Bar” engagement party… you’re not that surprised, are you? ) Printed on matte (linen?) paper, I think it will make a stylish gift tag to hang about a bottle of bubble.

What about you? Do you use a calling card? A gift tag? Or will you coöpt this idea?

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