July 10th, 2014 / posted by paularath

Red Pineapple Hostess gifts

When going to a friend’s home for a visit or a meal, a bottle of wine is always appreciated, but isn’t it a lot more fun to find an exciting – and memorable – hostess gift?

Red Pineapple in Ward Centre is a treasure trove of hostess gifts. My latest faves are by none other than Kate Spade.

There are packets of acrylic party straws ($15) with fun sayings such as:

  • Spike the Punch
  • Dance ’til Dawn
  • Life of the Party

Or how about drink tag sets with easy-to-read numbers so the wine glasses don’t get separated from their owners/drinkers ($20). For a festive addition to any hostess’s party, there are gold and red glitter coasters $38). They may sound a bit tacky but, in the hands of Kate Spade designers, they can work in with any festive decor.

While you’re in Ward Centre, don’t miss the current show at the Gallery at Ward Centre. Watercolorist Roger Whitlock has a beautiful collection of Seattle paintings, a perfect subject for the medium. And Jackie Lau has outdone herself with whimsical wire sculptures. Check out her fish!

– Paula Rath

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