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Gifts for People Who Love to Entertain

click to enlarge This beautiful red carnation, lily, hydrangea and white rose - arrangement featuring a fleur de lis pendant and Santa Claus will make - a charming and festive gift for your holiday host, $65 at Federico's - Family Florist (815 Focis St., Metairie, 837-6400).
  • This beautiful red carnation, lily, hydrangea and white rose arrangement featuring a fleur de lis pendant and Santa Claus will make a charming and festive gift for your holiday host, $65 at Federico's Family Florist (815 Focis St., Metairie, 837-6400).

click to enlarge Help your friends add some spice to their parties with Cajun - seasoning, $5, seasoning salt, $5, Bayou Heat, $6, and Louisiana Cajun - Sauce, $6 at House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com).
  • Help your friends add some spice to their parties with Cajun seasoning, $5, seasoning salt, $5, Bayou Heat, $6, and Louisiana Cajun Sauce, $6 at House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com).

click to enlarge The perfect pattern for stylish entertaining, the bamboo tabletop - collection from Mignon Faget (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 - Canal St., 524-2973; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial - Blvd., Metairie, 835-2244; 3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; www.mignonfaget.com) will always be - in season — glass ice bucket, $100; pewter candle holders, $80; - pewter napkin rings, $85; tumblers, $45 for a set of four.
  • The perfect pattern for stylish entertaining, the bamboo tabletop collection from Mignon Faget (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 524-2973; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-2244; 3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; www.mignonfaget.com) will always be in season — glass ice bucket, $100; pewter candle holders, $80; pewter napkin rings, $85; tumblers, $45 for a set of four.

click to enlarge For the person who likes to entertain, this Black Orchid trio - platter designed by Michael Aram is sure to please, $129 at - Hazelnut (5515 Magazine St., 891-2424; www.hazelnutneworleans.com).
  • For the person who likes to entertain, this Black Orchid trio platter designed by Michael Aram is sure to please, $129 at Hazelnut (5515 Magazine St., 891-2424; www.hazelnutneworleans.com).

click to enlarge Give the gift of personalized gemstone magic bags (great as party - favors or host gifts) and discover the power of crystals to enhance - your well-being, $8 per bag (quantity discounts available) at Earth - Odyssey (306 Chartres St., 581-1348; www.earthodysseynola.com).
  • Give the gift of personalized gemstone magic bags (great as party favors or host gifts) and discover the power of crystals to enhance your well-being, $8 per bag (quantity discounts available) at Earth Odyssey (306 Chartres St., 581-1348; www.earthodysseynola.com).

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click to enlarge This delectable fruit and chocolate arrangement is a centerpiece - that will sweeten any dinner table, $87 (a style for Haunukkah also is - available) at Edible Arrangements (3304 W. Esplanade Ave., - Metairie, 837-5153; 1650 Gretna Blvd., Harvey, 367-7798; www.ediblearrangements.com).
  • This delectable fruit and chocolate arrangement is a centerpiece that will sweeten any dinner table, $87 (a style for Haunukkah also is available) at Edible Arrangements (3304 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 837-5153; 1650 Gretna Blvd., Harvey, 367-7798; www.ediblearrangements.com).

click to enlarge Treats from Blue Frog Chocolates (5707 Magazine St., - 269-5707; bluefrogchocolates.com) are - delectable gifts and come in a range of sizes and assortments, - including individually selected chocolates for a loved on to party - trays and gift baskets for a group of people.
  • Treats from Blue Frog Chocolates (5707 Magazine St., 269-5707; bluefrogchocolates.com) are delectable gifts and come in a range of sizes and assortments, including individually selected chocolates for a loved on to party trays and gift baskets for a group of people.

click to enlarge Inspire your favorite bartender to perfect the craft of the cocktail - at home with these lively stainless steel Lilly Pulitzer shakers, - $28.95 each; and break the ice at a party by challenging guests with - stimulating questions from the '80s "Table Topics" game (a great host - gift), $25; both at The Party Basket (734 Nashville Ave., - 891-0045).
  • Inspire your favorite bartender to perfect the craft of the cocktail at home with these lively stainless steel Lilly Pulitzer shakers, $28.95 each; and break the ice at a party by challenging guests with stimulating questions from the '80s "Table Topics" game (a great host gift), $25; both at The Party Basket (734 Nashville Ave., 891-0045).

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click to enlarge Hand-blown glass bowls make great serving dishes and beautiful - gifts: blue fishnet "Barbarella" bowl by Hubi Mae Glass, $150; and a - wavy bowl by Juli Juneau, $175 at New Orleans Creative Glass - Institute (NOCGI) (3924 Conti St., 482-6003; www.nocgi.org).
  • Hand-blown glass bowls make great serving dishes and beautiful gifts: blue fishnet "Barbarella" bowl by Hubi Mae Glass, $150; and a wavy bowl by Juli Juneau, $175 at New Orleans Creative Glass Institute (NOCGI) (3924 Conti St., 482-6003; www.nocgi.org).

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click to enlarge Vinotagz are a fun way to distinguish your wine glasses; the - six-piece set of transparent silicone markers by Modern Twist are - placed on the stem of the glass so guests can identify their drink. The - storage box can be placed on the neck of a wine bottle, and the - Vinotagz also can be used as napkin holders, $15.95 at - Importicos (5523 Magazine St., 891-6141; 736 Royal St., - 523-3100).
  • Vinotagz are a fun way to distinguish your wine glasses; the six-piece set of transparent silicone markers by Modern Twist are placed on the stem of the glass so guests can identify their drink. The storage box can be placed on the neck of a wine bottle, and the Vinotagz also can be used as napkin holders, $15.95 at Importicos (5523 Magazine St., 891-6141; 736 Royal St., 523-3100).

click to enlarge Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking features - 524 recipes and is a must-have for any aspiring chef, $40; and you can - add some excitement to at-home cocktail hour with Boozter Shots, - a book featuring drinking games, shot recipes and responsible drinking - tips by Hannah Feldspar, $7.95 at Maple Street Book Shop (7523 - Maple St., 862-0008; www.maplestreetbookshop.com).
  • Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking features 524 recipes and is a must-have for any aspiring chef, $40; and you can add some excitement to at-home cocktail hour with Boozter Shots, a book featuring drinking games, shot recipes and responsible drinking tips by Hannah Feldspar, $7.95 at Maple Street Book Shop (7523 Maple St., 862-0008; www.maplestreetbookshop.com).

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