Even at a casual barbecue party, bringing a hostess gift is always a polite gesture that expresses your thankfulness for the invitation. The best hostess gifts to bring to a barbecue are items that will fit into the outdoor environment and be useful at future barbecues as well as at this one.
Steak Branding Iron
Help the hostess at the barbecue personalize everything that comes off the grill with a steak branding iron. Specialty stores sell them with popular designs such as a sports team logo or a particular hobby. Another option is to buy a branding iron with removable letters so the grill-master can choose what he wants any given piece of meat to say.
Gourmet Grilling Rubs
People who barbecue frequently often enjoy trying new gourmet seasonings for their grilled meat and vegetables. Give the hostess a few unique seasoning blends in fancy jars. Ideas include a coffee spice rub that includes finely ground espresso chili powder, a Southern barbecue rub featuring brown sugar, paprika and mace, or a West Indies rub with cumin, coriander, curry powder and ginger.
Salt and Pepper Grinders
For the hostess who frequently has outdoor dining events, extra salt and pepper shakers always come in handy. Choose grinders for whole peppercorns and coarse salt to provide the freshest flavor. If the person grilling might want to use them, a one-hand design works best so he doesn't have to let go of the spatula to salt and pepper the meat.
Vase of Flowers
Fresh flowers provide additional decoration at an outdoor event and help make it feel more fancy. Rather than picking up a bouquet wrapped in plastic on your way to the barbecue, take the time to purchase a vase and arrange the bouquet in it so the hostess does not have to do this when you arrive at the party. Plus, the hostess gets to keep the vase as a gift after the flowers die.
Bring an outdoor game for guests to enjoy on the lawn or patio after they are done eating. Popular games to choose from include badminton, ladderball, bocce ball, cornhole, kubb and croquet. All of these games set up quickly and can be stored in a garage or shed when they are not being used.
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