Small Gifts to Give Your Summer Dinner Party Guests
Before we know it, summer will be here. And that means BBQ parties, weekend getaways, summer birthdays, seafood gatherings, and backyard movie nights. Give your adult dinner guests something they’ll definitely use with a small gift that serves as a token of your friendship. These favors can be edible or non-edible, homemade, semi-homemade, or bought on-line. Select a meaningful yet practical gift with these 12 small gifts for grown ups that are sure to garner your attention! (*this post contains affiliate links)
12 Dinner Party Table Gifts for Guests for a Summer Gathering
These favor ideas are meant to be tasteful, easy to prepare, affordable, and are ideal for a summer birthday dinner or luncheon with an intimate guest list—not more than 12 or so people. Wondering what to give? Here is our list of suggestions:
1 – Keepsake photo frames
Once you’ve developed the party pics, send them to your guests as a lovely photo to display in these photo frames.
2 – Sparkly photo shell card holders
Use them as escort card holders for your guest’s seats. They serve double duty right away as guests can take them home after the party. Perfect as small gifts for a fancy dinner party at home.
3 – Small box of chocolate truffles
You can never go wrong with chocolates. We love these ballotin boxes from Godiva available on Amazon.
4 – Bottle of BBQ sauce (set of 4)
This idea is great for a summer BBQ party! If you have a favorite sauce from your local hometown, share it with your guests as a sauce to make their own BBQ at home. We found this KC sampler of BBQ sauces from local favorites like Arthur Bryant’s and Gates Barbecue. Find this on Amazon.
5 – Coffee mugs (set of 6)
For the coffee-addicted crowd, receiving a coffee mug as a party gift would certainly be appreciated. To present the mugs, add some coffee beans to each mug, wrap it in cello or a fabric, and display them on your guest’s place settings. Don’t you just love the bright rim colors of these mugs? Available on Amazon.
6 – Bottle of jam (set of 8)
Jams are always a favorite especially if your guests love scones and tea. These 1 oz. assorted jams in flavors like Strawberry, Apricot, Raspberry, and Blueberry made by Bonne Maman via Amazon are a wonderful choice.
7 – Trail mix
Consider giving a sweet and savory, salty, or spicy mix of trail mix. This is fairly easy to put together since you can buy nuts in bulk, package it quickly with a brown kraft bag that says “happy trails”, and they go great with beer or wine. Available on Amazon.
8 – Homemade cookies
Have a favorite cookie recipe? Share it with your guests by baking it up as a treat to take home and enjoy with tea or coffee. Place them in crafty woven cookie boxes tied with twine.
9 – Mini wine bottles
Wrap your wine bottles in pretty fabric or paper that coordinates with your tablescape. Make the gift just as lovely as the packaging with some personalization! Think bottled limoncello, mimosas, bellinis, champagne, or your favorite rose wine.
10 – Jar of honey
When thinking of something sweet, honey is definitely a top option. Give guests a bottle of organic honey as a gift during your end of summer party. The honey can be enjoyed during the fall as a coffee or tea sweetener.
For more gifts, try these two practical ideas!
11 – Small soap dish made of shells
Give small wrapped candies or soaps in these shell dishes. They are great as a favor for a seaside luncheon.
12 – Stemless glasses (set of 12)
For a small gift that is definitely practical, try these stemless glasses (via Amazon). Fill them up with some colorful M&Ms, add some wrapping, and attach a ‘thank you’ tag for a wonderful dinner party favor.