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Ever on the hunt for the perfect present for the hostess, we asked six friends of terrain to choose the gift that they would bring to their ideal, end-of-summer gathering. From tablecloths to totes, each styled their picks in the photographs above to offer a unique take on this entertaining tradition.
Where She's Going: A Laid Back Dinner Party
"It seems my summers have been filled with these laid back, lazy gatherings. The best kind of dinners where, after the kids have gone to bed, you can sit with your friends late into the evening and chat by the fire pit, lemonade in hand."
"I chose the storage jar as my go-to hostess gift, because it's the perfect size to fill with either fruit from the farmers market or a bunch of your favorite seasonal branches. It can be enjoyed in the moment and again and again!"
Where She's Going: Cooking with Friends
"A weekend gathering of my friends, where we bring ingredients and work on our dishes together."
"I always bring a little something for the friend who’s letting us dirty up her kitchen. And because I often end up with large amounts of fruits and vegetables from creating my photographs or from picking up curious finds at the market, I try to bring food gifts along with me when I can. These bowls make the natural colors of the fruit pop."
Where She's Going: The Great Outdoors
“My ideal end-of-summer gathering is always a picnic. Food tastes better outside and surrounded by friends!
"This throw would make a perfect picnic accessory or gift for the hostess, as a shoulder wrap when the sun goes down.”
Where's She's Going: An Afternoon Picnic
"A picnic with friends is the best way to say goodbye to summer and welcoming autumn."
"This linen lends itself to casual gatherings, and because tablecloths are not just for tables or dining rooms this one is perfect for year-round picnics.
Where She's Going: A Summer's End Celebration
"My friend and photographer Kathryn is actually having a party this weekend to celebrate the end of summer. We'll be taking advantage of the last crops of fresh Georgia corn, tomatoes, and stone fruit."
"I thought this would be the perfect board to bring along with summer seasonals like rosé and my favorite cheeses from our local Many Fold Farm."
Where She's Going: Dinner on the Farm
"There isn't much better than an outdoor dinner at my favorite local farm.”
“I’d bring this bag along to tote a Blackberry Hazelnut Galette for dessert, made with a few handfuls of berries that grow wild nearby."