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October 14, 2013

The Venti Gourmand Giveaway

Hello, fabulous friends! We are well into October and I've been amazed at how rapidly the mood and the mindset has shifted into the holiday swing. Invitations are coming in and going out as the season of festivities begins.

After a carefree summer, fall is yet again an opportunity to freshen up on our etiquette as both hosts and guests. One surefire way to be remembered as a thoughtful guest is to bring your gracious host a token of appreciation. Scented candles and flowers, while lovely, don't make the cut. One is too driven by personal preferences, the other requires immediate attention of an already busy party. So what's a gift-giving guest to do? My solution: surprise them with something useful, novel and memorable. 

Enter, the rough luxe appeal of this soapstone serving tray from UncommonGoods. Gourmands, artists, oenophiles and Martha-worshipping social butterflies will all love the simple sophistication of this unique gift. Generous enough in scale for wild versatility yet the perfect size for bestowing upon your host as she opens the door.

Like all products from the online retailer, this versatile tray represents their special blend of artisan creativity at accessible prices. I selected it for its varied uses and wide appeal. A foodie friend might treasure it for artful presentation of cheese, a wine enthusiast might use it for clever labeling methods of an array of varietals. A crafty hostess may decide this is the perfect surface upon which to sketch out her next bright idea. Families might leverage it's chalkboard surface as the perfect place to write playful messages. That's the beauty of it: your delighted recipient can decide for him or herself how best incorporate it into their lives. 

UncommonGoods has been on my radar for years. Their fittingly "uncommon" goods do indeed make gift giving easy for everyone on your list. While I've highlighted the value of hostess gifts, Christmas is quickly approaching and you'll need to start sourcing perfect presents sooner rather than later. Why not offer an artisan approach from interesting options like these from their holiday gift guide? Wine lovers will delight in their curated goods and gift ideas for enjoying the perfect glass. Is your hostess more into handcrafted products? This is where UG shines. They offer many from which to choose

As the name suggests, these are not your run of the mill products. Sourced from far and wide, each product in their lovely online boutique is carefully chosen with sustainability and giving back in mind. These aren't "big box" items that are mass produced. Think of UncommonGoods as a window into the world of smaller vendors and niche products. As a business owner myself, I appreciate their focus on the unusual and unique. 

So... back to this pretty little board. It comes beautifully packaged in a rustic burlap bag. I was very impressed with its artful presentation right out of the shipping box. No wrapping is necessary. The soapstone board comes complete with chalk and is ready to use. Whether you are sending it across the country or carrying it across the street, it makes a lasting and positive impression. I intend to stockpile a few for last minute invites and unexpected guests. Did I mention I'm also keeping one for myself? You might consider doing the same!

How do you enter to win this pretty gift? It's easy. Drop a comment below to say hello. Then show a little love to the Uncommon Goods facebook page here & sign up for their email updates here. Ta-da! You're entered. 

Welcome to the fall season of giving, friends. I wish you luck and hope you win this lovely little token of my appreciation of you. 

Fine print: must enter by Monday October 21, 2013 @ 11:59 PM CST. 


**** And the winner is... Brenda! Congratulations to you, Brenda!

We hope you enjoy the lovely gift from our giveaway sponsor Uncommon Goods! ****

What the beautiful people are saying...

very creative. I'd use mine as a cheese platter. And I'd keep it for myself!

I need several of these! The board is a simple idea with class and would be an elegant gift for my clients. I am always looking for tokens of appreciation for end-of-project celebration.

Love the giveaway and the board.

We use trays like this at our gallery events. It makes hors d'oeuvres a bit more accessible with the name of the dish written on top. Have you seen Richard Chiassaro's cheese presentation trays? Equally nice, but the burlap and twine here make this more on trend with the rustic chic look. I like it. THanks for the contest.

This is a beautiful serving board! It would keep cheese cool and hydrated too. I would love to use this for entertaining in my home.

Perfect for the upcoming holiday season!

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