Last night on Wickedly Perfect, the group project involved hosting a dinner party and making gift bags for the guests. Today on FoodTV's Party Starters, preparations involved hosting a dinner party and making gift bags for the guests. Now, I do not claim to be up on these sorts of things, but gift bags for guests seems to be an odd new custom for the at-home party.
I'm sure for the people who created both shows and for the stylists employed by both shows, the gift bag is de rigeur at parties -- but then most parties they go to are actually events sponsored by a magazine or a liquor or a record company. It's PR. The gift bag is part of the incentive for the influential, style-setting guests to show up. But at home? Among friends you've just filled with good food and drink? It's too much. I put my untrendy foot down.