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    Question Should I buy him a present? If so, what?

    I've befriended a kinder mum (DS's BFF's mum), and she's invited me to her husband's birthday party on the weekend. I've only met him twice, so obviously I don't know him at all really. Would I be expected to buy him a present? Can anyone suggest something little that I could get so that I'm not turning up with nothing, but not spending a lot of money on? Or do you think I wouldn't be expected to, given how new the friendship is? All alcohol and food is supplied for the party and it's going to be a bit fancy as they're both doctors (he's a surgeon) and they're pretty well off, so I don't think bringing a bottle of wine would be suitable.

    Any ideas??

    If you were hosting a party for your DH, would you expect a new friend to buy him a present??

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    I think a bottle of wine would be the way to go, why don't you think that would be suitable? I wouldn't expect a present but it would be nice if you took something like wine or chocolates or you could get something little like a nice gift set? Something like this: http://shop.bigpond.com/Product.asp?...tail&ID=157370

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    Im sure its not expected but it's always nice to bring something little. Id be taking something even if it was just a party for no reason anyway.

    Id suggest a box of chocolates. They'll appreciate it as a nice gesture.

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    Do you like cooking? I'd take some home-made sauce or lemon butter or something along those lines

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    I would not expect something if it were my DH but in saying that I would ( and so would my friends) give something , mainly as its a birthday party and they are supplying everything - what's your budget?

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    Thanks for the great replies!!

    Laksa, you've given me a great idea. I make homemade lemon cordial (tastes like the good ol' days when my mum used to make it, from the Stephanie Alexander cookbook). I've got some vintage bottles to put it in that I got from an op shop, I think that would go down a treat. But if I don't get around to making that (am due to make a batch currently, have bought lemons and sugar), I'll perhaps go with some chocolates....Haighs do some really nice gift packs.

    Ahh, I feel relieved now that I have a couple of ideas, I was stressing out! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    I would not expect something if it were my DH but in saying that I would ( and so would my friends) give something , mainly as its a birthday party and they are supplying everything - what's your budget?
    Not a big budget at all, like $20-$30 at most. If I don't do the cordial then I should be able to find nice chocolates for that much.

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    Um hello recipe please !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Um hello recipe please !
    Ok well I use the Stephanie Alexander one (her 2004 edition striped cover book). I use the same ingredients but with a slightly different method as I found her way made the cordial way too syrupy (she suggests using cold water and bringing it to the boil). Here 'tis:

    2kg castor sugar
    1 litre water
    2 tablespoons citric acid
    2 tablespoons tartaric acid
    juice of 6 lemons, strained
    finely grated zest of 2 lemons

    My method: Put sugar in a large non-reactive pot (I use stainless, seems to work fine). Boil a jug of water, measure out 1 litre and pour it over the sugar. Put the pot over low heat to keep it hot and stir the sugar to dissolve it. As soon as the sugar has dissolved, remove it from the heat and add the citric and tartaric acids. Cool. Stir in juice and zest, and bottle. Dilute to taste with water, lemonade, soda water or mineral water.

    It really is delicious. FOB brings me back the washed out bottles from the cordial I give him and his DW (big hint: make more please!). So refreshing on a hot day!

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    Hollywood - would that keep for a while in sterilised bottles?


 

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