Choosing The Perfect Gift With Princeton Event Planner, Mary Harris
Ask the Expert: How to Choose the Right Party Gift with Mary Harris
Looking for the perfect wedding, birthday, or hostess gift? We sat down with local Princeton event planner and etiquette coach, Mary Harris of Mary Harris Events, to chat about must have entertaining items! We learned that the key is to marry elegance with function. This way your gift will be both useful and treasured for years to come.
Let’s see which gift pieces Mary Harris said were her favorite!
Occasion: Wedding Gift
When choosing wedding gift its important to choose something that the young couple can use but won’t go out of fashion. You want to select a gift that will hold its value and always look lovely when they take it out to use and entertain. Conclusion: you can’t go wrong with fine crystal.
“I have a soft spot for Simon Pearce crystal. My mother had great taste and I bought pieces for her on special occasions. The crystal Shelbourne Bowl is a nice starter to begin a new couple’s collection. If you happen to be in Vermont, I had a lovely lunch in their shop and restaurant on the river.”— Mary Harris
Hamilton’s Wedding Gift Picks
Occasion: Baby Gift
When welcoming a new baby, you want to choose something precious and appropriate that won’t get discarded or become a hand-me-down once the child is grown. Select a gift that the mother will adore to use and the baby will always have as a keepsake or heirloom for their own child one day.
“When someone has a baby I never order off the registry. I always like to give an heirloom-worthy gift to the new arrival like the Herend hand-painted porcelain tooth fairy box. It will get lots of use!”—Mary Harris
Hamilton’s Baby Gift Picks
When choosing a birthday gift, you have to think of the person’s individual taste, and what they will find useful. Keep in mind that if you have someone who is difficult to buy for, the more useful and unique the present is, the better. The modern woman is always on the go, but appreciates the bonds she makes with those around her. Choose things that will help her stay organized or have a personal touch. For men, choose something that is thoughtful and that he wouldn’t normally buy for himself.
Hamilton’s Birthday Gift Picks
No matter what occasion, Hamilton has a vast selection of high-quality curated giftware. With so many lovely items to choose from and Mary’s expert advice, we’re confident you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for! If you need any assistance, one of our associates will be happy help you make a perfect selection. Just give us a call as you browse online.