New Year’s No-No?


Our friend Hannah emailed us this morning with a very time-sensitive question.  She is going to a New Year’s Eve party at her friend Claire’s tonight and was asked to bring a bottle of Prosecco or some sort of Champagne-y libation.  She looked in her fridge and saw that she did indeed have a chilled bottle of Prosecco all set and ready to go – victory!  But just then she remembered that it was the same bottle Claire had given to her when she came to Hannah’s house for a dinner party a couple months back…

Hannah wants to know if it’s ok to re-gift the bottle back to Claire.  She feels that since it’s a common brand of Prosecco, Claire might not even realize she’s getting her own bottle back.  And, plus, even if she did — so what?

Some of our friends think it’s fine to do, and that perhaps it might even help to make a joke out of it when Hannah presents the bottle.  Others think that it not only looks cheap, but it also makes Hannah seem ungrateful for Claire’s gift.

So – what do you think? Should Hannah buy a new bottle to bring to her friend’s house?  Or just dress up the existing bottle with a nice gift bag and re-gift it – back to the original gifter?  What would you do?

Wishing all of you a very Fab & Fru 2015!



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3 Responses to “New Year’s No-No?”

  1. Simone says:

    I’d wrap it up and bring it. There’s nothing wrong with it – it’s not opened or anything. Hannah can always tell a little white lie and say, “we liked it so much we got a bottle to bring tonight”. Of course she must check for any label tears or irregularities that might identify the bottle as the original.

    Funny story – my mother has name stickers and when she brings people a bottle of wine or liquor she always puts a name sticker on it so the hosts will know after the party who brought something nice to the party. One time at a Thanksgiving dinner at my mother’s house, a guest brought a bottle of wine which I took into the kitchen. My mother saw her own label on it and started to laugh and told me about the stickers. She wasn’t insulted at all – the person hadn’t opened it yet, so why not bring it to my mom’s? – obviously, she hadn’t noticed the label or she would have removed it. My mom never said anything to her guest and said to me, “Well, at least I know that it’s a really good champagne. Better this than some cheap stuff”.

  2. Sue says:

    I agree with Simone. Wrap it up and take it.

  3. Allison says:

    I know comment is a bit after the date, but I think it applies to any similar situation.

    Since the bottle was given at a dinner party and not as a personal gift, I see no reason why she shouldn’t bring to her friend’s party. It was given for a party, why not use it for a party, right? It might be different if it were an unusual or rare brand given as a personal gift, however, since that is not the case, save the $$ and take that already chilled bottle and enjoy.

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