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Mostess Box Subscription Review – Summer 2016

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Mostess is a subscription box for people who love to entertain! It’s a seasonal package filled with curated party items and ideas to help you host beautiful gatherings.

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My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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This was one of my favorite unboxing experiences – such fabulous packaging!

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And here is everything unpacked:

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The Subscription Box: Mostess

The Cost: $120

The Products: “4-6 handpicked and perfectly coordinated items that you can use to host a gathering in your home. Items could include cocktail ingredients, decorative items, snacks, stationery, and more.”

Ships to: US only, for free

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Each box comes with a booklet full of info on the items included.

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They also include entertaining tips:

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And cocktail recipes:

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Now, onto the items!

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Mostess Signature Summer Table Runner – Value $40?

This is a Mostess Box exclusive, so I’m estimating on value.

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This table runner is 100% cotton, and I think the pattern is so classic! (And it should work for most decor styles, too.)

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It’s handwoven, measures 13 inches across by 70 inches long, and it is now going to be a staple on my dining room table!

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Patio Party Plates by Rosanna – Value $60

So much beautiful packaging in this box!

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These plates measure 6 inches across and will be perfect for dessert or appetizer plates.

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I love the gold flamingo detail – but that does mean these are handwash only.

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And now, time to make the appetizers that go on the plates:

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Guacamole Seasoning by Jacobsen Salt Co. – Value $9

All you need is one avocado and this mix for guacamole! I made a batch and learned a valuable lesson – the recipe calls for 1.5 tablespoons of the mix for one avocado, but that was way too much seasoning for me. I redid it with 1 teaspoon per avocado and it was perfect.

Just a warning, there is cayenne in this mix, so it has a little kick to it!

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Acacia Wood Muddler by Old Kentucky Home – Value $9.99

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And Mostess included a muddler for guacamole and cocktail making!

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Having this mix on hand will definitely result in more guacamole in our house – it was really easy and once I got the ratios right, delicious!

Next up, cocktail time!

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Pineapple Shot Glasses by the Pineapple Co. – Value $35

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Pineapple glasses are having a moment this summer! (The full-size versions were also in recent reviews of boxes from Bespoke Post and Robb Vices.)

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These shot glasses have a serious weight to them, and while my shot-taking days are long behind me, they make for great bar decor. (Or just useful for measuring out cocktails, too.)

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I like them for holding these Flamingo Picks!

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Flamingo Forks Set by Sunnylife – Value $7

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These are super cute and kitsch, and I think they are a fun touch to the box. (Plus when it comes to kitsch items like this in the box, I’m happy to see that they are the most inexpensive item!)

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Palm Sugar Simple Syrup by Blank Slate Kitchen – Value $12

Confession – I started cocktail hour before taking this picture! (The bottle was full when it first arrived!)

This simple syrup can be used for anything – cocktails, coffee, pancakes, oatmeal, and more! (Mostess also included a recipe for Palm Sugar Fruit Salad.)

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I decided to make The Palm Mojito cocktail recipe included in the box. It’s a mix of the palm sugar syrup, light rum, lime juice, mint leaves, and sparkling water.

I really loved this drink. It had the right mix of tart and sweet – and I could barely taste the rum! (That’s my favorite kind of cocktail!) My husband, however, thought it was way too sweet, but he also can drink gin on the rocks, so we have very different tastes when it comes to liquor and the appropriate sugar ratio!

Verdict: I think this is such a fab box. This box has a value of about $173, which I think is good for $120 box like this. It’s definitely pricey, but the quality is there for the price. Plus it’s quarterly, and they release spoilers ahead of shipment, so you can make sure it’s a good fit for you before committing.

Also – you can really tell how much thought and care went into the packaging of this box and the curation. It felt like unwrapping an amazing gift.

What do you think of the Summer Mostess Box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

29 Comments

  1. Killed it with this review! Love the details in all the pictures! You’re awesome Liz!!

    • Thanks so much, Amy! 🙂

  2. Hoping someone swaps the runner and the salt 🙂

  3. I LOVE that runner!

  4. Love this box! Wish I could afford it. :). Beautiful pix

  5. Wow! This box is def splurge-worthly, I may be ordering one for my bestie who just moved into a new home, the packaging/presentation is beautiful and so are your photos!

    • Thanks, Tracy! I think this would make an amazing housewarming gift! 🙂

  6. As others have said, i love your pictures Liz! Just a random question though, is someone else taking the pictures or do you have it set up on a tripod? How are you getting the pictures with your hands in it otherwise? 🙂

    The box looks great, i’m sorry i missed out on this. i’m always looking to upgrade my hosting game, so I’ll start saving for the next box!

    • Thanks so much! I definitely had help w the pictures. Especially when I was too busy unboxing! 🙂 And a tripod was used for most of these shots. Hope that helps!

      • That does make sense! It’s a unique angle for sure, but I like it! Would you (or the other bloggers) consider a brief how-to post, or just a brief rundown on your setup, posting process? Everyone had a unique style here on MSA, so it’d be cool to see how much work you all really put into each post.

  7. Liz, your photos are fantastic and you are an excellent hand model. Love your polish, too. 😀

    • Thanks Haley! I’m a little addicted to greige nail polish at the moment 😉

  8. I love this box! If I could snag a coupon for it, I’d be all over it.

  9. Gorgeous review of a great box! ?

  10. Not a box for me but I really enjoyed your photos.

    • Thanks, Zo!!

  11. This has become my favorite subscription. I love that they release spoilers first and you only buy the boxes that you want, not having to remember to cancel before a certain date (which I usually forget..and then up with boxes I don’t want). Their items are such good quality and I use everything in the Mostess boxes. I hope they don’t change anything about this subscription!

    • Yay! Glad you love it too! And it’s great that they release the spoilers ahead of time – I’m sure that means mostly happy customers 🙂

  12. Wow, great box but your pictures of it are amazing! I love all the little details that you’re putting in.

    I live with two guys, so our parties are usually football parties, and dinner parties have 8-12 family members and a kid or two so I’d need a less sophisticated hostess box! *laughing emoji*

    • Thanks so much! 🙂 (And your parties sound pretty great!)

  13. This is my new favorite sub! Everything is just done so well and is beautiful. Perfect gift of I could get myself to gift it to someone besides me! I do wish we could get a deal for subbing a year or something though!

  14. I’m in love with the box of the shot glasses lol and I really like the plates!
    but what I should say; “meh, if this was my box I would swap the plates and shot glasses to let’s say… Chantal” 😀

  15. I love those flamingo plates!!

  16. Great packaging and concept. But not sure if the box was worth the price. Will try one more time and then consider cancelling if it’s the same caliber.

    • We’d love to hear more about what you’d like to see in the next box. Please free to shoot us an email at hello@mostessbox.com

  17. What a fun box…I had fun just reading the review. LOVE IT!!

  18. Those shot glasses are the cutest things ever.

  19. LOVE Mostess!

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