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Mostess Box Subscription Review + Coupon – Winter 2016

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanDec 11, 2016 | 11 comments

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Mostess Box
4.3 overall rating
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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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This box was sent to us for review purposes. (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!

And here is everything unpacked:

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The Subscription Box: Mostess

The Cost: $120

FLASH DEAL – Use coupon code MSA5 for for $5 off and free shipping, with guaranteed delivery before Christmas (Expires Monday at midnight EST.)

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

Check out all of our Mostess reviews and the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

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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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Lots of warm beverage and cocktail recipes!

Now, onto the items!

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Viski Belmont Gold Cocktail Shaker – Value $32

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This cocktail is stunning! (I love all things gold, so I’m a little biased here.)

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It’s made with stainless steel, and also comes with a matching strainer:

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Viski Belmont Julep Strainer – Retail Value $15

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Again, this is made with stainless steel and looks fab with the cocktail shaker. (I wish these pieces were dishwasher safe, but I think that’s pretty much impossible with a gold finish like this.)

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Buttermilk No. 7 Yuletide Old Fashioned – Value $15

First, I love the look of this bottle! The label and bottle give it such a classic feel – and it looks so nice on our bar cart!

The flavor is excellent, too. It’s a mix of Burnt Golden Cane Sugar, Water, Fresh Orange Peel, Molasses, Dried Sour Cherries, Spices, Cinchona Bark, Gentian Root, and Tartaric Acid.

It’s not overly sweet and it paired really well with almond milk (I made my cocktail dairy free), cinnamon, and a little bourbon:

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This was Mostess Warm Up drink (from their included cocktail recipes) – it works with or without the alcohol, and you can top it with whipped cream, too! (This drink seriously makes me want to sit next to a fire and watch Netflix all day!)

And we used the cinnamon sticks in this box to garnish the drinks.

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Pepper Creek Farms Cinnamon Sticks – Value $5

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No surprise, these smell wonderful! Mostess suggests using them as additional flavoring for drinks, and they also work as stirrers.

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8 Oak Lane Holiday Stag Bottle Stopper – Value $15?

(I’m guessing on the value since I can’t find this exact item on the 8 Oak Lane site.)

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More gold tone barware! This one feels very appropriate for winter, too. Here it is in action:

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8 Oak Lane Coasters – Value $16

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These festive coasters have gold metallic detail in the text and edges.

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I love that these are great for the holidays, and will work year-round, too. (Especially perfect for New Year’s Eve!)

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(And of course, since these have metallic accents, they are handwash only and not microwave safe.)

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Mostess Signature Blanket Scarf – Value $25

(I linked to a similar scarf for the value.)

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This is a HUGE scarf that can actually work as a blanket, tablecloth, etc.

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And it looks great as a scarf, too. Mostess included styling tips for using the blanket scarf:

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I think the oversized bow on a wreath is such a simple and smart idea!

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Verdict: I think Mostess does an excellent job at curation, setting a scene, and inspiring you with lots of tips, recipes, and ideas. This box makes me want to have a holiday party! The value works out to about $123, which isn’t too much higher than the cost of the box. I wouldn’t recommend this box if you are looking for something high value, but if you are looking for a special quarterly box that is very thoughtful, I think Mostess is great. (And this box would make a fabulous gift – the presentation is A+!)

What do you think of the Winter Mostess Box?

"Mostess sends seasonally curated home decor and hosting products in a luxuriously wrapped box each quarter (4 boxes a year). You will enjoy full sized and perfectly coordinated items such as: cocktail ingredients, glassware tableware, linen, stationery, bar cart items and more. In addition to fan... read more.
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!

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!
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11 comments

ATB

That’s a bottle stopper, not an opener 😀

Carrie

I have almost bought this box about a dozen times in the last month, but the lack of value is what stops me every time. Unless you absolutely love every item in a box (which is rare, even for a good one like this), why would you pay full retail price for the set? You could save money and get the items that you really want by buying them separately. That’s how other boxes get my $$ – say, I want only 3 of the 6 items, but for the cost of just those 3 I get the entire box, so I buy. If this were $65-70, Mostess would have my money already. Instead, I’m just going to buy the cocktail stuff from the source.

Mostess

Hi Carrie –
Thank you so much for feedback. You are correct, if you shop around and take the time to purchase our products individually, you could potentially save some money. However, Mostess is different than most Box companies. When you buy from Mostess you are getting more than just products. You are getting an experience, a lifestyle, and a high level of customer service. We include original recipes and modern etiquette tips. Our boxes are also hand wrapped in a reusable,100% recycled American made box. We also make sure we only source products from American owned companies.

We provide these extra services so our customers don’t have to spend extra time and energy to host in their home. We specialize in effortless entertaining!

Additionally, right now we are including free shipping. If you find value in our additional services, we hope you consider purchasing from us! We would love to have you as a customer. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us directly at [email protected]. We would love to hear more from you.

Karen

Liz are those really coasters? They look more like tiny plates.

Liz Cadman

I thought they were tiny appetizer plates when I first saw them, too! But according to Mostess and the 8 Oak Lane site they are coasters. I’m guessing you could use them either way, though! 🙂

Summer

I was just about to order this box as a gift to my sister but thought to check back here and so glad I did! I had no idea of the quality of the drink or packaging for example and the coupon saved me that extra $5 they charge if it’s sent as a gift so thanks for that.

I wish the items were dishwasher safe…and maybe the box included those gold little festive mugs too…but I think my sister will like this.

AmyM

I love the look of these boxes but I don’t entertain enough to justify subscribing. But maybe if I subscribed, I’d entertain more. Hmmm….

Lynn

Beautiful box. However, that shaker kinda creeps my out. It looks like an urn.

Heather

Haha! That was my first thought too!

Ks

Yasss! This is what curation should look like! Lower values are made up by thoughtful curation. I would rather get a box like this than some of the overvalued heaps of messes I’ve seen.

Karen

This is one of the most thoughtful, beautifully curated boxes I have seen in a very long time from any company. Everything blends together beautifully. I think Liz summed it up beautifully by saying that if your main focus is high value, this probably isn’t the best box for you, but if you care more about the consistency of the curation, this box knocks it out if the park. They clearly aren’t simply trying to source the least expensive items they can find, but instead focus much more on trying to be consistent within a theme. It’s a fun box. 2 thumbs up.

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