I was raised to always bring *something* when invired to a meal or a party, whether in someone's private home or in a resaurant. Depending on the occasion r person, it may be a bottle of wine, box of chocolate, a plant. Tomorrow, the man I've been dating, is taking me to a Labor Day luncheon buffet at the home of one of the doctors he works with. I have never met this person and, to complicate matters, my boyfriend's parents will also be there as his dad is also a doctor. His mom is not fond of the !CalifrnaGirl' in her on's life (I'm nice, I pronise! :)) and so I want to be sure to bring an appropriate hostess gift knowing that Scary Mom will be watching. I bought a very nice wicker tray filled with a variety of nuts and had it wrapped beautifully in cellophane with ribbon. Is that appropriate? Certainly better than the bag of weed I'm sure his mom thinks I'd deem appropriate! :-0. Any thoughts?