Gift your hostess a break with a gift certificate to Kitchensurfing, a site that matches you with a personal chef. You pick the style of food and work with the chef to solidify a menu (prices vary based on ingredients and number of people, but come out to about the same as a nice dinner out). The chef then comes to your home, prepares, serves and cleans everything up.
Launched just last month by the founder of Tom Cat Bakery, Just Enough of a (very) Good Thing is a new chilled, single-serve desserts brand — it's a perfect budget-friendly find (and useful for portion control!).