A few years ago, Martha (you know, my good friend Martha Stewart) introduced me to the idea of guest baskets. Now I love nothing more than being a great hostess, and so I tucked this fun idea away for a time when I actually had a guest room and an opportunity to welcome guests into my home. As my regular readers may know, my parents are coming to visit TODAY. I’ve been hustling to get a guest room ready for them… less than a week ago it was just an empty room with way too many storage containers in it! Magically it has all come together and the room looks great. I’m going to do a post about that, but am waiting for Mr. Project to come home and get the curtains up for me first! Okay back to guest baskets!! I wanted to make my parents feel as welcome as possible, so I bought a bunch of fun items to put in a big basket in their room.
Here is a list of what I got:
- Body wash
- Bar soaps
- Shower poof
- Toothbrushes (not in the basket, just extras on hand)
- Trail mix
- Flavored almonds
- Dark Chocolate
- Fruit Bars
- Dried Apricots
- Water Bottles
- Do not Disturb sign
I placed everything in this fun wire basket from Cost Plus World Market like so:
But of course it wasn’t cute enough for me (Martha would not approve). So I decided to take a little time and make some custom labels and give the whole basket some cohesive elements. Here are a few shots of the cute new packaging:
And the whole basket, just ready to welcome my folks for their visit, and hopefully make their stay as comfortable as possible.
I hope this inspired you to create some sort of welcome basket the next time you have special guests!