Be our guest! Fun ideas for Guest baskets

September 11th, 2011

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:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Body wash
  • Bar soaps
  • Shower poof
  • Flossers
  • Toothbrushes (not in the basket, just extras on hand)
  • Washcloths
  • Trail mix
  • Cashews
  • Flavored almonds
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Fruit Bars
  • Pistachios
  • Dried Apricots
  • Crackers
  • 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!

10 responses to “Be our guest! Fun ideas for Guest baskets”

  1. Angie Hinksman says:

    Brilliant! This is something we do as well 😉 But I just LOVE your ‘Do not disturb’ sign (will have to add this to our basket)!!!


  2. Jan in Alberta says:

    Jen, when might I visit?? The basket is beautiful, of course.

  3. Erika Sews says:

    I love this idea, and your basket is so awesome! We finally live in a house with a guest room, and this would be a welcoming addition to the room.

  4. Jenifer says:

    What a great idea.Beautiful!!!

  5. So cute and so thoughtful. 🙂

  6. Katie says:

    I love this idea. Do you think you’ll offer the tags on the packages as printables?

  7. Amber says:

    Hi, I just love your gift basket! Do you offer the printables for download?? Thank you!

  8. Hello I came across your blog doing a search for guest baskets. I would actually like to give one to a soon-to-be bride starting her out with her own basket to have out for her guests once she is married.

    What are the bottles of Stress Relief? Also, Like the previous two ladies, would you be willing to share your labels, they are very pretty and stylish.

    Thank you for your time. God Bless~~

  9. Jen Allyson says:

    That is shampoo/conditioner from Bath & Body works. I’ll work on a free printable that is more generic. Best oc luck with your basket!

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