Saturday, October 6, 2012

31 Days :: 5 Easy Steps to Create a Welcome Basket - Day 6

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Yesterday we shared 10 Simple Steps to Prepare for Guests with step 2 being to create a welcome basket. We wanted to go into a little more detail on how to do that and show examples of inspiring ideas for you to create your own!

Putting together a basket filled with thoughtful treats will not only make your guests feel special, but it's the perfect way to ensure they have everything they need for their stay.

Here are some easy steps to create a wonderful welcome basket that your guests will remember for years...

1. Choose a container
A traditional basket is nice, but we love this idea of including the welcome basket on the door so it's the first thing your guests will see. Wire baskets, hat boxes, a canvas bag or picnic baskets are also great ideas.

2. Include snacks and something to drink
Store bought goodies are great, but homemade goodies are the best! Include treats that bring back memories of fun times together. Don't forget to double check on food allergies beforehand. Water is a must, but you could also add a favorite soda, lemonade or tea.

3. How about a good read?
A little down time is good for the soul and including a good read in your basket will offer food for the brain during those relaxed times. Think of favorite novels, magazine or even books showcasing your hometown.

4. Add in products to pamper
Don't forget a little bit of luxury. Soaps, bath salts or lotions will help your visitors feel pampered and cared for. Focusing on all-natural products lessens the possibility of allergic reactions.

5. Personalize it
Personalize those bottles of water, make cute tags to describe the snack packets or leave notes of thankfulness for your guest's visit. Simple touches of personalization show you went that extra mile.

Many people like to include extra towels in their gift baskets, but we prefer to place those on a bench at the foot of the bed. We then top the towels with soaps and washcloths and place them next to the welcome basket.

To recap, here are the 5 Easy Steps to Create a Welcome Basket...
  1. Choose a container
  2. Include snacks and something to drink
  3. Don't forget a good read
  4. Add in products to pamper
  5. Personalize it
The cost to create a welcome basket can be minimal by using items you already have on hand, especially if you stock a gift closet.  Your welcome gift doesn't have to be overflowing, it's the thought that counts. By putting a just little bit of time and effort into creating a welcome basket, your guests will know they are cherished and will feel right at home.   

Have you created a welcome basket before? What goodies would you include inside?

I hope you'll continue to join us for our 31 Days of Preparation journey. Tomorrow we'll talk about how to prepare your day with The 7 Daily Do's.  Enter your email below and each post will automatically be delivered to your inbox. Don't forget to stop by the many other 31 Dayers for additional inspiration!
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