Monday, October 3, 2011

Kalamazoo Welcome Basket

When we checked into Baby Nephew's house we were greeted by this fabulous welcome basket from the bride and groom. For those readers not from America (Ella), when guests travel to a wedding it is tradition to leave a welcome basket with goodies at the hotel or home where they are staying to take the edge off the long trip. It's such a nice tradition. No idea who came up with it but there are so many clever ideas for guest room gift bags. My matron of honor, Annette, created our welcome gifts and included all of our favorite things for our guests; zinnia seeds, a spa candle, Wrigley's spearmint gum (Kalamazoo is where the spearmint was originally grown for the gum), and a few other things that I seriously can't remember. Annette's welcome gift was packed in a paper six-pack Coke container because the wedding was in Atlanta. She had maps of the city, M&M's, Saratoga water, macadamia nuts (she was engaged in Hawaii) a bottle opener and a glass bottle of Diet and Real Coke. Our friends Scott and Shaq had a gorgeous basket with a Syracuse, New York theme. All so clever and so kind.

There is nothing sweeter than a handwritten note in my opinion. The goodies were such a treat, but the thoughtfulness of a note from a busy bride meant so much to us.

The cute green moss matched Caroline's colors. The basket included two bottles of Smart Water, Kalamazoo Coffee, Helman's cashews, Kalamazoo Kettlecorn Co. Gold Rush popcorn, mints and the best...wait for it...two single serving glasses of wine with a foil seal. I have never seen this cute idea before and can't believe I didn't take a better picture of them. The "glasses" were Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Needless to say, I enjoyed them very much!

I'm convinced I'm into rhyming because I was born in Kalamazoo. It's just too easy. How cute is this sticker on the bag of nuts? I gave the hostesses of my bridal shower a book called "I Went to the Party in Kalamazoo" which is one big rhyme. I love giving children's books as gifts and have been known to read a children's book after dinner parties...FOR ADULTS. One of our friend's kids cried when they told him that THEY were going to "The Party in Kalamazoo", our wedding, but weren't taking poor little Mark Thomas with them. As sad as he was he still loves the book. 

Kalamazoo Kettlecorn Company

There were also Wilhelmina Peppermints included for a touch of Dutch heritage. The snacks were enjoyed during the Michigan game. It was very hard sharing but we shared with the whole family.

Thank you Liney and Dave for such a wonderful gift and jump starting the wedding celebration the minute we arrived! Can't wait to hear all about your trip. 


Ella said...

:) You know me very well, Nelle! This was something new to me, but it sounds like a sweet and welcoming tradition.

melissa said...

What a sweet welcome gift!