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Friday, December 18

Make Guests Feel Welcome With A “Welcome Basket”

Have you ever heard of a welcome basket? It’s an idea I’ve seen in various places on the internet {though one of the best descriptions/idea lists is here}. Basically it’s a basket of goodies and useful items for house guests. Well, we’re having two of Adam’s brothers visit us over the holidays. And I wanted to make them feel welcome. Here’s what I did:
I included:
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 1 baggy of flossers/toothpicks
  • 2 fruit leathers
  • 5 bags of fruit snacks
  • 4 granola bars
  • 1 eye mask
  • 1 book light {that matches the eye mask}
  • 1 novel
  • 2 mini cans of ginger ale
  • 1 decorated pack of gum
  • 1 decorated chapstick
  • 1 puffy box with 5 Wint-o-greens, 1 Lindt, and 1 mini candy cane
  • 1 bottle of water with a cute pouch for a single serving lemon-lime Crystal Light pack
I picked up the baskets for two bucks each at the “Almost-everything-is-a-dollar Store.” I also plan on including a bookmark cross-stitched by me, but haven’t finished them yet. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?
{I used Christmas scrapbook paper and clear vinyl to decorate the gum, water bottle and chapstick. Be sure to click on the links to find the tutorials I used to make the puffy box and the bottle tag pouch. I did the bottle pouch a little bit differently because I didn’t have all the same supplies but generally it was the same.}
It was a fun and easy project. I’m looking forward to seeing my house guests’ reactions. Come back tomorrow for another picture for the December Photo Challenge. And tell me in the comments what your own ideas are for making guests feel special/welcome.

20 Stubborn Stains:

Kristine Brite said...

Let me just say, I want to come stay at your house. I feel like a bad hostess after reading your post. I usually just say "help yourself to anything," and make sure each guest has clean linens and towels. You're my houseguest hero.

Rachel Schultz said...

I have a girlfriend that always has these baskets in the guest room and I absolutely adore her for it! It's a great idea!

KK said...

Wow, you rock! I just try to be sure they have enough pillows :)

Anonymous said...

You're such a good hostess! I don't even have a matching sheet set in our guest room!

Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...


No matching sheet sets here either! lol These little baskets cost lest than getting new bed linens. :)

Dawna said...

All those stockpiled sample items would be great for this project. My guests usually only have the honor of getting the fluffiest pillow, the wash cloths with no Kool-Aid stains, and the towels with no lint balls stuck or knotted into the fringe.Otherwise, the live like me while they're here, LOL

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Crystal HW said...

SWEET WORK! It makes me want to be a guest at your house long enough to earn the priviledge of one.

TooTutuCuteMommy said...

Very Cute! I have done something similar with body wash, tooth brush, etc. but nothing this elaborate...fabulous job!

Anonymous said...

Wow. I barely even have the sheets on the bed when my FIL comes to visit!

My dad's girlfriend (now my stepmom) did something similar for us when we first went to visit him after my parents split (we were on opposite coasts so it had been 6 or so months since the split). Honestly, as a 15 year old girl & 11 year old boy, my brother and I thought it was a little strange. But then, we were teenagers, we thought most things were strange. :)

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

What a nice surprise for your guests. I like to be sure to have lots of clean towels on hand, a scented candle and matches by the bed, fresh flowers in the room and a fresh baked treat.

heidi @ wonder woman wannabe said...

This is a FAB idea. If/when we more space for a guest room I'd love to put together something like this...maybe our next home? ;)

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Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...

I like the candle idea. That's smart!

Paula said...

Super cute idea :) I love all the thoughtfulness you put into these!

Ms. Sarah said...

I love this idea. Thanks for sharing. happy sits saturday

I'm Jen. said...

I am coming to your house!

Anonymous said...

This is such a great idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!

I love the "Almost everything is a dollar" store!

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Christy said...

great idea...
is there also a list of the goodies with outrageous prices listed next to it like in a hotel? (just joshin')

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WhisperingWriter said...

What a great idea! Usually if we have company, I give them a clean towel and assume that's enough. I'll keep the gift basket in mind for sure.

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Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...


Ha ha! Maybe I should set up a mini-bar!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a great idea! I do a drawer in the bathroom with toiletries. This idea for the guest room will be a great thing to add for guests.

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