Our final house guests left on Monday. It was bittersweet. We had such a good time with everyone! While we didn't do anything crazy, we were able to explore some of our town and just spend great time hanging out.
While our parents and Allison and Adam (Landon's sister and husband) have all visited Texas, it was when we lived in Fort Worth, which was several years ago.
So, in order to ensure they received the full Texas treatment while they were in town, I decided to make welcome baskets for each.
I started with some white "popcorn" bowls, some red and blue raffia and some authentic Texas items, including:
- Texas Monthly magazine;
- D.L. Jardine's Texas Chili Mix (because chili is the official dish of Texas);
- Texas hot sauce;
- Our favorite salsa, Clint's;
- Lammes' Texas Chewy Pecan Pralines (because the Pecan Tree is our state tree); and
- Dublin Dr. Pepper, made in Dublin, Texas, with Imperial Pure Cane Sugar.
I also bought some Texas Blue Bonnet seeds for Landon's mom. She loves to garden and while I have no idea if the state flower will grow in Miami, I still thought she would enjoy trying.
I decided the basket wouldn't be complete without a "welcome" card to go along, so I got out all my scrapbooking items, which had been collecting dust from such little use!
My friend Ashley had bought me a Texas stamp a few years back. I remember her giving it to me and saying, "You may never use this, but ..." Well, it was perfect for my card.
I had also bought some bottled water, originally planning to include it in the welcome basket until I decided the Dr. Pepper was a much better choice. Still, I wanted to include the water in the guest bedroom, but felt it needed a little sprucing up. So, I decided to remove the label and make my own.
Once it was all put together, the baskets looked really cute, if I do say so myself.
It was a fun way to welcome all our guests! So, what would you include in your town's welcome baskets?