I think welcome baskets are one of those details that go a really long way. Let me just say this, and I’ve said it before. If someone is going to spend money to buy a new dress, buy you a shower gift and a wedding gift and pay for gas/airfare/train ticket and a hotel to celebrate your special day.  The LEAST you can do is offer up a little sumpin’ sumpin’ in their hotel room. I’ve seen just about everything from a well thought out basket with local treats to a simple gift bag with aspirin, water and snacks with guest hang tags.

Thanking the most important people in your life by making them feel a little bit more at home is a wonderful gesture that will go a long way no matter how you decide to welcome them.

Here are a few of my favorite Welcome basket ideas you can whip up yourself…

First up the FANTASTIC gift baskets from Kate Parker Weddings. Kate Parker is one seriously FAB wedding coordinator, holding court in New England. She helps those design savvy brides focus and create an incredibly classy and memorable affair. But let’s talk about the gift baskets. Each basket is filled with locally-made products and information pertaining to your wedding weekend, including a personalized map highlighting your event locations from the rehearsal dinner to the reception site.  They offer baskets for an array of locales including Baltimore, Napa, Boston, NYC, Santa Barbara, Vermont, Chicago, Maine, Miami and more!

If that wasn’t enough, Kate Parker Weddings will ship your custom baskets directly to the hotels of your choice along with a guest rooming list for east distribution!

Want to personalize each basket event further? Kate Parker Weddings will create a personalized welcome letter to be included in your basket. Just send in a copy of what you’d like to say and they take care of the rest! Here are a few of my favorites!

The Nashville Basket $34 plush s&h

The Nashville Basket $34 plush s&h

The Newport Basket $36 plus s&h

The Newport Basket $36 plus s&h

The Vermont Basket $27 plus s&h

The Vermont Basket $27 plus s&h

They also make theme specific baskets which are great as well!
My personal favorite…

The Red Sox Basket $32 plus s&h

The Red Sox Basket $32 plus s&h

The Green Basket $42 ($45.50 w/ Nalgene bottle) plus s&h

The Green Basket $42 ($45.50 w/ Nalgene bottle) plus s&h

You can also mirror Kate’s fantastic work and attempt your own DIY versions of theme or city specific welcome baskets for your guests! You can find great containers at yard sales and flea markets, but if you want to stay uniform with your containers try places like Oriental Trading, The Bucket Outlet, Bliss Weddings Market, and Artistic Gift Baskets. Also don’t be afraid to shop your local Home Goods, Dollar Store, TJ Maxx and Target.

Also, check this out…

I LOVE THESE!

The Out of Town Tote from Bliss Weddings Market. Fill with city specific treats and you’re guests will be able to take it with them… literally.

Out of Town Gift Bags from Bliss Wedding Market $14.99 each

Out of Town Gift Bags from Bliss Wedding Market $14.99 each

Another fabulous company that does really wonderful welcome baskets if you opt for outsourcing is Navy & Lavender. They create custom welcome totes in a variety of themes to fit any wedding including City Chic, Beach Bliss and Country Charm.

Some others include…

Summer Lovin' Tote Set $37-$47 from Navy & Lavender

Summer Lovin' Tote Set $37-$47 from Navy & Lavender

Spring Awakening Tote Set $37- $47 from Navy & Lavender

Spring Awakening Tote Set $37- $47 from Navy & Lavender

Plus most baskets have the option of adding the Navy & Lavender “Rescue Me” Kit which includes all your basic essentials in a pretty little package. Too cute!

Navy & Lavender Rescue Me Kit $10

Navy & Lavender Rescue Me Kit $10

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