One creative project I put together recently is a hostess gift for a family we were visiting for the first time in their East Coast home. It's quite an act of bravery to welcome a family of five (three of them young boys!!) into your home for several days.
For the small hostess gifts, we first went to our favorites to share. Who doesn't love wine and coffee? These classics make especially great gifts if you plan to gulp down, or rather politely share your hostesses' wine and coffee while visiting. I picked up the summery, French rose we have been sipping, Les Jamelles Cinsault and my favorite coffee of the moment, Quills. (Run to get these, so good.) We visited our local international market and my husband picked up a specific bottle of beer for our host.
One of the gift containers I chose was a nautical tote with great stripes. It reminded me of the few I have in my home, that I shared with my friend's blog readers recently. So it also seemed a small and meaningful gift to give her.
I love painting watercolor and found mini travel watercolor sets for their daughters. And because there is a shared love of watercolor, I decided to paint some note cards inspired from an instagram photo and pinterest pin my friend posted.
The chic embroidered cocktail napkins were a totally selfish gift, because I have been wanting to make some for my new porch, and decided this would be a great test run. I am happy to note that the DIY cocktail napkins will be shared in an upcoming post.
The boys and I made these DIY Action Figure Play Sets that any child would love. They would also make a great DIY birthday gift.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
After laying out the small gifts, I decided on what kind of container/basket would be easiest (and have the right aesthetic) to hold all of these. I settled on a simple woven basket from Hobby Lobby that (with a 50% sale) was only $4.00 ! To personalize it, and kick it up to summer status, I used Martha Stewart craft paint in bright "Chamomille", and rolled the handle and woven border.
This is what I call eco-friendly wrapping. Taking some sheets of the abundance of leftover packing paper from moving, and painting a watercolor summer plaid. I actually used the beautiful, full-pigment watercolor paints from Nova Natural. I love the glass jars and the wooden holder they make. You will see over time how much use they get with my boys.
Finally, nestled all together in their respective baskets, the gifts felt like a personal thank you for hosting all five of us. Better yet, it was a big thank you for being such good friends over the years. Meeting friends through mutual interests and other friends online is a real treasure. This real life gathering confirmed this and it is where all the small moments together are most meaningful.
Any of these small gifts would make a great gift alone as well, HAPPY SUMMER GIFTING!