Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Creating the Perfect "Guest Basket"


The week that my friend Jody was due to come to stay with us for the weekend, I realized that I needed have a guest basket together for her stay. I had seen it a few times on a couple of blogs and thought it was the most brilliant idea ever. Once I set out to do it? It was surprisingly very easy and effortless. And after doing it just one time? I was instantaneously hooked. I will never have a guest again without making a basket. Mark my word.

You want to be in on a little secret? Most of this stuff? I already had in my house. The magazines. The kleenex. Extra toothbrush and toothpaste. Hand sanitizer. Waters. Snacks.

Even the actual guest basket. So? On a budget! You can do it!

Lucky for you {and me, for memory purposes}, I thought to take pictures prior to her coming. And now I can sit here and remember all the junk, I mean goodies I put in there.

Here is what I put in:

1. Toothbrush
2. Toothpaste
3. Lotion
4. Body Wash
5. Body Wash Scrub
6. Magazines
7. Mini-Kleenex
8. Cotton balls and ear swabs
9. Nailpolish
10. 2 waters
11. Snacks

Other things you can put in there:
1. Gum
2. Chocolate {I wish I had done that}
3. Little word puzzle book or something
4. Little wine bottles {I saw some at the store the other day for 1.00. They were the cutest thing ever, probably not very good, but definitely cute. And be sure its guest appropriate. Need I add that in there?}
5. A razor
6. Mini Shampoo/Razors
{Basically, anything that you can think of that you might forget when traveling/visiting a friend.}

Another thing I did with the gift basket was purchase her an individual towel and wash rag and placed them on the bed. Because that would be plain silly of me to try to stuff it in a basket.

Other advice? Be sure to have a scentsy running, a candle, or any other kind of room freshner. Nothing beats walking into a good somelling room.

Lastly, be sure to have some cute stationary around to write a little note to tape on there. Make it pretty with ribbon and such {I didn't quite have the time for that}. But a simple {cute} notepad added a nice finishing touch.

I'm no guest-basket-pro by any means, but I give myself a pat on the back for losing my gift basket V-card and doing a mighty good job at it.


  1. such a great idea! :)

    love the lamp too

  2. I love this idea!!! Thank you for sharing. We have guests coming next week and one of them is really nervous about being here in a 'weird country' so I am sure a little basket like this would be a nice welcome when she comes in the door to their room!! :) Thank you for sharing.

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  4. This is a great idea! I love it.Exspecially the snacks because u never bring them and there nice to have at night!

  5. Such a thoughtful idea! Hmmm, I will have to remember that one for our next guests!!
    P.S. I love the new black & white pic on the sidebar of yoor family. So good!!:)

  6. such a great idea, you are certainly a wonderful hostess!

  7. girl! I wish I had guests that came to visit and stay...

  8. Such a cute idea - you usually only see those for weddings, etc. I may have to remember this!

  9. A guest basket is always a great touch! Creates a nice welcoming feeling for the guest. Great stuff in yours!

  10. Great idea! We don't have guests often, but the next time we do, this is definitely something I will do for our guest room. It it kind of making me think I should put together something generic for unexpected guests :)

  11. such a cute and clever idea! i wish i had a guest room to be able to do this lol, but maybe when we get a bigger house

    pin now. use later.

    the sweet life of a southern wife

  12. What a thoughtful & adorable idea!! This is GREAT - and would really be benefical to out of town guests! Great idea & thanks for sharing!! <3, Amy (Trials & Triumphs)

  13. what a great idea! and so thoughtful! I have a whole bunch of family coming for the holidays. I'll have to make a few of these. :D

  14. I love this idea! As a mother who just had a baby recently, I would have definitely appreciated this.

  15. Cute idea, I think it's hilarious that you had Erin Condren tags made with your alias name ;)

  16. We just had a male visitor who has been friends with my husband forever. I LOVE the guest basket idea, but I found it tougher for a guy. I will say he loved his (although very simple) and the fact that he slept in our guest room/office which is home to my Scentsy business it smelled awesome. : )Totally agree with the Scentsy for every guest.

  17. That is a super cute idea! I will have to keep this in mind the next time we have guests staying over (:

  18. Such a great idea! My friend Amy use to always bake me fresh cookies every time I would visit and she wrapped them up and put them on the guest bed. Love the basket idea even more! Wish I was your guest that weekend with Jody! Haha! One of these days, one of these days.

  19. I may or may not have devoured all of the snacks in my basket as soon as I got there. I blame the plane ride making me hungry. :) It was so fun visiting and such a thoughtful basket! It was perfectttt. And I agree Mandy, One of these days we are all going to get together!!

  20. i love this! i've been wanting to do this as well!

  21. Such a cute idea, love it!! :)


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