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Hostess Gift – Gift Wrapping Bread

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Hospitality | 17 comments

I love finding new ways to wrap gifts. Today, I want to show you an easy and fun gift wrap for bread. This simple gift idea would be perfect for a hostess of a party, for a new mom or as a get well gift.

Here is what you need.

Steps:

  1. Wrap loaf of bread in parchment paper.
  2. Place bread in center of kitchen towel.
  3. Bring both sides up and fold down.
  4. Fold ends under loaf of bread and secure with scotch tape
  5. Wrap ribbon around bread and secure with scotch tape.
  6. Arrange flower embellishments, gift tag and secure with scotch tape.

Cost:

I’m always on the look out for kitchen towels on the clearance shelf at Target or local stores. I have a little stock pile in my craft closet. Most of the time I go shopping in my closet first! I made my own blueberry bread and had most supplies already on hand which made this project very low in cost. If I had to estimate with supplies and ingredients, it was for sure under 5 dollars.

Tips:

  • Using a piece of fabric would work as a great substitute to a kitchen towel.

Look and see what you have for ribbon at home first before heading to the store.

Sharing today at The Shabby Nest, Life as Mom, and Tips and Tutorials.

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4th of July – Breakfast Gift

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Hospitality | 4 comments

I’ve mentioned before how much I love Pinterest.  This past week I went through some of my pin boards to find some inspiration for a 4th of July hospitality gift.  After I found my inspiration, I placed the items I needed on my grocery list and headed to the store. For just 3 dollars worth of supplies and using ingredients I had on hand, I was able to make a little gift for our friends.

If you are going over to someone’s house for 4th of July, I hope this gift idea inspires you to make one for your family or friends!  After a late night watching fire works on Wednesday, come Thursday morning your family or friends might loving having this gift from you for their breakfast.

Supplies

  • 1 Loaf of blueberry bread (you can buy a store bought loaf also if you don’t have time to make one)
  • 1 kitchen towel
  • 1 bread pan
  • 1 spatula or knife
  • Ribbon

I was able to purchase the towel, bread pan and spatula from the dollar store.  Surprisingly, the spatula and bread pan were made my Betty Crocker.  I’m always amazed at how I can find brand name items in the dollar store.  It makes me keep shopping there to see what I can find! :)

What are your favorite hospitality items to take to a friends house? 

This posted is linked to Womenlivingwell.org

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Her Hands Reach Others

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Hospitality, Our Life | 6 comments

 

photo credit 

The last 3 summers I’ve been studying Proverbs 31.  I’m always amazed at how much I learn each time I read it!  This summer I’m reading and studying along with Womenlivingwell.org and Goodmorninggirls.org.  I love the encouragement of Courtney and Angela, as they share God’s word each week in an understandable and fun way! The Proverbs 31 women, might seem impossible to even become.  But as Courtney and Angela have expressed, the rare qualities that the Proverbs 31 Women posses is over her entire life time, not something she does all in one day.

Thats something to be encouraged about as we read Proverbs 31!   Proverbs 31:20 says, she extends her hands to the poor, yes, she reaches her hands to the needy.  And I can’t help but really ponder on my ability to see the needs of others around me.  It’s easy for me to get distracted with my own things going on, that its hard to see the needs of others at times.

There are neighbors who loose a family member and need a friend.  A new mom needing a meal and a load of laundry done.  Or maybe an older gentlemen in a wheelchair trying to get milk off of a shelf at the grocery store.  Even though these may seem small, these are areas of needs.

This weeks challenge on Women Living Well was to look for opportunities to extend our hands to others around us.  As I do this this challenge, I want to share 3 ways I will keep myself organized and ready to help in time of need!

#1. Have a meal list and ingredients on hand: 

This week I’m writing down 3 meals that are easy and fast to make for  friends or people who may need them.  This way I am not spending time wondering what to make and then never get around to do it.  I’m picking 3 meals that are our family favorites and budget friendly. I will plan to keep the ingredients on this list in my house that way there isn’t unexpected trips to the store or once again not getting around to it.

#2. Have a gift basket idea planned:

Recently, I made a gift basket for our neighbors and it was so easy and inexpensive to make.  So my goal is to have gift basket supplies ready. When a need arrises I have a plan and all I need to do is make a loaf of bread or cookies!

#3. Have a blessing bag in the car:

I saw this on Pinterest awhile back and it’s an amazing way to bless a homeless person.  It’s a bag filled with personal hygiene items, granola bar and maybe 2 dollars in change or gift card.  Although, I have one in my  car right now, I want to update it a bit since it’s hot this time of year.  I’m going to make one with a small bottle of sunscreen and a bottle of water. In the winter months you  could add a pair of gloves or a beanie.

These are just 3 ways, I believe will help me stay organized and available to help anyone whether I know them or not.  I recently read in a beautiful book by Debbie Macomber (God’s Guest List: Welcoming Those Who Influence Our Lives), that everyday we are given gifts and these gifts come in the shape of people.

My beautiful friends, be encouraged, be looking for opportunities to love one another as we give!

I’d LOVE to hear the ways you keep yourself organized and available to help others!! Please share with me in the comments!

* Join Women In the Word Wednesday at Goodmorninggirls.com

 

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DIY: Father’s Day Room Service Hanger + Printable Menu

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in Hospitality | Comments Off on DIY: Father’s Day Room Service Hanger + Printable Menu

I loved the idea of making a Father’s Day room service menu.  What a great way to make your husband and father of your child(ren) feel like he’s at an expensive hotel.  Originally I planned on printing the one I found from tipjunkie, but I realized it was so quick and easy to make one myself.  You can easily do it too.  I made a menu for you to print as well.  Bless dad this weekend with a great Father’s Day breakfast.

Get your scissors and your favorite craft paper out and get ready make a room service door hanger today! :)

Lets get started. 

Heres what you need:

  • 1 piece of 4 1/2 inch by 12 inch piece of your favorite scrapbook paper
  • Print out this  Father’s Day Menu
  • A small glass or measuring cup
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Glue

Next, turn your paper over and trace your cup making a complete circle. Then make a diagonal line from the circle to the edge of the paper.

Time to cut the circle out and cut the your menu out to fit within hanger. Then glue menu onto scrapbook paper.

To start the Father’s Day activities a little early, place menu hanger on the door before bed Saturday evening and maybe Dad’s favorite candy on his pillow! :)

Have a wonderful weekend my friends.  Shower your dads and husbands with lots of love!!

What plans do you have this weekend for Father’s Day? 

*Join me on Facebook for pictures of completed projects we did this week or for more Father’s Day inspiration check out my board on Pinterest.

*Note: if you have any problems downloading the menu. Please email me and I’ll send you the file via email. :)

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Father’s Day Plan

Posted by on Jun 11, 2012 in Hospitality | Comments Off on Father’s Day Plan

My husband reads my blog every time I post. I love having him read my posts that way I can have his feedback. :-) But this week, I asked him not to read my blog this week. That way I can share with you all today what my Lttle buddy and I are doing for him for Father’s Day. My husband is hard worker and he really deserves a day that he can be pampered and spoiled. I’ve come up with a few things that my Little Buddy and I are going to do each day this week in preparation for next Sunday.

Here is how I planned.

Goal: Have a fun and enjoyable day planned for Father’s Day.

Bite Size Pieces:  

  • Last week I searched Pinterest to see what ideas were out there and created a Father’s Day Pin Board.
  • I chose ideas that would take less then 30 minutes per day to do.
  • I looked for ideas that offered free printable materials.
  • Next, I set a small budget of $20.
  • Made a plan (listed below).
  • Then I created a shopping list: decorative card stock, mailbox and Oreo cookies.

Daily things to do to get ready for Fathers Day

MONDAY

from: Amanda’s Parties To Go

Decorations: Cut out printables and make Father’s Day Banner.  I’m going to put this up today and leave it up all week.  It will be Father’s Day all week. :)

TUESDAY

from: lovely design

Father’s Day Card: last week we did some finger painting, so this week we will create a Father’s Day card using the above inspiration.

WEDNESDAY

picture from :amazon

Gift: For his gift, I purchased this Mailbox from Amazon.  We are going to decorate it and put the Father’s Day card we make inside of it.  Weekly we will use this mailbox for putting little messages in it for my husband from Little Buddy. :)

THURSDAY

picture from: tip junkie 

Wrap the gift: Using wrapping paper I have on hand and a tie from my husbands closet, we will wrap his gift like this. :)

FRIDAY

picture from: tip junkie

Menu: we will make menu door hanger.

SATURDAY

photo from: Vippins

Dessert: I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile after seeing it on Pinterest. We will make cookies and cream ice-cream. My husband’s favorite! :)

SUNDAY

Note: This was edible finger paint, I”ll be sharing the recipe with you all on Wednesday.

Celebrate Dad’s day by making his favorite food and play all day. :)

This is what we are planning on doing for Father’s day.  What idea’s do you have planned, I’d love to hear your ideas! 

 

 

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Thank You Gift Basket

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Hospitality | 2 comments

Happy Friday to you all, hope you had a great week.  We have had a very busy this week, but this weekend should be a little more relaxing!

The weekend before we moved I wanted to do something for our neighbors.  They helped us with the play kitchen and I wanted to make them a gift basket to say thank you.  I was inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Everyday Occasions by Jenny Steffens Hobick.  Jenny made a beautiful hostess basket made of breakfast items.  I found  her basket to be simple, classy and perfect to make for our neighbors. Here is my version on her fabulous idea! Thanks Jenny for the inspiration to try something new!

Supplies I used:

1 Small basket (I had one on hand)

1 Kitchen Towel (I bought this one from Target)

1 Small box for coffee (I used a small clear chinese take out box)

Tissue Paper

Scrapbook Paper

Ribbon

Ground Coffee (I used Starbucks French Roast)

2 Tea Bags

Banana Bread

Parchment paper

1 stick of butter (I used Land O Lake)

 

 The Gift Tag

Using a fun font on Microsoft Word and printing my message on a white paper, I created my gift tag.  I used coordinating brown scrapbook paper (to match the towel) under the cut out circular note. I hole punched the two pieces of paper and tied the ribbon through.

Banana Bread

Here is a picture of the banana bread I made.  Join me on Sunday, I’ll be sharing this yummy recipe with you!

Gift Basket Finished

I wrapped the banana bread in parchment paper and tied with coordinating ribbon to match the gift tag. To add a hint of color and a little nature, I placed a fresh cut flower on top of the bread.  To display the coffee, tea and butter, I used brown tissue paper underneath to prop it up.

I loved how simple this gift basket was to make! After I gathered my supplies and baked the bread, it took 10 minutes to assemble the gift basket.  This gift idea is one I will make more often because of its simplicity.  I hope you’ll try it next time you want to make a gift basket for someone special!

Do you love giving or receiving gift baskets? 

 

 

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