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I love Easter! Easter is one of the holidays that as I kid I looked forward to the most. The excitement of waking up to find the wonderful basket filled with candy, treats, barbies, stuffed animals and so much more!
As a child, mama would have matching dresses made for us girls to match her dress. Mama had five boys before she would have her first girl. My sister Nancy is just 18 months older than I am. Between the youngest of the five boys, and my sister, was a difference of nine years. Mama would love for us girls to have matching dresses, hats, shoes, etc. I don't think I went anywhere without a purse on my arm and a doll in my hand.
When my kids were small I loved making the baskets. I never wanted one of those typical all-in-one store bought baskets. I would carefully select the basket, the pale, or even the box for both Lauren and David. I would spend weeks compiling items to put in each of theirs. I would sneak it up to their room so that when the would wake up they would have it.
After the went to college, I kept getting the baskets for them. My husband would say, "Don't you think they are to old for that?" I would reply NO! My kids will always be my babies. I still spend weeks compiling the baskets or boxes unique to each one of them.
I had the pleasure today of being apart of "The Vine" morning show on KTHV Channel 11. I wanted to share various ways and ideas of making Easter "baskets" for your adult children, friends, co-worker's or other family members. Remember, Easter is for everyone!
I want to thank each of the Sponsors for contributing to my baskets. Each of these wonderful vendors have beautiful products that I am glad to #partner with. Serveiteasy, AP Monograms, Mary Garrett Jewelry, AY Magazine, At Home Arkansas Magazine and Southern Stitched Designs. Also my #Amazon #Partners: Bizz NYC, Timeyard gifts, Goodpick baskets. You can find the majority of the items in my baskets featured today on my Amazon store: https://www.amazon.com/shop/sweetyellowcornbread. Please take a moment to also visit the links above for all the wonderful vendors. They each have unique merchandise that is perfect for your Easter gifts.
TIPS to making the perfect EASTER Baskets or equivalent:
1. Start off with the perfect basket - I love the Goodpick basket by Indressme They have a wide variety of beautiful baskets and home decor items that are perfect.
2. Think outside of the box to a traditional basket. For instance, for the kitchen lover you can use a colander for the base. I love the green colander I am using for one of the non-traditional baskets.
3. Take your time and really think of the person you are giving to. That's easy if it is your child, think of their interests. What is unique to them? Favorite colors, gadgets, etc.
4. Hand make some of the items. For instance, make cookies, granola, brownies, candy, etc. Be sure and "sack" the items so that they are kept separate from any soaps, etc. that might be included in your basket. For instance, I made cookies and put them in pretty decorative bags. It is easy to dress up your basket with cute little bags, ribbon and cards. All you need is a single hole punch, ribbon and cute bag. You can add a card that you can have custom printed in bulk.
5. Always wrap your bath products (soaps) so that they won't rub onto your other items. You don't want your cookies or candy tasting like soap. I always bag the candy separate from soap, perfumes, etc.
Don't stress! It is easy to come up with some creative things for your adult children. Remember, these adult or teens might think this isn't a big deal now. However, when they get my age, they will have the wonderful memories that I had as a child.
The "Colander" Basket:
The Base - Green colander found on my Amazon store - Category Easter Baskets
Decorated Treat bags - contain my homemade chocolate chip cookies
Chocolates, Pot Watchers, Measuring Spoons, Note pads, Gold sponges, hand towel & oven mitt set
The beautiful monogrammed linen coasters are from: AP Mongorams
The "Spa" Basket:
The Base is a gorgeous 100% white cotton rope basket from Goodpick by Indressme. The best quality you will find. I am so happy to #partner with them. You can find these baskets on my Amazon Store at .https://www.amazon.com/goodpick
This basket contains items such as: Bath Salts, moisturizer, yoga towels, body sprays and lotions. Anything for the "spa" lover or people like me who like to take long baths. These wonderful baskets can be washed and dried and can easily tote back and forth to the pool or spa. I added a cute leopard toothbrush as well. I love anything leopard!
Remember to wrap the candy in a separate bag. I also wrapped individual cucumber soaps from Whole Foods in little treat bags. It helps protect the soap and the other items.
The "Food or Snack Lover"
This is the most simple and easy to do. Who doesn't love chocolate & gourmet nuts? The healthy snack lover should love the combination of dark chocolate and nuts. I also added in some of my gourmet granola that's on the blog. The base of this wonderful basket is another great #Goodpick basket. After the treats are gone, this basket can be used for a "catch all" for keys, jewelry, etc. This basket is perfect to add to your home decor. It is great quality and made from 100% cotton rope.
Don't forget to add in some homemade cookies, granola, etc. Be sure and separate them in individual treat bags as well. If you are giving this as a gift to a friend or co-worker and don't know if they have food allergies, be sure and label if the item(s) contain nuts, peanut butter, etc. I am allergic to strawberries so I try to stay away from "pink" or "red" food items until I ask.
The "Dude" Box
I call this the "dude" box. It is designed more for the guys. It does contain some items that will help them with their laundry. This is great to give a guy who might be graduating from college. They still need to do their laundry, etc. This great storage container is perfect to use for storage. It makes a great home decor item as well.
Perfect for the college guy or graduate as well. This wonderful basket has dryer balls, a grooming kit for men, socks, toiletries, etc. An awesome grey Bizz benton lunch box. These lunch boxes are the best. You can heat, freeze, microwave or dish-wash these lunch boxes. Be sure and check them out on my Amazon Store: https://www.amazon.com/shop/sweetyellowcornrbead
Lots of homemade goodies wrapped in individual treat bags.
The "Vintage Box"
This might just be my favorite. If I were to design an Easter basket for myself, this definitely would be it. I started with a wonderful vintage wooden box. This is perfect for the "farmhouse" decor style. It also works with "shabby chic." It contains wonderful magazines, pillow covers, a great pink BIZZ Bento lunch box, linen spray, my favorite Mary Garrett Jewelry, beautiful linen napkins, candies, chocolates, and just all things a girl of all ages love. We have some wonderful magazines that are published right here in Little Rock that are filled with beautiful Home Decor ideas, stories, and so much. I love adding local items to my boxes. Thanks again to AY Magazine and At Home Arkansas for the beautiful magazines. I am also honored to be an on-line contributor at AY Magazine.
I hope this gives you several ideas about making the perfect Easter basket or basket equivalent for your children, friends, co-worker's and family. Be sure and have some fun. Don't forget to include some homemade items, and be and sure to keep the food separate from the soap!
Thanks again for stopping by!
Pat, Sweet Yellow Cornbread
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