Photo: Natalie Franke Photography
Booking that block of hotel rooms for out-of-town wedding guests may be the most challenging task during the entire planning process. But it’s the discounted rates they will appreciate! Upon arrival, be sure to provide them with a bag filled with hometown memorabilia. The example, pictured above, is from Maryland. It includes: Utz crab chips, Fisher’s popcorn, Candy Kitchen taffy, Bergers cookies, visitor guides and maps. Get more inspiration here.
Photos (from left): Simply Wine Country, Signature Occasions
Today we’re wrapping up our state-by-state welcome bag series with South Dakota through Wyoming. Here are our suggestions for what to include in welcome bags for the final ten states. And in case you missed your state, check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.
South Dakota – Dakota Pride gourmet vanilla caramels, Rushmore Mountain taffies, Mount Rushmore playing cards, Irish Twins soaps, homemade kuchen (recipe)
Tennessee – Goo Goo Clusters, MoonPies, homemade Tennessee T-cakes (recipe), Jack Daniel’s mini bottles
Texas – Dr. Pepper, a square of Texas Sheet Cake (recipe), Ruby Red grapefruit (or Ruby Red grapefruit cookies!), Dublin Texas Root Beer, Shiner Bock beer, Texas BBQ dry rub
Utah – Apple Beer, Bee’s Brothers honey caramels, Honey Jar flavored honey sticks, Samak Smokehouse Stickies
Vermont – half-pint of Vermont maple syrup, Grafton cheddar cheese, maple sugar candy, Ben & Jerry’s gift card
Virginia – Virginia Peanut Company peanut brittle (8 oz. can), Route 11 potato chips, Northern Neck ginger ale, Whitley’s Virginia Peanuts, Trafton’s chocolate pretzel sticks, mini bottle of wine from Virginia wine country
Washington – Starbucks gift card, homemade Washington State Apple Pie (recipe), caramel apple popcorn
West Virginia – Sweeteez West Virginia mints, golden delicious apples, apple butter, blackberry jam, Mister Bee potato chips
Wisconsin – Kohler chocolates, Nutorious nut mix, Sprecher root beer, cheese head soap, Wisconsin Cheese Mart cheddar wheel, Leinenkugel’s beer
Wyoming – buffalo jerky, Baer’s Pantry jam, cowboy chocolate, Chugwater Chili packets, Yellowstone Seasoning old faithful blend
Don’t forget to share what you’re putting in your welcome baskets in our comments section! Have a great weekend!
Photo Courtesy of: Kari Rider Events
It’s Part 4 of our what to include in a welcome bag series! (Missed Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3?) Here are some local foods, drinks and souvenirs from New Mexico to South Carolina:
New Mexico – Los Chileros chiles, Rebel donuts, bizcochitos
New York – Dylan’s Candy Bar, Fat Witch brownies, Hampton popcorn, Baked by Melissa cupcakes, Subway MetroCard, bagels, black and white cookies
North Carolina – Cheerwine, Chapel Hill toffee, Bourbon & Boots’ pepper-infused honey, Larry’s Beans fair trade coffee
North Dakota – Windman’s chocolate covered potato chips, Maple River Winery’s pumpkin or strawberry rhubarb wine
Ohio – Smucker’s concord grape or strawberry jelly, Lip Smacker lip balm, American Greetings cards, Graeter’s ice cream, Malley’s chocolate buckeyes
Oklahoma – Triple “AAA” root beer, cornbread, whiskey cake
Oregon – Blissful brownies, Tillamook cheese, beaver brittle bites
Pennsylvania – Snyder’s pretzels, Ayala’s herbal water, Asher’s chocolates
Puerto Rico – Bacardi rum, tostones, flan
Rhode Island – Kiel James Patrick anchor bracelets, Dave’s coffee syrup, Farmaesthetics fine herbal skincare products
South Carolina – Blenheim ginger ale, Rewined candles, Charleston Candy Company’s tiger paws
What did you include in your welcome bags or baskets? Share in the comments below! And stay tuned tomorrow for the final edition of our state-by-state guide.
Photos by (left to right): Orchard Cove Photography; Cronin Hill Photography
We hope you’ve been enjoying our state-by-state welcome basket guide (see Part 1 and Part 2 here). Today, we’re featuring ideas for Massachusetts through New Jersey. Show your state pride, and include one of these local products in your welcome baskets!
Massachusetts: Cape Cod Potato Chips, Cranberry Bog Frogs, Boston Baked Beans Candy, Red Sox gear, Freedom Trail Map
Michigan: Vernor’s Ginger Ale, cherries, American Spoon preserves or granola, Mackinac Fudge, Better Made chips, Sayklly’s Yooper Bars
Minnesota: Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll, wild rice, BT McElrath chocolates, Gunflint Trail jams, Saint Paul and Minneapolis badges
Mississippi: Sarabella’s Southern Sauces chutneys, Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory cheese straws, Robicheaux’s Specialty Candy, Indianola Pecan House pecan pralines
Missouri: Gooey Louie butter cake, Fitz’s Soda, Billy Goat Chips, Bissinger’s Chocolate
Montana: candy from Big Sky Candy, beef jerky from Montana Jerky Co., Parker’s Hangover Tonic, Huckleberry Haven jams, huckleberry candy
Nebraska: Bakers Candies, Kool-Aid, Big Red Pop Corn, Sweets by Suzanne toffee, Poppycock candied popcorn
Nevada: custom deck of cards, Kimmie Candy Company Gold Choco Rocks, toffee from Tahoe Toffee, Davidson’s Organics tea, Churchill Vineyards wine
New Hampshire: maple candy from Granite State Candy Shoppe, whoopie pies, Squamscot sodas or Smuttynose beer, White Mountain Gourmet Coffee
New Jersey: Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy, Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi CDs, violet seeds, cranberry jam, treats from Carlo’s Bakery
Did we miss anything from your home state? Let us know in the comments! And check back tomorrow for more local welcome basket ideas!
Photo Courtesy of Simply Wine Country
In Part Two of our state-by-state guide on what to include in your wedding welcome baskets, we bring you Hawaii through Maryland! (In case you missed it, here’s Part One).
Hawaii - Mauna Loa flavored macadamia nuts, coconut water, dried pineapple rings, travel size Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen, luau leis
Idaho - Idaho Spud candy bar, wild huckleberry taffy, SPUD fudge bars
Illinois - Wrigley’s Doublemint gum, Garrett Popcorn, Foiled cupcakes
Indiana - homemade mini Hoosier Sugar Cream Pies (recipe), Schimpff’s Cinnamon Red Hots, 240Sweet gourmet flavored marshmallows
Iowa - Sterzings potato chips, Heart of Iowa fudge, foiled milk chocolate corn cobs
Kansas - sunflower seed cookies, Alma Creamery cheddar cheese, Cocoa Dolce chocolate covered bacon
Kentucky - bourbon balls, Derby Pie tart, homemade Bluegrass Mix (recipe), Moss Hill mint julep soap, bottle of Ale-8-One soda
Louisiana - spicy Cajun nut mix, Aunt Sally’s pralines, Cafe Du Monde coffee
Maine - lobster-shaped lollipops, travel size Stonewall Kitchen Wild Maine Blueberry Jam, Casco Bay soaps, Poland spring water
Maryland - mini engraved crab mallet, homemade Chesapeake Snack Mix (recipe); Mouth Party Old Bay caramels
Check out tomorrow’s blog post for even more welcome basket ideas. And don’t forget to let us know in the comments what you’re including in your welcome baskets!