June 22, 2011

A Summer of Weddings and Lots of Gifts

Posted by Kristin

So I don’t know about you all but I’ve had a slew of weddings to attend this summer and its only June! While I do always look at people’s registries to see what they’ve picked out (there’s always some interesting stuff on there….I think we my husband even registered for soda from Target…once he got the scanner he just started zapping stuff) but I often tend to make my way to Home Goods and make up a gift basket of related items. It could be a baking theme, coffee theme, or sometimes just a random combination of goodies any newlywed would enjoy.

So, back to this crazy summer of weddings. When I saw that our soon-to-be-hitched friends Kelly and Mark had registered for some grilling items the wheels started turning. I thought a bbq/picnic gift could be fun and useful (plus we all know grilling = happy husband, so we're helping to start their marriage off on a good foot).

I started out by getting some basic grilling tools, including tongs, a spatula, a bbq fork, and a grill brush.

Next, I found this great corn-on-the-cob set. It even has a nifty butter spreader. I don’t know about you guys but I love sweet summer corn-on-the-cob almost as much as I love making my spring cleaning list (yea I’m kind of a cleaning freak….a microfiber rag and lemon vinegar spray are my cure for bad day).

I also stumbled upon these tumbled-plastic glasses. The beachy colors made me feel all summery despite it being March and still snowy, so I decided to make that the official color palette. I tried finding plates to match but no luck on that shopping trip.

 I also snagged this small, blue glass lantern. Candlelight always makes any picnic better. And a bottle of bug spray seemed like it would be a much appreciated accompaniment to the most likely bug-ridden candlelight.

About a month later, during a quick run through Ocean State Job Lot (one of the best bargain stores I frequent), I came across these white linen napkins with just a hint of blue woven through. They carried on the beachy theme and were a nice size- big enough to wipe all the extra sauce off your fingers while working through a stack of bbq ribs (mmmm…ribs).

Then two shelves down I spotted these fun woven place mats. While they did go outside of the blue and green color scheme, they added some nice texture and additional colors- just enough to keep it interesting.

Low and behold, a few weeks later, I found these plastic green and blue plates. They have a subtle woven pattern and tie in with the glasses.

And because wine makes any picnic better, I included a bottle of a light, white wine. It’s perfect for grilled seafood, chicken, or even a fruity summer dessert.

After arranging the items in a big basket and tucking in a few of my favorite bbq and picnic recipes, I called it ready to go.

I have to say- I’m a big fan of making these personalized wedding gifts. There were some really memorable gifts I got at my wedding that still stand out to this day, including a set of glasses (as in drinking glasses) and glasses (as in fake, black frames with a big nose attached). Gotta love a good ol’ pun every once in a while. What do you like to give for wedding gifts? What was the best wedding gift you got? What about the funniest? Happy wedding season!


  1. Jennifer ArchambaultJune 23, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Such a cute idea I love it!

  2. I want to know more about this lemon vinegar spray!