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
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!