Good Morning and Happy Fri-yay!! I can’t tell you how much I LOVE Fridays bc that means the weekend is upon us! This weekend B and I are headed for a quick little getaway with my mama too! We love to take her places bc she is just so darn fun to be around. Stay tuned to see where we are headed. Plus, the weather looks like it’s going to cooperate and be gorgeous, so that’s a major plus.
Today, is the first of my new Friday lifestyle posts. These Friday lifestyle posts will include anything from home decor, holiday inspo, recipes, and life hacks. I can’t wait to share more with you as the Fridays come each week!! This weeks post is all about being a friendly and welcoming new neighbors and friends! As you all probably know by now, B and I just recently bought, built, and moved into a brand new home. We are the first home to be finished in our new neighborhood so we were super pumped when our first neighbor moved in just a few days later. Yesterday, we had a second neighbor move in! I thought it would be really fun to come up with a unique and fun way to meet our new neighbors and give them a warm welcome. Enter….the “New Neighbor Welcome Basket”. Read on below to see how I made them!
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New Neighbor Welcome Basket
What is it? The New Neighbor Welcome Basket is a fun way to get to know your new neighbors and hopefully foster some brand new friendships by spreading kindness. We chose to make our baskets in batches because we live in a brand new neighborhood and we will eventually have 36 sets of new neighbors! So far, I have made 5 baskets for the houses that have just completed or are almost finished. The basket is a little something to show we care and to make that ever so stressful moving day a little more easy and fun! It also helps to break the ice and give you a reason to go over and introduce yourselves! Obviously, the basket can vary in many ways according to your taste and budget. The things I chose are listed and explained below.
This part is a lot of fun because there are so many different ways to approach how your items will be put together. We chose a plastic utility type bin that figured could be used over again for many things. But, there are tons of more options for baskets!! Scroll the widget below to see some fun basket options at all price points.
For this, we included a welcome note with our names and our house number, so our new neighbors will know where to find us!! Moving day can be a whirlwind and sometimes it’s easy to forget names and faces….this makes it easy for your new neighbors! Second, we added our private neighborhood Facebook group. B and I dreamed of one day living in a neighborhood like this, so we knew we wanted to go all out and make it a great experience for everyone and make it a wonderful place to live. We thought creating a Facebook group would be awesome bc people can immediately feel like they are a part of the community. This is where we post neighborhood meetups and events that everyone can enjoy!
We also thought it would be fun to pick out some essential cleaning supplies that you might need in your first few days when you have no darn idea where the heckkkkkkkk all your stuff is! I’m still trying to find some things that are packed away in boxes. Ha. You can really add any supplies that you see fit. We chose to add some dish soap, dish cloths, paper towels, and mini packs of tissues. Other things to add: sponges, hand soap, hand lotion, clorox wipes
Snacks and Sweets
I mean duhhhhh…..this is the best part!! Back in the day, it was a lot easier to bake some treats for neighbors bc there weren’t as many food allergies as there are today. Because of this, we chose to buy prepackaged snacks just in case someone is allergic to something. We included packs of fruit snacks, packs of oreos, packs of crackers, cheez-its, and candy. Don’t forget to add something wash it down with!! We added bottles of water. Other things to add: cans of soda or flavored seltzer, goldfish, granola bars, bags of chips
Places We Love
This part was my absolute favorite to make and the best part is that it doesn’t cost a dime!! For this, collect takeout menus from all of your favorite places. Then we punched holes in each and tied them together to make a little packet. You could also add things like pamphlets for fun family things to do or events!
The Finished Product
Arrange all of your items in your basket to make it pleasing to the eye. I like to vary the color, size, and shapes of items and place them accordingly in size order. Then, add your information and welcome note! Finally, get to walking and deliver that basket! Be prepared to make a new friend or two. 🙂
Have you ever received a token or gift to be welcomed into a new neighborhood? If so, what was it? I’m always inspired by the thoughts and ideas of others. Drop me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you. As always, I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you for stopping by.