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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 cardsIrish Twins soaps, homemade kuchen (recipe)

Tennessee – Goo Goo Clusters, MoonPies, homemade Tennessee T-cakes (recipe), Jack Daniel’s mini bottles

Texas – Dr. Peppera 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. 

welcome-basket-ideas-1Photos 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!


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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 sunscreenluau leis

Idaho – Idaho Spud candy bar, wild huckleberry taffy, SPUD fudge bars

Illinois – Wrigley’s Doublemint gumGarrett Popcorn, Foiled cupcakes

Indiana – homemade mini Hoosier Sugar Cream Pies (recipe), Schimpff’s Cinnamon Red Hots, 240Sweet gourmet flavored marshmallows

Iowa – Sterzings potato chipsHeart 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 mixAunt Sally’s pralines, Cafe Du Monde coffee

Maine – lobster-shaped lollipops, travel size Stonewall Kitchen Wild Maine Blueberry Jam, Casco Bay soapsPoland 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!

what-to-include-in-your-wedding-welcome-bag-or-basketPhoto by Erin Hearts Court 

This week on the blog, we’re doing something we’ve never done before–a state-by-state guide on what to include in a wedding bag or basket. Crazy, right? No, not really. We’re up for the creative challenge! As out-of-town wedding guests arrive, it’s only suitable to make them feel right at home. Have a welcome bag or basket filled to the brim with a few of your favorite things waiting in their hotel room.  Basic amenities should include an itinerary that keeps them on time, a map to steer their way through town and hand-picked snacks and drinks to cure their midnight cravings. We’re tackling the states in batches alphabetically, so today we’re featuring Alabama through Georgia. Consider adding some of these state’s local flavors and souvenirs:

Alabama – Priester’s pecans, Whistle Stop’s fried green tomato batter mix, Buffalo Rock ginger ale

Alaska – smoked salmon (make sure you can keep it refrigerated!), Tongass forest cookies, wild berries

Arizona – Prickly-pear cactus jelly, Four Peaks Brew Ales, bolo ties, Poore Brothers potato chips 

Arkansas – honey, McClard’s Bar-B-Q sauce, Iron Works Kettle Corn Co. popcorn

California – avocados, raisins, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Naked Juice, Sprinkles cupcakes

Colorado –  Mountain Jam, Chocolove chocolate bars, Hammond’s candies

Connecticut – lollipops, PEZ candy, Avery’s soda

Delaware – Fisher’s caramel popcorn, Dogfish Head Crafted Brew Ales

District of Columbia – Georgetown Cupcakes, Honest Tea, Metro SmartTrip card, Capitol cookies

Florida – oranges, key lime pie, Minnie and Mickey Mouse ear hats

Georgia – peaches, Coca-Cola, Girl Scout cookies

What did you include in your welcome bags or baskets? Share in the comments below! And stay tuned tomorrow when we provide local welcome basket ideas for even more states!