I thought I’d post this idea just quickly and you might file it away for a little summer hostess gift or party favor idea. I actually did these as end of year Teacher gifts this year. Here in California we seem to get out of school much later then the rest of the country so I actually have one child that is still in school until next week.
I typically give a larger gift for Teacher Appreciation Week and then something small for the last day of school, just so the teachers know how much they are appreciated.
This year I was initially planning to make a Strawberry Shortcake basket with a wrapped lemon pound cake, fresh whipped cream in a jar and some delicious Farmer’s Market Strawberries and then maybe a small bottle of Prosecco…. But well it was so danged hot in California and I was worried my lovely fresh basket would be a mess by the end of the day so I switched to S’Mores instead. After all what screams summer louder then S’Mores?
So I picked up these cute little Market Baskets at Michael’s for $5.99 each (use a coupon of course) and then I bought a length of fabric from Joann’s. I like this fun red plaid because it reminds me of camping and picnic blankets…. I think that was $8 or so for 2 yards and I do have some leftover.
Then I bought some large chocolate bars in assorted flavors- Reese’s, Kit Kat, Hershey’s and my favorite is Symphony Bars with Toffee and Almonds.
I wrapped those in plain kraft paper, wrapped some graham crackers in kraft paper and then put some large marshmallows in a mason jar. (Side note: I intended to use homemade marshmallows but I never did find the time… next year 😉 ! )
Oh and I looked for sticks or fun skewers at Walmart and Target and everything was way oversized for this basket. Finally I found a set of 6 wire skewers at World Market for $6.99). I just divided those up- 2 skewers per basket and tied with twine.
The last touch was the cute little greeting cards the girls and I made and that was it! There are some cute sayings you can use- “Have S’More fun this summer” or whatever but I decided to just go with a simple name on the tag on the basket and that was it.
During teacher appreciation week I saw about 8 zillion “Thanks a Latte” and “We are Smart Cookies” and such so I thought I’d just go very simple with my basket.
And that is it! I think these were about $12 each or so to make and I think they turned out pretty cute. The teachers all have children so they can reuse those baskets at U-Pick Farms this summer or to hold the zillions of supplies in the classroom.
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