Summer is the time for get-togethers and outdoor entertaining. Festivities range from intimate cookouts with old friends to large family reunions. Whichever type of event you are invited to, keep in mind all of the work your host/hostess has put into the gathering.

A great way to show your appreciation to your host or hostess is to present a small gift when you arrive for the shindig. This could be anything as small as a bottle of their favorite wine or a basket full of goodies.

If you go for a gift basket, try to select a theme to make putting the items together easy. Here, I have created a fun “Outdoor Dining For Two” gift basket that is personalized for the hostess.

You can easily put together a gift basket with items from Old Time Pottery. The selection is huge which makes putting everything together so much simpler than having to shop at multiple stores.

For this outdoor dining basket I selected a green and yellow color scheme and grew from there:

  • I started with the green plates and frosted yellow wine glasses. They are the start for an intimate outdoor dining experience.
  • From there I added a yellow candle (citronella to keep the bugs away) and a flame lighter. To add to the candle centerpiece I found a green lantern that I could use as a flower pot and the ever popular succulents to put in it.
  • The green towels, BBQ spatula, heat-proof tongs, utensil caddy, and food tent will come in handy for food preparation.
  • The cute fruit-shaped ice cube trays and bottle opener were perfect for the color scheme so I could not resist adding them in, too.
  • The crate was the perfect “basket” for all of the supplies to fit in AND will be something that can easily be used for storage later on. The tissue paper and yellow burlap ribbon will be extra accents to decorate the crate when the supplies are added to it.


The kitchen towel set is part of the huge Summer White Sale going on at Old Time Pottery right now. I love them because of the variety, price, and how easy they are to customize!

I used a digital die cut machine to cut out the hostess’s initial on iron on vinyl that I can apply to the towels. If you do not have access to a digital die cutter, do not fret! You can easily create the initials with paint and a homemade stencil or iron on letters from a craft store.

Any sentiment or personalization can be added to the towels. I love the whimsy of the “wash” and “dry” on the extra towels in this set.

When its time to add all of the supplies to the gift basket, start with the tissue paper. Crumple it up and place it in the bottom of the basket. This will give all of the supplies a lift so they can be seen better. Place the personalized towels front and center. Tie the burlap ribbon around the utensil caddy then arrange it and the rest of the items in the basket with the larger ones in back.

Customizing the towels really makes this gift basket special and personal to the hostess who will be receiving it. And its a great way for you to show your appreciation to her for putting on a fun event.

Enjoy your summer!

Michele is a wife and mommy to two little boys. She recently gave up her job in the field of science to pursue her dream of spending more time with her boys and becoming a full time blogger. When she’s not playing superheroes or building Lego mansions you can find her creating at The Scrap Shoppe. She doesn’t shy away from any type of media so you never know what sort of project will show up on her blog next!
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Michele is the creator behind The Scrap Shoppe, a craft and DIY blog. She is a wife and mommy to 2 fun little boys. She gave up a job in science to pursue her dream of spending more time with her boys and becoming a full time blogger. The Scrap Shoppe focuses on creating fun, creative, and unique craft and DIY projects for the home that anyone can recreate.

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