DIY Berry Basket Gift

Shortly after my birthday, the school year ends along with little league season. After 20+ games, and practices, the teams usually have their end of season party. During this time the players receive their awards, and coaches and team parents say their thank you’s to everyone who were involved. This season, I was able to hit it off with my older son’s team mom Staci. A Hawaii native, and currently a stay-at-home mom just like me, with two boys, we were able to totally hit if off from the start!

It’s was such a pleasure to tag-team with her as she and I did the creative aspect for our little league team. From setting up really early for Spirit day, making Easter treats, and little goody bags for the players, I love giving and creating cutesy quaint gifts for the players to enjoy! Really, it was a joy to make them, and also a joy to know that you all loved them!

She was such an awesome team mom, I just want to thank her for an awesome season! Seriously, she was ne of the best, most organized Team Mom’s e v e r. Especially handing it all with her 2 year old at your hip (At every game, and every practice!) Her structured order, systemized ways, were obviously effective and well received with the players, coaches, as well the parents. She definitely make it look like nothing! Purely effortless!! As a mom, she’s inspired me to become more involved in my children’s extra curricular activities! I hope in the near future I can step out of my comfort zone to become a team mom just like her!!!

Team Mom Berry Basket

This can also be applied to a Class Mom, staff volunteer, Office gift, or Teacher gift!

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

-Berry Basket ($7.99, Michaels)

– Chalk Board Signs ($1.50, Michaels)

-Gift Tags ($1.50, Michaels)

-Chalk Pen ($4.99, Michaels)

-Decorative Shred (Dollar Tree)

(Everything above can be is sold at Michael’s Craft Store, be sure to use your 40% Coupon!) 

Materials

Gift Fillers

From here, it all depends on your expenses and what you’d like to purchase for your team moms. I just wanted common items most women would have in their purse.

-KIND Bar

-Kleenex

-EOS Lip Blam

-EOS Lotion

Everything above was purchased at Target ($1.99-$3.99 Each)

Later Added, but not shown….

-Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial PocketBac

-Bath & Body Works Mini Candle

BerryBasket

Directions For Prepping Your Berry Basket:

1.) Fill your berry basket with the decorative shred. (I personally love paper shred. It’s the perfect filler for any gift basket, and is every easy to style with.) 

2.) Place your gift items inside, with larger (taller) items set in the back. Style from back to front.

Example: I placed the tissue and KIND bar towards the back, and placed my anti-bacterial, lip balm, and smaller gifts towards the front.

3.) With your Chalkboard garden sign, write the names of the special people you will be presenting these gifts to.

There were multiple moms that helped contribute to the baseball season for my son’s Minor B team. From score keeper, dugout mom, and team mom, all these ladies do it for their children. They not only care for their own children, but for the rest of the boys on the team.

ChalkSign

So, I had these chalk pens for awhile, which I purchased for a wedding last March. They were a set of 4, with white, pink, orange, and purple. It was such a coincidence that those colors besides the white perfectly tied in with the berry basket gift idea. Don’t you love happy little accidents?!?! (It’s like finding cash in your clothes!! A total art supply SCORE!)

Now, I’m a perfectionist. And I am no professional wedding calligrapher, but I did attend art school for a bit and know my way around photoshop and have many resources for many, many, many fonts.  So, writing the font for the chalksign was quite easy for me to duplicate. Nowadays, I’ve seen many creatives going into the calligraphy category of the wedding and event styling industry. Pretty cool. But definitely not for me. I’ve done multiple chalkboard signs for weddings, and events, but I’d never consider doing invites. Hell no. I have better things to do…And I’m not looking to get carpal tunnel, or tendonitis in my wrist. HA!

Have you worked with berry baskets before? I’ve seen them so many times, but never really thought of styling with them, or had the need. Using them as team mom gifts, was the perfect opportunity for me to used them! Now, I might just buy me a porcelain berry basket!!! (I smell a impulse buy coming up!!) 

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Spring Scents

I’m a huge fan Bath & Body Works. Today I went for a quick visit to pick up some new fresh scents for spring. I’ve been burning up my winter candles, and have been quite tired of pine needles. Crossing fingers that they would be having their 2 for $20 sale on 3 wick candles, I was utterly surprised about thier new line of spring fragrances. Mesmerized with their scents and cute bright vibrant labels, I was caught in a scenting trance of smelling each candle scent.

Their signature 3 wick candles are my kryptonite. I try my best to avoid them, and not spend too much, but I burn through them so quickly, I keep coming back to BBW for more! One time I had an entire stock of them in my cleaning cabinet, ready for use! This time around, I wait until my candles are burnt up, and have reached glass bottom.

Rainforest

After sniffing through each spring candle, I settled for the 3 wick Rainforest Gardenia. I have always loved gardenia, and I’m so glad I picked up this candle, I really love it. It is a true floral scent that really reminds me of Spring and smells amazing when burning. It also makes my house smell like I’m in a rainforest full of exotic flowers! Rainforest Gardenia isn’t any Aloha Waikiki, but it smells clean with just a hint of soapy, and with a little sweet/floral mix in there, too. It’s definitely a warm-weather scent, perfect for Spring!

I paired the candle with an old metal tulip sleeve I purchased a couple years ago. If you’re a BBW fan, I’m sure you have a 3wick sized metal sleeve collection. If not, I high suggest getting some. Totally worth the $7.50. The candle sleeves, are just a nice decorative way disguising your candles label.

After the candles, I made my way towards the anti- bacterial table. Sucking me in, with their 5 for $5 deal, I stocked up on your favorite mini sanitizer squeezers. These pocketbac sanitizers are all over my house, car, and in every single spring bag and basket in my home! Grabbing my favorite sanitizer scents, and a new pocketbac holder, I purchased Beautiful Day, Mad About You, Raspberry Pink Peony, Dancing Waters, and a classic favorite Sweet Pea.

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After gathering my fancy 5 sanitizers, I needed a quick fashion fix, to style up my pocketbacs! I purchased this fun green tassel charm clip with a woven strap. Like all the pocketbac holders, it can attach to your backpack, purse and more so you can keep your favorite sanitizer close at hand! One great tip for these BBWs pocketbacs is utilizing them as great gifts or favors! Add these miniture scent squeezers to a bridal basket, or as a wedding favor! Any girl who loves scented items could not turn down a fun scented gift! Try it next time!

BBW’s collection of sanitizers all carry wonderful hints of soft florals from peonies, wild daisies, to lightly scented sun-kissed apple. The scents also linger for awhile, which is nice. Spreading love, not germs these pocketbacs are truly my favorite products from BBW. What’s your favorite fragrance for spring? It is fresh floral peonies? Gardenia? Lemon? Lavender? Sparkling Limeade? The list of Bath & Body Work scents can go on. Comment below, and share your favorite fragrance!

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