We had a very special party to attend on Saturday and I worried over a hostess gift. You see, my nephew is getting married in May and his future in-laws were hosting a gathering for both families to meet. I would be meeting his fiance' for the first time as well. Frankly, I was quite excited and a bit nervous...what if they didn't like us? What if we didn't like them? The whole Montague and Capulet story played out in my mind. Anywho....my first step was to text the groom and see if he could tell me three things that his future in laws enjoyed..the response..."cooking, champagne and some gardening". My next step was to text my friend Denice and ask for her ideas while I was grocery shopping...I am a multi-tasker. She gave me great ideas and a "homemade munchie picnic theme" was born.
I was making my sister in law this Pepper Relish for her birthday, so I began there.
I made a batch of these pretzels...
I lined the basket with a fabric remnant and added the goodies, along with a bottle of Champagne and a pot of Rosemary. A hostess gift from the heart and for the tummy.
(As it turned out, the party was a great success, complete with toasts from numerous people that made me cry...C and D are truly made for each other and two families who had never met are now one. I can not wait for the wedding!)