May 8, 2012

The gift of gardening


Some amazing women had a fun shower for me and my girl last week and I wanted to give them a little thank you gift. Enter my sister and her awesome idea of gifting a little salad kit. She suggested I get a cute bowl and some spoons and fill it with some of our greens from the garden, along with other ingredients for a salad. That way they have something to eat but also have a cute bowl to keep after the salads gone.

I loved that idea and decided to get a little crafty with it. Target has some really cute summer serving items right now so I bought two plain white bowls with the bamboo lids along with two wooden spoons sets and some little glass jars. I taped off an area on the lids so I could paint it and taped off an area on the spoons to paint.


I used two different paint colors, one for each set and painted away.


While the paint was drying, I assembled the salad kit for one of my favorite salads: greens, sliced onion, grapes and crumbled blue cheese with homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

I picked and washed a mix of greens including green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, romaine, buttercrunch and spinach and grabbed a couple onions from the garden. Then I packaged some blue cheese crumbles in a little plastic baggie and taped it down with some cute tape (also found at Target). I put some grapes in a larger plastic bag and tied it off with twine.


I had to paint several coats on the lids and spoons so I went ahead and made the dressing, you can get the recipe here. For the jar, I just spray painted the lids white and tied a little twine around the rim.

To finish it off, I made a little thank you card with a note on one side and the kit contents on the back.


I wrapped it all up and tied some more twine around it and, voila!

the gift of gardening


  1. omygoodness. such a sweet gift! thoughtful and delightful!

  2. I don't know anyone who would not LOVE this gift!

  3. very creative!! I might do this with salsa stuff!!

    Do you allow your items to be pinned?

    1. I don't know, I think so. I don't know how you turn it off/on.

  4. you are so crafty and thoughtful! it runs in the family i guess!
    thanks for the yummy recipe too.

  5. What a cute, completely original idea! I love when sisters make such a great team! :)

  6. What a thoughtful gift! I love how you painted the items and the salad sounds amazing! Umm, I'm going to Target today to look for that tape! Congrats on the arrival of your second girl. We have two girls and I'm not sure what could be more fun, really.

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words! fyi, the tape is in the office supply section at Target

  7. Well, this is pretty much the cutest idea for a hostess gift ever!!

  8. Well, this is pretty much the cutest idea for a hostess gift ever!!


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