We are always excited when Hallmark Designer Laura L. stops by Think.Make.Share to show us one of her creative and thoughtful ideas, like when she made these wooden bead necklaces or let us in on simple tips and tricks to elevate a party. Today, she’s showing us a great way to thank any gracious host or hostess: with an herb in a mug. Read on and come prepared with the perfect gift for your next party!
When I get invited to a friend’s house for dinner I can’t help but bring a little something for the host, and that’s how this idea became a reality. I was thinking about what to bring and, after stopping in at a few of my favorite shops, it all came together: I decided to put an herb in a mug, complete with handy scissors for easy use!
This idea is great for friends who love to cook, or for those who may not have room for a vegetable garden (the mug can easily sit on a shelf in the kitchen).
The supplies you’ll need are fairly simple:
- A mug or vessel for the herb
- An herb plant of your choice (oregano shown here)
- A Hallmark gift tag
- A small pair of scissors
- Ribbon (1/2 yard long)
First you’ll plant your herb inside the mug (I love how this one was unruly and the vines spilled over the top of the mug).
Once the herb is secure, write a note on the tag, perhaps with instructions on whether the herb prefers the sun or shade and how often to water it (remember that the mug won’t drain, so the herbs don’t need much water to thrive – you’ll just want to keep the dirt damp).
Next, tie one end of the ribbon to the handle of the mug, thread your tag onto the ribbon, then tie the scissors to the other end of the ribbon.
Lastly, you can make a marker for the herb if you want. Use whatever you have laying around… a paper flag on the end of a toothpick, a garden marker if you have an extra one lying around, or even a popsicle stick.
You’re ready for the party! Walk up to the doorstep with confidence and get ready for a squeal of delight from your hostess!
What’s your go-to host or hostess gift? We would love to hear from you. Tag us on Instagram @thinkmakeshare!
Photographer: Lindsay Tippett