It’s so fun and encouraging to enter a room and see something there especially for you. A welcome basket could be a wonderful gift for your speakers, special guests, or every guest at a small retreat. With a new season coming up Tuesday, September 24th, here are some ideas for what to include in a fall themed welcome basket.
Bottle of cider
Local jams or jellies
Pumpkins or gourds
Guidebook of area hikes/attractions
I hope you can picture a beautiful basket holding some of these items sitting on a desk, conference table, or bedside table. Be sure to include a note of welcome and appreciation. “John, Thank you so much for agreeing to speak at this year’s Pastor’s Conference. Your humility and wisdom will be a gift for all the pastors who are attending. Know that our leadership team is thankful for you, and praying for you this weekend. Please, let us know if you need anything. Sincerely, Jim.”
Don’t feel pressured to choose ten items off the list above, especially if your budget is tight. Even two or three items grouped together and set in a small container with a handwritten note will be a special treat.
When I’m preparing baskets, I purchase everything non-perishable weeks or months ahead of time. Then I put the baskets together, and stick a note in each one listing what I need to buy and when I need to pick it up. For example “1 small pumpkin, buy Sept. 3-4.” I also make a note about the item in my calendar. That way- I’ll see the note, pick the items up, and then know which basket to place them in!