Thursday, March 22, 2018

Be the neighborhood Welcome Wagon

Creating a tight knit community can be difficult in today's fast paced way of living. When I was young (am I really going there?) I remember a group of ladies popping by our house with a basket full of goodies, a list of helpful names and numbers and smiling faces. I saw how that simple act instantly put my mom and dad at ease.

The official Welcome Wagon approach seems to have gone by the wayside, at least in the Seattle area, but that doesn't mean you can't be that friendly face. It doesn't take much - here are a few simple ways you can reach out to new neighbors -

Who doesn't love a houseplant, especially when the greeting reads "We're so happy you're laying down roots here".

Freshly baked bread is not only the perfect gift - it also makes your home smell absolutely delicious. Add a tag that reads "Let us know if you knead anything" and you'll be the warm welcome any new neighbor is looking for. 

Soda gets such a bad rap, but new neighbors with kids will love it and the parents will appreciate the all-natural element. Top the gift with a tag that reads "Soda-lighted you're our neighbor". 

If you want to give a little more, then a gift basket with cleaning product, a pretty scented candle, dish cloth, and a few other thoughtful items, along with a list of your favorite local spots and contact information is perfect! Things to include on your favorites list could be your favorite - Park, Quick Bite, Restaurant, Grocery Store, Special Treat Shop, Car Stuff, Florist, Other, and then tuck in a card with your contact information that ends with "We can't wait to get to know you"!

Who wouldn't feel at home with a warm welcome like that? 

Until next time,

la chasse au bonheur

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