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Oct222009

Locale Lovelies: Georgia, Part Two

One of my favorite things about Locale Lovelies is that our contributors, who come up with their welcome basket picks completely independent of each other, very rarely suggest the same idea twice. Our first Georgia pick list today was so wonderful it's hard to believe there are enough great ideas left for an entirely unique second basket: but it's true {and then some!} thanks to Jen from Miss Pickles Press.

I'm going to let Jen take it away here, introducing you to "a welcome basket fit for Scarlett O'Hara herself. Welcome to Georgia, y'all!"
Start from the ground up by packaging all of your welcome goodies in a {Vintage Coke Crate}. Everyone knows and loves the original Coca-Cola, founded in 1886 in a Georgia drugstore. These crates are timeless treasures, and also a perfect size for presenting treats and goodies. Jen found hers via Etsy seller buygollymissmolly, but you can find them all over eBay as well. Stock your crate with {petite glass Coke bottles}; cans or bottles simply won't do!
Springtime in Georgia gorgeously blooms with many native flowers and trees. Share the sweet, heady scent of the grand magnolia tree year round with the {Magnolia Candle} from Archipelago Home.

Atlanta is proud of its sports teams – especially the Braves! Every gal needs a boyfriend-style Atlanta Braves {Baseball Cap} for lazy weekends and bad hair days. Jen especially loves this slightly tattered gray version.

{White-Speckled Stone Ground Grits} are perfect for a hearty Southern breakfast. Often called "Georgia ice cream," Jen loves grits from the Nora Mill Granary in Helen, Georgia; each pound comes in cute reusable cloth bags for just $3.95.
The city of Savannah is known for serious Southern charm. Jen notes that the city is stunning by day and undoubtedly haunted with ghosts of the old South by night! For a decadent Savannah treat, give world-famous {Pecan Pralines} from River Street Sweets, pictured above center and right.

Fall is apple season in the north Georgia mountains, and nestled in the quaint mountain town of Blue Ridge is {Mercier Orchards}. Family owned and operated since 1943, they will ship their divine apple butters, peach and Vidalia onion salsa, pumpkin butters, hot apple fritters, fresh ciders, gourmet honey and other Southern specialties just about anywhere. Don't forget the chow chow relish!

Let your guests get their old school soul fix with a beloved classic: a Ray Charles {Greatest Hits CD}. Ray was born in Georgia in 1930, and his music is a perfect companion for a slow Sunday drive. Or, make a mix for guests including other native musicians such as James Brown, R.E.M., The Indigo Girls, and the B-52s.

Your more literary-minded guests will love escaping to an era when petticoats and mint juleps reigned the day. Atlanta author Margaret Mitchell penned {Gone With the Wind} 70 years ago, and it's a classic to this day.

And lastly, send guests home with a small trinket that's downright useful, too. {Vintage Georgia Map Magnets} are available from Etsy seller historicallytoo. Aren't they sweet?
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A bit more, about the contributor: Jen Wells Mageau is the designer of Miss Pickles Press and a homegrown Georgian. She loves that her state has "more Peachtree Streets than should be allowed on one map!" Like most Georgians, she enjoys enjoy good food and good company, and takes Southern hospitality to heart.

And lastly, why package all of your welcome goodies in a boring basket when you can package Georgia gifts in a {Vintage Coke Crate}? There are so many uses for these timeless treasures, and it's a perfect size for assorted treats and goodies. Jen found hers via Etsy seller buygollymissmolly, but you can find them all over eBay as well.

Reader Comments (8)

thank you for such a great feature, nicole! everything looks great together. absolute pleasure working with you. xoxo.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen {miss pickles press}

Love. Love. Love.
Love the idea of this post.
Love Georgia (I'm a native).
Love Jen!

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