We have a new family moving into our neighborhood.
I mentioned to my girls we ought to bake some cookies to welcome them.
This got me thinking back to when my mom was on the “welcome wagon” committee in the neighborhood where I grew up.
As I recall, the ladies would take turns bringing a basket of sweets, information about the area & useful phone numbers to the new neighbors. I remember going with my mom to the “new people’s” door a few times. I felt awkward, but the “new people” always seems so excited & appreciative that my uncomfortable feeling slid away quickly.
The more I thought about the “welcome wagon”, the more the wheels in my head turned. Soon the cookies were to be only part of my welcome.
So here is how to put together a “welcome to the neighborhood” basket My Soulful Home style:
- Get a pineapple and spray paint it gold…yes a golden pineapple!
It is stunning & the pineapple, as I am sure you know, is a symbol of welcome!
This symbolic meaning took root in the American Colonies. Entertaining at home was the primary social activity back then. If a hostess displayed & offered pineapple to her guests it was the utmost in hospitality, as the fruit was exotic, rare & costly. So much so, that sometimes hostesses rented the pineapples only for display! (imagine if those gals had Krylon back then? Wow factor- take it up a notch!)
So, historically speaking, nothing says welcome like a pineapple!
I used Krylon gold metallic spray paint to bling up my pineapple. One coat covered the fruit in shiny gold.
- Next, add a sweet treat of your choice. We made Dorie Greenspan’s world peace cookies. Why not extend a “olive branch” along with a pineapple!
Frankly, these cookies are so delicious you may not want to share them with your own family, let alone the new neighbors! Make a double batch and if you do, use the best sea salt you can get. I suggest Maldon. Read why here here
- Then, ala’ the Wenshaw Park Neighborhood Association of 1970-1987, add a list of useful numbers. Doctor, Vet, hair salon etc.
- Tuck the pineapple, treat & card with important numbers in a basket.
I used a basket I had, spray painted it Krylon white, lined it with burlap and arranged everything inside. The white scroll tied with burlap ribbon is a printed copy of the cookie recipe. The cookies are in the cellophane bag tied with white & burlap ribbons. (I really love the way the burlap works with the gold.)
Now go greet your new neighbors!
…If you don’t have any new neighbors right now, still spray paint a pineapple! I spray painted two and used the other one in a big bowl with limes & oranges. It looked gorgeous! I think I will do it again around Christmas time for a centerpiece….maybe work in some cranberries.
What do you think? Will you try it?
** Kelly **
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