Friday, April 13, 2012


i'm happy to announce that i am a contributor on middle of the map weddings. written by emily, middle of the map weddings is a blog dedicated to showcasing ideas and vendors for landlocked brides of the midwest! emily is also a talented floral designer and i'm so excited to be sharing my ideas on her blog.

today's idea a very easy hostess gift. not just for weddings, this idea could be used for several occasions. i love giving this gift to people because it's versatile, clever and exceptionally easy to execute!

Materials needed: 
-potting soil
-8” ribbon or yarn
-small pair of scissors
-coffee mug (the one shown is from anthropologie)
-an herb (the one shown is chive)

STEP 1: place about 1" of potting soil into the bottom of your mug.

STEP 2: plant the herb into the mug and fill the remaining space in the mug with potting soil. gently press the soil into the mug to secure the herb. you want the herb to have a snug fit. 

STEP 3: trim the herb plant to your desired length and shape. in this case, the chive was a bit long, which made it bed, so i decided to trim it to about 12" so it would stand up straight. 

STEP 4: using the ribbon, tie a pair of small scissors to the handle of the mug.

there you have it! a planted herb in a mug. these could be given as shown, or loosely tied up in cellophane for easier transport.

i gave these out as hostess gifts to people who threw me bridal showers and i'm thinking they are perfect for friend's birthdays, neighbors or teachers gifts. who doesn't love ready to use herbs?


  1. oh man, this is great. such a wonderful idea! i will definitely do this.

  2. Oh, I love this, and the neon scissors..ahhh gorgeous! The perfect (neon) touch! ;)

  3. This is such a cute idea. So thoughtful and personal. Bookmarking!

  4. This is a fabulous idea!!! As an avid cook, I would be delighted to receive something so lovely and thoughtful!

    I adore your blog and amazing ideas!! Thank you for the inspiration :)


  5. This is a great idea! We are doing a DIY-Hosting-themed week, I hadn't thought of gifts yet, but I'm sure any hostess would love one of these!

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! I featured it in my recent blog post, '10 Hostess Gifts for Under $40'! Check it out & thanks for being so inspiring!