Out of Town Guests

I’ve been wanting to make bags for our out of town guests for a while now. And then I found these cheap tote bags from, where else? Cheap Totes. And at 89 cents each? I think I can handle that. Then I saw that you can use a stamp to decorate them, a la Mrs. Mascara.

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I know a lot of couples tend to use their initials or monogram, but I think our guests would prefer something that they feel more comfortable reusing.

As for what to fill them with, I’m still trying to decide. But I’m definitely leaning towards Texas-themed items because most of the people coming in from out of town aren’t from Texas. I also want to include food, because I know how much it sucks to be in your hotel room starving with no options, except for the overpriced mini bar.

I’m thinking of also adding beef jerky (even though I’m vegetarian, it’s very Texas, and not everyone else avoids meat).

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And maybe peanuts (spicy, lime, or regular):

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Maybe we’ll include something sweet, although I can’t think of a Texas candy.

What would you all want in your bags?

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Location:
Dallas
Wedding Date:
April 2010

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:17 am

    All of you have amazing ideas. My guests are going to be so happy!!@stine_white: Lammes is definitely the way to go, and I actually know where one of the stores is!
    @Gal Around Town: I LOVE firecrackers, so yummy!@Miss bliss: I agree that’s so nice, unfortunately to do that my preferred hotel would charge $5/room because they would have to be delivered to a specific room. If they’re all the same they can just hand them out when the guests arrive.

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    thefuturemrsjewell 1829 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:48 am

    My sister’s best friend got married last summer and they moved to Austin a few weeks after the wedding, so they had sugar cookies shaped like the state of Texas. They were a Huge hit!

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    AnnieAAA 5351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:43 am

    I am also doing Texas themed welcome bags! I’ve decided to to have candied pecans (very texas & yummy!) A bag of Fritos, beef jerkey, and a red grapefruit since its the state fruit of texas!

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    Golden8214, Guest @ 11:38 am

    If you do put in peanuts, make sure it is obvious to persons that may have bad allergies that it is a nut product. My FI ate something with peanuts thinking it was straight chocolate and had to be rushed to ER because his throat closed up. Also, I think you should do Doritos and tylenol. Great for the drinking and hangover

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    Golden8214, Guest @ 11:40 am

    If you do peanuts, make sure the fact that it is a nut product is clearly advertised for those with really bad nut allergies. My FI once ate some chocolate given as a gift thinking it was only chocolate since it wasnt advertised. It was only a small portion but he had to rush to ER because his throat closed up. Also, I think that you should put Doritos and Tylenol. Great for all the drinking and fun people will have at your wedding

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:50 am

    i have never heard of spicy or lime peanuts.. Yummmy!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 12:18 pm

    I love peanuts!

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    thebackyardbride 65 posts, Worker bee @ 12:20 pm

    Maybe instead of candy, you could do a sweet baked treat from one of the many Mexican bakeries here in town. Miss Beagle did a post on Mexican wedding cookies a while back that would be a nice addition to the bag.

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    FutureMrsKoontz 151 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:40 pm

    @Carebear0613: Maps are definately a good idea, especially for guests who are not familiar with the area!

    How about slat water taffy? You can get “texas” sized ones of those, too.. And how about some sunscreen, or bug-spray? I know that humidity in Texas can be brutal..!

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    Aparna, Guest @ 4:00 pm

    Hi! I love this idea and just ordered a bunch of samples on cheaptotes! Cant wait. Question: Are you using a special ink pad because its on fabric? Or will a normal stamp pad last and not bleed?

    Thanks!

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    Charlenie 25 posts, Newbee @ 6:23 pm

    In our welcome bags, we put a bottle of local wine. Our guests really loved it!

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    canegirl08 158 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:50 pm

    I definitely second the pralines. Those are definitely Texas! Also if you call the Dr. Pepper museum in Waco, they sell these Dr. Pepper candies that are pretty good. You can get a big bag and put a few into cellophane bags in each OOT bag.

    For nuts, you can make really great BBQ nuts (just dip spanish peanuts with the skin in bbq and roast on a baking sheet). I actually make these as appetizers and people really love them. To add a little spice, shake in some Tony C’s seasoning.

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    canegirl08 158 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:51 pm

    OH! I used to get these Margarita flavored hard candies at the west-end marketplace in Dallas. It has a green and white swirl. They are delicious and would make a great “sweet” addition.

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:24 pm

    @Aparna: You can use a normal stamp, but you have to be sure to put something on the inside of the bag so that it won’t bleed through to the other side.

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    DIY Stencil | BridalBuds, Guest @ 4:16 pm

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