When Ross let me in on his plans to propose to my sister, I was so, so excited! Since I knew my family and I were going to be part of the proposal in some way, I knew we’d see Ross and Leslie on the day of their engagement and started brainstorming engagement gift ideas.
My mom and I joined forces to pack a basket full of wedding-themed gifts and wedding planning materials to give to them on the night of the proposal.
We had a great time putting it together!
Last week, I stopped by Hobby Lobby and picked up a basket, paint and craft supplies to dress up the basket.
I wrapped the handles of the basket in yellow chevron ribbon and personalized the basket with Ross and Leslie’s initials. Then my mom and I filled it with lots of fun goodies!
In the basket:
- Champagne flutes filled with candles
- Bridal magazines
- Wedding planner (large and pocket-size)
- Fun wedding/engagement-themed stickers
- Picture frame with “R Heart L”
- 4th of July-themed Christmas ornament (since Ross proposed on the 4th)
- Decorative letter “C” (the first initial of Ross’ last name)
- Box of Mexican wedding cookies
- Mini electronic wedding countdown timer
- Date idea jar (see below)
My favorite part of the basket was a craft project I worked on that Leslie and Ross can enjoy throughout their engagement.
A date idea jar!
Since I know that dates can fall to the wayside during wedding planning, I decided to jot down 12 inexpensive date ideas for Leslie and Ross to enjoy throughout their engagement.
On the first day of each month, they’ll select an envelope from the jar and pick a day that month to do the designated activity.
I stuffed 12 mini envelopes with different date ideas since I know many engagements last about a year, though you could easily do more or less. (This could also make a fun Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift for your significant other!)
Ross and Leslie seemed really excited about the idea and I hope they have a blast on the dates!
Congratulations again to Leslie and Ross!
Question of the Morning
- What is one of the most memorable inexpensive dates you’ve ever been on in your life?
When Ryan and I first started dating, Ryan told me to wear a t-shirt and comfy sweatpants and took me to Target to pick up a half gallon of mint chocolate chip ice cream, mancala and a DVD and we had a cheap but incredible date night at his apartment. We ate the ice cream right out of the container and had a blast. I also love our budget-friendly Valentine’s Day tradition!