Gift baskets make for great presentations at any event – a bridal shower, a birthday, or a charity event, to name just a few. Rather than buy one that’s been made at a store or online shop, why not make the basket more personal by doing it yourself? If someone on your list is a fan of Italian foods, follow these simple steps to create your own one-of-a-kind Italian food gift basket.
Choose a Container
Your container can be a traditional basket or something more whimsical, yet useful – an Italian food gift basket almost begs the maker to use a colander, while a salad basket would be great in a big salad bowl. The size you use will determine how much you can add to the gift, so if you’re feeling particularly generous, look for an extra-large colander or basket.
Choose a Theme
While your overall theme is Italian, this can be broken down into many other categories.
*A basic Italian basket would likely feature pasta, sauces, grated or solid cheese, and Italian seasonings, as well as a pasta fork and possibly a cheese grater.
*An Italian desserts basket would feature sweets like cookies or biscotti, a dessert wine, and a selection of coffees and flavorings.
*A pizza basket isn’t complete without cheese, sauce, seasonings, olive oil, crust mix, a pizza wheel, and a cheese grater; a pizza stone would make a nice presentation in lieu of a basket.
*A couples’ basket would include a bottle or two of wine, wine glasses, wine accessories, specialty cheeses, crackers, fruit, and chocolate.
*A lasagna basket will include noodles, sauce, seasoning, a knife, and a spatula.
*Great additions or fillers for these baskets are kitchen towels and pot holders, wooden spoons, wine glass charms, a knife set, and spices.
Wrapping the Gift
You can be clever here as well. While cellophane bags and sheets are readily available in craft stores and easy to use, consider some of the following ideas: wrap a small basket in a kitchen towel or two; wrap a larger basket in a tablecloth or piece of fabric; or put a wrapped pizza stone in a pizza box (ask your favorite local pizzeria for a new one when you order your next pie). If using towels or fabrics, look for something in red, white, and green – the colors of Italy – or go for the red-and-white checked look that sometimes adorns restaurant tables.
“Italian Gift Basket Ideas,” homemade-gift-basket-ideas.com