One of our favorite ways to welcome out-of-towners to an event is to have a nice gift waiting for them in their hotel room. This week we put together some good ideas for your very own Boston welcome bags.
Photo credits, Clockwise from top right: Flour Bakery Granola bars from here; Bruins bottle from here; Boston Cookies from here; Charlie Card from here; Map from here; Pretty things beer from here; Boston Common Coffee Company (cropped) from here; Tote from here.
First and foremost – the bag. We featured the graphic from One Heart Boston on the pictured tote last week. All proceeds from sales of merchandise go to One Fund Boston, benefiting the folks most impacted by last week’s attack. We love the design of it as well. Unfortunately it’s currently sold out. Crossing my fingers that they restock!
The contents of this particular tote are meant to encourage folks to pack up and head out and explore the city. We included a laminated map we found at Barnes & Noble, a pre-loaded Charlie Card (Boston’s subway pass available through the MBTA), and a Boston-themed water bottle (Go B’s!). This one’s from Target, but you could also consider creating your own customized water bottle with your event logo or your monogram at Sigg’s bottle design page on CafePress.
What would a city adventure be without snacks? And caffeine to fuel the day? For the coffee, we went with Boston Common Coffee Company, which gets rave reviews from some of our favorite locals. You can either encourage people to go out to one of their three locations (Downtown Crossing, Financial District and the North End) by including a coffee card, or you can include a bag of ground coffee for them to brew in their hotel room. We’ve also included some Boston Cookies (Laurie’s favorite, and also vegan!), and some homemade granola bars from Flour Bakery.
And nothing is much better after a day of sight seeing than a bottle of Pretty Things beer. The bombers are big enough to serve two, and the beer is brewed by MA’s very own gypsy brewing company (they’re based in Somerville, but rent breweries around the area to create their fine product). Not to mention, it’s pretty delicious and something that is hard to find outside of the state.
We hope this gave you some good ideas! Are you putting together a welcome bag for your event guests? Tell us about it in a comment! Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
~The ladies at Favorite Day