11 June 2013

Housewarming moving day meal basket

I like having the opportunity to help people move, but what I really like is providing a hearty meal for the exhausted movers, so they can eat when they have a moment in the midst of unpacking.  A couple of weeks ago, when some friends moved to town, I decided to combine their moving-day meal with a few housewarming goodies.

Here's what you need to make it happen:

The Housewarming part:
  • Sturdy, roomy, classic-looking basket
  • Fragrant candle in a universally appealing scent (I like to stick with light floral, citrusy scents)
  • Bottle of wine (I try to select something pretty universal like a good Sauvingon Blanc)
  • Cotton tea towel(s)
The Moving Day Meal part:
Moving Day Essentials you forget you need:
  • Paper plates
  • Paper napkins
  • Plastic silverware
  • Large plastic garbage bag
The list above seems pretty extensive, but everything tucked into the basket perfectly, and I draped a tea towel on the edge of the basket, so it looked pretty to boot.  The sloppy joes arrived already warm and in the crockpot, which can be plugged-in to keep warm, to allow the movers to eat whenever they're hungry. Sometimes I also tuck in a roll or two of toilet tissue, because that's usually the first thing you need, but the last thing you can find in the boxes. The garbage bag is the same concept.  In most cases, I'd probably also include beverages, but this time, I just included some red Solo cups (not pictured), since I knew these movers love their tap water.

The best thing my mom taught me about moving (and what she always does first when she helps me!) is to get the bed made up right away, so when you're ready to collapse at the end of the exhausting day, you don't have to locate the linens and get them on the bed before you crawl in.

Are you moving soon, or have you recently? Have any great tips for the rest of us?


  1. Thanks, Cammie! This basket was awesome for us, and really helped. We were able to have three full meals from the sloppy joes!

  2. such a FANTASTIC idea!! I love it! i will definitely be doing this for my friends!
    Helene in Between


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