Post # 1
If you were an American guest going to the UK for a wedding in November, what would make you totally excited to get in an OOT basket (that’s doesn’t cost the earth, that is…)? Here’s what I’m thinking:
- welcome note with a map of the area (church and reception venue highlighted) and a schedule of wedding events
- some kind of tea/mug set (maybe something from Harrods since it’s so iconic?)
- a little package of Cadbury chocolate
- little bottle of home-made mulled wine
- some sort of tasty British snack that’s seasonal to late fall and goes with either mulled wine or tea (ideas here??)
What do you girls think? Any ideas??
Post # 3
Digestives. My friend who studied at QMU keeps raving about them.
I like the Harrods mug/tea idea too.
Post # 4
OOh yes, digestives are a great idea. Also, I thought some paracetamol would be a good idea…
Post # 5
Everything you named is perfect, really.
Post # 6
Shortbread is quite a hit at christmastime here in UK.
Tea is very british…….
Cadburys chocolate is very good, but Galaxy is nicer chocolate.
seek out Jaffa Cakes……to die for, i dont know if they are british or wether you can get them in US? but they are gorgeous.
Small boxes of Thorntons chocolates…..the best in UK
Post # 7
@anne B: all good ideas! Where do you get the Thorntons stuff? FI wants us to give out some sort of marmite something since it’s his favorite, but I don’t think people will like it…
Also, FI keeps talking about this kind of chocolate biscuit (at least I think it’s a biscuit) that he loves and used to have all the time as a kid, but I can’t recall what it is…
Would you prefer shortbread over some nice digestives?
I also thought about doing one of those really little christmas puddings, but not sure the American guests will enjoy it!
Post # 8
Definately shortbread over digestives.
shortbread is buttery and rich, digestives are nice, but they would be what we get for the office, cheap and cheerful….and lovely dunked in a cup of tea! but for a bit of class and sophistication, shortbread.
Thorntons have there own shops……well not for much longer i hear, they wil be going online only from next year…..i am having thorntons favors……2 little heart shaped chocoaltes in a wrapped box for £2 each, but they sell boxes that hold 1,2,4, or 8 chocolates……its really the best chocolate i ever had…..(the champagne truffles are TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!!!
what kind of chocolate biscuit ? try and describe them and i will try and name them…..
there are chocolate digestives? could it be them?
but if you go for chocolate biscuits……chocolate Hobnobs are really tasty…
MARMITE! yuk……there is a TV advert….”MArmite…..your love it or you hate it” i hate it. i LOVE the smell but jesus its vile. its like US veggiemite, but has beef extract. i use it in cooking though and its nice……i just spread some over roasting potatoes….
Christmas pudding…..i LOVE christmas pudding, and i serve mine with with either Brandy butter or clotted cream…….or both.. being so close to christmas, that might be a nice idea…
Post # 9
@anne B: LOL about marmite–I can’t stand the stuff either. It makes me gag! FI puts it on everything, unfortunately…
Thanks for the tips. I’ve no idea which biscuits he was talking about, but can ask him tomorrow. They may actually be chocolates, now that I think about it… 🙂
As a UK guest, what would you most enjoy? I feel like the Harrods stuff is probably more appropriate for the out-of-country guests, but what would YOU like to get?
Post # 10
as an out of town guest, the Harrods keepsake gifts sound nice, typically british…
for edible ideas, i think again the typical english thing would be the christmas pudding…….shortbread is scottish, but very popular…..especially at christmas.
and let me remind you again about THORNTONS! LOL
if it was summer, i would have said tea and scones with jam and clotted cream. thats delicious ….you still could but its more a summer thing.
Post # 11
Hobnobs and Twinings nettle tea! There are flavors you can’t get in the states… Ohhhh… and a little bag of crisps in a UK flavor like prawn cocktail. 🙂
Post # 12
@anne B: duly noted about Thorntons, lol! I’ve just checked out their website and think they’ve got really cute stuff–nice sizes for OOT bags too! Consider it listed. 🙂
SO… for the British guests, you would say something traditional like shortbread and a mini christmas pudding, a packet of Thorntons chocolates, some nice tea, and a little bottle of mulled wine? Anything else? Something nice from the US since they don’t really need a UK keepsake, or something else like a local jam?
Post # 13
i think your american guests will love the british gifts, what about reversing it and giving the english guests american gifts…..?
as for jams, yes thats good, what about honey? you can get mini honey jars…