I love when friends and family come into town to visit, it is so fun to play tourist in your own town, I can never get enough of all of the fun touristy things that Chicago has to offer.
Earlier this summer my grandparents came into town for a few days and we had a great time dining at famed Chicago restaurants, exploring the city via an architectural river cruise and took in a show at Navy Pier.
Knowing that I would be working when they first arrived I decided to leave a little surprise for them at their hotel.
You know how when you attend an out of town wedding the wedding party often leaves a good bag full of snacks and items in your room? This concept works well for guests too, whether they are in a hotel or staying at your house greeting them with a small welcome present is a nice way to make them feel at home.
I started by making some cookies. I am a little obsessed with cookie cutters and I had sail boat and fish cutters just waiting to be used.
I figured that cookies would be a nice snack for the afternoon. I made a small batch of peach muffins as a breakfast option if they didn't want to have something when they first woke up as well as added a few bottles of water and some crackers for late night munchies.
Into a gift bag everything went and voila, a cute welcome bag suitable for any guest!