This past holiday week-end we hosted some out-of-town guests from Nebraska. They are the parents of our son’s fiancee, and it was their first visit here. We wanted to have a little hostess gift for them, and so, I put together a box of goodies to show off some of the local items produced around here.
Since everyone has heard of Kentucky Fried Chicken (now KFC), I stopped by a store and bought one of their buckets. It made the perfect container for everything we bought. We were sad to see that the colonel no longer holds the main spot of honor on the bucket. His mug has been replaced by a chicken leg and breast, and he has been moved to the side. (Picture me with a sad face.)
To add some softness to the bucket, I filled the bottom of it with some shredded packing paper. Then I added the goodies.
Ale 8 – 1 is a local soft drink that everyone who visits Kentucky must try. I also added some Kentucky popcorn, and a candy bar called Blue Monday. It sort of tastes like a sweet Peppermint Patty.
Ninety per cent of the world’s bourbon is made within 50 miles of where we live, but I didn’t want to add just bourbon. (We made sure they drank some during our cocktail hour, though.) Instead, I bought bourbon jelly and bourbon balls which are like truffles that have been infused with bourbon….. I know…… Right? And of course, since Lexington is the home of the University of Kentucky, we had to have something representing the Big Blue. I found that in the form of UK peanuts. I also added some mulling spices made at a local herb farm.
If you are expecting guests for the upcoming Christmas holidays, you might want to do some showing off yourself. You still have plenty of time to put one or more of your own special guest gifts together. Have fun and be creative!!