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Italian Dinner Housewarming Basket

Housewarming Welcome Basket - Italian Dinner with Wine, Tiramisu Dessert, Frying Pan, Spaghetti, and Sauce

Last September when John was 5 months old and we were living in our rental house, we finally broke ground on the property we’d owned for 6 years, a lot that we purchased right before we got married. I remember my husband calling me later that week to tell me that someone had broken ground on the lot next to ours, and with the same builder. As if the timing weren’t interesting enough, we were walking our property the next week and our future neighbors stopped by in passing to introduce themselves. I noticed they had a carseat in their car so I asked the obvious with a bit of excitement, “do you have a baby”??? Not only did they have a baby “boy”, but he was 2 months older than John! They were also renting a house while they built, so our situations couldn’t have been more similar and in sync.

We became friends on Facebook and have Facebook messaged or texted each other almost every day since our meetup. It was so fun to talk about our houses as they were being built since we were going through all of the same meetings at the same time. We’d chat about what lighting we’d picked out for each room, our paint colors, and all other things house related. Now that we’re in our house, we have play dates with our boys, followed by an occasional cocktail after they’ve gone to bed lol.

When they moved in shortly after us, I thought it would be fun to make a housewarming basket to welcome them to the neighborhood. I went with a dinner themed basket to make one night of cooking a little easier on them as they worked their way out of boxes. Not only was it a dinner theme, but I went with all things Italian, including a dessert and wine!

Housewarming Welcome Basket - Italian Dinner with Wine, Tiramisu Dessert, Frying Pan, Spaghetti, and Sauce

I picked up everything for the basket at World Market including the coolest tri-colored nests of spaghetti noodles in a bag, spaghetti sauce, an Italian wine, a frying pan, and some natural paper shredded basket filler.

Housewarming Welcome Basket - Italian Dinner with Wine, Tiramisu Dessert, Frying Pan, Spaghetti, and Sauce

I filled the frying pan with a slice from the big Tiramisu I’d made that week.

Housewarming Welcome Basket - Italian Dinner with Wine, Tiramisu Dessert, Frying Pan, Spaghetti, and Sauce

I took a picture of the basket on their doorstep and was going to text it as her way of finding out there was a basket on her doorstep. Unfortunately, I was busted by their boy, then the dog, and then them, so it didn’t go as planned, but was still a fun surprise!

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