Saturday, March 07, 2009

2nd Annual East Basket Exchange

Omigosh, can you believe it's that time again? Easter candy is in the stores so that means it has been a year since the most fun you've ever had. Easter this year is April 12, and if you want the kind of basket you deserve, read on.

A brief history: Last year on DMTotW we did an Easter basket exchange because the truth is most husbands cannot be relied upon to do justice to the best candy holiday of the year. Not only do they stink at making, or remembering, baskets, they also don't always appreciate the painstaking measures we go to to put together something awesome for them. Hence the exchange. I was supremely satisfied in both the baskets I gave and received last year and cannot wait to get going on the next one! (Actually, I already have...)

Who Can Participate

1. As with last year, you do not have to be a mother, married, female or Christian. You can be anyone, including my cousin Dan who should have participated last year or his brother Aaron who just mooched off the basket I sent Katy. You can also be one of the poor unfortunates who knew about the exchange last year and chose not to participate.

2. But you do have to live in the continental U.S. or have an APO address. And I do have to know you personally or through someone. Just include in your comment or email how I'm supposed to know you.

How It Works
It worked great last year so we'll do it pretty much the same.

1. Leave a comment to this post or email me directly (kyounc at yahoo dot come) to say you want to participate. If you think I don't know your email and mailing address, email those to me, too. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, March 24. Once you sign up I will also email you a brief questionnaire; last year everyone wanted to know at least a little about the person they were sending to.

2. On March 25 I will mix up the names and email out the assignments; your personal information will not go up on the blog. I will also email you the questionnaire your assignee filled out and you can use it as much or as little as you want in your preparations.

3. This is the fun part. Once you have your assignment, and a little information about your person, put together the funnest, coolest, most amazing Easter basket ever for her. Make it her (or your) dream basket. Spending cap is $30, not including shipping. The one requirement for everyone is that you must include good chocolate, and I mean good chocolate. Other than that, run with it. A few ideas include, but are not limited to: book, magazine, recipes, something you hand made, fizzy bath balls/salts/soap/lotion, other candy, gift cards, cd, socks, kitchen gadgets, a local specialty item from where you live, beauty products, jewelry, the list goes on and on. Seriously, if I had an unlimited budget I could put together 20 awesome baskets and no two would be the same.

4. Put your basket/package together and mail it to your person in time for her to receive it by Easter. For most locations it takes less than a week.

5. Wake up Easter morning and have an awesome time opening your package! Email me a picture for the blog, and send your sender a thank you card.

6. Try not to be too sad it's another year until next Easter.

Let the fun begin!

22 comments:

DMD said...

Hi Kari! Oh this sounds like so much fun, can I please play??? I'm a friend of your mom's and I live in her neighbhorhood. I met you at the Tiny Tots concert and have been following this wonderful blog ever since. Please include me?
XO
Donna

Celeste Elaine said...

Carrie... call me a poor unfortunate no longer. I heard about it last year, and this year I'm in!

my email address is my first and last name at gmail.com (no spaces, hyphens, or dots).

Can you email me some more details? Then I'll give you my address.

MiaKatia said...

Count me in! This was so much fun to do last year and I am looking forward to doing it again this year :)

Jenifuz said...

Count me in! I loved getting a great basket last year and I'm starting on my basket right now!!!

The Henrich Family said...

I'm in! Looking forward to it again, Kari...thanks.

Celeste Elaine said...

What kind of a cousin spells your name wrong?

Sorry about that, Kari. Must've been thinking of my best friend in Florida at the time.

Kelsey Carreon said...

I am so in... this looked like so much fun last year! I would love love to do it and we have some excellent chocolate places here in Reno that would be great to share with others!

Disco Mom said...

kelsey - smart move - shoot me an email - i don't have your contact info.

tona said...

Count me in again! I got great stuff last year and I had a lot of fun putting my basket together.

Mo said...

As one of the aforementioned "poor unfortunates" who knew about this last year and did not get in on it I refuse to miss out this year! I'll email you, just to make sure you have our current address! Thanks Kari! - Emily

Emily said...

I'm going to try to channel my inner Martha Stewart so sign me up!

Shells said...

I would love to participate again. However, since I am overseas (with APO address) shipping may take longer, so if you could pull a name for me from overseas or the East Coast, that would help me meet rule #4!

-Sydney- said...

Yes yes yes! Back in the USA and excited for this. Count me in!

sydneywait at gmail dot com

cherry said...

Thanks for the reminder...been waiting for the Easter Basket Exchange!!

And of course I had so much fun last year! It was exciting!!

Count me in again!! [I hope i'll be assigned to Disco Mom so i'll get a cute pair of earings...hehehehe]

Marie W said...

I'm in. Last year I read from the sidelines and was sad to be missing out on all the chocolate...I mean, fun. :0)

Our family said...

Kari, I'm in! This sounds super fun!

SuperGabers - The Mom said...

Count me in!

Jenny said...

I would love to participate this year. Count me in!!!

Just Katy said...

I'm in and I can't wait (Neither can Aaron though he's acting just as nonchalant as last year)

I commented earlier but I think I forgot to publish my comment before surfing away.

Nat's World said...

OH Kari! count me in! This sounds like so much fun, I cant believe I was there this time last year when you got your basket! I'm SO excited! Love you

NAT

jenmomrn said...

I am Katy's Mom and saw her great basket last year. Can I participate this year? I live in SC.

Disco Mom said...

Katy's Mom - yes, you are totally in. Email me your email address and mailing address at kyounc at yahoo dot com by Tuesday.

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