Like most of you, I really like the idea of a welcome basket for out-of-town guests. This can be a pretty labor intensive undertaking, as well as pricey. Here's a twist on the idea. After many weddings, the bridesmaids and groomsmen continue the party well after the reception ends. If your bridal party is staying in a nearby hotel, it's a thoughtful gesture to send them off with a gift basket containing some sustenance and goodies. It's a small detail that will go a long way. Don't forget to add ribbon in your wedding colors and a personal thank you note.
water (especially if there was an open bar)
instant cocoa or coffee (if they are staying in a hotel)
bottle of wine, or a couple of beers (perhaps your bridal party was too busy to imbibe?)
cheese and crackers
Maybe you want to send them off with a breakfast basket:
biscuit or scone mix
Canadian ham slices
It's great to use local resources and ingredients when putting a guest basket together. But anything you are able to make at home adds a personal touch.
Have you done anything like this? What did you include?