After Sara Mendelsohn and her husband arrived at a hotel for a wedding exhausted and hungry from traveling and were disappointed by their welcome bag, she decided to show people how it should be done. So she teamed up with her mom and created Sara's Gracious Goodies, a gift package service based in Long Island, NY that strives to make out-of-town guests feel instantly welcome. "Having received so many of these as a guest myself, I can tell you it's quite a delight to have goodies waiting for you at check-in," Mendelsohn says. "And it's a wonderful introduction to the special events that are to come."
Today, her company caters to holidays, corporate events, bar/bat mitzvahs and, of course, weddings. "The last weeks leading up to the wedding are super stressful because there is so much that needs to get done," she adds. "Not only is it fabulous to outsource this final detail, but it allows for the bride and groom to make each guest feel appreciated by going the extra mile!" And she makes sure she brings NY businesses along with her; the company not only packages and hand delivers the bags, but also supports local vendors by working with them to provide quality products for clients.
This week one of you will win The Long Islander package, which contains Poland Spring water, Kettle Corn Popcorn from the Hampton Popcorn Company, chocolate chip cookies from Tate's Bake Shop, North Fork Potato Chips and a seasonal Rice Krispie treat from Selma's all tucked into a Hamptons Maptote! (And we all know how much I love those bags.) Just leave a comment below and a winner will be announced on Friday!
CONGRATULATIONS: Alissa is this week's winner!