Earlier this week my work held their annual fundraiser for a well-deserving charity. The event included live and silent auctions, raffles and lots of food and drinks. Groups from around the company were asked to donate gift baskets for the silent auction portion of the gala. My boss asked me to be in charge of our team's donation and I happily accepted. My approach for the baskets was to put together something I would want myself (I also use this tactic for White Elephant gift exchanges). Since I had plenty of lead time I was able to shop for weeks. This brought on several comments from Hubby, mostly I heard, 'How much stuff are you going to buy!?!" To which I would calmly reply, 'Its for charity.' Can't argue with that. I splurged on a few necessary key items (e.g Star Wars cookies cutters & a bottle of Patrón), but mostly I was able to make the most of our team's donated funds.
Naturally a 'Martha' basket had to be created. I purchased a bunch of her cake stands, a casserole dish, an enamel roasting pot and tons of her crafting stuff and then stacked them all together. It turned out better than I expected. Sadly, I did not have the 'winning' bid. The winner, however, was kind enough to give me the Halloween Drippy Goo edge punch (laugh, but any true Martha fan knows how desirable this is) as a consolation prize.
A 'New Frontiers In Baking' basket was also created. This basket was inspired and anchored by the aforementioned Star Wars Cookie Cutters and the fabulous cook book Baked: New Frontiers in Baking. A ruffled cake stand and a few other fun baking items were thrown in.
The last basket (not shown) was a 'Margarita Night' basket. The bottle of Patrón was a nice draw for bidders, but it also included a nice tablecloth, appetizer plates and a chip & dip set all from Williams Sonoma and 6 Margarita glasses stashed in a large galvanized tub.