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Themed Gift Baskets

L.A. wedding consultant Kristin Banta, of Kristin Banta Weddings and Special Events, kristinbanta.com, likes to give her brides’ out-of-town guests a sneak peek at what’s to come with welcome baskets in tune with the wedding style or location.

Beach Wedding: Grab steel pails and fill with beach essentials like flip-flops, a bottle of Pellegrino, fish-shaped playing cards, and a straw beach mat. Steel pail, $9, Ace Hardware, acehardware.com. Natural suede surf thong sandals, $10, by Mossimo, Target, target.com.  San Pellegrino bottled carbonated mineral water, $25/24 case of 1⁄4 liter bottles, aquamaestro.com.

Garden Party: Think sweet scents and bright fabrics all in a pretty basket. Line baskets with pink-and-green fabric, and fill them up with packets of wildflower seeds native to California, gourmet iced tea and mini lemon cakes. Honey-willow basket, $10, from Michaels, michaels.com. Fabric, $17/yard, from House Fabric, housefabric.com. Wildflower seeds, $.50/packet for first 200 packets, from American Meadows, americanmeadows.com.

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