Springtime is definitely the season for parties. Bridal showers…baby showers…Mother’s Day…you get the picture. And while the requisite bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers is a perfectly pleasant hostess gift, sometimes you just want something a little more unique and/or memorable. AND, let’s not forget the need for teacher appreciation or end-of-school-year gifts!
While thrifting recently, I started finding an influx of vintage soup mugs. You know the kind I’m talking about- dating to the 1970s-1980s, with a simple recipe printed on the side. I don’t know why I kept finding them, but there they were, beckoning to me with retro appeal.
I bought a handful, because why not?
I didn’t have a plan for them in mind…but I figured something would come to me. As I read the ingredient list on each mug, I marveled at the simplicity and how “basic” they seemed. I suppose things like The Food Network and modern diets have turned us all into home chefs, with our soups calling for bruised lemongrass stalks, and our “paleo” this and that.
Shortly after collecting a few soup mugs, my favorite local farms began hosting plant sales.
And that’s when the upcycling lightbulb clicked on- use the soup mugs as planters for hostess gifts, filling each one with an ingredient from the recipe or a fun herb to use in the kitchen! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
How easy and cute is that? The love of vintage and the love of gardening often go hand-in-hand…and even if they don’t, the need for charming hostess gift ideas (or a teacher appreciation gift) is ALWAYS on trend.
So, I purchased a few plants for my garden- tomatoes, herbs- gathered my handle trowel, a retro soup mug, and gave it a go.
I also decided to try my hand at re-growing scallions after using the green stalks in a recipe. And lo and behold, those suckers really do grow back if you plant the bulb end in potting soil! I purposefully bought a bunch that had healthy-looking, slightly unruly roots…and after a week or so, they’ve really done well!
There you have it- a “SOUPer” simple gift idea with a vintage/garden touch. Doesn’t get much cuter (AND functional!) as that! And with a veggie or herb plant, it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving, all summer long- and the mug can be used for any number of uses once the seedling has been replanted in a garden. And if you can’t find these cute retro soup mugs, check out my Etsy shop– I might just have a few available!