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Welcome to the third installment of our Southern Hospitality feature! Each month, we pick a Southern city and an expert host. Our host shares their favorite items custom to that city that would be perfect packed into a welcome bag for family and friends at a weekend wedding. Just one more perk of attending a destination wedding!

Pack your bags, y’all, because this month, we’re headed to Austin, Texas! Courtney Caplan and Sarah Miller of Caplan Miller Events were our guides, and together with the whole Caplan Miller team, they did a fantastic job of assembling a goodie bag as big (and beautiful!) as the Texas sky!

Do we have any Longhorns that love Southern Weddings?

A. Whole Foods Gift Card for lunch at the store. Whole Foods started in Austin, and their flagship store located downtown is the perfect place for guests to grab a bite to eat!

B. El Milagro Tortilla Chips. They’re made right here in Austin! ($1.95)

C. Guero’s Salsa. Guero’s Taco Bar is an Austin favorite for great food and live music. Their famous salsa makes the perfect addition to any Austin bag! ($2.69)

D. Tito’s Vodka Mini Bottle (50 ml). Tito’s Vodka is made right here and is a staple at all local bars and restaurants. ($7.59)

E. Austin Nuts Deluxe Nut Mix in the Texas Container. Austin Nuts is known for their unique dry roasting process and has a wide variety of delicious options! ($22.99)

F. Austin TX Button. An Austin button or magnet would be an easy add to a city-themed tote. ($1.00)

G. University of Texas H2Orange Water Bottles. A portion of all sales of this water go to scholarship programs at The University of Texas. ($12.99 for a pack of 12)

H. Texas Bluebonnet Seeds. Visitors to Austin can take a little piece of Texas with them! The bluebonnet is the Texas state flower, and a wonderful and lasting gift. ($1.44)

I. Sweet Leaf Tea. Sweet Leaf Tea is brewed right here in Austin, where the company began!
($19.44 for 12-pack)

J. Tiff’s Treats Two Cookie Box. This cookie delivery service started in Austin and is a favorite of locals and visitors! ($3.00)

K. Keep Austin Weird Tie Dye T-shirt. The Keep Austin Weird campaign supports local businesses and has become an Austin staple. ($19.99)

L. Tickets to Antone’s Nightclub. The first club that opened on famous 6th street in Austin still hosts a variety of live music acts. ($10.00)

M. Kerby Lane Pancake Mix. Kerby Lane Café is one of Austin’s most popular restaurants. Open 24-hours, they serve breakfast around the clock and are famous for their pancakes! ($4.99)

N. LiveStrong Wristbands. Austin is home to Lance Armstrong and his Livestrong foundation. All proceeds from the sales of this bracelet go to support Livestrong programs and services for cancer survivors. ($1.00)

O. Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook. No trip to Texas is complete without a little education in Bar-B-Q! This is one of our favorite cookbooks on the subject. ($12.97)

P. Longhorns from Lammes Candy Co. Local candy company Lammes makes these appropriately named Longhorns, a local favorite. ($29.65 for 12 oz. box)

Q. Salt Lick Original Bar-B-Q Sauce 12oz jar. Sauce from one of Austin’s most famous Bar-B-Q restaurants! ($19.95 case of 3 bottles dry rub and sauce)

The girls at Caplan Miller joined forces with the talented Lauren Cunningham of The Creative Parasol, who designed this adorable Austin tote for us! Simply download the overlay here and take it to your local screen-printer. Thank you, Lauren!

From the Austin area and have additional suggestions to add to our tote? What did you love about Austin if you’ve visited before? Have a city in mind for future posts? Comment below and let us know!

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Written with love by Sierra
  1. avatar Whitney reply

    I know you already did Nashville… but how about Memphis? I would love some creative ideas beyond Elvis and Graceland!

    • avatar Sierra reply

      Whitney, thanks for the suggestion! We’ll add it to our list. Visiting Graceland is on my bucket list though. Tennessee is a wonderful state!

  2. avatar Kelsey reply

    I really hope y’all do this for a North Carolina city (like Raleigh!)!

    • avatar Sierra reply

      Since we’re based in the area, there is a VERY good chance that we’ll be featuring a city from the Triangle. Might know a few good experts!

  3. avatar Emily Leach @ Bird Dog Wedding reply

    Go, Austin! Love the tote bag design – super cute!

  4. avatar Lisa reply

    OH MY GOSH!!! I love this so much!!! SO perfect for Austin and any of my fellow Longhorns! Amazing job, y’all! HOOK ‘EM! :)

  5. avatar Shannon reply

    I love this feature! Would love to see a South Carolina city to get some ideas for my Greenville, SC wedding gift bags!

  6. avatar Amanda reply

    I’m an Austin girl, born and raised! Every one of those items is truly “Austin”! Way to go! :)

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    • avatar Courtney reply

      Love the Austin tote… New Braunfels, TX would be a great one too! It’s at the heart of the Texas hill country! Gruene, TX is close by with antique shopping, the Gristmill (restaurant) and Gruene Hall (country dance hall). Also, tubing down the Guadalupe or Comal River are popular activities here!

    • avatar Sierra reply

      Courtney, thanks for all of the suggestions! Tubing sounds too fun!

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