As most of you know Team Crooks just relocated to Lantana, TX, a civilian community/special assignment near Denton. We love our neighborhood. It’s beautiful. The only problem is that almost everyone here is new due to the homes being new construction. It was the first time we’ve moved somewhere and not at least been greeted (sometimes we even get some goodies) by a neighbor.
Usually you can meet people by making yourself available outside and that has worked to meet a few people here. Every night when we first moved we took the dogs on family walks on the nature trail. Now though, we’re smack dab in the height of summer and 103-107 degrees does not make a fun family walk.
I was browsing on Facebook when I came across my friend Amy’s Spouse Buzz blog where she told us how she got creative and decided to greet her neighbors that had just moved in. Admittedly, as I read I was secretly hoping that some of my neighbors would do something so special. Who doesn’t love fresh baked chocolate chip cookies? Yum! Amy is a very good neighbor – and Amy, I’m sure the house full of LT’s thought so even though they didn’t fully appreciate your babysitter tip!
Aside from combing through the Lantana Community roster and anonymously emailing all of my neighbors with Amy’s link to her blog, what’s a girl to do? I need friends. I really do want to know who my neighbors are. Kevin and I have been blessed almost every location we’ve been stationed – especially Fort Stewart – to have amazing neighbors who we would sit out on Friday and Saturday nights with and have a drink, laugh, and shoot the breeze. We’ve always had someone to trade pet sitting duties with and volunteer to pick up packages. Lantana boasted this wonderful neighborhood – and I know that it is – but where were the people? Time to take matters into my own hands. I was going to greet THEM.
I took to Pinterest and was almost immediately inspired by Happy Home Fairy’s popcorn idea. This was easy, cheap, and wouldn’t require me baking thirty sets of chocolate chip cookies (Amy, I’m an overachiever but everyone has their limits).
I wasn’t doing Christmas gifts so I was going to have to make my own template. I decided what information I was going to offer up and created a graphic that had two sides. “We’re Your New Neighbors…Just Poppin’ In!” was the first one. Then the second side included some personal information.
Don’t despair you don’t have to be graphically inclined, I’ve made you two templates here – they’re printable! One is fill-in-the-blank and the other with is blank for a personal note. You choose which one you wish to print.
I printed mine out on white card stock. Then simply cut each one out. I used my heavy duty paper cutter but if you don’t have one of those a pair of scissors works just fine.
Then I headed to Target to purchase popcorn. It’s up to you what kind you wish to purchase. Because I was doing thirty of these I went with Market Pantry brand. You’ll also need some ribbon and a hole punch if you don’t already have any. Fortunately, I had tons from way back when Paper Factory went out of business and they had all of their curling ribbon for .10 – sometimes it’s better if you just don’t even try to wonder what kind of junk I’m moving all over the Nation. Anyway, back to the project.
Cut your ribbon. Punch a hole in each card. Place one of the top greeting cards and one of the information/note cards with each package of popcorn.
And Viola! there you have it – a fun and easy “Hi I’m your neighbor and look how crafty I am. Don’t you want to craft with me too?” – your introduction to the neighbors.
Oh, and by the way here is my other wonderful piece of advice before I go – don’t ever, EVER, underestimate the wonderful glory that is putting your children to work for you. Trust me, they loved every minute of it!
**UPDATE: Since we gave out the gifts this weekend we’ve gotten three emails from our neighbors thanking us introducing themselves as well. It worked!**