I am on a red velvet cupcake high! Stressful morning so I treated myself to a nice quiet lunch at one of my favorite little restaurants and topped it off with a cupcake, wrapped in its own beautiful little box. I think the packaging made me happier than the cupcake itself! The thought that went into the design of the package told me that the cupcake maker thought enough of her customers to make it beautiful and it made me happy the second it was put in my hands. It was just a small box, nothing too fancy but it was designed for the cupcake and fit perfectly in my hand. It sat next to me in my vehicle on my way back to work. I spoke to it lovingly. I was going to name it but then thought I might not be able to eat it. This a good example of taking that one little extra step to show someone you put some real thought into whatever it is you are doing. Some other suggestions:
1) If you are asked to make a meal for a family in need, add paper plates, napkins and utensils for easy clean up.
2) If you are asked to host a shower for someone, provide the guest of honor with addressed, self- stamped thank you cards so she just has to write the thank you and drop it in the mail.
3) If you are asked to carpool for other families, have snacks, drinks in your vehicle for hungry after-school kids.
You get the idea. Go the extra step and raise the bar a little. It will bring others great joy and make you look like a super-star. I love my new cupcake lady and thank her for bringing a little something extra to my cupcake eating experience.