So many birthdays this month already: Justin, Jason, John, Tobey, Lexi, Miles, Maria, Sam, Ed, Alyssa, Mike, Michael, and…my Mom!  She’s always had a love for fruits: in her kitchen adorning the cabinets and walls, fashioned in clay, wood, porcelain and glass, so I used this Martha Stewart idea to make a gift for her: little hemstitch Irish linen cocktail napkins embellished with little button fruits.

I got the plain napkins from the extensively-stocked Boutross Imports in Brooklyn where they have “everything in linens since 1894”!  I love their amazing selection for table, bed, bath and baby from doilies to sheets to dresses and beyond.  I started in the car on the way to our DC/Philly vacation at the beginning of the month.

It took a little planning…

and for the dozen napkins I chose a dozen fruits and got going…

and then there were 12.
There were the citrus fruits: lemon, orange and lime.
The stone fruits: cherry, plum, peach and apricot.
One vegetable (peapod) and the “other” fruits: apple, blueberries, banana and grapes.
Then time for wrapping: one of my favorite parts!  I was very pleased to find a box I had saved from Manhattan Fruitier that came with a Christmas basket last year.
So, in they went with some sunny, yellow tissue.
Had to add a nice tag
and I had a little something for my sister, Emily, so why not wrap that too?  
P.S.: the other little box is Maple Walnut Fudge from the Reading Terminal Market  in Philly, fabulous foodie haven!, but more about that soon.