Wedding Favors Your Guests Are Sure to Love

Choosing a wedding favor to give out to your lovely guests may seem a bit daunting. You already have the pressure of planning a wedding, but now you need to think of a sweet handout for every single attendee? It’s certainly a lot. But no worries, choosing a wedding favor doesn’t have to be that stressful! We’ve gathered a bunch of options for you to take inspiration from. The gifts can be as small or large as you wish them to be. Something small and easy like a little bag of your favorite candy along with a little bag of your partner’s favorite too, a small plant or succulent, or even a nip for everyone who’s of age! You can also do a handout that’s a little more personal, such as a soundtrack to your wedding, items personalized with the guest’s name, or even a funny guide on how to stay awake during a wedding ceremony. No matter what you choose to do, your guests will love it! Here’s some more inspiration for you to look at and help your creativity flow.

Our Favorite Black Fiday Deals

Photo Source: Stephen Chernin

Photo Source: Stephen Chernin

Black Friday is just around the corner, and we want you brave souls who go shopping to get the best deals! Here is our list of the best and biggest Black Friday deals!


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  • Beats By Dr. Dre Beats Studio2 Wireless Over the Ear Headphones: $159.00, regularly $379.99
  • Kitchen Aid Professional 500 Series Stand Mixer: $199.99, regularly $499.99
  • Save up to $200 with activation of iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus

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  • 40% off Women’s Shoes and Boots
  • $39.99-$59.99 Women’s Cashmere Sweaters
  • 60% off Men’s Outerwear
  • 20% off all Sunglass Hut Sunglasses
     

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  • 50% off Time for Joy Holiday Toys, Treats, Apparel, and Accessories
  • 50% off You & Me 2-level Cat Tree and Vesper V-High Base Cat Furniture
  • 50% off Aqueon Aquarium and Zoo Med Reptile Starter Kits

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  • TLC 49” 4K Ultra HD 120 Hz Roku High Dynamic Range Smart TV: $349.99, regularly $379.99
  • GoPro HERO5 (black) plus free $50 Target gift card with purchase: $349.99, regularly $399.99
  • Dyson V6 Animal Vacuum: $249.99, regularly $499.99

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  • Nintendo Switch Console with Red and Blue Joy-Con: $299, regularly $337.99
  • Google Home plus $25 Google Express Offer: $79, regularly $129
  • Save $100 on Frozen Sleigh or John Deere Gator 12V Ride-On
     

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we find ourselves struggling to find the perfect gift for everyone in our lives! Between keeping up with trends, the latest toys, and finding something for that one person that you can never find a gift for… it can be a stressful experience. We’ve put together our top three picks for a variety of personalities to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

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Stranger Things Monopoly

Stranger Things Monopoly

Quadcopter

Quadcopter

 
Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

 
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Book Embosser

Book Embosser

Kindle or Nook

Kindle or Nook

Leather Personalized Journal from Etsy

Leather Personalized Journal from Etsy

Book of the Month Club

Book of the Month Club

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Kate Hudson's New Entertaining Book

Kate Hudson's New Entertaining Book

 
Multi-Tier Serving Tray

Multi-Tier Serving Tray

Inflatable Movie Projection Screen

Inflatable Movie Projection Screen

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Survival Kit

Survival Kit

LL Bean Kayak Class

LL Bean Kayak Class

Purifying Straws

Purifying Straws

 
Snowshoes

Snowshoes

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Paint Nite

Paint Nite

 
Wooden Easel

Wooden Easel

Ellucy Stitches embroidery kit

Ellucy Stitches embroidery kit

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Knife Sharpener

Knife Sharpener

Cheese of the Month Club

Cheese of the Month Club

Cooking Class

Cooking Class

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Robe

Robe

Charleston Candle

Charleston Candle

LL Bean Slippers

LL Bean Slippers

Year Subscription to Texture

Year Subscription to Texture

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Family Photo Album

Family Photo Album

Custom Mug

Custom Mug

Glass Photo

Glass Photo

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Yeti Tumbler

Yeti Tumbler

Perfect Weekender Bag

Perfect Weekender Bag

Airbnb Gift Card

Airbnb Gift Card

Father's Day Gift Ideas

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image courtesy of: bird's cards

With Father’s Day approaching, it’s sometimes difficult to find a gift perfect for your hardworking dad. Do you buy him another watch, wallet, or more clothes? We’ve sought out to create a list of gifts that are perfect for every dad out there!

For the dad who loves…

What better way to start the summer season than to set your dad up with the perfect grilling gifts? In addition to buying him new grilling utensils, bring out your creative side and try making this DIY grill set holder,

 
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image courtesy of: porch

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image courtesy of: lil' luna

or make fun sauces with labels for all the delicious BBQ foods he makes!

For the dads who have a passion for fishing, reel in some awesome gifts that he will love! From cute keychains with the kids’ names, or another DIY project to hang fishing photos from, your dad will think these gifts are the best catch he can get!

 

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image courtesy of: natasha aloha

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image courtesy of: hometalk

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image courtesy of: kristen duke photography

or bake him up some tasty hammer and tools cookies!

Does your dad love to design and build? If so, making him a custom toolbox filled with his favorite goodies is a great gift! Try making him this DIY toolbox filled with his favorite candies and drinks

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image courtesy of: sweetopia

What Wedding Registry is Right for You?

One big step in planning your wedding is to also plan and design your registry. While there are many useful sites out there to help you with your registry check list, it is also important to decide on which type of registry platform best suits you: Home goods, Honeymoon, or Charity Donations! 

In need of some new kitchenware or towels? One of the most common registry platforms is a home goods registry where the couple is able to create a list of items for their home (either current or future home together) that their guests can purchase. This is a great way to decorate and get those home essentials that may be out of your budget after your big day!

Image Credit:  Kitchen Ware Products

Image Credit: Kitchen Ware Products

Image Credit:  Real Simple

Image Credit: Real Simple

Another common registry platform is charity donations. If you and your significant other have a charity or two that you cherish, have your guests contribute donations instead of giving gifts! As they say, nothing gives more than the gift of giving! 

Instead of having guests bring gifts for your home, having a honeymoon registry is a great way for your guests to contribute to your travel funds! Aside from cash to fund the honeymoon, there are many options for travel gifts, such as the plane tickets, booking a dinner for the two of you, or reserving a spot in a snorkeling class or tour! Having a honeymoon registry will take the stress out of some planning, and you can focus more on your wedding day! 

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Image Source: Something Turquoise

Oh Joy!

Registry alert! Blogger Joy Cho has released her Oh Joy collection for Target and we want it all! Her spring 2017 line is everything you want spring to be and its a great way to keep cheery during these winter months! Bold graphic designs bring a fun element to your home's design. Burst of vibrant colors down to a OMG vase, this collection is a must have.

Create Ways to Ask Your Bridesmaids

Yay! You're engaged and now it's time to start planning! Your wedding day is a day that you are surrounded by your friends and family including having people stand by you as you make this commitment. Being a bridesmaid is an exciting role to play in a wedding, but it also is time and money commitment that you are asking them to make, so why not show your appreciation from the start.

Here are our favorite ways to ask the big question and get your bridesmaids excited about the wedding and all the exciting events that come with it!


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We love custom gift baskets! They are a great way to present your bridesmaids with a gift filled with goodies. We love when the baskets are mixed with items for the bridesmaids to use in their everyday lives but also items that represent your wedding.


 

Can't ask in person? We suggest going old school and write a letter. Checking the mailbox to find a sweet note in that pile of bills is always a nice surprise! Since we love all things Rifle Paper Co. paper goods, we suggest popping the questions in a beautiful note card! Best part of writing a letter? It becomes a keepsake for your friend as a reminder of how strong and supportive your friendship is.

A Letter always seemed to me like Immortality, for is it not the Mind alone, without corporeal friend?
— Emily Dickinson

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Photography: Bryan Gardner

 

 

What better way to pop the question then with Rose! Or even better, Rose with a personal message! Veuve Clicquot Rose in Clicq'Call Box, allows you to record your message to your bestie. Cheers to a fun journey to the alter, filled with love, laughter and many a night of wine and DIYing!


Giving a gift that is personalized shows the recipient that you took the time to create something just for them. We love the idea of custom totes. These tote bags are great for everyday use but also to carry essential items around on the wedding day. 

Holiday DIY Gift Guide

Photo Source:  Extra Petite

Photo Source: Extra Petite

The holidays are just around the corner! Have you started your shopping? If you are looking to gift something more personal, we have rounded up our favorite DIY holiday gift ideas. From the hostess to your bestie we have the perfect idea for you. Cheers to a weekend of DIYing and hot chocolate!


Photo by Christopher Baker, Source Real Simple

Photo by Christopher Baker, Source Real Simple

Gold-Leaf Bud-Vase Trio

What You Need

  • 3 glass bud vases of different shapes
  • gold-leaf kit
  • scissors
  • 2 small, soft paintbrushes

What to Do

1. Dip a paintbrush in the adhesive (from the gold-leaf kit) and paint loose, slightly irregular upward strokes to cover the outer rims of the vases. Set aside for an hour while the adhesive becomes tacky (it will turn clear).

2. Cut sheets of gold leaf into 1- to 2-inch strips. Press the gold leaf onto the adhesive.     Peel off the paper backing. Dust away any excess gold leaf with the clean      paintbrush

                                                                                    3. Apply the sealer and let dry for 30 minutes.

 

Holiday Stovetop Simmer

Ingredients

  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh pine and/or fir
  • 2-3 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 mandarin, whole
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • Small window tin-tie bags
  • Small rectangle text labels
  • Large oval hang tags
  • Sprigs of fir for garnishing your gift bags

Full instructions can be found here.

 

Personalized Bracelets

Supplies:
-flat leather (10mm x 2mm) or oval leather (10mm x 6mm)
-letter sliders (I love this font in either 10mm x 2mm or 10mm x 6mm, and they sell hashtags too!)
-magnetic clasp (10mm x 2mm or 10mm x 6mm)
-jewelry glue

Full instructions can be found here.

 
Source: BBC Good Food

Source: BBC Good Food

Chocolate Brownie Mix

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 95 g plain flour
  • 35 g cocoa
  • 75 g plain flour
  • 135 g brown sugar
  • 150 g sugar
  • 100 g chocolate chips
  • 100g white chocolate chips
  • 50 g walnuts or pecans (optional)

Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Black Friday! The holiday rush is upon us! We know, we can’t believe it either. Are you stressing over finding the perfect gift for that special someone? Here is our 2016 Holiday Guide. From parents to kids to your better half, you don’t have to worry, we've got you covered.

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Our #newestobsession is gift boxes! On the hunt for a gift that can express how grateful you are to your friends and family for taking part in your wedding? Custom gift boxes are the answer! Here is our round up for your viewing pleasure. Start pinning!

Photo courtesy of: Mirelle Carmichael  Designed by:  Noonan's Wine Country Designs

Photo courtesy of: Mirelle Carmichael

Designed by: Noonan's Wine Country Designs

Image courtesy of:  Loved and Found

Image courtesy of: Loved and Found

Image courtesy of:  Teak & Twine

Image courtesy of: Teak & Twine

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Image courtesy of: Box Fox

We wanted to learn more about the process of making these gorgeous gift boxes so we want to the source. We were lucky enough to hear from Torrance Hart, founder of Teak and Twine.

 
 
Torrence Hart, Teak and Twine

Torrence Hart, Teak and Twine

PV: How did you start Teak & Twine? What was your inspiration?

TH: My journey to Teak & Twine was less about a "eureka!" moment and more like a series of small realizations.  I spent the last eight years in the Air Force.  I loved it, but I think I always secretly kept one eye open for something I could dive into both as a wannabe entrepreneur and as a wannabe creative.

I started thinking about how the internet had made gifting easy, but had taken a lot of the personalization and love out of it. I am also a branding and packaging junkie, and I got the idea to create gifts where the packaging of each element fit together with the rest of the contents to create a unified aesthetic.  The more I thought about these two ideas, the more I started thinking that crazy-seeming question:"how about me?"  

A year later, we have had the honor of creating over 3,000 gifts for our wonderful clients; not only wedding welcome gifts that tell the story of a couple and a location, but client gifts for photographers and planners, corporate gifts, and special occasion gifts for clients to express everything from "congratulations!" to "I'm thinking of you."

PV: How do you help your clients design custom gift boxes? Where is the best place to start?

TH: My team and I love working with our clients to ensure that each gift is a perfect reflection of the event, the relationship, and the recipient.  When working with a professional on a custom client gift, we love hearing about your branding, the mood and emotions behind your brand, where you are from or usually work, and what your clients are like.  When we are making a gift for a client's friends or family, we ask about the recipients' favorite colors, scents, hobbies and places- anything that might help us get a feel for that person and what they love. We want each element we pick to be something that is going to be treasured, enjoyed, and make the gift feel like it was created especially for them!  

PV: What's your favorite part of designing?

TH: Our business is somewhat unique in that almost 100% of our clients are purchasing something for someone other than themselves. It is such a pleasure to work with folks who come to us from such a place of generosity and gratitude. Our favorite thing to hear is: "Wow, that gift is so my mom!" or "You really captured my brand perfectly."  I also love being a part of a surprise-it is SO exciting and rewarding!

Get the perfect shave with Aud + El

Tiffany Becker Williams began her business in Eastern MA as a hobby, creating small wedding favors. From beeswax candles to body scrubs and succulent plants, Aud + El products are made with minimal ingredients to promote maximum luxury.

My personal favorite? The Aud + El Pink Coconut Body Scrub; strong enough to give a deep exfoliation while remaining super moisturizing. This scrub leaves my skin feeling buttery smooth, working amazingly to exfoliate my legs in preparation for some beach-day fun!

 

4 Steps to a Perfect Shave ft. Aud + El

Step 1 – Steam 

Always leave shaving last on your showering to-do list. In order to prep you legs and soften the skin and hair follicle, allow the steam from the hot water to do the work for you for at least 7 minutes before shaving.

Step 2 – Scrub

Using your hand to work in circular motions, slowly exfoliate your legs using Aud + El’s Pink Coconut Body Scrub. The salt from the scrub will exfoliate all dead skin from your legs, giving you a perfectly close shave. Wash away the leftover scrub using warm water as the coconut oil works to moisturize your skin.

Step 3 – Shave

Using a 5-blade razor, begin to shave with slow, vertical strokes against hair growth. Make sure your razor is sharp, as using a dull razor makes you more prone to getting knicks, cuts and ingrown hairs.

Step 4 – Moisturize

After hopping out of the shower, be sure to moisturize with a gentle, unscented moisturizer. Moisturizers with harsh smells and chemicals are more likely to aggravate the skin. I love using a little bit of organic coconut oil to give me a silky smooth finish!

 

Voilá, the perfect shave!

Interested in trying out Aud + El yourself? Enter to win your very own jar of Pink Coconut Body Scrub below! Make sure to checkout the Aud + El store on Etsy for more info.

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Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday rush is upon us! We know, we can’t believe it either! Are you stressing over finding the perfect gift for that special someone? Here is our 2015 Holiday Guide. From parents to kids to your better half, you don’t have to worry, we've got you covered.

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  1. West Elm Throw Blankets

  2. Raw Spice Bar Monthly

  3. Imprint Collaborative Gifts

  4. Uncommon Goods Whiskey Barrel Bow Tie

  5. Just Wanderlust Moleskin Cover Organizer

  6. Crosley Portable Turntable

  7. Rosie Revere, Engineer

  8. Pirasta Giant Coloring Poster

  9. Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland

  10. Fig & Yarrow Pink Love Salts

  11. Emerald Duv Letter Bracelet

  12. Minted Watercolor Prints

  13. Elucx Le Gentleman Beard Serum

  14. Beer of the Month Club

  15. Flight 001 "It's Only Money" Money Clip

  16. Kringle Candle Peony Candle

  17. Rifle Paper Co. Journal

  18. Birch Box Monthly Beauty Kits

 

Cranberry Infused Vodka

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  1. Bottles
  2. 1 lb. bag of cranberries
  3. Good quality vodka
  4. Sugar
  5. Ribbon
  6. Glass Etching Cream
  7. Stencil (It's always best to use vinyl stencils, plastic can be hard to work with on glass)
  8. Stencil Adhesive
  9. Gift tags (SEE DOWNLOAD)
  1. Rinse cranberries
  2. Place cranberries in a bowl, and muddle them.
  3. Place muddled cranberries and 1 cup of sugar into saucepan and place on medium-low heat
  4. Allow sugar to dissolve and the mixture to slowly boil, until the liquid becomes a syrup
  5. In a sterilized bottle, add your high proof vodka leaving enough room to add your cranberry mixture.
  6. Strain your cranberries, preserving the liquid.
  7. Add your cranberry liquid to your sterilized bottle.

For a pretty presentation, we decided to add a bit of etched glass detail to our bottle.

  1. If your stencils are not self-adhesive, coat back of stencil with adhesive, following the directions on the bottle.
  2. Paint etching cream onto stencil, making sure to apply a thick coat.
  3. Pull the stencil, and allow it to sit for about ten minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
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And a holiday bonus! Click here to download pretty gift tags to add something special to your holiday gifts.

 

*Please be patient while the file downloads. These files are large and high quality!

Holiday Hostess' Gift

Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-Holiday Hostess Gift DIY

Going to someone's house for Thanksgiving? Make sure you don't show up empty handed! This easy DIY is a great way to say "thank you".

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  • pencil
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush

 

  • brass thumbtacks
  • tall drinking glass
  • flowers
  • knife
  • pumpkin

Using the rim of the glass, mark a ring around the top of the pumpkin.

Carve out the pumpkin, following your pencil line, and scoop out the insides.

Paint the pumpkin. Make sure you use two coats.

Once dried, pencil out your thumbtack design. Use the same tacking techniques from our earlier DIY Gold Accent post.

Place the glass in the pumpkin, fill it with water, and place your flowers inside. Easy as pie!

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