Fab Finds: Holiday Edition

Oh, hello!  It’s been a while, but I am attempting to blog more and share some holiday cheer and inspiration. First up, fab finds for the holidays. During a recent Google search I came across a few interesting gift ideas and thought it would be nice to share – free of charge of course. I spend a ridiculous amount of time searching for gifts each year and even more time searching for the perfect wrapping paper. This year I am happy to report that I found amazing gift wrap – post to come later. So, back to the gifts. Here are a few interesting gift ideas that will surely be a big hit.  enjoy!

For the gardener, or the person that has a big yard and you have no idea what to get them: Seed Bombs, five gumball-sized balls packed into a 3 x 4 1/2-inch pouch, ready for gift-giving. Flower mixture includes Baby Blue Eyes, Baby’s Breath, Black Eyed Susan, Blue Flax, California Poppy, Cornflower, Gloriosa Daisy, plus many more.

Flower Bombs
{etsy find: made by visualingual, $7 and up}

For the new mom, or the person who really needs to clean their house, but you don’t want to say it out loud: Organic Cleaning Products from the Honest Company, a full one-month supply (you can also opt for a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription option) of the most important & non-toxic bath/skin & household cleaning products for your entire family.

honest company
{organic find: the honest company, $35 for a one month subscription)

For the cat lover, or your cat, because why wouldn’t you buy your cat a gift: Cat Tipi, a cool hideaway for your furry friend.

Cat Tipi
{glamour magazine find: Cattipi.com, $54}

For the coffee lover, or anyone who needs a gift and you’re not sure what to get them: DIY Coffee Cups, just purchase a few white coffee mugs from Home Goods, TJ Maxx or Old Time Pottery ($1.99-3.99), a black paint marker from a local craft store ($2.95), and you’re done!

DIY Coffee Cups
{pinterest find: made by me}


For the monogram obsessed, or yourself, because shopping is stressful and you deserve a gift for all your hard work: Monogram Clutch from GiGi New York, 
to compliment your chic style, this slim yet voluminous clutch can fit more than you would think. Free personalization, and shipping on orders over $75.

Gigi New York
{Elements of Style Blog find: Gigi New York Clutch, $105 and up}

Happy shopping! xoxo

Bash Box: An Outdoor Affair

I love parties but sometimes the thought of putting everything together can get a little stressful.  Borrow the Bash is a new company that takes the stress out of party planning. Here is a sneak peek of one of the party boxes launching soon.

Hosting a dinner party can be stressful! Between planning the menu, gathering the goods and cleaning up the house, you are bound to break a sweat — and maybe a glass or two. Borrow the Bash is here to help. With the curated dinner party you can turn a bland space into a twinkling affair. Complete with everything you need to entertain to a group of 10-12 guests. Check out Borrow the Bash for more details.

BTBCollage

What you get:

  • Dinner Plates
  • Dessert Plates
  • Wooden Utensils
  • Paper Straws
  • Fancy Cups
  • Napkins
  • Bakers Twine
  • (2) Lanterns
  • (2) Glass Flower Vases
  • Tea Lights
  • Favor Bags
  • Printed Cupcake Liners
  • Skewers
  • Chevron Runner (optional)

Bridal Shower Inspiration: Bride-To-Bee

Shower the bride-to-be with an event filled with honey.  Here is a little inspiration for a “bee” inspired event.  Enjoy!

Bee-utiful

{SignBee HoneyBee CakeDrink Stirrers, Chair and Flowers, Small Sandwich, FavorsCandy BarDrink}

 

 

Happy Planning! xoxo

 

 

The Penny Pinching Bride

With extra time on my hands I have been dividing my attention between wedding planning, job hunting and figuring out where I can cut corners without giving up my lavish life style. And by lavish I mean daily grande non-fat caramel macchiatos from Starbucks.

I thought about extreme couponing and quickly decided there had to be a better way. So, I committed myself to figuring out how to lower my weekly grocery bill without starving myself and turning into one of those dangerous coupon people.  (No offense to any one that partakes in couponing.  I feel it’s just a little too extreme for me.)

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So, what am I going to do you ask? Well I scanned over my recent supermarket receipt and noticed a few things…first, I barely bought anything edible and second what I did buy, that I could consume was either chicken or prepackaged items like salsa and hummus.  Things I could probably make from scratch for a fraction of the price.

Now to answer your question,(what the hell am I going to do) I plan on adding “find grocery deals” to my ever-growing task list. But I promise it will not be anything extreme and I will post any relevant coupons here for your savings enjoyment. Sharing is caring right?

Here are a few deals I found so far:

Coffee Mate Coffee Creamer – Every bride-to-be needs a delicious cup of coffee

Pom Wonderful - I always want to buy this when I’m at the store..but can’t fathom spending so much on a drink

Cereal – Perfect for breakfast and a mid-day snack

Michael’s - For the DIY bride

Every penny counts! enjoy! xoxo

A Little Inspiration {Board}

I am officially the Unemployed Bride.  I had to resign from a job I recently accepted due to a health issue caused by the products being tested in the office.  So, with all my free time (and in between job searching and wedding planning), I decided to attempt to create a few inspiration boards.  Below is my first attempt after a five month hiatus from Photo Shop.

 {Image sources can be found here}

Have a Seat: Mastering the Seating Chart

I am nowhere near creating a seating chart, but from what I’ve heard, it’s one of the most tedious tasks a bride and groom have to endure and making sure guests mesh well together can take hours of deliberation. With only one opportunity to get it right, designing a seating chart that pleases everyone is worth all the extra time and aggravation it takes to create.

If your RSPV’s are flooding in and you are ready to conquer the chart, before you start writing down names and table numbers, visualize your venue! Creating a floor plan of your space will allow you to picture where everything is set up. From the dance floor to the DJ and speakers, being able to visualize will help you seat the older crowd in a quieter part of the room and the party animal’s right where they belong – close to the dance floor! If you need assistance or want to check out a seating chart template check outWedding Wire or Wedding Mapper for help.

Figuring out where to seat your family at your reception can become a task within itself. To makes sure your family is not seated where you know they’ll loathe or next to a family member or friend you know they hate, start with your closest relatives and bridal party first, and then fill the gaps with guests that have similar personalities. Try not to make your single or married friends feel like they have the plaque by seating them all at one table instead mix them up and seat them where you know they’ll feel comfortable and motivated to mingle. It’s also a good idea to keep one table empty so vendors and any unexpected guests can sit and enjoy the night.  For more seating etiquette suggestions check out Martha Stewart Weddings.

Even though seating charts may seem insignificant, having a plan will keep everything running smoothly. Have you ever attended an event with open seating?  It can get messy. If you’re looking to simplify the task, assign tables for your guests and allow them to choose where they want to sit at that particular table.  Check with your catering manager first if you decide to go this route, this might work best if you are serving only one entrée during the reception.

When you finally figure out where to seat everyone, the next step is to determine how to get them there. Here are a few unique ideas on how to guide your guests to their tables.