The Best Wedding Gift Idea +

If you’re anything like me when an event approaches, you can’t settle for something on the registry that may have already been purchased for the lovely bride and groom.

I like to customize things for others because it feels a little more personal + thoughtful, which usually will make anyone feel special. And that’s what you want to do when there is a huge event for someone!

So my cousin got married + I obviously wanted to give them something that would last a long time, as well as regularly be used….and what can’t you go wrong with? WINE.

Thanksgiving? Wine.

Valentines Day? Rosé.

Christmas?? Wine.

New Year’s Eve? Pop open a bottle.

Traveling? What the hell. Wine.

I ordered a custom wine rack from Robert’s Craft Shop. There are multiple fonts, colors and wood styles to choose from. For me, simple and elegant did it nicely.

Then I went to a few different places to get a few wine bottles I love. In this case, I wanted a variety of colored tops for a variety of types of wine – different flavors suiting different events or holidays.

Hint: If you’re ballin on a budget, Trader Joe’s has some AMAZING wine for under $10!

Once I found bottles in the shape and colors I was looking for, I removed the previous label by soaking the bottles is lukewarm water with baking soda overnight – carefully avoiding the foiled tops.

After cleaning up the bottles, I was ready to put on my new labels which I customized for the newlyweds.

I ordered these sleek and clean looking labels from Pria&co. The shop had great ratings and included a useful guide for picking out bottles + relabeling.

They have a label for any holiday or event you choose.

And voila! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

You have a beautiful custom gift for the bride + groom you love. Now let’s see if they can make it to each holiday before drinking them all 😝

Friendsgiving+

This year we hosted and celebrated our first ever Friendsgiving. If you don’t know what that is, it’s pretty self-explanatory …Thanksgiving with Friends!

Every get together we have, we like to create a photo booth. It makes a cute and fun background for pictures to save our memories. We kept it simple and moderately budget friendly…I seem to spend more money on balloons than anything else, every time.

For the backdrop:

The streamers are thicker than your normal crepe party steamers. They actually come on a huge, long sheet, so I cut them about 4-5 inches wide. I ordered 4 different colored rolls from Paper Mart. (a great/useful site I have stumbled upon) They are relatively inexpensive- each roll was no more than $4. They are heavier duty, and it keeps the backdrop from not only being flimsy and tearing, but also from looking cheap. We tacked the top to the wall, twisted a few times, then tacked the bottom. The balloons are from Party City and run about $10 each. They also cost around $5-8 each to fill with helium, so keep that in mind if you’re using a ton of letters. If you’ve never seen these balloons in person, they’re pretty big. (average size of 25×32 inches) We strung them together at the top and taped the back so they would move as little as possible. Voila!

Backdrop #2

For our second backdrop and memory wall, we used Shutterfly to print out 4×4 photos from Facebook, Instagram, and our iPhone camera roll. I use this company for 90% of my photo needs because they always have discount codes. We actually got all of these printed for free & just paid for shipping. It’s delivered and fast. I hate going out of my way to sit somewhere like Walgreen’s, use their slow computer system, and wait for my pictures to be printed. I just order these and they’re at my house in about 3 days. We cut a border out of white poster board and glued it to the back of each picture. Then tacked pretty string to the wall, and used our Thanksgiving colored clothespins to hang them up. I hand drew the banner and lettering with a chalk marker on black poster board, then cut it out.

At the table:

The place mats were the easiest thing to do. I bought a roll of postal wrapping paper, measured the size of a regular place mat, and cut out multiple copies. Next I just hand-lettered over the top outline of a normal size plate with each person’s name. Super simple and still tasteful. Napkins were purchased from HomeGoods, tablecloth and paper plates from Target.

Hope these simple and easy ideas inspire your next Friendsgiving! Happy eating!