It is always nice to show the people who have been there for you throughout the wedding process a little thanks when your day has come. The easiest way to do this is give your bridesmaids and groomsmen a small gift as a token of your appreciation for their support. Your bridesmaids will always love a little piece of jewelry to remind them of your day, but what do you get the groomsmen? Real Simple came up with a list of unique groomsmen gifts and here are a couple of my favorites.
Turf Coaster Set
This is the perfect gift for the groomsmen who love to play golf. The coasters covered in grass looking turf will keep his coffee table ring-free while sticking with his sporty style!
Barrel Aged Cocktail Kit
This is another great groomsmen gift for the guys who like to party. This set comes with the bottle, honeycomb staves and instructions on how to make his own personalized drink!
I had a small soiree at my house last night and served appetizers and a selection of desserts. I always try to offer a special cocktail in addition to wine, water, and nonalcoholic beverages. Last night, I was inspired to do a champagne punch to complement the menu and found this delicious recipe on Epicurious. It does pack a wallop, but it is really festive and tasty. It would be beautiful served in this silver-banded punch bowl from Williams-Sonoma.
It is always nice to have a guest book at your wedding for guests to leave little notes congratulating you on your special day! But the classic, plain guest book can get a little boring. Here is a great idea from Martha Stewart for an alternative guest book.
Plate Guest Book
Instead of having guests write on a book, buy several white dishes for guests to sign with metallic paint pens. After the event, arrange the plates on a wall in your home in random groupings. You will be reminded of your special day every time you see it and house guests will love the whimsical feel of the decorations!
I think it is always important for brides and grooms to find ways to personalize their wedding. Even if it is a small item like a favor. For couples who love to golf, for example, these personalized golf tees would be perfect as wedding favors for guests.
I had the great privilege of working with Prisca and Eric as they planned their September 2012 Mayflower wedding. As you can see, they are a stunning couple. What the photos don’t show, however, is how absolutely kind and special they are. It was a joy working with them and I wish them much happiness!
Choosing an outfit for a wedding, whether you are the bride, a bridesmaid or just a guest, can be stressful! It can be particularly stressful in the winter time because a “traditional” wedding shoe may not be appropriate for the cold weather. Refinery 29 has compiled a number of wedding shoes that are perfect for the winter. Below are a couple of my favorites but check the rest of the options here.
These gorgeous nude ASOS pumps are great for the bride (or bridesmaid) on a budget. The gold toe cap with jewels adds a total luxe feel without breaking the bank!
Alice and Olivia Odell Mirror Leather Heel
These unique Alice and Olivia wedges with their shiny, silver leather is a perfect accompaniment to a wedding dress. And not to mention the wedge heel will allow you to dance the night away pain free!
Even though it seems like it was just New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day is around the corner. While it is always sweet to give your Valentine a box of chocolates or a heartfelt card, there are tons of other small DIY crafts that make thoughtful and fun gifts! Below are two of my favorite but there are plenty more to choose from on Martha Stewart’s website.
Heart Shaped Soap
Remember those conversation heart candies that you used to give your Valentines when we were kids? These heart shaped soaps are the grown up version. They require a few ingredients and time to make, but your Valentine is guaranteed to love the thought and effort you put in!
Message in a Bottle
This message in a bottle idea is easy to pull off. All you really need is a clear, empty wine bottle, markers and a few heart decorations. Then write your love letter on a pretty piece of paper and slip it in the bottle. It may seem simple but your Valentine will love this fun and quirky gift!
Whether you are hosting guests for a Valentine’s Day get together or just want to show that special someone you care, this project is for you! These pomegranate filled ice cubes are easy to make and will instantly make any drink you serve that much more special.
Pomegranate Heart Ice Cubes
You can find a step-by-step process on how to make these ice cubs here, but essentially you just put three pomegranate seeds in a heart shaped ice tray. Freeze and then serve in your drink of choice!
REAL SIMPLE featured a post titled “New Year New Uses,” which I loved. It explains how common household items can be transformed into something new and awesome! There are several in the article worth checking out but below are a few of my favorites.
Baby Oil to Detangle Necklaces
One of the most frustrating things for me is when my necklaces get tangled! I can never seem to untangle them myself. Easy solution: rub a small amount of baby oil into the knot and work it free with a straight pin.
Holiday Lights as a Night Light
This is a fun, quirky way to use your holiday lights year round. Simply get any size Mason jar and fill it with battery powered holiday lights. This cute night light can be used anywhere around your home to add spark.
Lollipops as Cocktail Stirrers
Maybe it is because I am a kid at heart but I love the idea of using lollipops as cocktail stirrers. Pick a flavor or color that compliments the cocktail being served. Your guests will love this fun twist on a childhood favorite!