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Hey ladies! Today we have one bit of advice that we are pretty certain no one has ever shared with you before. It runs contrary to popular opinion and may even make the super sweet brides among you balk. Every single bride-to-be we knows falls into this same trap. She never ever registers for enough gifts for the number of guests invited to all of the events hosted in her honor, let alone for enough expensive gifts. Yes, you read that right, you need to register for more luxury goods and big-ticket items.
Your wedding registry is NOT the place to prove to the world you are simple and have little need for worldly goods. If that is truly the case, simply do not register. Filling out your wedding registry is the time to be both practical and aspirational. It is not greedy to like nice things. Clearly your guests have lots of choices and hopefully, will be able to find something lovely to gift in their price range. Continue Reading →
The Quintessential Fall Party Favor
Annie and Joel's New Hampshire wedding was idyllic. Planned and executed to perfection! They got every detail right. If we had to label it, we would call it KISS perfect. Not only did their guests tap their glasses every half an hour or so begging this inspiring couple to grace us with another kiss, Annie and Joel followed our advice to Keep It Simple.
One of our favorite, albeit completely unnecessary, touches was their gifting of the quintessential fall party favor, maple syrup in maple leaf bottles. Not only are these the perfect party favors for fall New England weddings, we love them for just about any autumn celebration. Think “Falling in Love” bridal showers and “A Sweet Life” birthday brunches. And we think this quintessential fall party favor could easily double as a place card if you personalize the favor tags with your guests' names. If we had not just received this favor at Annie's & Joel's wedding, these maple leaf bottles filled with maple syrup would have definitely adorned our Thanksgiving table this year! Continue Reading →
Anyone who has ever shopped for baby shower and new baby gifts knows that the choices are infinitesimal. Each outfit is cuter than the next. Each stuffed animal is imagined in small hugging arms. But every once in a while a company or product comes along that not only elicits oohs and aahs but truly stands out from the rest. For us, Little Giraffe is that company with those products.
This brand offers the most luxurious baby blankets, crib bedding sets, and more. Their soft security blankets and hooded towels make great baby shower gifts and are a particular favorite of celebrity moms including Angelina Jolie, Katie Holmes, Nicole Richie, and Gwen Stefani. All items are machine washable and made in the USA. So stock up on baby shower gifts or find a special something for your own little bundle. – Enjoy! Continue Reading →
Nothing is sweeter than snuggling and cuddling with your little one. How cute and cozy are these mommy and me matching pajamas? Send us your mother daughter pictures in matching PJs – we would love to ooh and ahh! (And with your permission, we will even post them here.) Attention dads with girls: this is an easy and adorable gift for all the girls in your life!
For a fabulous list of Mommy & Me and Family Matching Pajamas, we highly recommend visiting MomMeMatch.com. They are constantly adding to their adorable, picture perfect collection. Continue Reading →
Recently I received a wedding invitation from a lovely couple who I have known since they were both in elementary school and had the honor of watching grow into professionally and personally accomplished adults. As is the custom today, their wedding announcement indicated that they were registered at the usual stores. I spent way too long searching for the perfect present. Finally I narrowed it down to the vacuum cleaner, the knife set, or a generic glass vase. But rather than clicking “buy” I turned off the computer. I wanted to gift this amazing couple something special –something memorable.
So the next time I tackled the project I knew exactly what I was looking for — something elegant and classic, something the couple would use over and over again throughout their years together as they entertained family and friends. I wanted a gift that would add that little extra to their table yet would be something they would never buy for themselves and something that I would want to immediately add to PartyIdeaPros Classic Elegance party package. Continue Reading →
Welcome your out of town guests to your beach wedding! Fill these reusable beach wedding welcome bags with everything your guests will need to enjoy your wedding weekend. Think maps, water bottles, sweets, mints, and anything else you can think of. Afterwards your guests can fold it up, pack it, and re-live the memories of your special weekend every time they go shopping.
Last summer we spent months and months searching for beach wedding welcome bags for one of our visitors. Our biggest issue became the cost. At just $6.30 these market bags come pretty close to being affordable even for the bride and groom with lots of out of town guests. Be sure to take advantage of the any of the ongoing Zazzle sales of up to 50% off select products. If you can be patient, these bags do go on sale occasionally! One more thing >> even though the price of the flip flop bags seem higher, you can easily reduce that price to $6.30 by eliminating the design on the back. Simply press customize, choose the back side of the bag and delete all the design elements. Continue Reading →
Best Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation Present
Every graduation counts >> college, high school, even preschool and kindergarten graduations. Use your child's preschool or kindergarten graduation to reinforce that he or she is growing up and is now old enough and wise enough to be rewarded with the responsibility of an allowance. Financial experts are largely in agreement, even children as young as four and five can begin to learn about the value and responsibility of money. Give your children a few coins each week to save in a fun personalized coin bank from Frecklebox and tell them how proud you are of their accomplishments. This is one of the most important gifts you will ever give your child and it will be appreciated for a lifetime. Continue Reading →
We had no idea there were so many birdhouses! They make fun accents for your garden party and will bring hours of enjoyment after the party is long over. And don't forget the birdhouse theme invitations. Continue Reading →
Courtesy of Sophies Favors
Let's start the new year off right with a resolution to be more environmentally friendly in all aspects of our lives, including our parties! Eco-Friendly party favors and confetti can add a beautiful and environmentally safe element to your party planning. Currently there is a wide variety of Eco-Friendly party supplies that are all made of renewable natural resources. These Eco-Friendly products can add festive splashes of color for practically any kind of event, such as weddings, baby showers, graduation parties, and more. And the best part about it, is that these non-GMO (genetically modified organism) products won’t harm the Earth. These Eco-Friendly favors and confetti are embedded with high quality seeds, which can be planted, so the favors and confetti turns into flowers, plants and herbs. Plantable party supplies are a wonderful way to add thoughtful, eco-friendly ideas to your festivities. They can reduce your event’s footprint and sustain the Earth, while providing your guests with lovely favors that are sustainable for them too!
Plantable Seed Paper Favors
Leave it to our friends to come up with the best ideas! Today Hanna texted. She is hosting a bridal shower and was thinking about skipping a theme and just celebrating the happy couple. Her concept is to use jumbo bride and groom caramel apples for the table centerpieces. She will probably display them on a pretty pedestal cake plate set amidst scattered flower petals. And of course, will add a petal or two to the plate itself to tie it all together.
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