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 😝

Christmas Mimosas +

I’m sure at some point you saw the Facebook video circulating about with the pretty glasses full of fruit & champagne. 10 seconds in and I was sold.

I decided to try out the “Christmosas” for myself. The video was super simple so I stacked up the ingredients & went to work!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 apples (whatever kind you prefer)
  • Green or red grapes
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Sparkling grape juice
  • Extra dry champagne

I diced up the apples & grapes and tossed them in a large glass pitcher I had.


Then dumped in a handful of cranberries & a half a pack (2.0 oz) of pomegranate seeds.

Afterward I poured in about half the sparkling grape juice & the entire bottle of champagne.

Mix up and enjoy!

I loved making this for my family. We all sipped our Christmosas and got lit as we opened presents! It was an extremely simple recipe and cost under $30. Totally doing this again next year.

Christmas Gift Idea for Moms

If you’re like me, every holiday you struggle trying to figure out what to buy for your mom. Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and especially Christmas.

What do you buy the person who already has everything?!

Here’s a simple yet thoughtful gift idea that I was inspired to put together for this Christmas holiday in particular.

GIFT BOXES!

  1. The box itself

    I purchased this pretty festive and floral box at Homegoods. There were soOOoOOOo many to choose from, and if you think they’re running low check inside each box- they pile even more inside each other. (Box priced at $7.99)

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2. The goodies inside

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(From left to right)

  • The light pink box is full of luxury chocolates. I chose this one because it matched the color scheme of the box. I purchased these from Homegoods also! ($7.99)
  • The colored tin foil wrapped bath bombs are from Amazon. You can find them here. They are 100% vegan and created from essential oils. It came as a pack of 6, but I only used the three complementing colors. There is also a $5 off coupon you can apply when checking out! ($19.87 before coupon)
  • The DW Home light pink Koa Wood candle smells AMAZING and also fit the color pallet I was working with. It was from Homegoods as well. ($6.99)
  • Sutter Home can be found almost anywhere that sells wine! I got the mini chardonnay  bottle at Fresh Market. ($3 or less each)
  • Last but not least (my personal favorite item) is the rose petal bath soap. The petals are able to be pulled apart for hand washing or just toss them in a tub to have a luxurious bath. I found this on Amazon. They also sell other beautiful color options as well! ($11.99)

UPDATE: The original petal bath soap is unavailable, so I’ve linked another one HERE. 

The skinny tea trio was purchased at Fresh Markett ($15.95)

The festive individual chocolate bars are from Target in the holiday section. (3 for $5)

I hope this inspires you to build your mom a box that is personal and tailored to her individuality! If you have any questions about the items, leave a comment!

Xx

Kris

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!

Christmas Eve Eve+

On December 23, 2015, we threw a crazy awesome Christmas sweater party. I ordered my sweater from Etsy a couple of weeks before. Being the diehard Drake fan that I am, this was only fitting.

Setting up+

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My roommate & I initially attempted to make a photo booth wall. We got home & started cutting the tablecloth, hung it on the wall, and realized no matter what we did, it looked cheap and shitty. I was super frustrated, & decided to completely throw the idea out the window, and go with something new. We created a small snack bar with desserts, alcohol, and photo props instead. Overall, it was relatively inexpensive to make, and easy to bring together. We started with a $5 roll of wrapping paper from Target. I tried to find something as simple and tasteful as possible…you can’t go wrong with stripes. We strung lights around the edges to make it a little more festive, and hung a Happy Holidays banner over the top. The banner was from Urban Outfitters, on clearance for $10. We used our photo booth’s white tablecloth ($2) & some decorative holiday paper bulbs ($3) from Party City.

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Holiday table set up

On the Table we had an assortment of yummy food items & candies.We baked vanilla cupcakes with marshmallow frosting in striped cupcake liners, then added a peppermint inside, and sprinkled snow-like sprinkles on top. The champagne flutes were also dipped into the frosting & then coated with gold sprinkles. Two more flutes held crystal rock candy and said “Merry x-mas”. For more candy, we picked up a bag of Christmas colored M&M minis, poured them into clear cups, and added a peppermint striped straw. The only random, non festive item was a yummy buffalo dip we made to snack on. I considered adding red food coloring to make it fit in more aesthetically, but just didn’t.

The Party+

Bitches came over, yeah we threw a party. -Drake

Despite not having our photo booth come together, everyone still managed to make use of the props. A few glasses of champagne later…..

Everyone had so much fun. It was the first official party we’ve thrown in the house, and I’d definitely say it was a success.