Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

Almost immediately after I got engaged, I knew I wanted to do something just as special for my bridesmaids as Bill had done for me with our picture perfect proposal. I began by searching high and low for ideas of what kind of goodies to include in bridesmaid proposal boxes and let me tell you there are LOTS of ideas out there of how to compile the perfect bridesmaid box. But none seemed perfect for my gals… I mean mini champagne bottles are super cute, but are you really going to sip on that by yourself?

Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

I decided full size bottles of sparkling wine were the way to go! That way they could choose to save it for a special occasion and break it out for themselves when the timing was just right. Next, I knew I wanted to add something unique and fun. Originally, I thought of including flower crowns, but once I started researching, nothing seemed high enough quality for what I was willing to spend. That’s when I stumbled upon Compartes Chocolatier and OMG, I am glad that I did. All their chocolate bar flavors are super interesting and everything I tried was beyond this world, yum! Some of my picks were Apple Pie, Cereal Bowl, and Donuts & Coffee!

Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

To finish the whole package off, I went over to my local Whole Foods to use their floral geniuses to create individual mini bouquets for each of my fabulous ladies. For less than $50 in flowers, they created six gorgeous arrangements that really took my box proposals from cute to FAB! If you’ve never gone to Whole Foods to buy flowers before, you’re doing it all wrong. They are my dirty little secret for any and all floral gifts. Not only are the flowers super fresh, but they will always rewrap your picks in kraft paper and tie it all up with twine for that picture perfect Instagram.

Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

Once the boxes were complete I hand delivered them to my six besties, complete with adorable Super Paper LA cards and lucky for me they all accepted my proposal.

Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

DIY Wrapping Paper

DIY Wrapping Paper

When it comes to gift giving, I believe the wrapping is as much a part of the gift as the gift itself.  I always look forward to wrapping gifts, probably more so than any normal person might.  I love the mystery and thrill of finding the perfect paper and matching ribbon and putting it all together as an impressive representation of your friendship- maybe it’s just paper, tape and ribbon to you, but when you get a fancy wrapped present- you think the gift is 10 times nicer than before.  So why not go all out?

My male co-workers are well aware of my obsession with wrapping paper and all its accoutrements- I’ve wrapped Christmas, anniversary and birthday presents for most of their wives.  So when one of my co-worker approached me about a special wrapping job, I knew I couldn’t resist posting it.  He requested a graduation themed wrap job {his wife is graduating with her MBA from my alma mater- USC} and I knew it was the perfect opportunity to go crazy with cardinal and gold- and maybe some glitter.

DIY Wrapping Paper

I opted for a plain canvas- using a butcher paper inspired wrapping paper and my slate.  I wanted to showcase USC’s colors without going too overboard.  When I saw the gold glitter ribbon at Michael’s, I knew I’d need to pair it with the perfect red backdrop and found this mesh ribbon like material on my way to check out.

DIY Wrapping Paper

For the second gift, I wanted something that screamed USC.  I used my easy peasy circle hole punch to create the polka dots to decorate the plain base.  A little hot glue, glitter card stock, and a die cut are all you need to make one of a kind wrapping paper that will impress your friends and family.

DIY Tassel Garland

DIY Tassel Garland

I’ve probably seen a million and one homemade tassel garlands hung from bar carts on Pinterest over the past year. Yet, I am not sick of the idea. I’d been toying with the idea of ordering premade tassels, but when I found this tutorial from HGTV, I knew I could do it myself. While the process was a bit time consuming, I only spent $3 on supplies, compared to paying $16 plus $10 in shipping to purchase a similar set. I’ll mark this DIY as a win in my book!

DIY Tassel Garland

Materials:
20×24 or 20×20 sheets of tissue paper in various colors
Scissors
Ribbon or twine to hang

DIY Tassel Garland

Directions:
Fold the tissue paper in half and then in half the other way {basically in quarters}. Place paper on a flat surface and use coffee table books to hold down the folded edge of the paper and begin cutting fringe, leaving 1-2 inches at the folded end.

Unfold and cut in half- each sheet of tissue paper will yield two tassels. Carefully unfold the individual tassel and begin rolling the paper up the middle section. Fold over to make a loop. Repeat to make desired number of tassels. Hang tassels from a ribbon or piece of twine, twisting tassels around to secure the loop.

DIY Tassel Garland

Kate Spade Inspired Confetti Art

DIY Confetti Art

Ever since Kate Space debuted her confetti china pattern, I have seen countless diy projects on blogs and pinterest. I’ve been inspired by Mint Love Social Club‘s diy project from over a year now. Now that I have finally moved into my new place {and the bf is out of town on a camping trip for a week} I finally have the inspiration {and time} to check this off my to do list!

 

Luckily it was buy one, get one free on frames at Michael’s this week, so I bought a 1 1/2 inch circular hole punch and a hoard of glitter paper and set my sights on creating confetti art.

DIY Confetti Art

supplies:
assorted cardstock paper
1 1/2 hole punch
Elmer’s glue
frames or canvas

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directions:
Using the hole punch, cut out circles, half circles, quarter circles from various cardstocks.

Arrange circles one by one in a random pattern. Once you like the pattern, use Elmer’s glue to adhere to the back ground of the frame or canvas.

DIY Confetti Art

Easy DIY Personalized Champagne Bottle

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Now that all of my friends have graduated and we live in the big bad adult world, I have the hardes time trying to find the perfect gift. There’s always jewelry and clothes, but how do you impress that friend that has everything already? The answer is always diy! This diy project is super easy, but can be really impressive depending on how far you take it. I personally have always been tempted to cover an entire bottle of champagne with sparkles! Since this party was hosted at my apartment and sparkles can be a pain to clean, I opted for some sparkly paint instead!

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supplies:
champagne bottle, I prefer a black canvas
glitter paint
paint brush or Q-tips
steady hand 🙂

You can decorate with polka dots, chevron stripes, or even a hand written message! Even the simplest design will be a surprise. My roommate was beyond excited when I presented her with this champagne bottle for her birthday earlier this month.