Strawberry Rosé Sangria

At the beginning of July I had the pleasure of throwing my best friend (and fellow employee) an engagement party for her and her fiancé. More about that event in a later post, I promise. One of the drinks I served was quite a hit and it seemed perfect to share with you for when you need something to sip on during these hot summer days.

JS Weddings and Events, a Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer. A refreshing drink for those warm summer days. Strawberry Rose Sangria.

Strawberry Rosé Sangria

Ingredients:
1 (750 ml) bottle rosé wine
1 cup strawberry vodka
1 ½ cups citrus soda (I really like Fresca)
1 cup pink grapefruit juice
10 fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

Instructions:
1. In a large pitcher, combine wine, vodka, juice, and half of the strawberries.
2. Refrigerate for an hour (can be refrigerated for up to 6).
3. Just before serving, add the soda, the rest of strawberries, and stir gently.
4. Serve over ice with strawberry garnish.

Yields: 1 Gallon

For a printable PDF, click here here

JS Weddings and Events, a Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer. A refreshing drink for those warm summer days. Strawberry Rose Sangria.

DIY Housewarming Gift

I stumbled upon this colander at the World Market in Grand Rapids and fell in love. Pure love. I tend to fall in love with housewares a lot. I stood in the aisle admiring its flawless curvatures, the beautiful copper luster, all perfectly accented by those golden toned handles. I definitely stared at it longer than one should stare at a colander, all the while knowing I did not come into World Market for this, but trying to come up with ways to justify buying it. I definitely needed a new colander. False. Fine… The colander I had was just not the right ratio of height to width like this one. False again. Umm, I could use this for a centerpiece for a housewarming party that I would eventually be asked to help with… Negative. That’s when I realized that it would make a wonderful housewarming gift for my friend to give to his clients and boom, in my basket it went. Now, if I could have only remembered what I came to really buy at World Market.

ŸŸInstructions:

There are no real instructions here. You simply find items you want to include and you arrange them in the colander. I chose items that all revolve around cooking and the kitchen, but you can use any items you want to; make the gift personal by catering it to the recipient’s taste and style. Play around with the placement of the items, putting the larger items in the back, with smaller items placed on the top. I then added some flowers in a vase just to pretty it up, but you could also do a potted herb plant or fresh cut herbs.

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DIY Gift Box

“May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness, and tied with love.” L. O. Baird

Over the past year, gift boxes have become more and more luxurious and stylish. Gone are the straw baskets with the generic and mass produced items and in their place are locally curated, thoughtfully designed, and entirely customizable gift boxes. For those of you needing a little inspiration on designing a gift box, I’ve designed one for you to use as a guide for your own creation.

What you’ll need:
• Gift Box
• Variety of Items
• Crinkled Paper

What I used:
Wooden crate
Terrarium + Air Plant
• Picture Frame (similar here)
• Journal (similar here)
• Small Pouch (similar here and here)
• Lotion + Shower Gel (similar here and here)
• Watercolor Print (similar here)
Napkins
• Wine Stopper (similar here)
Sparkling Wine

Notes:
Gift boxes are wonderful to make because you can customize each one to the individual that will be receiving it. I find it’s easiest to if you choose a theme for the box that is appropriate for the person receiving the gift. Whether that theme is a color, an occasion (ie: housewarming, wedding, new baby) or interest (ie: coffee, wine), having a theme helps you pick out items and gives your gift a nice cohesive look and feel.

Have fun and think outside the box when it comes to the “box.” Bowls, crates, and many other things can be used as your “box.”

I like to include some type of plant in each gift box. Depending on the person, you could give potted herbs, succulent, a small bouquet, or even an air plant.

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

Instructions:
1. Lay out everything you want to include in each gift box. It helps you get an idea of what you have. Keep in mind you might not use everything you bought.

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

2. Place the crinkled paper in the bottom of the box.

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

3. Start playing around with where items should be placed. Generally, the taller items should go in the back, with smaller items placed on top/last.

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

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JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - DIY Bridesmaid Gift Box

Designing A Tablescape

A few months ago, Lisa and I held a small event at West Elm Grand Rapids where we taught how to design a tablescape and I thought it would be fun to share those steps, as well as some tips, with you over the next couple of weeks.

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There are 4 easy steps to designing a tablescape.

1. Start with the Why
2. Design
3. Styling + Setting the Table
4. Decorating the Table

Make sure to check back soon (or subscribe to the blog)! I’ll be going through each step in great detail as well as giving you some helpful design and party tips.

 

Take On Tradition

A few weeks ago I attended my friend’s bridal shower (fun fact: I’m also helping her plan her wedding!). It’s been quite a few years since I’ve actually attended a bridal shower, so I was excited. Part of the invitation included the theme of “Something Borrowed,” in which we had to bring an item that Amy could use on her wedding day as her something borrowed item. This caused me more stress than I care to admit. I mean really, I just had to pick something that I thought she might like and bring it with me. Of course, the most logical thing would be to bring something she could wear (a bracelet, necklace, or earrings), but for some reason, this simple request had me stumped. None of the suggestions I received from people were good enough or unique enough. I was determined to bring the perfect item. Side note: her future mother-in-law brought the most perfect item!

This small task, which I made so much more complicated than it needed to be, got me to create this little list for all the future brides planning their wedding.

Grand Rapids Wedding Event Planner - Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

 

S o m e t h i n g    O l d

Represents continuity, ensuring the bride always will be linked to her family and friends.

Ideas: family heirloom locket, grandma’s handkerchief, mother’s wedding dress incorporated into your dress, aunt’s strand of pearls.
Groom Ideas: grandpa’s pocket watch, dad’s cufflinks.
Non-Attire Ideas: grandparent’s Bible, display your grandparents + parents wedding photos, grandma’s china plates for your wedding place setting.

S o m e t h i n g    N e w

Encourages the bride’s optimism for the future and her new life.

Ideas: your dress, clutch purse, couture head piece.
Groom Ideas: neck tie, wingtip shoes, cologne.
Non-Attire Ideas: monogram cake topper, champagne flutes.

S o m e t h i n g    B o r r o w e d

Reminds the bride that friends and family will always be there for her.

Ideas: perfume from a friend, hair pin, grandma’s broach affixed to your bouquet.
Groom Ideas: Friend’s lapel pin, dad’s wrist watch.
Non-Attire Ideas: cake knife, cake stand, furniture/settee for cocktail hour, first dance song.

S o m e t h i n g    B l u e

Stands for fidelity, loyalty, and love, making it the perfect reminder of the couple’s commitment to each other.

Ideas: blue nail polish on your toes, amazing blue heels, blue silk robe to get ready in, aquamarine ring.
Groom Ideas: navy blue suit, blue striped socks, navy blue polka dot pocket square.
Non-Attire Ideas: blue escort cards, blue cupcakes, signature cocktail with fresh blueberries.

A n d    A    S i l v e r    S i x p e n c e    I n    Y o u r    S h o e

A coin left in her shoe for the entire day is a wish for prosperity.

 

xx js