DIY Hostess Gift Box

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

What I used:
Wooden crate (I gave it a gray wash)
Candle
• Matchbook (similar here)
• Hostess serving set (similar here or here)
Chocolate Covered Blueberries
• Coasters (similar here or here)
Cheese Spreaders (similar here or here)
• Air plant

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.

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.

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

 

Kendall + Anthony

August 24

This was an extra special wedding for me because it was for a dear friend of mine. I have known Kendall for over 7 years and we have shared some wild and wonderful experiences together over those years. 

Kendall and Anthony’s wedding was as unique as they are and everything they chose had meaning and purpose, was thought-out and deliberate. Their wedding was the epitome of a moody summer boho wedding. Imagine a custom made circle arbor, whimsical wildflowers, tapestries and dream catchers, and beautiful crystals scattered around everywhere.

They chose to have an intimate wedding celebration in northern Michigan at Anthony’s father’s home. Summer weddings in Northern Michigan are wonderful and beautiful. And, if the weather cooperates, an outdoor summer wedding is downright glorious. Thankfully, Kendall and Anthony had picture perfect weather the entire weekend. 

The ceremony was a private event for just immediate family and a few close friends. Kendall’s nephew played the guitar as she walked down the aisle with her father. In-between the ceremony and the reception, they snuck away with the photographer for their personal exchanging of vows on a bluff overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan. 

The reception was nestled in the woods under a tent where we created a canopy of hanging greenery and lights. Kendall wanted the centerpieces to be casual and carefree, like the flowers had just been picked from the garden and placed in the glass jar. At each guest’s table setting we placed a small crystal, greenery sprig and wooden fan.

Kendall and Anthony’s wedding was absolutely wonderful and it meant so much to me that I could be a part of it.

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Planning, Design & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Ceremony + Reception Venue | Private Residence
Musician | Kendall’s nephew
Photographer | Pasagraphy
Hair + Makeup | Little River Spa
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events
Ceremony Dress | Renee Austin Wedding

Macie and Dashiell

July 21

Macie and Dashiell’s wedding was all about romance. From her color palette of dusty rose, rose gold, and gold, to the flowers, to the attire (her dress!!), everything had a dreamy romantic essence.

Throughout the planning process, Macie was a joy to work with. She was very hands on when it came to the decor. She wanted to personalize and do as much as possible herself because she thoroughly enjoyed it. She collected and painted all the bottles for her centerpieces, found all the decor items, and put together the coffee bean favors.

When it came to choosing and designing her flowers, I knew I had to play up the romance factor. I used large ruffly roses, whimsical lisianthus and sweetpeas, accented with lots of texture from astilbe and yarrow in shades of dusty blushes, peachy pinks, and moody mauves.

Being a part of their wedding day was so much fun and I was honored to help with it.

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Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Rehearsal Dinner | San Chez
Hair + Makeup | Salon Re
Florist | JS Weddings & Events
Ceremony + Reception | The Waldron House
Catering | The Waldron House
Officiant | Mike Helsel, friend
Photographer | Jamie & Sarah Photography
Reception Entertainment | GR affordable DJ
Cake & Desserts | Kim Grover, Bride’s Aunt
Transportation | Affordable Limo

Nick and Paula

August 19

When I met with Paula, Nick and Paula’s parents, they were starting from ground zero. A few things that they did know were that they wanted an elegant wedding and they needed a wedding planner that would walk with them, and more importantly, guide them through the entire planning process.

Keeping the design aesthetic consistent in every detail was essential. What started as a simple burgundy and grey color scheme evolved into a romantic and dimensional color palette with shades of deep reds, blushes, and pops of mauve.

With both the ceremony and reception in ballrooms, it was important to embrace these elegant styles while incorporating some important traditions. With Nick being raised Catholic and Paula having a Jewish background, they wanted their entire wedding celebration to be special and meaningful for them but welcoming and inclusive for all. The beautiful chuppah they stood under had her Grandpa’s prayer shawl hanging above them and was adorned in hundreds of flowers by my team. They had more traditional Catholic vows and then ended with the Jewish stomping of the glass at the end of the ceremony.

With the tall ceilings at McKay Ballroom, we incorporated tall arrangements to really fill the space. The white dupioni linens set the stage for the tablescapes and all the small details like the burgundy velvet ribbons and white blooms that were placed at every place setting. The evening was filled with a memorable Father of the Bride speech, Paula surprising Nick with a soloist to serenade their first dance, and the hora. It was truly a wonderful celebration and I loved being a part of it. Congratulations to Paula and Nick!

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Ceremony Venue | St. Cecilia Music Center
Reception Venue | McKay Ballroom
Design, Planning & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Photographer | Karyn May Photography
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events
Hair + Makeup | Pomp & Artistry
Officiant | My West Michigan Wedding
Reception Vocalist | Sarah Brown Soprano
Catering | Martha’s Catering
Cake | Ryke’s Bakery
DJ | Music Host Entertainment
Transportation | Affordable Limousine
Linen Rentals | Special Occasions
Invitation Suite | Invitations By Dawn
Calligraphy | Lief Design
Dress | Bianka Bridal
Shoes | Jimmy Choo

Mike + Tanya

November 24

People always find it fun that I stay in touch with a lot of my past brides. But the truth is, these brides and I have spent countless hours together over many months, planning such an important day, that it only seems natural to stay in touch. And with every referral, birth announcement or impromptu coffee date that comes my way, it’s just a small reminder to me that what I do matters.

Cue Katherine, a past bride of mine and now a small business owner (x2). She and her husband live in the most beautiful home, on the east side of the state, that they are restoring and where she also runs her interior design business from.

When I received an email from Katherine wanting me to be the floral designer for one of her clients, I was immediately flattered and excited. The mood board she sent and the ideas she had put together were amazing. The overall aesthetic could be described as Old World Charm. Elegant antiques where accented by a rich color palette. Shades of reds and deep blue were accented with blush and gold. Velvet ribbon was wrapped around the bouquets, which consisted of peonies, ranunculus, and garden roses, and greenery was tucked behind the antique broaches the men wore. Entering the ballroom guests were greeted with sparkling chandeliers, beautiful crown molding, and glowing candles. Every centerpiece was a mini vignette, consisting of different vintage items that had all been gathered by Katherine.

Being a part of this gorgeous wedding was a dream and getting to work with a previous bride is always a plus. Congratulations Mike and Tanya and thank you for letting us be part of such a special day!

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Ceremony | Holy Family Detroit
Reception | The Colony Club
Design | B+B Design
Photographer | Shawn Cook
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events