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DIY Holiday Gift Box

With Christmas being almost 10 days away (or as I like to say, 2 Saturday’s away), I hope you have started your shopping. With most of my family out of state and country, I find the names on my Christmas list getting shorter and shorter. While some of you might think that I’m super lucky that I don’t have a long list of people to buy for, believe it or not, I genuinely enjoy Christmas shopping. I like taking the time to pick out unique items for each specific person. And yes, I love wrapping presents!

But, if you are like me, no matter how prepared I am for holiday gift giving, there always seems to be a situation where I need a gift. Whether it’s a thank you gift, a hostess gift, or whatnot. Thankfully I’ve discovered the best way to be prepared for those moments is to have some small items, a box, and some crinkled paper on hand. Then I jut go to that stash of goodies, pick out some items, and create a customized gift box. I add a few fresh flowers (or a succulent) and a small greeting card and I’m good to go.

For those of you needing a little inspiration on designing a Holiday gift box, I’ve designed one for you to use as a guide. I made this for a couple of lemon enthusiasts. Most of the items in the gift box were purchased from World Market.

DIY Holiday Gift Box

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

What I used:
Wooden crate
• Fresh Flowers + Mercury Glass Vase (similar here)
Honey Lemon Wafers
Lemon Poppyseed Scones
Lemon Drop Candies
Lemon Curd
Orange Blossom Honey (similar here)
Lavender Lemonade Tea
Tea Infuser

Notes:
Holiday gift boxes are great because you can create each one for the specific individual that will be receiving it. I find it easiest 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: holiday – like what I’m doing) or interest (ie: tea, wine), having a theme helps you choose items and gives your gift a cohesive look and feel.

Be creative and think outside the box when it comes to the “box.” Crates, mixing bowls, strainers, trays and many other things can be used as your “box.”

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

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

Instructions:
1. Lay out everything you want to include in the gift box – this will help you get an idea of what you have. Keep in mind you might not use everything you bought.

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

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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.

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A Whimsical Garden Bridal Shower

It really doesn’t get any better than a whimsical garden bridal shower, with touches of Kate Spade, all inside a gorgeous greenhouse.

The Greenhouse in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market offered the perfect setting for Cristyn’s intimate bridal shower. Lorri, the Matron of Honor, and I worked on creating a romantic garden bridal shower for Cristyn, adding some preppy touches of Kate Spade.

Shades of pink were accented with gold, geometric shapes kept things modern and fun, and were a great contrast to the romantic flowers. And boy, were there flowers. Besides the fact that the greenhouse is home to potted plants and flowers, my garden at home was bursting with spring flowers, allowing me to use a lot of flowers that aren’t available from a wholesaler (can you say bleeding hearts everywhere!).

Lorri, the sweetest person ever, wanted Cristyn and the guests to feel extra special, so we were made sure to include a lot of special details. Guests were invited to socialize while sipping on drinks, share their favorite memory of the bride and their best date night idea. We designed a special place for Cristyn to open her gifts and I created a backdrop installation of whimsical greenery and blooms. At the conclusion of the afternoon, as guests left, they were gifted with cute bags of popcorn, Starbucks gift cards, and small flower arrangements. We even had the fabulous Amy Carroll come to capture the special day, so Cristyn could always remember it.

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JS Weddings and Events Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer - Whimsical Garden Romantic Kate Spade Bridal Shower Greenhouse at the Downtown Market

Design, Planning & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Venue | The Downtown Market Greenhouse
Photographer | Amy Carroll Photography
Catering | Cutting Edge Cuisine
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events
Chair Rental | Events By iCandy
Linen Rental | Special Occasions

AJ and Molly

July 30

“Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.” William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This wedding had everything a summer wedding should have. Warm weather, a custom made moon photo booth, hundreds of twinkling lights and foraged greenery hanging overhead, and the sweetest couple.

Working with Molly, a talented graphic designer, was a dream. She had a beautiful vision of a romantic wedding, drawing inspiration and style from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Having the wedding in a dreamy and enchanting wooded area was a give, so they chose Johnson Park as their perfect backdrop.

Summer weddings in Grand Rapids (rather – Michigan) are wonderful and beautiful. An outdoor summer wedding in Michigan can be downright glorious… but that’s if the weather cooperates and isn’t humid and hot or pouring rain. Basically, 5% of them have perfect weather. Molly and AJ’s wedding was one of the lucky ones, and we took advantage of it.

The ceremony was located on the rolling green lawn and after, guests were seen strolling around, sipping on cocktails and playing lawn games. The reception was held inside the pavilion, where we brought as much nature indoors as possible. We created a canopy of hanging greenery and hundreds of twinkle lights to mimic the stars at night. We covered the tables in whimsical garden greenery and shades of purple blooms. With the bar on the large wraparound deck, guests were encouraged to enjoy the beautiful summer night.

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Ceremony + Reception Venue | Johnson Park
Design, Planning & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Photographer | Studio Phrene
Hair + Makeup | Reflections Salon
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events
Paper Goods, Signs + Decorations | Spectacle Design Studio
Ceremony Arch | Made by the Bride and her father
Ceremony Music | Bride’s Brother-In-Law
Rentals | Baker Tent Rental
Bar Service | Michael Burkmyre
Catering | Amore Trattoria Italiana
Bamboo Plates + Cutlery | Webstaurant
Dessert | Marge’s Donut Den
DJ | Jon Anderson
Moon Photobooth | Made by the Groom’s parents
Dress | David’s Bridal

Sarah + Matt

January 28

Winter weddings and the couples that get married during these months are quickly becoming my favorite. I think there is some something so special about a couple that gets married during, what many consider, the coldest and dreariest part of the year (at least for us folks in Michigan). While many couples choose to get married when the weather is warm and when nature is in its full colorful glory, what many don’t realize is that the winter holds its own glorious beauty. Fresh fallen snow covering the ground, the glistening of frost on the trees, and the chill that fills the air. It takes a special couple to realize that winter is a magical time to get married.

Enter Sarah and Matt. These two were amazing. They truly were so much fun to work with when it came to planning the details of their wedding. They knew what was important to them and what they wanted. When it came to the design, Sarah gave me her style: industrial rustic glam. With a color palette of navy blue, gold and white, we played up the glam factor but still kept things modern and classic. Sarah gave me free range with the flowers, so I got to play with some wonderful flowers that I don’t normally get to design with. I’m still dying over those feathery fringed tulips and dramatic anemone.

Add in some glam with sequins, some custom suits designed by the Bride, and a killer band, you have a fabulous winter wedding.

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Ceremony | City Flats Holland
Reception Venue | Baker Loft Events
Design, Planning & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Photographer | The MittenTog
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events
Hair + Makeup | Pomp & Artistry
Bridesmaids Dresses | Rent The Runway
Suits | Trunk Club
Ceremony + Reception Musicians | Brena Band
Officiant | Friend
Catering | Gilmore Collection
Bakery | Sprinkles Donut Shop
Shuttle | Affordable Limo
Rentals | Special Occasions

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

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