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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.

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

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

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

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

Laura + Zach

October 14

I have known Laura’s family for many years (and even had the privilege of helping her older sister Elizabeth with her wedding), so you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to help plan Laura’s wedding. Laura is such a warm and gracious person, one of those people you just want to do anything and everything for. She was an absolute joy to work with because she appreciated every small detail that I showed her, was open to so many ideas, but also knew what she liked.

Zach and Laura were with married on a cool autumn day in October at her home church. Even with a wedding day weather forecast of rain and thunderstorms, you would never have known the skies were gray given both of their excited, happy and unfazed demeanors. After the ceremony the rain did stop for a few hours, giving the wedding party time to gallivant around Holmdene Manor and Downtown Grand Rapids before they had to arrive at the beautiful Ballroom at McKay Tower to greet guests. Instead of the traditional receiving line after the ceremony or going from table to table at the reception, Laura and Zach incorporated a different way to greet their guests. All four parents were there in the foyer to greet guests the moment they reached the ballroom. Once inside the ballroom, Laura and Zach spent a few minutes with each guest, greeting and hugging him/her, making sure each guest felt special and appreciated. It was the sweetest thing ever and so inline with the character of Zach and Laura.

A color palette of soft pinks and peaches were accented with dusty gray blues and ivory. We brought in gold and silver tones, which kept things interesting, but still remaining polished eclectic.

During the spring and summer months I normally have a full garden to cut from, but by October there is less to work with. Thankfully, I was still able to use dahlia, zinnias, sedum and tons of foraged greenery, giving her flowers a romantic and whimsical style.

We had a custom monogram designed that we incorporated in the hand letterpress invitations and the place cards.

With a grand ballroom backdrop, the family style meal created a warm and intimate atmosphere, starting the flow of comfortable conversation and giving guests a chance to talk and interact. The rocking dueling pianos made sure the dance floor was full all night.

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Ceremony | Thornapple Covenant Church
Reception Venue | The Ballroom at McKay
Design, Planning & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Photographer | Kate Morrow
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events
Hair + Makeup | Tanaz
Catering | Kangaroo Kitchen
Bakery | Cakabakery
Paper Goods | Freshly Squeezed
Band | Main Street Dueling Pianos
Shuttle | Affordable Limo

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.

Amy and Logan

August 24, 2016

There’s something about vaulted cathedral ceilings and romantic city ballrooms. From a Cathedral’s tolling bells high in their towers, to the resounding pipe organs echoing through the sanctuary, to a ballroom’s grand marble staircase, to the ornate panels and moldings with magnificent columns… I was made for these kind of architectural details.

It’s not every day that a friend hires you to help plan her wedding and design her flowers, but when Amy asked me for my help, I as beyond honored and immediately on board! I feel like I have been friends with Amy for decades, but in truth, we’ve only been friends for a little over 6 years. She’s just one of those people that is full of warmth, kindness, and nonstop laughter and makes you feel welcomed the moment you meet her.

For those of you that don’t know this, Amy is an incredibly talented graphic designer. She works for a small firm in Chicago but she also does freelance work. She has impeccable style and taste, so you can imagine my excitement to see what she would design for her invitations and paper goods.

With in a chic and modern color palette, and lush and romantic blooms, and details only a designer would plan, you have a gorgeous downtown Grand Rapids city wedding.

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CeremonyVenue | Cathedral of St. Andrew
Reception Venue | City Flats Ballroom
Design, Planning & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Photographer | Jamie Geysbeek
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events
Hair + Makeup | Parlour at City Flats
DJ | Jon Vredenburg
Transportation | GR Trolley Co
Paper Goods | AEO Design
Bakery | The Cakabakery