Bridal Beauty 101

July 8th, 2014

Hello Lovelies!

One of the details that’s so important to not overlook on your wedding day is your bridal makeup. On your wedding day everyone’s eyes will be on you and there will be lots and lots of cameras in your face documenting every. single. moment. Of course you want to look and feel your absolute best!  So now more than ever is the time to put your best face forward.

We have collected some ideas to help you achieve the perfect bridal look!

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FACE: 

• Know your face shape so that you know what areas needs to be accentuated and where to apply product so that it will best enhance your features.

• Don’t forget the eyebrows! Eyebrows are the key to framing your eyes and face. Find the brow shape that best fits your face, fill them in, and take good care of them.

• If you have under-eye circles, find a concealer that covers them up the best, apply it in an upside down triangle under your eye with a concealer brush or beauty blender sponge, and set it with powder.

• Lashes! Lashes take your best eye makeup looks to the next level of glam! Try them on and you’ll see how much of a difference lashes make.

 

SKIN CARE: 

• Proper Skin care goes a long way in giving you the perfect canvas to work with. Take care of your skin with moisturizer, sunscreen, serum, or whichever products give you that natural, radiant glow.

• Stay hydrated! On the weeks leading up to your wedding drink lots of water every day to help your skin look its best.

• It’s best to skip on trying new products right before your big day. You don’t want to be dealing with irritated skin or breakouts.

APPLICATION: 

•  Balance – If you’re going with bold brows or smokey eyes, pair them with a nude lip. Or if you’re more inclined for a gorgeous, plump lip color, go with soft and romantic eyes.

• Invest in a good set of quality brushes- they make a big difference in application and blending. The best brushes are designed to prevent product fall out and give you a smooth, effortless, and flawless application.

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• But most importantly, spend some time  learning how to enhance your most beautiful features through the magic of contouring. The key is in learning the techniques and finding the right mix of products for your face.

Here, Nur from HSN shares some great tips and tricks to achieve that polished, contoured face:

You can achieve that stunning, flattering, makeup look you envisioned for your wedding with simple tips and tricks that you can do yourself. If doing your own wedding makeup is out of the question, these are good ideas to bring up to your makeup artist so that they can perfect your already beautiful face for your big day.

Remember, you will be looking at your wedding pictures for a lifetime and you want your makeup to be “picture perfect.” If you live in the Los Angeles or Orange County, CA area we highly recommend Georgette. You can find her at lipsandcurls.com

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“Top 10 Tuesdays” – DIY Treat Stations

June 10th, 2014

Happy Tuesday Friends :)

Today we’re in a creative spirit so we put together a post to inspire you for your next party!

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Everyone has been to a party where there was a Candy Buffet. It’s such a great idea to be able to give your guests the chance to put their own favor bags together of their favorite sweets. Today we want to give you ten new ideas for your treat station!

But first, some tips and tricks on how to set up your party station:

• To start off, you’ll to pick a location in your venue to set up the station. Pick a prominent wall or corner that will immediately grab your guest’s attention. It doesn’t have to be focal point of the venue but it needs to be in a place that’s easy to see and access from anywhere in the room.

• Decorate the station starting with a backdrop and a banner announcing to your guests what the station is serving. And you’ll want to go with the colors or theme of your party to bring cohesion to the decor. Add some tall flowers, votive candles, cute quotes, sayings or instructions in frames, or anything else that might make your table come alive with color.

• Set up a large rectangular table with all the elements you’ll need to complete the station and make sure you have provided plates, utensils, cups, or whatever it is you’ll be serving on.

We recommend hitting up it your local dollar store or crafts store for inexpensive serving platters, glassware, and tableware.

You’ll want to choose glassware of different heights and set them up to bring symmetry to the décor. The tallest platters look better if placed in the back and smaller ones in the front. Place the cups, plates, and utensils on the sides for easy access.

• Depending on the station you’re making, you might consider “DIY-ing” or renting taller serving “towers” to add more space to your table for other tasty options as well as for decorative purposes.  Remember to offer a variety of options for your guests to choose from!

• If you’re planning on creating a station that offers something that needs assistance, such as panini station that needs a grilling or a DIY signature cocktail station you might want to have someone man the station to help your guests put together the tasty treats!

DIY Treat stations are so much fun for the entire party for many reasons. They let your guests create something that they’ll enjoy, it’s a great way to decorate your space, offers a way to break the ice among your guests, and it’s a great idea to keep the guests entertained in between activities.

So without further ado, here are our favorite station ideas!

 

Make your own S’more Station

For a cozy winter themed party, a S’more station is just the thing you need to warm you up!

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Creamy Hot Chocolate Station

As with the S’more station, a hot chocolate station would be perfect for a party in the wintertime. It’s cold outside! Let your guests warm up to each other with a hot chocolate in hand!

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Place these Personalized Mugs in the station to serve as their take home favor!

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Decorate your own Cupcake Station

Who doesn’t love a cute cupcake? This station lets your guests do their own creative decorating! Set it up to give your guests options on different colored icing and toppings!

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We also have an assorted variety of cupcake supplies from wrappers, stands, and cupcake boxes that guests can take home!

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Our favorite is this cute personalize cupcake box!

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Decorate your Mini Donut Station

Another great treat to decorate are mini donuts!

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Here’s another perfect personalized box for your guests to take their yummy treats home!

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Mix your own Mimosa Station

If you’re having a brunch bridal shower, a Mimosa bar is beyond perfect!

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Our personalized twisted stem champagne flutes are ideal for the mimosa bar!

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Veggie Station

The store bought veggie serving platters are a healthy and yummy alternative to sweets, but the platters lack a certain…pizzazz! Make your own station from inexpensive glassware from the dollar store and bring some extra oomph to the Veggie station.

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 You can use these personalized, adorable glass jars and pre-fill them with ranch dressing so that your guests can just grab one and fill them with veggies of their choice!

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Make your own sliders Station

This is one of our favorite ideas for the summer! If you’re having a summer get together, have guests make their own sliders! Just be sure to have plenty of sizzling hot slider patties always available.

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 Choose your desserts Station

We all love the candy buffets, who doesn’t! Here’s a different way to satisfy that sweet tooth!

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Make sure to have plenty of buffet boxes for your guests to take home!

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Mix your own salad station

As an alternative to the veggie station, salads are also a great idea to offer as a healthy option.

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Create Your Favorite Drink Station

Cocktails are almost always, 99%, a must at every party. Whether you serve wine,  beer, or spirits, It’s always great to offer a variety of drinks for your guests!

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Our personalized stem-less wine glass is perfect for the drink station!

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Which one is your favorite?!

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“Top 10 Tuesdays” – Top Mexico Wedding Destinations

May 20th, 2014

So after much deliberation with your fiancé, it’s been decided… you’re having a destination wedding! How incredibly adventurous! You’ve always been consumed by wanderlust and you’ve taken advantage of your big day to go all out. We don’t blame you for wanting to get away – in fact – let us inspire you some more!

Destination weddings are a fabulous idea for a number of reasons and you’ve already thought about it all. They allow you to have an incredibly intimate celebration with the people you love most, you can get away from your normal routine and let romance to take the lead, and most of the planning is already done for you. Resorts and hotels offer packages that keep the wedding planning stress to a minimum.

All you need now is the destination. No worries, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve researched popular destinations on Destination Weddings and have found Mexico to be almost perfect! So without further ado, here are our favorite picks for a Mexican Wedding Getaway!

 

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• Cabo San Lucas

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 Destination Weddings, the top rated wedding site for romantic getaways, describes Cabo San Lucas as a “formerly sleepy fishing village that blends stunning views of the desert, mountains, and beaches on the Baja California coast.” It was originally planned to be a vacation town so there’s plenty of top rated resorts, spas, and activities.

•  Cancun

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 Cancun is widely known as a worldwide party destination but this gorgeous city is much, much more than that. With friendly locals, numerous Mayan monuments, and breathtaking beaches and scenery, Cancun is destined to be a luxurious and romantic getaway.

 

•  Cozumel

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 Cozumel has always been a popular tourist destination because of it’s bright blue waters, abundant coral reefs, and vibrant night scene. The gorgeous scenery offers an incredibly romantic and intimate vibe, especially if you escape to Passion Island that’s removed from crowds. This is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for more privacy.

 

•  Riviera Maya

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Also located along the Yucatan peninsula is the Luxurious Riviera Maya. This region is “comprised of a number of smaller resort towns and villages, including Tulum, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen, each with their own vibe.” With an endless list of activities, tourist attractions and white sandy beaches, this is definitely paradise on Earth.

 

•  Acapulco

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Acapulco was once known as the “playground for the rich and famous in the 50s.” So if the vibrant nightlife is what you’re after Acapulco is the place to go. It’s the largest beach in Mexico that offers dozens of daredevil excursions and beachside activities. Not to mention its gorgeous scenery and beaches. You’ll never have a dull moment in Acapulco.

 

•  Mazatlan

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Mazatlan is widely known as “Pearl of the Pacific.” And for Good reason! It blends historic areas with new and modern amenities. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a picturesque, rich, and quaint destination for the history buff in you.

 

•  Puerto Vallarta

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 Puerto Vallarta is gaining worldwide recognition for “highest rated resort towns.” Gorgeous beaches, bays, mountain views, and even a nearby tropical jungle in an exquisite location surround it. There’s so much beauty, wildlife, culture, and history to take in you’ll need more than 24 hours in your day to see it all.

 

•  Ixtapa

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 One of the jewels of Mexico’s Pacific coast, Ixtapa is “well-known for fishing charters and high-end golf courses and it epitomizes quiet and unassuming luxury.” This breathtaking resort town is home to exquisite wildlife and centuries old ruins. Ixtapa offers unparalleled luxury and wild excursions in one trip!

 

 •  Isla Mujeres

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 If laid back, private, and low key are your thing, Isla Mujeres is the ideal place for you. Translated to “Island of Women,” this stunning site offers quiet, secluded beaches and exquisite blue waters. Since it’s “discovery” by tourists, this region has seen a growth in popularity and interest, yet still has been able to maintain it’s laid back and small town charm.

 

•  Cuernavaca

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This gorgeous city is widely known for it’s near perfect weather and it’s rich culture and history. No wonder it’s called the “City of Eternal Spring.” There’s so much to see and do in this charming city full of historic buildings and archaeological ruins. It’s a stone’s throw away from the country’s capital, Mexico City, so you’ll have a chance to experience the hustle and bustle of one of the largest cities in the world and simultaneously relax and enjoy the charming and historic Cuernavaca.

Check out our Favors for Beach Weddings post to find the perfect favors for your getaway!

We’ve found that these spectacular Mexican cities have beautiful weather, world famous beaches and so rich in culture and history it’s so hard to say no to Mexico! Aaaanndd, your dollar is sure to go a longer way in Mexico than in other place so you’ll get the most bang for your buck on your big day.

Most of these regions require a valid passport and original copies of birth certificates annotated and translated by an authorized translator certified in Spanish to perform a civil marriage ceremony.

 

Destination Weddings is a great place to start when planning your big, romantic getaway.

Check them out and let us know your favorite picks!

 

“Top 10 Tuesdays” Favors for Beach Weddings

May 6th, 2014

It’s that time of the week again!

Today we’ve collected our top 10 picks for Beach Wedding Favors.
Beach weddings can be so fun and carefree; after all, shoes are not required. The sweet, cool breeze, the warm sun and being surrounded by people you love celebrating your big day. Only a cold drink could make that image perfect! To honor that laid-back vibe, we’ve selected our favorite little send-offs for the finishing touch.

 

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Personalized Strawberry Daiquiri Mix

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This favor is perfect because it gives you the freedom to design the label that’s perfect for your big day and it’s a great way for your guests to continue the festivities in your honor long after the wedding is over. It’s a refreshing strawberry blend that will take you back to the beach!

 

“Anchor” Nautical-Themed Bookmark

 

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One of this year’s hottest wedding colors is Dazzling Blue and hosting a beach wedding is a fantastic way of incorporating that color into your décor. It’s so vibrant and lively, and the perfect favor to complement this hue is the Nautical bookmark.

 

Flip Flop Bottle Openers

 

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You can never have enough bottle openers. They’re kind of like lip balms, somehow they always end up lost! This adorable flip flop bottle opener is perfect because not only is it practical, it’s adorable. If you and your guests are wearing flip flops most of the time then this favor is even more appropriate!

 

Stunning Beach-Themed Candle

 

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This candle is just too perfect. Is there such a thing? It has a tea light candle on top and a gorgeous underwater scene. It would look perfect laid out on the place setting and will be sure to stun your guests!

 

Brilliant Starfish Key Chain

 

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This starfish keychain is a subtle, small touch with a big impact. What an honor to have your guests use this keychain every single day, and every day be reminded of the fabulous time they had at your wedding.

 

Personalized Sunscreen

 

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It’s hot outside, the sun is shinning and your guests are enjoying themselves on your big day. This personalized sunscreen is a great way to protect their skin from sunburns while they share the joy in your big day. And more, it has natural ingredients, is completely portable with the clip that it comes with and It’s personalized! Triple win!

By the Shore Sand Dollar Coaster

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This coaster is so adorable, it looks like it was picked up right off of the beach! It’s perfect for your beach wedding if your guests spent a lot of time with their toes in the sand.

 

Seaside Sand & Shell Filled Globe Bottle Stopper

 

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Similar to the Stunning Beach-Themed Candle, this favor is too perfect? Can one be more perfect than the other? No, they’re equally amazing. This Bottle stopper has a gorgeous globe filled with sand and shells and it’s as if your guests personally combed the beach to bring back the beach home with them! It can be used again and again!

 

“Shells By the Sea” Shell Placecard holders

 

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We love these place card holders because they are authentic shells that create the perfect beach vibe to each of your tables. They’re dainty and shiny and are perfect as a gift to your guests as well! They can use these adorable shells and place their own photos at home.

 

Natural Bamboo Eco-Chic Coasters

 

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With their clean, streamlined design and cute packaging, your guests will be thrilled that they’re receiving a practical and Eco friendly favor! The natural bamboo makes it very durable so they can be used again and again at home.
What favors are you planning on giving for your beach wedding?
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Coco Chanel Inspired Bridal Shower

May 1st, 2014

If there’s one word that epitomizes elegance, style, and class it’s “Chanel.” No other word captures that luxury quite like Chanel does. Befittingly so, the Coco Chanel brand has become the ultimate symbol for chicness and sophistication. So we figured… hey! Let’s throw a Chanel Party! We’ve collected a few ideas for your next bridal shower and we’ve made sure they’re exquisite!

In the famous words of Ms. Coco Chanel herself, a lady should be two things, classy and fabulous.

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You want to be sure that every detail is accounted for and a good place to start is by selecting the perfect color scheme. The ideal colors for this theme are Black, White, Grays, and Blush. The decor and favors should go along with this color scheme to bring some cohesion to the event.

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The next step is to find the perfect elegant invitations to set the tone for your shower. The great thing about our invites is that they can be customized to suit the colors of your bridal shower along with coordinating envelopes and stationary.

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Details!  Details! Details!  

They say that the impact is all in the smallest of details so be sure to pay attention to all the little things. Sometimes it’s these little things that guests remember most.

Pretty Drinks!

Have a signature cocktail! Serve it up in long stem flutes with fruit for a gorgeous presentation.

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Use Blush and striped linens for the chairs, black pom poms and an overabundance of pearls and sparkly brooches. Lush flower arrangements would look so perfect in square shaped vases with Chanel’s signature scent label as table numbers.

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Chanel is synonymous with French Couture so you’ll want to include other Parisian details:

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Serve a fabulous cake so exquisite that you won’t even want to eat it!

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And a candy buffet with beautiful sweets will look so gorgeous. If you want to channel Chanel’s logo, it would look so adorable if you use the bride-to-be’s mirrored initials on the stationary

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A Champagne bar is a must!

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Show your gratitude to your guests with sweet and adorable favors!

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Fun games & activities 

A bridal shower isn’t complete unless there are fun things for your guests to do! Here are some ideas:

• Make your own scent

• Set up a fancy photo booth complete with fancy props like big hats, gloves, big sunglasses and feather boas

• Post a fancy scroll frame with a cork board and have your guests pin date night ideas

• Have a purse scavenger hunt

• Chanel Bingo!

• Scratchers

• Set up raffle prizes for the winners!

 

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What do you think of the Chanel Bridal Shower?  How would you make it fabulous?

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“Top 10 Tuesdays” – Favors for Organza Bags

April 29th, 2014

We’re Baaack!

This week we’re feeling a little… “DIY-ish” So we thought we’d give you a few ideas on how to fill Organza Bags :)

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Organza bags are an absolute favorite here at FBYS! You can put whatever you want in them and they deliver a lovely presentation no matter the occasion. Organza bags are perfect for weddings, bridal showers, children & teen parties, baby showers and just general get togethers where you want to give your guests a nice take home gift.

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However, because organza bags offer so much room to get creative with the contents, sometimes we don’t know what to put in them. So we’ve collected a handful of items that you can use in your organza bag for your next party!

Lotions & Lip Glosses

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This is a great gift if you’re throwing a “girls only” type of bash! Pick up an assortment of inexpensive beauty essentials and fill the organza bags with lotions, yummy lip-glosses, hand sanitizers or body mist.  Our lip balms come personalized so you can make it your own!  These goodies always come in handy so your guests will surely love the favor.

Mini Mani/Pedi Kit

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Here’s a fantastic idea for a memorable baby shower Favor! Pick up some nail polishes, either pink for a girl, blue for a boy, (or even the color scheme of the baby shower) and some nail files and toe separators and put them in the bag! It will be a mini mani/pedi kit that your guests will love to use.

Tea Party Goodies

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Whether you’re having a tea party teen party, bridal shower, or engagement party, the organza bag is the perfect way to go. Choose your party’s color and fill the bag with tea bags, a small spoon, honey, and a small treat like a macaroon. Delish! Your guests will be blown away by the thoughtfulness!

Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates 

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You can never go wrong with sweets! Hershey’s kisses are so small and delicious that a handful of them in a bag will do the trick. You can even personalize the kisses with some of our stickers!

Your own handmade soap

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If you’re into DIY projects here’s one that’s right up your alley. You can whip up your own signature soap and put it in the bag with a cute quip like “From my shower to yours!” Perfect for bridal showers and baby showers. Here’s a great tutorial for making your own soap. Try your hand at this DIY Project and give your guests a gift that’s extra special!

Cookies or Rice Krispies Treats

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Organza bags are also perfect for edible goodies! Bake up your own batch of yummy treats for each bag or go with one of ours to add the final finishing touch to your party. This favor is perfect for any occasion! Seriously, all of them.

Small Candles

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Candles always come in handy, especially if they smell yummy. Bonus points if the candle is in a tin! Some of our candles are completely customize-able so you can choose the colors, the designs, and the wording to make it special.

Your own Coffee or Tea Blend

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Chances are your guests are either coffee lovers or tea drinkers. Or Both! A great idea for a special “Perfect Blend” themed affair is an organza bag filled with coffee beans and a coffee scoop.

Honey or Spices

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Staying in line with the kitchen/cooking theme, another great favor to put in an organza bag would be your own personalized honey jar or cooking spices blend. Ideal for any “honey” themed affair, such as “Love is Sweet” party or “Sugar and Spice and everything nice” themed baby shower.

Don’t forget that each organza bag favor isn’t complete with personalized labels!!

We’d love to hear from you! How have you used organza bags?

“Top 10 Tuesdays” Favors for Graduation Parties

April 22nd, 2014

Welcome back : ) We want to let everyone know that we are branching out to other special occasions on our blog. We want to celebrate every special day with you!

Every Tuesday we bring you our top picks for what’s hot and trending in the industry. Today we’ve hand picked our favorite favors that are perfect for any Graduation Party!

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So it’s nearing the end of April and as we all know May through June is graduation time. Yes!! All the students who devote countless hours to studying, writing papers, and taking tests finally see their hard work pay off. And what a relief it is. But now it’s time to celebrate. No, seriously, party and have a grand ol’ time because the next chapter will be exciting and daunting at the same time.  Now is your chance to give your graduate a party worthy of their hard work!

Whatever party your planning, here we have selected our favorite favors!

Personalized Edible Favors

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You can never go wrong with favors that are personalized. And A+ if you can eat them! Whether you go with Mints, jelly beans or lollipops, your favor will pop with color and sweetness! Because finishing up all that schooling sure is sweet.  With dozens of color combinations and designs to choose from you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.

 

“Oh the Places You’ll Go” Themed Party

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If you’re going with this oh so appropriate Dr. Seuss theme, give your guests a favor that they’ll be sure to use each time they travel. Our Acrylic Luggage tag is sturdy and completely customize-able!

 

Personalized Favor Packages

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These days a candy buffet is almost mandatory at any party. If you’re planning on creating one, go with the school colors and choose one of these favor packages that are both adorable and reusable for your guests to fill with different things long after the party is over.

 

“The World Is in Your Hands” Themed Party

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If your grad is planning on doing some traveling after graduation before the real work begins, how perfect is this Globe Design Bottle Stopper? It’s a beautiful symbol of adventure that your guests can use over and over again.

 

“We’re your #1 Fans!” Themed Party

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Every grad has a “fan base” of family and friends that add much needed support. Expand on this theme by using fans in your decor! Create a colorful fan backdrop using the school colors and lay out small paper fans on the candy and food buffet tables. Our fans can be easily personalized with favor tags and labels to honor the grad and their fan base.

 

“Chalkboard” Themed Party

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By now the most recognized symbol of school and graduations is the ubiquitous chalkboard. You see it from kindergarten all the way up to the college years. So naturally, it’s a perfect theme for a graduation party. And chalkboards are so versatile you can use it virtually anywhere in your décor. Our “Sip and Scribble” Chalkboard coasters are perfect for this theme! Let’s “chalk” it up to the grad’s success!

 

“One Smart Cookie” Themed Party

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We all know it takes brawn as well as brains to be able to graduate. Pulling those all nighters aren’t easy… it takes one smart cookie! It would be a delicious and witty affair, and the perfect favor is our Sugar Cookie Mix. It’s customize-able for a graduation party and you can get it with the mini whisk too!

 

Key to Success Themed Party

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Every student knows that the key to success is in their hands, especially after they finish with school. This classic theme allows you to get creative and lets the guests give the grad their own “keys to success!” Hang a board with bits of advice tied to vintage keys for a vintage yet practical look. Our favor pick for this themed party is our Skeleton Key Bottle Opener.

 

“Picture Your future” Themed Party

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If you’re throwing a “Picture your Future” themed graduation party this is the perfect opportunity to focus on the grad’s future plans. Whether they’re about to venture off to college or if they embark on a new career, you can use their plans as your décor. How perfectly appropriate is a photo booth for this party? Your guests can walk away with this cute picture frame and a picture of themselves with the grad! Double points for the Chalkboard!

 

“Reach for the Stars” Themed Party

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So now that school is over, the graduation party is a perfect time to encourage your grad to reach for the stars!  Here’s an idea – Have a board where your guests can leave bits of advice for the grad on star shaped stationary. Decorate your space with stars hanging from the ceiling and set up a photo booth with a celestial background.  Our favorite favor for this themed party is our adorable and practical Star Bottle Stopper or these yummy star shaped chocolates

 

How do you plan to celebrate your grad’s success?

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“Top 10 Tuesdays” Vintage Blush Wedding Decor & Favor Ideas

April 15th, 2014

 

Happy Tuesday Lovelies!

Every Tuesday we bring you our top picks for what’s hot and trending in the industry. Today, we’re sharing with you 10 Decor and Favor Ideas for a Vintage Blush Wedding.

Right now the Vintage and Blush wedding theme is incredibly hot and if you’re excited to go with this gorgeous theme for your wedding, here are some ideas to inspire you!

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Barnyard

One of the best ways to really pull off the vintage vibe in your wedding is by choosing the right venue. Try to go with a barnyard or a even a woodsy area to host your big day!

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Relish the Vintage Details

They say that the smallest details have the biggest impact, and nothing could be more true when it comes to the decor of your wedding. Transform the space with lace, burlap, wooden crates, beautiful antique furniture, and even hang vintage dresses to give the decor a charming, rustic feel.

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Flowers

Color choice is important, and flowers are a great way to bring some color into your decor. Some of the most beautiful flowers to use for this theme are white and soft pink roses, pink peonies, hydrangeas, rhododendrons and camellias.

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Candlelight

Candlelight offers a soft, warm, almost golden romantic tone to the wedding. Use it in the tablescapes, buffet tables, escort tables or anywhere you can place a gorgeous candle or tea light.

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Blush Backdrop

Bring the glamour right to the front of the show with a gorgeous blush backdrop. Get your DIY on and tie strips of fabric of different lengths to a long wooden dowel or rope to tie to a couple of trees. Use cream, blush, white, and soft pink color  to create this gorgeous look. The backdrop can be used during the ceremony, behind your head table, or even photo booth for the reception.

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Favors

Here are a few of our favorite favors for this romantic day! You can personalize them to make them extra memorable, they’re adorable and practical!

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Chalkboard

This theme gives you a chance to indulge in another popular trend… Chalkboard! Use Chalkboard signs with a nice, script font to help your guests navigate the reception.

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Use your Mother’s or Grandmother’s veil 

Wearing your mother’s or grandmother’s veil is such a loving and sentimental gesture that everyone will love! The veils they may have used are sure to have a vintage look, and you can add antique brooches, lace, or even a feather here and there to give it your personal touch.

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Old Books as centerpieces

Old, hardback novels can make whimsical and lovely centerpieces. Dress them up with twine, lace, or even strings of pearls and top them with blush flowers in mason jars or vintage teapots to make it a unique centerpiece.


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Old Photos Display

Since we’re going with a reminiscent vibe, a longing for the old days, why not have a wall where you can display old black and white photos? Gather some old photos of the families and hang them on twine with clothespins or showcase them in vintage frames for a perfect finishing touch.

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What’s your favorite way to indulge in this nostalgic wedding theme?

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5 Bachelorette Party Ideas That You’re Dying to Try!

April 4th, 2014

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When planning the Bachelorette Party the Million Dollar question is “What Should We Do?” And the typical answers are always Las Vegas or a night out on the town. Fun? Yes. New? No. How about trying something completely new for a change!? Capitalize on the bride’s personality and choose an activity that suits her and is exciting and adventurous for everyone. We’ve also selected a few gift ideas that are unique and memorable for the bridesmaids to go along with each of these exciting outings!

DIY Lingerie Party

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You know you want to try this!

This is a perfect chance to bring the girls together and make something gorgeous for the bride to wear on her wedding night. Plan a night where all the bridesmaids meet to hand make cute little under things. It’s a fantastic way to get your DIY on, bond with your group, and have fun making something beautiful! Each bridesmaid can bring sequins, beads, or special fabrics, use catalogs for inspiration and the internet for “how-to” tutorials. You can even get silly and help the bride find ways to model each handmade under-thing for the groom! The bride will have handmade gifts by her bridesmaids and the girls will help make her wedding night special. Just don’t forget the wine. Or the chocolate.

A perfect gift for this sexy occasion is our Bustier Cookiecookie_boustier This is customizable to suit  the colors you wish and we can personalize it for you to make it more memorable. Wrap them in cellophane bags and tie them with ribbon to make this a super cute and delicious gift!

 

“Glamping”

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“Glamping” is certainly an unconventional idea for a bachelorette party. But that doesn’t mean it has to be rough! The latest craze is “Glamourous Camping” or “Glamping” for short.  It’s a luxurious way to experience the outdoors without sacrificing the comforts you can’t live without. Glamping is a fresh and creative way to celebrate the last days of being single, so for the offbeat bride who loves the outdoors, this is the way to go.

For the bridesmaids joining on this excursion, an exquisite gift is the “The Cosmopolitan” Monogrammed Cosmetic Travel Bag

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Fill it with necessities such as hand sanitizer, facial wipes, bug spray, small water bottle, sunscreen, lip balm, a mini hairbrush and a compact mirror to complete the surprise for each bridesmaid.

 

At Home Spa Day

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So everyone loves a facial, right? How about hosting an at home spa day for the bridesmaids! Why spend hundreds of dollars on fancy facials and manicures when you can do the same at home? Make a relaxing playlist to set the mood, gather some DIY facials, scrubs, and manicure ideas to pamper each other and get going. If you have access to a pool where you live, lounge by the pool to soak up some sun and get a nice tan before the big day. As the day progresses turn the at home spa day into a sleepover! Reminisce about the old days, watch scary movies, order take out, make some cocktails and enjoy each other’s company. It’s a great opportunity to relax and unwind and bond with the girls.

A great gift idea for this home retreat would be a gorgeous clutch filled with goodies. Hit up Forever 21 (or your favorite boutique) and grab a clutch for each bridesmaid and fill them with some of our Beauty Essentials!

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Winery Tour

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 Touring wineries and spending the weekend in a Bed and Breakfast sounds like such a fun and relaxing idea for a bachelorette party for the Bride who loves wine. We all know her.

Some wineries offer a wide variety of activities for groups besides wine tasting and touring so there’s always something to do. Enjoy the local cuisine and experience the local culture while you’re bonding with your group and make it bachelorette party to cherish forever.

For the bridesmaids enjoying the wine country the perfect gift is the Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

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Personalize this gift with the date of the bachelorette party and choose from a wide variety of designs to suit the bride’s personality. They will always remember their time with you in wine country each time they pour a glass.

 

“Staycation”

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How many times do we have a chance to be tourists in our own cities? Gather the bridesmaids, rent a swanky hotel room in the nearest big city and tour the town as a tourist would! Take tourist photos at all the town’s popular hotspots that you always overlook, eat and drink at the town’s hottest bar you keep saying you’ll go to, take that bay cruise you’ve been dying to get on, and take advantage of the hotels amenities! Play drinking games and guessing games in the hotel room, and give the bride advice to keep it hot and sexy with her new hubby. It’s a chance to enjoy your city in a new way.

A perfect gift for this getaway is our Martini Design Bottle Stopper for all the bottles you’ll be taking to the hotel!

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Do you have any fun ideas for your bachelorette party?

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“Top 10 Tuesdays” – Engagement Party Ideas

April 8th, 2014

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Hello Lovelies!

Every Tuesday we bring you our top picks for what’s hot and trending in the industry. Today, we’re sharing with you our picks for Engagement Party Ideas.

So he took you out, got down on one knee and made you feel like the most special woman in the world. Now you’re engaged! How exciting! So much to do in the next few months to plan your dream wedding, but first… you must share the joy and excitement with all your loved ones. Whether you’re planning an engagement party yourself or someone is planning it for your, have your personality shine through.

We’ve gathered a few of our favorite ideas for your upcoming engagement party along with our favorite favor picks to celebrate the next chapter in your life.

 

Mr. & Mrs. 

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The engagement party is your chance to show your loved ones your hostess skills! Throw an amazing party using the Mr. & Mrs. Theme and have fun with it! Decorate with chalkboard signs, a black & white color scheme, and you can use mustaches and kiss prints to give it a fun and playful twist.

Our top favor pick to give your guests is our “Mr. & Mrs.” Ceramic Salt & Pepper Shakers

 

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“He Put a Ring on it” 

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Let Beyonce’s “Put a ring on it” song inspire your engagement party…after all it’s appropriate! The ubiquitous symbol of engagements is the diamond ring, so take this idea and get creative. Go all out and decorate cupcakes with faux diamond engagement rings, hang glittery banners, put rhinestones on everything and make sure you show of your bling!

Our top favor pick is our beautiful and practical Chrome Diamond Ring Bottle Stopper

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The Perfect Blend

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 If you and your new fiancé enjoy a hot cup of tea or a strong cup of coffee, perhaps taking that idea and applying it to your engagement will inspire you to host a fun and incredibly unique engagement party. After all, you and your hubby to be are the “perfect blend!” Host a brunch and have a coffee and tea bar where your guests can make their own perfectly blended beverage. Add a few delicious macaroons, pastries, breakfast croissants, and other yummy brunch treats.

Our top favor pick for this engagement brunch is our The Perfect Blend Burlap Bag and fill it your own blend of coffee or tea.

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 Beach

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There’s something so magical about using the beach theme in any event. It’s so versatile and you can tailor the beach theme any way you want for your party. For the engagement party, make it a fun soiree for your guests by encouraging them to leave a message in a bottle for you. Hang a fishing net on a wall and post photos of you and your fiancé as a couple and as children, use sand castles as centerpieces and feel free to use starfish and pieces of coral anywhere you want.

Our favor pick for a perfect beach engagement party is our gorgeously useful Palm Tree Bottle opener

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He’s my Anchor

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Take the nautical theme and use it in your engagement party to let everyone know that your hubby-to-be is your “anchor.” This is a fun twist on the beach/nautical theme that you can make your own by taking pride in your fiancé and all that he means to you. Head to the dollar store and pick up a few glass fish bowls that you can fill with sand, starfish, seashells and a candle to use as centerpieces, use sailboats as accents on your tables, tie utensils in knot with a nautical rope and use one of this years hottest colors, dazzling blue, as your color palette.

Our top favor pick is the “Anchor” Nautical-Theme Brushed-Metal Book Mark

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“All You Need is Love”

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The Beatle’s timeless classic “All you need is love” song is the absolutely perfect inspiration for your Engagement Party. “Love” brought you to this very special moment, why not take full advantage of it! For a shabby chic look use white tin buckets with flowers (color of your choice) and use the letters L-O-V-E on each bucket as a centerpiece, hang a glitzy banner with the lyric above your candy buffet table, and have guests write you messages and put them in an elegant birdcage.

Our favorite favor is the “Love Birds” White Bird Tea Light Candles

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Our Love Story

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 Every couple has a love story of how they met, their first date, how they came to be a couple, and when she said yes. It’s all these tiny, delicious details that make each wedding so unique. Make your engagement party more memorable by letting your guests have a glance at the story of how you fell in love! Use chalkboard posters to detail the dates of each important milestone in your relationship, hang photos from balloons and let them float to the ceiling so that all your special photos are freely on display, quiz your guests to see how well they know the happy couple, and have classic love stories stacked on top of each other with delicate flowers on top to make unique centerpieces. This theme allows you to share your most intimate special moments with your loved ones so make it as personal as you want!

Our pick for this whimsical party is the “Key to My Heart” Bookmark

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Love in Bloom Garden Party

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 Hosting a garden party for your engagement is a special way to share your joy with your guests. Gardens are so peaceful, beautiful, and uplifting and this could be fantastic for the ambiance of your party. The flowers and plants there serve as décor, you can have a “flower” stand where you can showcase beautiful arrangements and display the favors for your guests. Use the most vibrant color in the garden as the focal point for your décor and use that color in the napkins, the chair sashes, etc. Also, the birdcage can also be a fabulous prop to suit the theme, so invite your guests to write you a sweet message of luck and love for this new chapter in your life.

Our pick for this garden party is the Daisy Delight Gerbera Daisy Favor Box filled with our delicious Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds.

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Colorful Extravaganza

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This is the easiest, most creative way to infuse your personality into the engagement party. You can choose your favorite color and use it in the décor, from flowers, to napkins, banners to centerpieces your party is sure to be bright. There are also a plethora of colors to choose from when putting the party together. You can use the popular colors of the moment, such as blush pink, mint, celosia orange, dazzling blue, or radiant orchid and make your engagement party a colorful splash!

Our favorite favor pick for is the Colored Square Boxes with Ribbon.

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They come in a variety of different colors to match your color palette and you can fill them with truffles, Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds, or a small piece of cake, or any fun candy. Finish it off with a Coordinating Favor Tag or Rhinestone Monogram Stickers to make it more personal.

 

Wine Tasting

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This is a great idea to save some money on an elegant and virtually effortless engagement party. Invite your guests to bring a couple bottles of wine and create cute “tasting cards” so that each guest can rate each bottle. This gives each guest the opportunity to have a record of which ones they liked best so they can try them again. Start with the whites and move your way up to the heavier reds and serve up different types of cheeses, fruits such as green grapes and apples, meats and crackers and lay them on chalkboard trays labeling each item to have the guests’ pair their drink with a snack. Create a soothing and low-key playlist to set the mood and you have a sophisticated engagement party.

 

Our top favor pick is the Personalized Wine Glass.

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You can personalize it to suit your special day and your guests will leave with not only a list of wine for them to try, but also a gorgeous glass that they can use over and over again.

 

How will you plan on celebrating your engagement?!

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