Sometimes giving gifts at christmas can be difficult. One person in particular on my list was incredibly difficult to shop for (you know, the type of person who already has everything). After asking a bunch of my close friends, I decided it would be a good idea to plan little outings, this way it is not just a gift, it is also an experience.
In order to actually give an "experience" as a gift, I created a card/ticket holder. The front has a cute/relative quote, and the back has slits to hold each designed event ticket. I designed each ticket with appropriate information and times. I used the typeface Mensch, which has become on of my favorites due to its minimal, yet playful appearance. Keeping the color scheme cool and simple, I think this gift turned out great. It was also a lot of fun to make!
After designing my best friends, family recipe box, bridal party invites, and wedding dinner menus, the grooms mother had a very thoughtful idea. Many of the guests were traveling and staying at a nearby hotel. She put together little goodie bags containing all the "after wedding" essentials (water bottles, snacks, advil, etc.) and thought it would be a nice touch to have a thank you note from the couple, as well as an invitation to breakfast with the newlyweds the next morning.
When the guests left the wedding and entered their hotel rooms to settle down, they found a nice treat and were informed of the breakfast party in the morning.
After designing the "recipe box gift" for my friends wedding, her and her husband asked me if I would be interested in designing their menu cards. Of course I accepted the offer without thinking twice. After all, this is my best friends wedding. Soon after popping the question (no pun intended) she sent along the menu items. After a few emails and finally an approval from the couple, I was off to Long Island, NY to print and hand cut each of the 200 menu cards. Despite how tedious that sounds, I enjoyed every minute of it - staying up late, with good friends, being crafty, and preparing another piece for the big day!
This past year one of my closest friends, had asked me to be in her wedding party. I was extremely honored to be apart of something so big and important to her. Being that I have never been in a wedding (besides being a flower girl years ago), I wasn't sure what to make for her bridal party gift. After doing some research and stumbling across the "wedding recipe box" gifts, I decided to design my own.
I asked all the girls in the wedding party to give me a bunch of their favorite recipes. Shorty after, and knowing exactly how much content I was dealing with, I designed the cards to fit into a plain box I found at a paper store. The last task was to design the cover of the box. I wanted it to be elegant, yet fun. I drew up the design and had a friend use his vinyl cutter to knock out the graphic - in order to apply it to the box.
When I handed it to her at her party the look on her face was priceless. All of her friends and family members were asking to fill out the extra cards I had made so they could also share their most delicious recipes as well. I'd say the gift was a total success.