Posts Tagged ‘Gifts’

Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas, THE book to have!

If you love sweets, baking, crafting, party styling — or any combination of these things you MUST check out Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas. After pouring her heart into this book for over two years Amy’s labor of love is finally available for pre-order! I am honored to help Amy spread the word, I’ve been a huge fan for years, in fact Amy was one of the first “party people” I began to follow. (She was even kind enough to jump on board for a fun cupcake contest I did years ago!)

Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas

Amy has been humble enough to share the behind the scenes of this book in the making over on her blog (which has been so fun to read!). Here’s the darling cover – aren’t the colors fun?

Be sure to pre-order your copy today (and while your at it, pick one up for a gift for a friend, sister, or for a Mother’s Day gift!). They are sure to sell out!

P.S. I just may have picked up an extra copy to giveaway to one of my lucky readers. Stay tuned!

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A Pretty Packaging Party

Feeling the holiday stress? Wish you had more time? How about carving out a little girl time and getting some of that to-do list accomplished?  My simple tip to sneaking in time with your best friend, mom, sis and neighbors? How about hosting a simple, Pretty Packaging Party?

The plan: set up a gift wrapping station, toss out some supplies and simple snacks, and invite the girls over for chatting and wrapping!

gift wrapping party

Confine your packaging party supplies to one room in your house — a dining room table or an otherwise, “out of the way” spot where you gals can get busy wrapping and catching up.

gift wrap party

 You’ll want to have plenty of supplies on hand (you can even ask each guest to bring something like tags, tissue, or ribbons to make it easier).

wrapping party

Boxes (I prefer these craft brown ones from thinkgarnish.com), plenty of ribbons of different widths, and festive tags are all a must. Don’t forget the tissue paper, tape, scissors and pens too!

cool packaging

Add those thoughtful touches to your gifts with these little homemade paper flowers. I made all sizes using cupcake liners and coffee filters! Layer, scrunch, and secure the flower together using a brad. Hostess Tip: if you’ll have kids in tow this is a fun craft that will keep their little hands busy!

gift wrapping party

You won’t want to forget some drinks and snacks — but keep it super simple. You’re getting together to get gifts wrapped and sneak in some quality girl time — no working away in the kitchen! Serve water or lemonade in glass jars with cute straws. Serve “packaging peanuts” and candy in these clever clear plastic tubes (so handy).

This entire Pretty Packaging Party idea can be pulled together in a whim — it’s super simple. So, go ahead — call up your girlfriends and invite them over for some wrapping and chatting. After all — good things do come in pretty packages.

Boxes & Clear Tubes |  Garnish

Glass Jars & Paper Straws | Sweet Shop LuLu

Do you like to wrap gifts or is it more of a chore for you? Are you the gift wrap or gift bag type?

 

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Finally, simple shipping + GIVEAWAY!

Today we are introducing you to a cool, new (and helpful!) service and kicking off a giveaway!

Tis’ the season of shopping online, sending gifts cross-country and the frustration of damaged, lost, or “I just missed the delivery!” of packages (am I right?). We can stop the shipping nightmare with this cool service — UPS My Choice. I recently had the pleasure of learning what new and exciting things the folks at UPS had been up to (who knew?) and I thought you might be interested as well.

UPS My Choice is helping you avoid the disappointment and hassle of missing a home delivery by letting YOU take control of all UPS deliveries. This ground-breaking service increases the likelihood of a successful delivery on the first attempt by providing delivery alerts, specific delivery time frames, reroute options, a visibility dashboard and electronic signature release – all by accessing ups.com through a computer or mobile phone. Cool right?

Can’t be home to sign for delivery? No problem! It frees you from worrying about when packages will arrive, where they will be left or what to do if they are not home to receive them.

To register for UPS My Choice or for more info, visit here (basic membership is free). And since you’ll be wanting to test out UPS My Choice, we are giving away a $50 AmEx gift card you can use for a little holiday shopping.

UPS My Choice

To enter: Contest is closed

Congratulations to comment #14 – Michele P!

1. Head on over to UPS My Choice and set up your free account.

2. Come back here and let me know you did by leaving a comment

Good luck! Contest will end midnight, PST on December 11, 2011. One winner will be chosen at random and notified via email.

This is a sponsored post and I received compensation from UPS  to participate in this campaign. In addition, UPS provided the gift card prize I’m using in this giveaway. All thoughts are my own.

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DIY – end of year teacher gift

While looking for homemade gift ideas to make and send with my daughter to give her teacher today on the last day of school (already?! how did this happen so soon?), I stumbled upon this idea on simple seleta and loved it! I incorporated a few things in this “carry all” that I thought the teacher would enjoy while kicking off her summer — but the possibilities are endless.

I started with a green soda bottle carry from IZZE. I covered the box with cheery yellow scrapbook paper, but you could leave as is (especially the IZZE boxes because they have a nice colorful, modern look).

homemade gift ideas - teachers

Here is what I used to create the gift:

homemade gift ideas - instructions

- IZZE soda box plus I left in one of the lime sodas

- vanilla frappuccino bottle

- bundle of striped paper straws

- small glass bud vase ($1.99 at Target) filled with yellow mini button flowers

- Starbucks biscotti and package of fruit and nuts trail mix (not pictured above)

- $10 Starbucks card

After covering the box, I printed out a paper that read “enjoy summer” and glued it to the front.

Thanks simple seleta for the inspiration! I can see so many variation of this idea. What about you? What could you make one of these carry all treat boxes for? I’d love to hear your homemade gift ideas!

Tori Tait on Instagram

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DIY Plaid Ornaments

Thinking about creating some homemade holiday ornaments? DIY ornaments really can be simple and these DIY plaid ornaments are proof. I love the green factor, turn something old into something new.

Old…

New!

I love the cozy and warm look of these. Check out the simple DIY steps via Eddie Ross.

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Shop for Mom! $150 Giveaway with Cambria Cove

Looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift ideas? Cambria Cove offers a classy selection of gifts mom will love. Here are a few recent Spring items I am adoring:

These vibrant colors are perfect for Spring. Their Fiesta Table linens would add some flair to any dinner party (or week night meal).

This blue palette is so soothing. This retro blue cake stand especially caught my eye. Imagine the sweet treats you could serve up on that!

Would you like to buy a few things for mom or perhaps shop for yourself? Cambria Cove is offering one lucky reader a $150 gift certificate to purchase anything their heart desires from their website. Simply visit Cambria Cove and share with us what catches your eye.

Contest ends 5/07/10 10pm PST

Good Luck!

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