DIY Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

Not sure if it was just me (although doubtful because I’m human) but I was nervous as hell asking my girls to be my bridesmaids. Each proposal was unique in that I did each one in person and let it happen semi-naturally. I had this grandiose plan of saying the perfect things but I either froze or just let the card that speak for itself. I don’t see myself as sentimental but I try to be thoughtful as I can and it was super important that I let each one of my girls know how important they are to me. I was searching Pinterest for ideas on what to put into my proposals but all I really kept getting were a lot of  “copy and paste” boxes that all had the same stuff like a stemless wine glass (cute but who only wants 1 glass anyway?) some nail polish, a trinket dish etc. Nothing really wowed me so why not create my own..

I’m a lover of self care and knew that I wanted to gift them something that was useful, that I was happy giving them and they could enjoy. If there’s one thing I’m good at–it’s putting together gift baskets! From initial thought to assembly to finished product I absolutely love gift baskets LOL. What’s more fun than receiving a bunch of things you can use in a basket/crate you could re-use!?

Now people automatically assume gift baskets are expensive (and yes, they def can be!) but they can be super budget friendly if you’re smart about it. I budgeted myself to spend about $50 per person since I have 1 MOH and 4 bridesmaids. Luckily, I had a case of homemade wine from my in-laws (which goes perfect with our vineyard them) so I purchased custom wine bottle stickers off of etsy for about $9 and voila! they came out way cuter than I expected. After I had the wine bottles all set I wanted to get a bunch of self care items that are my favorites. I wanted to stick with a rustic like theme so I went to Marshall’s because they have the BEST name brand beauty products for a fraction of the cost.  I ended up finding my favorite soap of all time so I got that and worked around the color scheme- I ended up adding in a great lotion to carry in their purse, an awesome smelling candle, an adorable coffee mug with their first initial, macarons because who doesn’t love them?? a charcoal sheet mask and then I added in a  few random pieces for each (a body butter, Supergoop SPF, origins products). Lastly, the crates were a STEAL. Hobby Lobby is forever promoting 50% off so I had a coupon, grabbed a handful of different crates that could fit all items and I started to assemble. I filled each crate with burlap, wrapped with cellophane and added in a sprig of faux lavender. They came out better than I had envisioned, beautiful even. I’m proud of these and I know my girls loved them!!

 

 

Well, Hello.

 

I’ve been alive for 30 years.  Weird. I’m not having a quarter life crisis or anything so to my family and friends that are reading this, don’t worry. This blog has been a thought bubble for years and I just now grew a pair to finally create one. Unfortunately I’m now in a space with thousands of other people doing the same thing but luckily we all have our own agenda so if I can reach just one person, I’ve done my job.

I promised myself that I would be different this year. Different in a sense where I will actually stick to my goals. Not just dream them up on my way to work while I’m stuck in traffic. Don’t get me wrong, I am lucky to have the things that I do at my age but I want more. I want to do things that have meaning, I want to help people, I want to feel good about myself, I want to save money, I want to make money, I want to look good, I want to feel good, I want to look back on my life 5,10, 20 years from now and say “I’m happy I did that.” It’s so easy to get caught in an every day routine especially when it’s safe like mine. I want to take risks especially since I have the luxury to do so. I want to put myself out there so people can relate. Growing up, I had so many diaries. The ones you hand write in, the cool electronic ones (who remember “my dear diary?!”) and I forgot what it’s like to have an outlet. I have so much to say and share but I honestly don’t know where to start so this blog will probably be all over the place so pardon the mess until I figure out my rhythm. I’ll share recipes, wedding planning, career advice, DIY  projects, personal journeys and who know’s what else. I’m truly looking forward to where this leads and ready for the challenge. Until next time 😉

-AP