Today we have three super fun DIY posts from Margaux at Harmony Creative Studio! She created the awesome neon bachelorette box that I linked to awhile back, and today she’s got three different wedding related DIY boxes for us, starting with a “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” gift box. Take it away, Margaux!

Asking your ladies to be a part of your big day is an opportunity to give them a nice little gift and to impart some vital info. In addition to that, I think it’s important to acknowledge that agreeing to be in your wedding party is a commitment, and that you appreciate it!

It’s becoming more and more popular to let bridesmaids pick their own dresses and accessories. To give a little direction, we’ve made a small 4.5×6” photo book of info and inspiration photos – small enough for a bridesmaid to drop in her bag and keep with her while shopping for dresses. Nearly every online photo outlet has some version of a photo book, but the one pictured is from Walgreens. You don’t have to be a graphic designer to make them cute for your ladies – there are tons of free downloads and printables out there (a Pinterest search of “Bridesmaid Free Printable” is a good place to start). The beautiful cover we’ve used is a free printable from Kelsey of Pinegate Road that you can download HERE.

Outfitting your maids with a small emergency kit will benefit them – and you! – on your wedding day, should anything go awry. It’s also something they can toss in their car or desk at work and use after the fact. We’ve packed ours into a convenient clear box from The Container Store, with anything they might need: mints, bobby pins, hair bands, feminine products, bra strap holder, cotton pads and swabs, lip gloss, disposable toothbrush, safety pins, oil blotting sheets and various beauty samples. You could also add in stain removers, pain killers and small bandages.

Once your ladies have helped you wrangle your bustle, blot your tears and danced the night away, they’ll appreciate the relaxation provided by a little Day After kit. Add things like a foot soak, makeup and nail polish removers, bath salts and a tiny scented candle for a mini-spa experience.

To get the pretty, frosted ombre effect for our wraparound label, we printed each bridesmaid’s name on a piece of vellum, then layered it over a piece of double-sided ombre gift wrap from Rifle Paper Co. We tucked ours into the top of the box, but you could just as easily wrap it around the entire box as a band – easy peasy!

If you’ve ever been a bridesmaid, you know that while it’s a whole lot of fun and truly fulfilling to be a part of celebrating the new couple, it’s also a real time and monetary commitment. To have a bride appreciate that up front can set the tone for a wonderful experience!

 

Be sure to check back later today for two more fun DIY boxes from Harmony Creative Studio, and photos by Christine of The Yodsukars.

 

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I have a little early Christmas present for you! The talented Julie from Flourish & Whim created some beautiful calligraphy table numbers and escort cards just for Snippet & Ink readers. She kept them super simple, so you can embellish them to fit your wedding style…

Keeping it simple.

 Holly for the holidays.

Fancy frame.

As an added bonus, Julie also created this darling Mr. & Mrs. coaster!

How would you embellish these table numbers? Or would you keep them super simple and let the calligraphy stand on its own? Share your ideas in the comments!

 

Download the free printable table numbers here.

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Perfect for the holidays, Maggie Battista has created this decadent Midnight Milk Punch for us! Serve it with cookies for a midnight snack.

From Maggie: “When eggnog cartons line grocery store shelves, I know it’s time to make my homemade version. Full of brandy, rum and whiskey, the eggnog chills in the back of the fridge, waiting for holiday visitors. I also enjoy this holiday cocktail: it’s an eggless milk punch that uses a small-batch caramel or butterscotch sauce to add instant depth. This punch can also be served warm in a teacup.”

 

Midnight Milk Punch
Serves 3

Ingredients:
• 1/3 cup whole milk
• 1/3 cup heavy cream
• 2 pinches cinnamon, plus more for garnish
• 1 heaping tablespoon of caramel sauce
• 1 tablespoon maple syrup
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• 1.5 ounces brandy

Directions:
1. In a small saucepan over a medium flame, heat milk, heavy cream, cinnamon, caramel sauce, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir on and off to help dissolve the caramel. Keep on the heat for just a few minutes so you don’t scald the milk. Once the caramel is dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and let cool a few minutes.
2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the brandy and pour over the slightly cooled milk mixture. Cover and shake, shake, shake until a bit frothy. Pour into small glasses (about 4 ounces) and add an extra pinch of cinnamon to each for garnish.

 

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Today, Maggie Battista from Eat Boutique and Heidi Murphy from White Loft Studio are back with recipes for not one, but two signature cocktails! Both feature ginger, the perfect ingredient to warm up a chilly October evening.

From Maggie:  “After the autumn chill sets in this month, warmth can come from any number of places: from an oversized belted wool coat, an embrace from your partner or a spicy drink. How about a spicy drink with your partner? We made fragrant, warming cocktails for both the bride and the groom using homemade ginger syrup, but Morris Kitchen in Brooklyn makes a favorite version you can purchase at Eat Boutique.”

 

Ginger Bourbon Fizz
Serves 1

Ingredients:
• 1 tablespoon ginger syrup (homemade or shop-bought)
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice
• 4-5 thyme sprigs
• 1.5 ounce bourbon
• ½ teaspoon honey
• 4 ounces club soda

Directions:
In a cocktail shaker, add ice and all ingredients, except for club soda and 1 sprig of thyme. Shake the mixture a bit, then strain into a low-ball (or rocks) glass. Add a handful of ice cubes and club soda. Garnish with remaining sprig of thyme.

 

Sweet Ginger Sparkler
Serves 1

Ingredients:
• smoked bourbon sugar or demerara sugar
• 1 lemon wedge
• 1 tablespoon ginger syrup (homemade or purchased)
• 4 ounces sparkling wine
• 1 1-inch piece of candied ginger

Directions:
1. Spoon the sugar onto a flat plate. Run the fruit of the lemon wedge around the rim of a champagne flute. Gently dip the rim of the flute into the sugar until the entire rim is coated.
2. In the sugared champagne flute, gently pour the ginger syrup (careful not to touch the sugar). Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with candied ginger, either on a stick or dropped into the glass.

 

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