Unique Entertaining & Hostess Wedding Gifts

Hostess and Entertaining Wedding Gifts

Essex Silver Sweetener Bowls |Blenheim Napkin Rings and Placecard Holders |Essex Silver Creamer | Mint Julep Cups

One of my favorite couples is finally getting married.  Shannon and Joe have been together for 7 years.  I have had the honor of watching their relationship grow from smitten on their first date to a loving, supportive, and still smitten mature couple.  As is the custom today, their wedding announcement indicated that they were registered at the usual stores.  I spent way too long searching for the perfect present.  Finally I narrowed it down to the vacuum cleaner, the knife set, or a generic glass vase.  But rather than clicking “buy” I turned off the computer.  I wanted to gift this  amazing couple something special — something memorable.  Yes, I went rogue but I don't think anyone is complaining.

So the next time I tackled this gifting project, I went directly to Layla Grayce's selection of elegant and unique wedding gifts. I knew exactly what I was looking for — something elegant and classic, something the couple would use over and over again throughout their years together as they entertained family and friends.  I wanted a gift that would add that little extra to their table yet would be something they would never buy for themselves and something that I would want to immediately add to Party Idea {Pros} Classic Elegance party package.

Hostess & Entertaining Wedding Gifts: White Ceramic Cake Plates

White Footed Square Cake Stand | Pedestal Cake Plate | Ceramic White Cake Plates With Green Ribbon

In addition to the above feature pieces, I also fell in love will all three of these white ceramic cake plates.

In the end I chose the Essex Silver Sweetener Bowls because of their versatility.  These petite silver-plated brass bowls had that perfect touch of personality I was looking for.  I loved the fact that this set of six bowls could not only be filled with sweeteners for coffee and tea  but could also be filled with flowers, candy, and trinkets for a beautiful table display.  With so many options I hope my friends will come to treasure these little bowls and the memories they help create.
This is my wish for Shannon and Joe
May you celebrate life fully and always.

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Free, Last Minute Mothers Day Gift / Activity Idea

 

Free Craftsy Knitting Mini-Courses

No matter how much money you spend on your mom this Mother's Day, there is no gift that will surpass the gift of time.  So rather that kill this month's budget, consider spending a few hours with mom and together taking one or more of the free Craftsy mini-courses.  Craftsy mini-courses have the same great content that you've come to expect from Craftsy.com, but feature student-led discussions and are shorter in length than regular courses. They are a perfect way to learn new skills with your mom and to decide whether taking more courses together is a perfect excuse to spend more time with together in the future.

Top Free Mini-Courses

  • Know Your Wool: Do you wonder where your yarn comes from? Learn about different types of wool and the individual characteristics of each.

  • The Hand-Painted Cake: Elevate your cake with Erin Schaefgen's freehand painting techniques. Create beautiful and edible works of art with Erin's tips and tricks.

  • Creative Quilt Backs: Make the back of your quilt just as interesting as the front! Oh, Fransson! blog author Elizabeth Hartman walks you through everything you need to know to make beautiful quilt backs.

  • Modern Buttercream: Learn to use buttercream like a pro! Discover the tricks and tips to construct and create a beautifully finished buttercream cake.

  • Short Rows: Don't fall short because you find short rows intimidating! Learn four different techniques to creating short rows, and discover how they can make shaping a knitted garment a snap.

  • Sewing Machine 911: Give your sewing machine some TLC with the help of this free course. Learn to clean and maintain your sewing machine with tips and tricks taught in this class.

  • QuiltCon Lecture Series 2013: Not able to make it to Austin for the Modern Quilt Guild's inaugural QuiltCon? Watch some of our favorite lectures from the event, given by Heather Jones, Angela Walters, David and Amy Butler, Jacquie Gering, and Mary Fons.

Since my mom has been trying to get me to knit with her for years, I think we will spend this Mothers Day taking the Know Your Wool, Short Rows, and maybe even the Ins & Outs of Grafting.  And to refresh my knitting memory, I will probably try to squish in a Knit Lab: Projects, Patterns & Techniques class prior to Mother's Day so I won't completely embarrass myself .

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Personalized Photo Pillows for Mom

Personalized Photo Pillows

I can just imagine my mom's adorable white maltese, Sugar's face on a pillow!  How perfect a Mother's Day present is a personalized photo pillow.  I hate to admit it but I do think she would prefer a single “Sugar” pillow to 9 individual pillows all with her grandchildren's smiling faces.  Although as I was perusing the newest Shutterfly product offerings, I did notice both a Gallery Monogram pillow and a Collage Squares pillow that could easily solve the “too many pillows” conundrum.

The Details

  • Stylish home decor with personalized designs that make a perfect complement to your bed or sofa.
Gallery & Collage Photo Pillows

Gallery and collage photo pillows are perfect gifts for grannies and grandpas with lots and lots of “grandbabies”

  • Hidden zipper enclosure with a synthetic-filled insert included
  • Sizes include 16×16 and 18×18 inches
  • Finished with a black or ivory back
  • Machine-washable cover
  • Limited time special offer – Free Standard Shipping on orders $30+
  • Pricing starting at $34.99 each

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Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mommy Me Matching Chevron Pajamas

Mommy & Me Matching Bedhead Pajamas

Mother's Day is quickly approaching and now is the time to find that stylish and unique gift that shows how much your mom means to you! This year, Layla Grayce has posted a Mother's Day blog post suggesting the top ten gift ideas and essentials for mom.  Additionally we are featuring a few of our own favorite Mother's Day gift ideas including matching Mommy & Me pajamas and Rebecca Minkoff purses

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