Bachelorette Party Gift Boxes

Gift boxes
My baby sister got married! She is the best ever, and her husband is pretty awesome, too. I was her maid of honor, and I threw her bachelorette party. For some reason I got super excited about doing favors for the guests, and I got a little bit out of control with trying to make them perfect. I love my sister and I wanted her to feel like she had a cool party! I don’t know. I’m nuts. Someone should take away my Mastercard. 

I knew that I wanted more than just a favor, I wanted kind of a hangover kit (she and K made something like this for my bachelorette party). I started trying to think of ideas and doing Internet research. I still wish I had cuter containers, but I needed to reign the situation in a little and there was a good sale after Valentine’s Day. 

This is the result of this part of the bachelorette party planning:

  Unpacked gift boxes

What’s inside:

From the Dollar Store-

  1. Juicy Fruit gum (4 packs for $1)- our great grandmother always had it, I couldn’t resist 
  2. Smarties (one bag for $1, and I learned that they are gluten free!)
  3. The boxes (2 for $1)
  4. A few seashells (one bag for $1)- her wedding is on the beach, so I thought this would be a fun touch!
  5. A marker for the scavenger hunt, and maybe for phone numbers? (One package for $1)
  6. Glow bracelet (8 for $1. Not pictured because they were still in their packaging)

From Amazon-

  1. Advil packets
  2. Single use face towelettes (I got the kind for men. They were less than half the price. WHAT is up with that?!)
  3. Brightly colored bandaids (if you don’t understand why these are included, you obviously have a lot more coordination than me while drinking. And, hell, just while walking.)
  4. Mini red solo cup shot glasses
  5. Sugar free Monster energy drink

The hair ties I made myself, one in each of her wedding colors. I bought the elastic from this shop on Etsy. Check out my post here on how to make them! I did buy cute little bags for the hair ties, but I accidentally bought them from China and they took a month to arrive. Amazingly, everyone survived without having the hair ties in bags! 

Has anyone else made gift bags for a party? What did you put in them? I had so many ideas, but it’s way too easy to spend a ton of money when you’re making a lot of them. I got a lot of compliments on these, and the guests were using things from their boxes all night. 

Jillian 

    Simplify Sunday- Use it or Lose it

      Someone awesome gave me this roll of duct tape for Christmas. I do realize that sounds ridiculous, but I love the Packers and I actually needed some duct tape. One of my dogs (offender pictured here) had chewed up this gate- to the point where I worried the bar would snap. The gate is meant to be more of a reminder to people not to let the dogs out than an actual foolproof deterrent, but still. Holes are not good! 

    So, I went ahead and classed up the apartment by “repairing” the gate with Packers themed duct tape. For related reasons (Lambeau likes to crawl into the fireplace), I used the duct tape to cover the opening to the fireplace with cardboard. 

    The gifter came over this week, and remarked that he was so glad I was using the tape. I told him that I loved it! Then he expanded on his point, and I realized that wasn’t what he had been getting at. 

    He said that he would probably have just saved it because he liked it so much, and then brought up that he tends to save things like samples for a trip or something special. Then those occasions never come and they expire. 

    I definitely used to be like that! When he said that, I remembered how I used to save everything for the future. You know what happens? Products and food expire, clothes that are saved for special occasions go out of style or no longer fit, your tastes change and (gasp) maybe you don’t even like the Packers anymore so you throw the duct tape away. The special dishes for guests get broken in a move or just sit around collecting dust.

    One day I just realized that the special day is TODAY. I should use and enjoy it now. It sounds trite, but life really is too short. I used to force myself to use lotions I had been given with scents I didn’t like. I didn’t want to waste them! I would save the scents that made me happy for after those I didn’t like were gone. It takes months to use a container of lotion! What am I doing? Am I running a freaking lotion conservatory here?! I’m robbing myself of a moment of joy every time I smell the lotion, and replacing it with a grimace. 

    It’s just stupid. Use what you like now. Live your life to the fullest. Use your best dishes for your family. Who is more special than them? While you’re at it, get rid of the dishes you use every day that you don’t even like but they are cheap. Or, if these dishes really are too expensive to enjoy using without stress, display them. 

    If you have duct tape that you want to display, I have plenty of ideas for that, too. 😀

    Jillian 

    Holiday Gift Guide – the Dreaded Man Gifts

    gifts for men

    #1 Tequila shot glasses made of Himalayan sea salt!! So cool! This would be a great gift with his favorite bottle of tequila and some limes.

    #2 Anything with his favorite team on it from the NFL Shop. Well. Really you should probably only do this if his favorite team is the Packers. They are the only team that matters!!

    #3 The best party game ever. The guy probably has nothing in his place but beer and an X-Box. Get him Cards Against Humanity.

    #4 A cute doormat, but looks manly enough to not get you thrown out.

    #5 I think this is super cool. A wooden beer caddy! I’m a little skeptical if a guy would use it or think it’s just stupid, so if any guys want to chime in here, let me know! Maybe I should just buy it for myself…

    #6 Man crates are pretty cool if you want the wow factor. They are really expensive though, so it depends what you’re going for. This might be something you could do yourself, if you’re crafty.

    Did anyone find anything really cool? I can’t say on here what I actually bought 🙂

    ❤ Jillian

    Holiday Gift Guide – Kate Spade Edition

    kate spadeIt’s Kate Spade shopping guide day (Alex said I could)! As an added bonus, today www.katespade.com is offering 30% off (code: SHINE). OMG. Just try and do yourself a favor and limit yourself to one gift for yourself…

     #1 Most Kate Spade items come with cute postcards that say “she is quick and curious and playful and strong”. I have one on my refrigerator. This 2016 17-month large agenda has that saying on the front, with Kate Spade details inside like gold foil dots.

     #2 The pave bridesmaid idiom bangle doesn’t have to be a bridesmaid gift. It actually just says girly friendship stuff, so it could be for any friend. I love it in rose gold!

    #3 They used to have the keds for kate spade new York glitter sneakers in rose gold, and I’m sad I didn’t snap them up. Still, they are adorable in black or white. They are covered with glitter and have ribbon laces. I’m pretty sure they couldn’t be more girly, and I’m okay with that.

    #4 For an inexpensive but luxurious gift, try these fluffy spots ankle socks in pink or grey. Classic Kate Spade polka dots!

    #5 Looking for a small wallet? This super cute gold polka dotted cedar street confetti dot darla is a good gift… okay, or maybe for yourself.

     #6 The last thing I have to point out is the cedar street iphone 6 wristlet. I personally don’t have the iphone 6, but how sweet is this wristlet that has the perfect space for your phone and slots for cards? That’s always my wristlet issue. I jam my phone in there then carefully slide my cards in. Then when I pull out my phone, all the cards and cash fall out. So not what I’m going for… ugh.

    Let me know if you buy anything! I can’t say if I’m buying any gifts… my friends read this! But I’m definitely thinking of buying the one in a million business card holder I mentioned in this post.

    ❤ Jillian

     

     

    How To Make Fancy Hair Ties and Headbands

      

    I’m guessing that if you have longish hair, you may have heard of this crazy phenomenon. Normally, elastic hair ties come in bags of approximately eight million (okay, 30ish) for maybe $3.99 at most. Sure, it sucks because you eventually lose all the good colors and in the end are stuck with only some kind of hideous day glow orange and maybe a few almost broken random greens, but certainly nothing you want to use at work. Still, you’re only out four bucks to go buy new ones, so no harm no foul. Several years ago some teenagers girls started selling fold over elastic hair ties, which will run you about $2 EACH. For one. I’m not one to hate on an entrepreneurial spirit, especially from a woman, but come on. The price gap here is just absurd. 

    I did the obvious thing. 

    I bought two packages. 

    Isn’t that what any self respecting woman would do? Spend $12 on nine hair ties (see, I got a DEAL)? 

    The thing is, the marketing got to me. They promise to not leave a pony tail bump or pull out your hair, and they’re soooooo pretty. I ended up loving the thin ones I got, but the thick ones are absurd for my fine hair and I use them for things like holding together markers. I am addicted and I wanted more, but I knew this was absurd and I wasn’t buying them. There are so many guides for this online, but here is my quick version anyway. 

    Step 1: decide if you have thin or thick hair. I’m positive you already know this. Most people seem to use the 5/8″ fold over elastic, but that doesn’t work for my hair at all. I get the 3/8″. I’ve also given these as gifts to many people, and they seem to work pretty well for them, too. 

    Step 2: buy fold over elastic. You can buy it at a craft store like Joann’s, but I haven’t had luck finding the 3/8″- or anything not in a kiddie pattern. I buy mine on Etsy wherever I can find the best deal. Five yards will make about 20 hair ties. 

    Step 3: cut the elastic. The great thing about making them yourself is you can make them exactly the size you want, but standard is nine inches for a hair tie and 18 inches for a headband (use these at the gym, they don’t slip too much and keep bangs out of your face!). Don’t pull the elastic when you’re measuring, just lay it flat. 

    Step 4: tie a simple knot at the end, then pull it until it’s tight. You can either stop here or finish the ends. 

    Step 5: I like to cut the ends at a slant so they look cuter, and touch them to a flame (carefully, with a lighter) so that they don’t unravel. People will tell you they don’t unravel anyway, but I am OCD and I respectfully disagree. 

    Bam, you’re done! I paid $8.95 including shipping for 20 yards of fold over elastic. I had four different colors of five yards each, and made 14 hair ties and three headbands with each color. So, I spent $.11 per hair tie and $.22 per headband! 

    These would make a great stocking stuffer or birthday gift. Everyone I give them to loves them (or is too nice to tell me differently), and it’s fun to give something useful and handmade. You can put them in a cute tiny pouch, or cut a small piece of cardboard and wrap it in wrapping paper, then put the hair ties around it.

    Have fun! Let me know if you try it!

    💛 Jillian

    Holiday Gift Guide- Girlfriend Edition

    gifts for your girlfriendsI am not one of those people that has to do one holiday at a time. I’m excited for Thanksgiving, but I also love Christmas shopping. I like to multi-task. Part of it is that I create my budget in January, and put aside 1/12 of the amount every month. I’ve been doing it this way for a few years and I LOVE it. I have zero anxiety about how I will afford Christmas gifts, and I also can start shopping whenever I want. Ideally this would be all year round to get the best deals, but the minimalist in me can’t handle storing gifts all year. I usually start in November. I love gift guides, so I’m going to do a series of them this year!

    Here are some ideas for your girlfriends, sisters, or anyone that likes girly things.

    #1 (luggage tag) and #4 (flask) Anne Taintor is one of my favorites, right up there with Kate Spade (oh, you know I’m serious now!). Here are a few great gift ideas- luggage tags and flasks. She also makes magnets, planners, and so much more.

    #2 You knew Kate Spade was going to come up. I think anything she makes is a great gift 🙂 But these business card holders are affordable and gorgeous- plus she’ll feel professional and put together when she pulls it out of her bag or pocket.

    #3 I love this gorgeous “Full Exposure” make-up pallet by Smashbox with all the neutral shades plus glittery ones. I don’t wear eyeshadow enough to justify purchasing this for myself, but I have a few friends that I know would love it.

    #5 You can’t tell me you have never been with your friend and drank your wine with ice cubes because no one remembered to chill it. Well, you can. But I will not believe you. You can fix all of that with a corkcicle from Give Simple (definitely check out the rest of their website, they have so many cool gifts). It’s a gift for her, and for you when you come over with wine!

    #6 My friend K and I can’t get enough of People Stylewatch. Is that bad to admit? If you haven’t seen it, it is similar to People, but has way less celebrity gossip (which I don’t have much interest in) and way more pretty clothes and bags. Maybe your friends are like us and get way too many magazines already, but if not, give her a subscription and she’ll think of you every month!

    #7 I love these double layer phones cases by DandyCase because they really protect your phone, but aren’t as bulky as something crazy like an Otter Box. They are also inexpensive, so it’s not too sad when it gets all banged up and you need a new one. Or, you can buy a few and change them out!

    I hope you have fun looking at pretty things to buy for your friends! My last tip for today- definitely check your local dollar store (this may be just a USA thing?) for all of your wrapping paper, tissue paper, gift bags, et cetera. I LOVE shopping there for paper goods. In my mind, it’s the only way to go. They have a pretty good selection, and nothing is ever more than a dollar.

    Do you have any shopping tips for me, or any gift guides you would like to see? I’m working on hostess, the awful hunt for gifts for men, pet gifts, and silly stuff for gift exchanges.

    ❤ Jillian