How to Curate A Fall Hostess Gift Basket

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Fall is officially here. With summer vacations over and most of us back in our normal routines, social gatherings are at an all-time high. And we all know a packed social schedule means hostess gifts are back on the to-do list. Here are some easy suggestions for pulling together a curated gift box to serve as the the perfect fall hostess gift basket! (If you happen to be planning a fall wedding, here is some inspiration for fall wedding welcome gifts!)

Packaging

We absolutely love earthy packaging options for fall. So instead of fresh, clean, modern black or white gift boxes as your gift packaging, think pine boxes. Wood crates. Or even sturdy kraft boxes. These selections are organic, slightly weathered and give off a cozy vibe which is perfect for fall.

Warm Colors

Now is the time to put down the blues and greens and trade them for deep hues of red, rust, plum and shades of brown. You can incorporate these colors in multiple ways such as the packaging of the gift contents, your ribbon color or even the color of your basket fill.

Home Decor

Fall is a great time to add cozy elements to the home in preparation for cooler weather and eventually, the holidays. Consider gifting home decor items that can also lead to a cozy, home-like feel. Think candles for scent and ambiance, tea towels for baking or even some scented soaps for the powder room.

Comfort Food

As the summer heat tapers off and a chill hits the air, I’d love to think I’m not the only one who loves some comfort food. Think fresh bakery items, rich chocolates packaged beautifully or even a s’mores kit! You can also consider comfort beverages such as coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.

Fall Fruit

It’s no secret I love adding greenery to gifts but for this time of year, consider fall-inspired accents such as pine cones or even seasonal fruit such as apples or mini pumpkins. Bonus points for white or pastel pumpkins since they’ll coordinate well with just about any home decor the hostess happens to like!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas. To check out our full collection of Pre-Designed gift boxes, head on over to our online shop. Gifts in the shop have no order minimums and are offered with free shipping!

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Wedding Needs Welcome Bags

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

As the owner of an artisan gift box business, of course I’m biased when it comes to the need for wedding welcome gifts. But today I’m sharing the top five reasons why you really should provide welcome gifts to your guests, especially when your wedding involves out of town guests!

Shows Appreciation

Travel to and from a wedding can be very expensive. Not to mention, guests also have to shell out money for a hotel stay and in some cases, even request a day off of work to make sure they arrive in time for all of the wedding festivities. They’re also spending on bridal shower gifts, chipping in for bachelorette celebrations and even buying a wedding gift from your registry. With all of this time and money being invested by friends and family to be there to celebrate with you, showing them appreciation with a welcome gift upon arrival is the least you can do. If you’re on a tight budget, don’t panic. There are definitely ways to create wedding welcome gifts on a budget if you find yourself low on funds as your make your way through wedding planning.

Comfort Items

Again, with guests traveling near and far to attend your wedding, you want them to feel at home. Wedding welcome bags are a great chance to include amenity items in addition to snacks so your guests will feel at home even while traveling. Bottled water, Advil, and Pepto Bismol, and sweet & salty snacks are some fantastic basics to include so your family and friends have these at their fingertips. You can package the amenity items in cute little amenity kits for an added touch!

Give a Sneak Peek

Wedding welcome gifts are a fabulous way to give your guests a sneak peek into the theme and/or aesthetic of your wedding. You can introduce your color palette with ribbon and gift tag. You can even introduce the wedding style with the type of box, bag or basket you choose. For example, a modern wedding might feature a sleek black gift box whereas a rustic wedding might feature a kraft box.

Communicate Logistics

We’re big fans of custom paper around here as you may have checked out our post on ways to create the perfect welcome letter. The welcome booklet is a perfect way to communicate logistics to your guests to include the weekend itinerary, transportation details and nearby things to do and see. True, you probably already communicated this information in your invitations and/or on your wedding website but it doesn’t hurt to include it in your gift boxes so they have it handy. After all, it’s highly unlikely that everyone remembered to pack your invitation suite!

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography; Paper Design: Bella Jenna

Tells Your Story

You may have seen our previous post on how to tell your love story with wedding welcome gifts but in case not, including items that are carefully curated to tell the couple’s story is a great way to take the welcome gift basket to a whole new level. Selecting a sweet treat from the bakery where the couple had their first date or perhaps a cookie of the alma mater where the couple met and fell in love. The possibilities are endless!

If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to provide welcome gifts for your wedding guests, I hope that this quick list of reasons has been helpful! To inquire about Custom Gift Design Service, fill out our short inquiry form here or reach out via our contact page. We’d love to hear from you!

What to Include in Groomsmen Gift Boxes

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Many of our clients who hire us to create custom wedding welcome gifts also ask us to create custom bridesmaids gifts and even bachelorette weekend gifts. But the girls aren’t the only ones having fun with gifting! We’re also seeing a huge increase in the number of requests for custom groomsmen gifts. Whether you choose to outsource the groomsmen gifts or take a trip to DIY-ville, I can’t wait to share some our tips for curating classic groomsmen gifts!

Reusable Packaging

We love using pine boxes for groomsmen gifts. They’re masculine and make a great storage solution for car keys, wallets, credit cards, and even cell phones long after the wedding weekend is over.

Getting Ready

Some of our favorite wedding photos are those of the groom and his groomsmen getting ready on wedding day. A small bottle of bourbon and accompanying flask make great keepsakes as well as something to enjoy and calm the nerves while getting dressed. (Bonus: this is good for the groom too!)

Wedding Attire

Including an item for groomsmen to wear on wedding day is practical and fun. We love patterned socks because who doesn’t love a fun pair, right? You can vary the patterns along the same color palette or keep the socks the same throughout all of the gifts.

Edibles

Groomsmen need snacks.We love Sugarfina pale ale pints because while they’re in the shape of beer pints, they have the delicious taste of citrus. Some other options to consider are trail mix, gourmet chocolates, granola or peanuts.

Keepsake

While we already mentioned the pine box acting as a keepsake item, we love the thought of adding just one more. We love the idea of the “mandle”…a manly candle. In this post you see tobacco scented candles with matchboxes for an added touch. But other traditionally masculine scents we’ve seen are pine, oak, and even firewood.

Finishing Touches

While we’re often known for our feminine finishes on our curated gift boxes, we believe that the finishing touches should always mirror the purpose of the gift. So, in this case, we’ve used kraft gift tags (Poppy & Scooter) with “you’re the man” text along with kraft basket fill and warm grey ribbon. You also might consider personalizing the gift tags with each guy’s name for that added touch!

The sky is truly the limit when it comes to creating bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts so and what we’ve shown you today is merely a guideline. Have fun with it and we can’t wait to see what you come up with! For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, please visit HERE.

Top 6 Wedding Welcome Gift Etiquette Questions Answered

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

As a gift designer who creates custom wedding welcome gifts for wedding planners and engaged couples, we get a ton of questions about the etiquette for out-of-town hotel gift bags. Today, I’m sharing these FAQs along with our answers.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography: Paper: Bella Jenna

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography: Paper: Bella Jenna

Q: Who gets a wedding welcome gift?

A: Typically, wedding welcome gifts are reserved for guests coming in from out of town. It’s usually one gift per couple or per hotel room. If a room is being shared by two single people without “plus ones”, then each of those guests would receive their own gift.

Q: What info do we include in the welcome letter?

Perhaps you caught our how-to on welcome letters? The welcome letters you create for your wedding welcome baskets are a GREAT way to leave a sincere message thanking your guests for making the effort to attend your wedding weekend. It’s also a chance to lay out the weekend itinerary and offer suggestions for local things to see, eat and do!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography; Paper: Bella Jenna

Q: What’s the best way to distribute our wedding welcome gifts to our wedding guests?

A: This is mainly done in two different ways. The first is to leave the gifts at the front desk of each hotel and the gifts are presented to each guest upon arrival. The second option is for the hotel to distribute the gifts to the guests’ rooms. Most all hotels charge for this service and some don’t offer this service at all so it’s something to definitely ask about ahead of time if you prefer to have the gifts delivered to each room.

Q: Do the bridesmaids and groomsmen receive wedding welcome gifts too?

A: The answer to this question is tricky because it depends very much on budget and whether or not the bridesmaids and groomsmen are staying overnight in a hotel. It also depends on whether or not you’re also gifting them “thank you for being my bridesmaid” and “thank you for being my groomsmen” gifts during the wedding weekend. If these wedding party gifts are similar to the wedding welcome gifts, then you can forgo doing both. But if your budget allows to gift them both and your wedding party isn’t huge, then we say go for it!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography; Paper: Bella Jenna

Q: We have wedding guests with food allergies. How do we handle this?

A: If the number of wedding guests with the allergy is small, then we create a few gifts with the problematic item subbed out and then we notate this on the gift distribution list for the hotel staff. However, if the allergy is SEVERE and you’re really worried about it, you can choose to eliminate that item from the gifts altogether.

Q: Should we plan on providing gifts for guests who book outside of our room blocks? 

A: In theory, yes, because these guests are coming in from out of town. However, it can sometimes be tough to execute this. We recommend for our couples to reach out to all guests to inquire about their accommodations. Chances are, some are staying in the same hotels just not in the room block itself. If this is the case, it should be easy to add them to the gift list. If you have guests staying in AirBNBs or other hotels, you may consider bringing some of the gifts to the rehearsal dinner to distribute if you feel it’s appropriate. Above all though, don’t stress about this if you miss some people. Your guests don’t expect a gift if they “go rogue” and book outside the hotel blocks without letting you know.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography; Paper: Bella Jenna

What other questions do you have? Leave us your questions in the comments or reach out via our contact page! We’d love to hear from you!

How to Create The Perfect May Day Curated Gift Basket

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

The way we see it here at studio Marigold & Grey, May Day is essentially the modern day version of “ding dong dash” except with a gorgeous surprise at the door as opposed to something not-so-great. May Day celebrations vary greatly around the world and even within various regions of the U.S. so depending on where you are, you may not celebrate. But regardless, it’s time for a little how-to just in case you want to show a little gratitude to someone you love in the form of a May Day basket. Sure, it’s last minute (May Day is today!) but because it’s SO simple, we’re confident after reading this you’ll be able to throw something beautiful together in no time.

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Image: Red October Photography: Styling: Marigold & Grey

Florals

The essential item for any May Day basket is a floral bouquet. In fact, most May Day gifts only consist of florals. But since we are a curated gift box business, it’s probably no surprise that we think it’s fun to start with the florals and build from there! To achieve a spring-time feel, we opted for fresh tulips (from the grocery store!) and tied them together with a silk ribbon in nude.

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Image: Red October Photography: Ribbon: Torn & Tied

Container

Since it’s not merely a floral bouquet you’ll be leaving on the porch, you’ll need some sort of vessel to store all the goodies. We’ve opted for a white lacquer box from Container Store but you could really use any type of basket like this or even a structured gift bag like this.

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

Gift Tag or Note

There are two ways you can go here. You can use a simple gift tag like the one you see here with “enjoy” in calligraphy (Poppy & Scooter) or a simple note card would also work well. In keeping with tradition. May Day gifts are usually anonymous but we won’t tell if you want to sign your name and add a few words of gratitude.

Tea

We love the idea of tea in a May Day basket. Here’s why. Tea is easy to find at virtually any grocery store or gift shop, comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns as well as tons of flavors. We selected Par Avion tea in a peach tin but you could really go with anything you can easily find and that you know your friend will enjoy!

Sweets

Don’t forget the sweets. We love the idea of a small chocolate bar. Again, easy to find on short notice and it’s something most anyone will love. We selected an artisan chocolate bar with Washington DC packaging from one of our favorite local makers Fleurir Chocolates. Similar to the tea, chocolate bars come in many different varieties and the options for packaging are endless so have fun with this!

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

While at first glance, it might appear complicated to pull something together but I promise you, it really isn’t! Simple florals, tea, some sweets and a pretty container and notecard and you’re done! We’d love to hear how it goes! Leave us a comment at the end of this post or reach out via our contact page. We always love seeing your creations. Happy May Day!

How to Create Conference Swag Attendees Will Love

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

No matter what type of industry you’re in, there is usually no shortage of educational opportunities by way of workshops, conferences, retreats, seminars, and even mastermind group getaways. And this means some sort of swag bag or welcome gift is usually involved. Today we’re sharing how to create memorable conference gifts. You know, the type of workshop gift that makes your heart skip a beat the moment you realize it’s yours and you can’t WAIT to dig in.

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

The Functional

Instead of traditional notepads and pens at each attendee’s seat, why not mix it up a bit and include these functional items inside the gift. We love branded journals that attendees can use during the conference but can also return home with it and refer back to it and even continue filling it up!

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Image: Red October Photography

The Inspirational

I really love finding a way to infuse our event swag designs with an inspirational message that mirrors the feel of the event. These welcome gifts for Justin & Mary Photography’s workshops are a great example. We had one of their favorite quotes hand-lettered on the attendee notebooks and they really set the tone for everything to follow.

Image: Justin & Mary Photography

Image: Justin & Mary Photography

The Edibles

Most events provide meals and snacks so we like to find some really special sweet treats as well as water or other beverages for attendees to enjoy on breaks or even when they go back to their hotel room in the evening. It’s also a good idea to consider some healthy snacks as well as sweets so you don’t have everyone in food coma when they’re supposed to be paying attention!

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

We hope we’ve given you so good ideas to create workshops that really wow your attendees. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a note in the comments or reach out via our contact page.