Feb 25 2016

What The Gift Insider Registered For: Macy’s Registry Series

As a newlywed and professional gift expert, I thought I’d offer a little guidance and insight into how we tackled the registry process and what we learned along the way. We partnered up with the folks at Macy’s and we’ll be sharing a series of posts focused on: gifts we chose, gifts we wish we had chosen, the latest registry trends and some essential registry must-haves.

First up — a peak at what the hubby and I registered for.

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We took a more casual approach to our registry and focused on mixing and matching patterns, textures, metallics and finding pieces that we loved that we could use for both entertaining and everyday. We made sure to add in some quirky and personalized items, a few pops of color and some keep-forever items that we knew we’d never splurge on for ourselves (e.g. a pistachio KitchenAid & crystal candlesticks.)

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1. Marquis by Waterford Vintage Ice Bucket ($79):

We loved this entire line of vintage-inspired barware. Bar cart essentials were some of the first things to fly off our registry and the under $100 price point will be appreciated by your guests.

2. Mirrored Tray (similar version $200):

You can never have enough trays. A mirrored style can instantly glam up a dull coffee table or cluttered counter. We have trays in every room of our home to keep everything neat, tidy and organized.

3. Simply Designz Bowls ($43):

The different textures combined with the unique metallic shade of these bowls will add a spark of interest to any neutral palate. The trio is perfect for nuts, dips and sauces or even outside the kitchen to keep trinkets or knick knacks organized.

4. Marchesa Caviar Gold Hostess Set ($105):

I loved the idea of having all gold flatware for our table settings, but since the hubby wasn’t sold on the trend, we comprised and went with classic Juliska silverware combined with a few sets of gold serving pieces.

5. Villeroy & Bosh Sushi Set ($170):

We are big fans of sushi carry out and having a set of washable chop sticks, soy sauce dishes and perfectly-sized plates makes sushi nights in much less of a mess.

6. Michael Aram Melamine Plates ($13):

They don’t look it, but these Michael Aram designed plates are melamine (plastic!) They are perfect for outdoor entertaining when you want to step it up from paper plates, but don’t want to have to worry about using anything breakable.

7. Pistachio KitchenAid ($499):

There is nothing like the beautiful rainbow of KitchenAid mixers to help you find your dream kitchen accent color AND help turn you into the Pinterest-perfect baker you always knew you could be. This is the prettiest thing in our kitchen.

8. Michael Aram Bowl ($179):

The brushed texture of the Michael Aram Frost Collection mixes perfectly with golds, coppers and silvers, so we chose a few different pieces from this line and use for both serving and decor.

9. Matching Storage Baskets ($229):

A set of coordinating storage baskets is something most couples forget to add to their registry. Choose a style that goes well with your home decor (we stuck with gray tones) and be grateful you have a solution to store those extra wedding gifts.

10. Lighting By Design Candlesticks ($58):

Some items are just a special treat, saved for a special occasion. These crystal candlesticks are just so, so pretty and one of those things that if we didn’t register for, we would never have bought for ourselves.

If you are looking for more registry inspiration check out our Pinterest Board with some more of what we registered for and some of this season’s must-haves.

This post is part of a new, exciting wedding collaboration with Macy’s.

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Nov 4 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Finding The Perfect Wedding Invitations

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How to Make Them YOU!

– Choose elements you can carry through the entire wedding – a monogram, colors, fonts you can replicate for other paper goods, liner patterns, ribbon.  Make sure to request a JPG of any design elements you want to carry through when you order.

– The liner and edges of the invite are a fun place to add personality. Bella Figura (where we got ours!) even lets you upload your own images or prints for their envelope liners. We adore the metallic edges trend that everywhere lately. Go for bright pink or rose gold to keep it less formal and more fun!

– Let the invite express the formality of the wedding.  Include casual elements if you want a more laid back vibe.  We added a “Dinner, Dancing and Happily Ever After” to ensure everyone knew this would be a non-stuffy affair.

– It took us a LONG time to find the perfect invites, browse online, browse our Pinterest Board or the inspo mecca of OhSoBeautifulPaper.com and if you find a line you love, search where they sell locally.

Our Black + White Gold Foil Save the Dates

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Save The Dates are the time when no matter how formal your affair, you can add some fun,  creativity or quirkiness into your paper goods.  You can full-on coordinate with your wedding invites, use an engagement photo or go totally unique and send a custom drawn caricature, custom tattoos, a confetti popper or a vintage postcard. This is perfect place to include your wedding website.

Ours are from Minted.com and foil stamps from Zazzle.

Our Letterpress Bella Figura Wedding Invitations

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Ours are by Bella Figura from RSVP Plymouth.

Rehearsal Dinner + Brunch Invites

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If you want to see more details from our wedding check out our post on Wedding Welcome Bags, or 17 Ways We Added Special Touches to Our Wedding.

Also check out our Pinterest board full of Wedding Invite Inspiration.

 

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Oct 29 2015

Etsy Pick We Love: The Heart Map Print

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This Heart Map Print by AGierDesign on Etsy is one of our very popular go-to wedding gifts. Choose any 2 cities or small towns & this artist puts them together in a heart. So sweet for 2 people that come from different places.  Print is unmatted and unframed. (Frame may be added). 3 sizes, 8″x10″ $50 & see

Cuz we love ya! Use GIFTINSIDER15 for 15% Off

Find it here: AGierDesign

 

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Oct 20 2015

Wedding Wednesday: What We Put in Our Wedding Welcome Bags

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We had so much fun creating our wedding welcome bags.  We wanted to make our guests feel extra special and fill it with personalized goodies that had some meaning to us.  We DIY packaged everything to fit our wedding theme using washi tape and at-home printable labels.

The Gift Insider is happy to help you create custom bags of your own or take it completely off your plate. Just shoot us a note at Lindsay@thegiftinsider.com. If you want to tackle on your own…read on!

What We Included:

– His Picks (pretzels)
– Her Picks (chex mix)
– Sweet Treats (swedish fish + starbursts)
– Salty Treats (mixed nuts)
– A mini version of my Grandma’s famous “Nettie Cake”
– 2 Kind Bars
– 2 Waters Bottles – labeled w/ our wedding logo
– Stackable Wine Cups
– Mini Hangover Kit (details below)
– Wedding Timeline from Meyer Market Designs
– Guide to our City (designed by me!)
– Happily Ever After Tote from ParisChicBoutique
– Welcome Gift Tag w/ Guests Name

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The prep process!

50 bags later…

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Hangover Kits

These Hangover Kits were a last-minute addition we added to some of the bags.

What We Put In:

– “In Sickness and in Health”Hangover Bags from BeCollective
– Emergen-C Packet
– Wine Wipes
– Starbucks Via
– DrinkWel Vitamins (a god-send for hangovers)

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Wedding Timelines + City Guide

We had Etsy designer Meyer Market Designs design our Wedding Timelines, we used photoshop to design our “Guides to our Favorite Spots” and Welcome Tags.  We found the perfect color blush paper and ribbon from PaperSource.  We did all of the logos and fonts in gold foil to go with out color scheme.  And our favorite thing to tie it all together, a sparkly clothespin paper clip from Target.

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Final Product!

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Be sure to check out our past articles on Wedding Welcome Bags or our huge Pinterest board on Out-of-Towner Bags!

 

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Sep 30 2015

TGI Wedding Series: Ways to Thank Your Shower Hostesses

Wedding showers are FUN.  You are surrounded by ladies who love you and get showered with beautiful gifts.  One of the tougher parts of wedding showers is figuring out what to give all of your shower hostess’ to thank them.

FIRST SHOWER:  I gave a gift set- cute patterened buckets to hold all the goodies in, a beveled mirror, a mini clipboard notepad that I stamped “Thank You” on the first page w/ a rubber stamp and a Graphic Image Leather Luggage tag w/ each of their initials.

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SECOND SHOWER:  I decided to just do one larger gift and  I gave each lady a leather personalized Graphic Image Passport Cover. I chose a few different covers and tried to pick a color for each lady that I thought suited them. I used the same rubber stamp as I did on the first gift to add a heart gift tag to each gift and wrapped in this beautiful, beautiful paper from TARGET.

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Aug 21 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Unique Back to College Gift Picks

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It’s time to head back-to-school, back to the dorms or those teeny-tiny apartments.  Stand out and arm yourself or your favorite co-ed w/ some #instaworthy college necessities.

1. Eco-Chic Handcrafted Wood Amplifiers by Woodberry 

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Handmade and a perfect dorm room talking piece, these Woodberry Company amplifiers are one-of-a-kind. Sign In For Free Shipping on TGI

2. A Purse That Charges Your Phone Purse That Charges Your Phone

Never be left out of juice while at school w/ a purse that also charges your phone from Chic Buds.
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4. Try the World Monthly Box 

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Let your college student experience cultures of the world right from their dorm room or apartment w/ a monthly curated box from Try The World w/ the finest local finds from countries around the world.
Sign In For $10 Off First Box

4. The Ultimate Chic Office Set by Rachel George 

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A super chic, all-in-one office set for the college lady with style, from Rachel George’s adorable site.
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5. Marble Inspired Tech Cases 

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We are loving the entire marble inspired tech case line from UniqFind, we are literally obsessed with all of it.

6. Plant-0-Gram 

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Warm that dorm room or apartment up with a live, green PlantoGram.  Can be grown in cold climates and small spaces.  Sign In For Free Fruit Tree W/ Order

*All product picks are hand-picked by The Gift Insider, the site and all sponsors are highly curated.  We don’t recommend anything we don’t like think others would love to give or receive as a super unique gift.

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Aug 4 2015

Make a DIY Emergency or Survival Kit For Life’s Big Moments

Mini emergencies can totally throw off someone’s day! These kits are a totally fun way to give them an extra boost.

Bridal Emergency Kit

Even the happiest day of your life can be a stressful one! This pre-wedding gift will be perfect for taking care of last minute mishaps.

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Via Something Turquoise

New Mommy Hospital Survival Kit

Any new mom would smile ear to ear if they received this totally cute hospital kit. It’s sweet and sentimental.

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Via Next On Tiff’s List

Mile-High Care Kit

This is a fun and creative gift for someone studying abroad or anyone who is embarking on their own travel adventure.

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Via The Kitchy Kitchen

Back to School Emergency Kit

What a creative gift idea! Use your imagination and customize it for a teacher or student!

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Via A Pumpkin & A Princess

Job Survival Kit

A new job is exciting but can of course be nerve-racking! Give a friend or family member a boost right before they start this new part of their life.

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Via Time 2 Partay

TGI Extra: Toiletry Kits to Donate to Hospitals, Homeless Shelters or Ronald McDonald House

What a great way to give back to your community and those in need! This gift will absolutely make someone’s day!

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Via Livin In SD

Happy gifting!

 

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Jul 30 2015

17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our Wedding

Our wedding weekend was everything we ever dreamed of. It was an absolute fairy tale, dream come true, still can’t-believe-it-really-all-happened evening and I have felt like I could explode with happiness since the moment I walked down the aisle. I can’t wait to finally share some of the memories with all of you.  We’ll be posting wedding themed posts with advice, things we’ve learned and tons of photos from our special day throughout the next few months, so make sure to keep checking back.

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Our first post is full of what many of our guests told us they loved most about our wedding, the personal and personalized details that made our wedding “us”.

1. Hand Written Calligraphy Signs

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We found these frames at a local flea market, spray painted them shiny gold and hired a calligraphy artist from RockPaperScissors to design.  Our florist created floral garlands to frame each sign.

2. Indoor Garden Ceremony

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This ceremony backdrop was created and dreamt up by my talented father of Great Oaks Landscape Associates.  The entire ceremony felt like all of us were in the middle of a secret garden.  It was magical.

3. “Pick Your Own” Blush Bridesmaid Dresses

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I wanted each of my bridesmaids to love their dress and be able to express a little of their own personality, so each girl picked their own long blush dress, all different styles and fabrics.  To tie it all together our florist used matching long blush ribbon in all of the bouquets.

4. Gold Foil Coasters & Cocktail Napkins

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We had custom L&J and #ScheyYes gold foil cocktail napkins at the bars and were passed out with our signature drink. The coasters are from Etsy and are meant to be put on top of your drink. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Roberts family event without a top notch selection of single malt scotch.

5. K.S.S. Signature Drink 

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Jon and I always both order Ketel & Soda’s – I like lemon, he likes his with lime. Instead of dreaming up some fancy schmancy signature drink, we offered a “K.S.S.” – Ketel + Soda + a Swizzle Stick (the gold pom pom.)  I designed the gold foil sign on photoshop.

6. You Look Gorgeous Ladies Room Mirror 

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This was a huge hit and a total last-minute idea by the creative genius and adorable mother of mine, Mindy (seen in the photo.) We used a flea market mirror and wrote in pink lipstick a note to all the ladies to remind them how gorgeous they looked.

7. Gold Foil Menu with a Little Personality

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We kept our menu humorous, blush, foil stamped and as unstuffy as possible.  The hit! Our “Midnight Snack – Leo’s Chicken Finger Pitas, with Ranch, of Course.”  If you don’t know Leo’s you must not be from Metro Detroit. We designed the Menus and our programs on Minted. We’ll do a separate post on our paper goods soon!

9. Gold Calligraphy Table Numbers  

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We tried to keep the gold calligraphy theme going and keep things simple on the tables.  The numbers were written in script from Etsy company, BetterOffWed.

10. Blush Lighting + Gold Centerpieces

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Our florist, Breath of Spring, created these beautiful centerpieces with hydrangeas, roses and hanging greenery to continue with the indoor elegant garden vibe.  We had gold stands and the most romantic shade of blush lighting.

11. White Dance Floor with Gold Decal

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I had my heart set on a huge white dance floor from the moment I started planning.  While one of our splurges, the WOW factor when you walked into the perfectly lit room made the atmosphere unforgettable. The stage was lined with white Hydrangea bushes.

12. Mr and Mrs Chair Signs

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These Mr and Mrs Gold Calligraphy Chair signs were from the same Etsy site as our chair signs and cake topper, BetterOffWed.

13. 7 Layer Cake Wedding Cake

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This was one of those ideas everyone told us was crazy, but ended up being a huge hit.  Instead of the traditional wedding cake, we did a 3 tiered 7 Layer Cake (a traditional Jewish dessert and my hubby’s favorite!) It was DEVOURED.  Our florist added some blush flowers and we topped it with a Mr and Mrs Schey Calligraphy cake topper from BetterOffWed.

14. LED Light Sticks + Red Heart Sunglasses

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When the dance floor was packed we passed out Red Heart Sunglasses and LED I Heart L+J foam sticks. The sticks were inspired from a night out in Miami on my bachelorette.

15. Glamorous + Fun Open Photo Booth 

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There is nothing more fun than a photo booth filled with props at any party.  For props, we spray painted this gold frame from Ikea, had tons of glittered lips, mustaches and signs and had huge paper flowers from Michaels.

16. Dani Jar Layered Dessert Favors

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Each Dani Jar has different layers of delicious desserts and we personalized the lid with our gold initials and a “A Sweet Ending to a New Beginning.” I designed the sign and got the frame at the flea market.

17. Happily Ever After Welcome Totes 

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We went a little crazy w/ our Welcome Totes, these were designed by Etsy artist ParisChicBoutique.  We’ll save the details for a later post!

 

We hope this inspires you to find some unique ways to personalize your wedding! Next we’ll be writing how to make an amazing welcome tote, gifts we gave our wedding party, invites/stationery, decor, bridesmaids dresses, etc  – lots of fun wedding ideas ahead!

Photocredits laurietennentstudio.com and blueracerproductions.com

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May 20 2015

The Gift Insider’s Miami Bachelorette Weekend!

10 of my best friends threw me the most wonderful bachelorette party in Miami this past weekend and I’m so excited to share some of the highlights.  They nailed it. And I loved every second of it.

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Soon-to-Be Mrs. Schey banner w/ champs and vodka sodas!

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The cutest handmade photo props and hangover bags all made by my amazingly talented co-maid of honor, Aly.

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My two Co-MOHS (co-maids of honor) and the wonder women behind the most fun weekend, ever.

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A DIY Cheers Bitches banner made by Aly and a snapshot of our Miami “Apartment.”

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A DIY handmade Mrs. drink cup w/ mini veil and my handmade beautiful, beautiful sash.

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My Mrs. Schey robe for the day of the wedding! Not pictured: the cutest bikini veil.

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Photo props make the party.

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The sweetest game.  The girls asked Jon questions about our relationship, video recorded his answers then asked me and played what he said.  We crushed it.

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All the girls!  A huge thank you to my wonderful friends for being by my side celebrating such a wonderful time in our lives. I love you all to pieces.

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May 20 2015

Pinterest Picks: Summer Hostess Gifts Ideas

Summer is finally here, and the parties, BBQs, and picnics are starting! Hostess gifts are always important to show your gratitude, and we want to help you be the best guest there! Here’s our round-up of creative hostess gifts that will definitely be a hit!

DIY Freshly Squeezed Lemonade Basket

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Homemade lemonade is the perfect summer refresher! It is a total crowd pleaser, and any hostess would love to mix it up for all of the guests!

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DIY S’mores Kit

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Yum! Who can turn down a box filled with chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers?! Your hostess will love this delicious treat!

Via Today’s Fabulous Finds

White BBQ Sauce

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BBQs are one of the best parts of summer! Wow your hostess with this awesome recipe!

Via Jacolyn Murphy

DIY Cork Coasters and Summer Drinks Basket

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These DIY cork coasters are so cute and creative! Add in some summer drinks, outdoor glasses, and a pitcher for a fun and unique gift!

Via The Happy Housie

Homemade Chili Sriracha Hot Sauce

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This hot sauce is awesome for the daredevil hostess! If they love spicy foods, then this is the perfect gift to show your appreciation!

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Happy gifting!

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