Sep 29 2020

Sloane’s Rainbow and Unicorn Themed 1st Birthday

I can’t believe my baby girl turned one. Even though we are still social distancing and living in our new normal, there was no way I was going to let this milestone go by and not make it as special as possible for my Sloaney.

It was unicorn and rainbow themed, with all the magical vibes. There was a lot of pastel, iridescent accents and girlyness all around! I DIY-ed a majority of the decorations and really tried to put my love and efforts into making the party as special as can be for my sweet girl. We had it in our backyard with immediate family and a couple close friends. It really turned out to be the most special day.

I linked and described everything below. All of the adorable photos were taken by Kim from Apple of Our Eye.

 

 

    

I DIY-ed a lot of these elements and purchased a ton on Amazon. I made a Party Supply Amazon List with a lot of the supplies too.

– Pastel Balloon Garland Backdrop– I made the balloon garland myself using a garland kit I found on Amazon. Warning, this DIY is not for the faint of heart.

– Tassle Highchair Banner – This is from an awesome balloon and tassle etsy shop, Gen Woo.

– DIY Balloon Rainbow Arch – This was a DIY idea from a photo I found on Pinterest. I ordered long pastel balloons and used a fringe iridescent garland for the tassels.

– Sweet Table – The gorgeous cakes are from Love and Butter Cream, an adorable shop in Birmingham, Michigan. I ordered a cheap iridescent tablecloth on Amazon, got the garland on sale at Hobby Lobby and the cake plates are from Target from a few years ago.

– Party Hat – Her rainbow party hat is from Etsy.

– Favors – The unicorn favor bags are by Meri Meri from Papersource and inside were Sugarfina “Your are Magical Candies.”

– Mantel Decor – I DIY-ed this fringe garland using tissue paper. I added on the ONE script ballon over the fringe and put balloons on either side.

– Sloane Turns 1 Sign – I wanted to do something a little different than the usual photo banner, so I created a photo board. I used a template from Harper and Wren Etsy Shop and then uploaded my favorite photos from each month. I taped onto a large board using watercolored washi tape. I used the cricut machine to cut out the rose gold letters on top.

– Flowers – I got these pastel bouquets for $8 each at Whole Foods! I got 6 and used some as centerpieces and some on the food tables.

– Tablescape – I used ombre rainbow plates and cups from Meri Meri and pastel napkins with polka dots from Meri Meri as well. I used gold plastic ware from amazon. I also put iridescent unicorn horns on the center of each table and a piñata unicorn in the center of each table.

– Photo Straws – This was a last minute idea and one of my favorite little details. Just printed off a photo of Sloane with a party hat and taped to all the straws.

– Balloons – Expert tip – have someone else blow up the balloons! I always try to do this myself and I always regret it. Here is a link to the iridescent star balloon, rainbow balloon, jumbo pastel balloons and the unicorn balloon. If you are blowing up yourself, make sure to get balloon clips and an air pump if doing a garland.

– Tabletop Signs – I had these acrylic signs from a baby shower I threw in the past, so I but reused and changed desisn using my Cricut machine and iridescent vinyl.

– Water Bottle Labels – This is just one of my favorite little ways to personalize a party and bring a theme in. Just print, wrap and tape.

– Sloanes Outfit – Lots of questions on her coat. I got it from Little Rascals in Birmingham, made by Sara Sara. Her tutu is by ILovePlum and her shoes are Freshly Picked.

– Dollhouse – This was a true labor or love for me. This was a dollhouse me and my Dad built when I was a little girl. I decided to rehab it, paint it and give it a little facelift and gift it to Sloane on her first birthday.

– Car – The hot pink Mercedes was a gift from Sloane’s grandparents.

– Swan – The adorable swan rocker was a gift from Sloane’s other grandparents. Will go so adorable in her room.

– Busy Board – made by a local Michigan artist, ArtworksbyAmy.

– Pink Foam Ball Pit – This ball pit is just so pretty.

– Photographer – She’s amazing and it was so nice not having to worry about snapping photos during the party. Kim Hoover from Apple of Our Eye.

It was such a special day for our sweet girl. Somehow during all of this, putting my love and time into things like this is what fills me up. I hope she looks back on this day and sees that even though it wasn’t a typical kid-filled first birthday party, it was special and she was surround by love.

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Oct 2 2018

Custom Wedding Welcome Bags for Texas Fall Wedding

I loved designing these custom wedding welcome bags for Hillary and Tanner. They had an October Boho-Vibe Fall wedding in Texas. They needed 100 bags, so it was quite the labor of love! We loved finding the perfect floral washi tape, fonts and design to compliment their wedding. We included His + Her Picks, Custom Labeled Water Bottles and of course, a Hangover Kit.

Feel free to reach out if interested in having us design your custom wedding bags. Lindsay@thegiftinsider.com

 

 

 

 

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Jun 12 2018

Miles’ Camp Themed 1st Birthday Party

Oh did I have a blast planning Miles’ first birthday party! I decided on a Camp Theme, “Camp Miles” and we held it at our home, which I felt would make it special and intimate and allow me lots of creative freedom.

I went with a color scheme of greens, pops of gold, and black and white plaid to give off a campy vibe. I incorporated greenery, vines and wood signs into every nook and craney of our home.  I loved added DIY touches everywhere I could. I wanted each kid to feel special and the party to be totally unique to Miles.

We had Music Man Dave come to play camp songs, the The Meanie Weanie Hot Dog Truck was dishing out amazing gourmet hot dogs (the mac & cheese was a huge hit!) and we had Suzy from Lumi Photography there to help us capture all of the special moments.

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Camp Themed Birthday Cookies

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We DIY-ed a majority of the creative elements and then found some great Etsy shops for the rest. For things like linens and tableware, we found great deals on Amazon.

Banners: Camp Miles sweet table banner, camp miles fireplace banner and highchair banner from HouseofHooray on Etsy

Balloons: green balloon bouquet from Party Dialect, and I added in gold orbs from OhShinyPaperCo and the 36 inch green balloons were from BlushBazarre. I added on the green garland.

Sweet Table: marshmallow smash cake and cookies from Love and Buttercream, s’more and nutella donuts from Donut Bar Detroit and mini teepee from TenesseeTeeppes 

Tableware: Bear plates and napkins by Meri Meri, bark cups from SteshaParty, woodland bear sippy cups from Amazon, palm leaf plates and silverware from Amazon, black + white plaid napkins from Zazzle, birch straws from Amazon

Arts and Crafts table – wood rounds from Michaels, stickers from target, signs DIY-ed

Favors – DIYed using mini gable boxes filled with gummy worms, camp patches, s’more trail mix and camp themed bubble wands 

Trail Mix Bar – Happy Camper Bags from HHPaperCo, plastic bins from Oriental Trading, teepee from TenesseeTeeppes, sign was DIY-ed

Greenery: Used everywhere, hung on garage, on balloons, on staircase, around signs. All from Amazon

Huge Brown Bears: Amazon

Teepee in Basement: faux felt firepit from TheHomespunMarket 

Linens: Black + White Plaid tablecloths from Amazon

Pennant Flags: DIY-ed

Wood Slice Signs: DIY-ed

Cake Stand: DIY-ed

Happy Camper Sign: DIY-ed

Favors: Name Pennants, s’more trail mix, labels DIY-ed

Arts & Crafts and Favors Hanging Banners: DIY-ed

Wood Photo Hanging: DIY-ed

Water Bottle Labels: DIY-ed

Adult Bug Juice sign: DIY-ed

Mason Jar Centerpieces: DIY-ed

Outhouse Sign: DIY-ed

Hot Dog Cart Outside Sign: DIY-ed

Again, thanks to Lumi Photography for all these shots. Feel free to reach out if you want more info on how we DIY-ed everything.

 

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Apr 19 2017

Baby Schey’s Safari-Themed Baby Shower

This past weekend my girlfriends threw me the most adorable safari-themed baby shower. I can not get over how absolutely perfect every single little touch was, so I wanted to share it with all of you. While I didn’t plan the party, it was definitely Gift Insider approved!

A shot of my 33 week baby bump and the sweetest hostesses: Lauren, Nicole and Lindsay.

They had colorful chalkboard signs for the food, mimosa bar and favors and gifted me the giraffe decor to use as bookends in our safari-themed nursery.

Eek! How adorable is this elephant fruit tray? Nicole DIY-ed this herself after spotting something similar on Pinterest.

To add some flare to the tables, they had green palm runners, mini gold animals and black, gold and white confetti. White roses were the focal point and they even put little stickers on the hershey kisses that tied it all together.

The desert bar was just insane! They had these green and gold safari-themed treats made that matched the whole party perfectly and we’re *almost* too pretty to eat. More close ups below.

Rice Krispies on top, chocolate covered oreos in the middle and chocolate covered pretzels on the bottom. All with edible gold animals.

And of course, cake pops.

I’m not sure what these are called, but they were delicious.

Nicole and Linds at the mimosa bar.

Lauren DIY-ed these animal cracker mason jar favors with little animals on top. They were delicious and I can’t wait to use the mason jars to store something sweet in baby Schey’s nursery.

Baby Schey was showered with so many cute gifts! He’s already such a lucky boy.

It was such a special day being showered with so much love. The thought that was put into the party meant the world to me.

We’d love to hear about your Baby Showers, tell us in the comments below!

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Jan 30 2017

TGI Parties: Hosting a Mama-to-be-Tea

I decided to host a little get together for some pregnant girls in our area and thought a “mama-to-be tea” party would be the perfect way to do it. I had all the girls come over on a Sunday afternoon to relax and chat about all things baby and all things pregnancy. Think we may make it a monthly tradition!

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I stocked up on 4 different types of Tazo teas, both caffeine-free and regular, a Pregnancy Tea I found on Amazon and some lemon, stevia and sugar cubes. I had my favorite bottles of mini Pelligrinos on hand and finally found an excuse to use the pretty bud vases I got as a wedding shower gift.

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I used formal china for the tea cups but kept everything else pretty casual. The Anthropologie pitcher is no longer available, but I use every time I entertain and it’s one of my absolute favorite wedding gifts.

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Our living room in our new home is finally complete so I loved being able to comfortably relax and fit 8 girls casually in this space. I scored these blooms from Trader Joes.

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Now for the food!

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I made caprese skewers and fruit skewers so everything was easy to eat as finger food. I made life easy on my preggo self and bought macaroons and desert bites from the frozen section of Trader Joes.

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The sandwiches were the only time consuming part but definitely a key component of any tea party. I made three different pregnant-friendly (no deli meat) sandwiches: 1. cucumber + cream cheese 2. chicken salad + apple 3. cucumber + cream cheese + dill

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Jessie, Julie and Alex grabbing some treats.

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All of the moms-to-be!

We’d love to hear any fun things you did with your pregnant friends! Tell us in the comments below.

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Nov 3 2016

TGI Parties: The Gift Insider Turns 30!

I celebrated the big 3-0 on Saturday October 15th this year (I lucked out with the Saturday, right?!) I wanted to do something a little different than your typical dinner party, so we decided to throw a loft party for 50 of our friends in downtown Detroit. We were going for a chic yet casual cocktail party vibe so we rented a raw industrial space and had apps, desert, plenty of cocktails and music. Thanks to the amazing crew who came out, and my hubby for making it all happen.

Below are some photos and links to where we found all the party goods!

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The event space we found was Orleans + Winder in Eastern Market. We loved working with them and highly recommend if you are looking for a raw space downtown. It was chic from the start, so no matter how we decorated the space had exactly the vibe we were going for.

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We found the tassel balloons at ConfettiHaus on Etsy. The raw wood tables and gold mirror we rented from the event space and the striped table clothes we had from a past shindig.

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I know, I know the mylar number balloons are getting a little overdone…but I couldn’t help myself. I added little tassels on the bottom to make them extra special.

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The gold glitter Sweets, Drinks and Eats signs we reused from our engagement party a few years ago. Turns out it’s a great investment to have if you throw lots of parties! We’re big fans of the “naked cake” trend and loved trying one out for the first time.

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The man who kept the drinks going all night long, Glen! Highly recommend splurging on help if hosting your own party so you can relax and have fun with your guests. Spotted! One of our favorite wedding gifts, our Lindsay + Jon champagne bucket. We have used this countless times.

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We found the perfect gold plastic silverware on amazon (obsessed!) and art decor plates from Target. We served mediterranean style apps and a Brushetta bar and the most-loved last-minute decision by hubby, boxes on boxes of Supinos pizza.

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The 30 Pinata we got from ThePerfectPinata on Etsy and used for decor and as a Photobooth prop later in the night.

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A party ain’t a party without the perfect photo backdrop! We have been obsessed with these grown up Pinatas from Chiciata and finally had the perfect party to use them for. We used the raw wall and framed a perfect photo-opp spot right when guests walked in.

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Here’s a shot of the photo backdrop, we also had a few triangle garlands to fill it out.

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We had photo props and a refurbished Poloroid Camera with polaroids for guests to take and take home.

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I couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate this milestone! We’d love to hear some of the creative ways you guys have celebrated your milestone birthdays in the comments below!

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Aug 30 2016

How to Host a Boho Themed Picnic Party

It was my turn to host our monthly dinner club last month. Each month the host chooses the theme, so I decided to go with a Boho Picnic theme. I wanted to make it really laid-back with a cozy vibe. I told the girls to wear something casual and comfy and we all sat outside on a low table piled with pillows and blankets under our string lights. Each girl brought an easy picnic food (pasta salad, skewers, roll ups). Below are some photos and things you’ll need if you want to host your own boho picnic.

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1. Low Picnic Table: We found these low portable picnic table’s at Crate and Barrel and put three together to make enough room. We added a runner from West Elm and some lanterns from Target with citronella candles.

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2. Plastic Tableware: We received these Melamine Michael Aram Orchid plates as a wedding present, and have used them everytime we entertain outside.

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3. Rugs + Pillows: To make the it all work you need to make sure it’s comfortable for everyone to sit without chairs. We love the look of piling lots of different textures and patterned rugs and pillows to really give off that boho vibe. We used things we had around the house, a round beach towel, a picnic blanket, etc.

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4. String Lights: Lights are a must for the boho picnic vibe. Check out our Housewarming Party post to see how we did those.

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5. Drinks + Plastic Glassware: This line of plastic glassware we found on our Honeymoon in Capri, Italy but you can order on Amazon! We did lots of Rose and Pelligrino, but Sangria would a fun way to go for this theme too.

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6. Cheese Boards: For our dinner club each girl brings one dish for everyone to share. For mine, I decided to go for my first attempt at an #instaworthy cheese board. The key is to pile the big pieces on first and then fill in with the smaller fruit, nuts and crackers. And of course, a pretty cheese board never hurts.

It was such a lovely night, we can’t wait to do it again next summer.

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May 30 2016

Our Housewarming Party: DIY Watermelon Kegs, String Lights and a Painted Giant Jenga

We had a blast this past weekend hosting a big Housewarming BBQ at our new home. We wanted to add some fun and whimsical DIY elements to the party and thought we’d share how we did them with all of you! To spice up the bar we made a DIY Watermelon Keg, we brightly painted a Giant Jenga and kept the party going late-night with some outdoor string lights. We had a boho outdoor pillow seating concept planned, but unfortunately a last-minute rainstorm hindered that one a bit. So we’ll save that for next time! Now on to our tips and tricks for adding these elements to your party.

How to Make a Watermelon Keg

Step 1: Cut the Top Off

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Step 2: Scoop it out

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Step 3: Get your Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit ($23) ready!

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Step 4: Use included cutter to punch hole in lower part of watermelon and insert tap

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Step 5: Fill with drink of choice and enjoy! We chose Margaritas to make it extra fun.

How to Set Up DIY Party Lights

Supplies:

Quickrete concrete

– Wood poles 8 ft or taller

– Big planters or buckets

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3-4 Sets of Outdoor String lights 

Step 1: Put concrete in buckets with wood poles

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Step 2: Add water, make sure poles stay straight and let dry over night

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Step 3: Attach hooks to poles and wherever else you are hooking string lights (we did poles on one side, attached to our garage on the other and zig zaged them.)

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Step 4: Hook lights aroung hooks, attach to eachother and plug into electrical

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Step 5: Wait for the sun to set and enjoy! (We highly recommend a hammock as well!)

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How to add some DIY flare to a Giant Jenga

Step 1: Paint around 1/3 of the pieces of your Giant Jenga ($99) bright and happy colors! We chose to match the colors of our party: teal, purple and green

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Step 2: Let dry overnight

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Step 3: Let the games begin!

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We’d love to hear ways you guys have added fun flare to your summer parties in the comments below!

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Mar 14 2016

5 Essentials For Your St Paddy’s Day Party

Spring is right around the corner and finally getting us out of our winter funk! Over here at The Gift Insider, we love any and every excuse to celebrate holidays (and warm weather) to the fullest. This year, we’re throwing our own St. Patrick’s Day themed party and wanted to share what we found to be 5 crafty DIY essentials to kickstart the perfect day.

Let’s be honest, St. Patrick’s Day is just an excuse for us to all justify spending an entire day drinking and eating with our friends and families. Between the parades, fireworks, and booze-filled festivities; there is no better initiation to the spring season.

The Essentials: 

1. The Perfect Cocktail 

These HoneyDew, Cucumber Mint Mojito’s are the perfect light and crisp cocktail for day drinking.

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Via Thyme Food Blog 

2. Great Decorations 

No party is complete without a little bit of decoration. These fun centerpieces are eye-catching and simple to make!

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Via Two Twenty One 

3. A Themed Snack 

These Pot O’ Gold Oreos are decorative and yummy desserts for guests.

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Via Happy Hour Projects 

4. Party Favors

Give your guests something to remember the day by. These Mason Jars are simple to make and the perfect party favor for everyone.

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Via Uncommon Designs 

5. Jello Shots

What party is complete without Jello Shots? While this recipe gives you the choice of making them kid-friendly, TGI definitely suggests making them boozy!

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Via Hoosier Homemade 

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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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Engagement Party Invitation

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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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