Friday, August 20, 2010

Sneak a Peek!

This last week, I designed a beautiful Southern wedding. The two main fabrics were burlap (big surprise if you know me at all) and lace. The signature drink was Sweet Tea served in mason jars. There is so much to tell you about that, I don't know where to begin, and I don't have pics yet to tell you all about it. But I do have a sneak peek.


any guesses on what these are?

This couple had a pretty tight budget. So, we used what we could to make things memorable without making them expensive.

yes, there are my hands, and there is my my studio (a.k.a. my dining room table)

When I was meeting with the bride and groom about 2 weeks before the wedding, the groom said how he wanted the guests to have "the BEST hotel bags EVER!". With "AWESOME stuff" in them. But remember, we only had a few dollars to spend on each bag. It's ok, I was up for the challenge.

I tried to think about the age of most of the guests coming from out of town, the time that they would be at the hotel, and the things that would be enjoyed the most. Here's what I came up with...

2 granola bars
1 pack of Skittles or Starburst
a handful of Hershey's assorted mini chocolates (reeses, kisses, krackles, etc.)
2 small bags of either fritos, cheetos, sunchips, or doritos
2 bottles of water

Using white paper bags, they were super cheap to package up, then I just threw in some colorful tissue paper to make them look like they stepped out of a boutique. Slapped a label on them, and Voila!

Ok, so I didn't just "slap" them on...I was a bit anal about the labels being centered. My husband thought it was funny apparently.

A really funny sidenote is that our hotel had a small kitchen fire on Friday night (that's not the funny part). So, while we were all standing out in the middle of the parking lot at 3am (still not the funny part), one of the groomsmen was munching on some candy, talking about how the welcome bags were "Awesome" and how he had already eaten most of his!

As I eavesdropped, I thought to myself..."Mission accomplished!"

Each of us creates in such a unique way, similar to how each of us is uniquely created. What a great idea, to show where we create, and how we create. I'm looking forward to linking up to Sneak Peek Fridays and celebrating our creative more sides! Thanks, Jennifer!


  1. Hi Melissa,

    What a wonderful idea for a wedding! So nice to get to visit this a.m. Yes..I completely get "the anal" portion behind the representation. :))

    Have a great weekend!

    Hugs of Georgia Sunshine,
    Terri Smith
    Dimples & Dragonfies

  2. I am N love with the use of multi colored tissue paper here ... simply beautiful.

  3. hi there, nice to meetcha! Great ideas for wedding and event planning on a budget, who isn't on a budget these days. What a fun job you have:)

  4. That's way too cool! I wish I'd thought of baggies for my wedding!!! There are really lovely :)

    I am dropping in from Jennifer's Sneek Peek btw :) Glad to have found you!

  5. These are fantastic! And obviously they went over wonderfully... happy groomsmen! Putting on those labels nice and neat... that is SO me. I would probably be using a ruler too! lol

    I am so happy that you joined in the Sneak Peek Friday party. I look forward to seeing what you are up to each week! :)

  6. These are so cool .. I just found you via Sneak Peek Friday and I'm so excited to have found your blog! I've just started helping a friend's daughter plan her wedding ... I'm doing the stationery but it looks like I may be helping out with more which is fine with me because I've got two daughters and I don't mind the practice!

  7. I've never been good at this kind of I'll be looking forward to watching you on Sneak Peak Fridays. So happy to meet you.:)

  8. So fun to meet so many new people yesterday! Thanks ladies, for all the encouragement. Looking forward to next week!

  9. I love the tissue paper- so colorful and fun! I bet the guests were excited to see the treasts in their room.