Anatomy of a perfect welcome gift, part six of six: the big reveal! The must-haves for a welcome gift are simple—water, snacks, info—but with the right packaging the overall effect is anything but! Pro tip: consider adding a single splurge to your gift. It can be anything: a custom cookie in the shape of your state, a luxurious candle (think peach-scented for GA, cherry blossom for DC). If you’re on a budget, a handwritten note to each guest is the way to go. For this gift, I chose to bump up the wow-factor with a keepsake sea-grass basket. I’m a firm believer that with beautiful packaging, gifts can be simple. The best gifts are! But a single splurge item says “special” and that’s just how you want your guests to feel. #liveforthepresent #castleberryhillstudio
Anatomy of a perfect welcome gift, part five of six: emergency supplies. Truth be told, an emergency kit is pretty extra in my book, but it’s such a cute and thoughtful extra that sometimes you just can’t resist! This one contains bandaids, safety pins, single-serve ibuprofen and antacid, individually wrapped mints and a few Bobby pins. Pro tip: Consider your palette. There’s no hard and fast rule that emergency kits need to look like they’re straight from the Red Cross! Red and white kits can be jarring and often don’t play nicely with the other colors. This kraft bag and blush sticker blends with the palette, adding, not distracting, from the overall effect of the gift. Who’s ready for part 6? The big reveal is on its way! I gave you a sneak peek up there in the left hand corner. I can’t wait to share the whole shebang!!
Anatomy of a perfect welcome gift, part four of six: something to hold it all! (In other words: lots of choices!) Do you go clean, simple and budget-friendly with a gift bag or gable box? Or splurge a little on a magnetic closure box or natural fiber basket? Wood crate, canvas tote, hat box or something totally unique? There are dozens of options in every price range. And that’s only the start of the choices! Welcome stickers or tags? Gross grain ribbon or satin? Or twine? Or raffia? Or really bump it up a notch with a length of luxurious silk ribbon? Pro tips: Budget can dictate a lot of these choices, but I urge you to think outside the box (pun intended) on this one. Give yourself plenty of time. And most of all: have fun with it! When it comes to gifting, we here at Castleberry Hill Studio have a little saying: live for the present.
Anatomy of a perfect welcome bag, part three of six: Info! Having your event details online is a given, but don’t forget that guests of all ages (and computer skills!) will be attending your big day. A printed itinerary for quick reference will be appreciated. As far as I know, nobody ever complained about having too much info about where to go and when in an unfamiliar locale. Bonus points if it’s pretty! Pro tip: use the reverse side of the itinerary to print a welcome note to your guests. Bonus tip: leave a small space under said note for a few handwritten lines( A totally unnecessary, and totally lovely, gesture).