Tis the season of thanks! We’re all in the process of getting ready for Turkey day, but remember- the day isn’t just about eating until you’re bloated and getting pumped for cheap flat screens. If you’ve also got your wedding on your mind, this is the perfect time to say ‘Thank You’ to the people that are helping make it happen (or made it happen, if you’ve already gotten to have the best day of your life!). We’ve got five small cute things that are perfect gestures of gratitude.
Drinks on You!
A staple for a reason- the coffee shop gift card. Why is this on our list? Because with this little thank you token, a little bit goes a long way. A ten dollar gift card is realistically at least two trips- maybe more if they’re tea drinkers. To make this little thank you go a little farther, add in a note on their favorite drink (“A hot cup of coffee for the hottest bridesmaids I know!”). Be sure to really work in why you’re thanking them- they’ll feel much better and more willing to help with any upcoming wedding tasks.
Beat them to the punch on the organization game! Pick up a 2015 planner/organizer early, and post it the big date ahead of time for them. It’s a sweet, thoughtful gift that they’ll actually use, plus it’ll keep them on point for the coming months. Be sure to post it birthdays and special dates as well!
If you want to just do something small for a lot of people, say, your soon-to-be in laws or all members of the bridal party, do personalized thank you cards. Get a great group picture and have them printed up on cardstock and write something sweet and meaningful on each one. It’s a cute little memento for a desk, fridge, or vanity station that shows you really care.
A ‘Monday-Buster’ or stress-relief pack is a perfect small DIY pack you can do for your friends to say thank you. Get little paper lunch bags or small boxes and stuff them with small versions of things that would make your friend smile. Get tiny bottles of champagne, their favorite candy, a stress ball, a tiny journal, fun things like that. Keep the theme to mini versions of fun stuff and leave a note along the lines of “thank you for all the little things”. It’s cute, thoughtful, and totally practical! This will work for any vendors who have been going the extra mile, your bridal party, and even your fiance!
Good “Bad” Movies
Time to dig into the guilty pleasures! Go out to the older movie section (i.e., non-new releases) and pick out some silly, funny movies. Lots of stores like Target and Walmart have really affordable movies that you can pick up for $5 (or less!). Search through that section for the silliest movie you can find (Talladega Nights, anyone?) and pass it off to a friend. You can leave a note with something along the lines of “thank you for all you do- you deserve a laugh/night in!”. It may be a little silly, but it’s a great gesture.
This week is bound to be a yummy one! It is Thanksgiving week, and we are pretty excited for all the yummy dishes coming our way. But not just the turkey , cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, but the yumminess of gorgeous flowers which has us swooning all day. Yes, ALL day. To kick off the week of thanks, we thought it would be fun to share some gorgeous flowers to brighten up the Thanksgiving spread. The inspiration is from a fabulous floral designer, Empty Vase which brings some serious talent to the table. Literally! Before you do any last minute shopping, take a moment to browse through these fabulous looks and get inspired! Add some festive and beautiful decor to the table and be ready to impress your family and friends. They will surely be smiling with these beauties.
Description: Full of life and good cheer, this arrangement embodies the fresh, whimsical nature of a beautiful seasonal garden. Brimming with lush, wholesome blossoms and spectacular colors, this relaxed yet graceful design incorporates tulips and garden roses alongside freesias and hydrangeas. Charming pom pom flowers add a delightful touch.
At BHL we are in love with the holidays. Especially when the words “Thank You” are associated with it. Spending time with family and friends, eating delicious foods, watching football, or planning a shopping adventure is really amazing. But, what is even more amazing is to think about all the fabulous things we are thankful for. It first starts with you, the readers! Without all of you, BHL will not be where it is today. We are truly blessed for all of our Facebook “Likes”, Twitter and Instagram followers. We also have to take a moment to thank all of our fantastic vendors, venues, photographers, and videographers for allowing BHL to share your incredible talent and inspiration with us. We are inspired each and every day with all the pretty details we are so darn lucky to look at.
- Niloufar Gibson, Chief Editor: I love to watch football and have famous Julian Apple pie! Every year, a few weeks before Thanksgiving, I go the local market and purchase a a pie, (sometimes two!), and then save it until Thanksgiving Day. I have to hide it because I will be tempted to open it and eat it right then and there! So far, I have been good this year, and I can not wait to sit down to enjoy a very delicious and amazing apple pie!!
- Andrea Carter, Associate Editor: My dad and I are really close. On Thanksgiving we like to go see movies and get frozen yogurt, and we always get way too much!
- Jade Arvizu, Contributor: So my favorite thing about Thanksgiving is making tamales with the females in my family. Its a long standing mexican tradition to make tamales for the holidays. We usually travel to my uncle’s house in Apple Valley where they host dinner for about 30 relatives. Happy Thanksgiving!
- Chelsea Underwood, Contributor: My favorite food for Thanksgiving besides mash potatoes with my mom’s cranberry sauce is challah. We’ve been making it from scratch in replace of bread rolls for years. And as Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving this year, it is perfect! My grandpa always tries to get the biggest turkey, as there are 11 of us. Last year he got a 23 pounder!
From all of us at BHL, we want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!!