I recently worked with a client to create some personalized printables for her daughter’s bachelorette weekend. She needed labels for mini wine bottles. What a cute idea! I was thrilled with how they turned out and am happy to now offer these in my Etsy store. I created the labels to specifically fit the Barefoot bottles; however, as you can see in the below photo these labels work just as well with the Sutter Home brand which I picked up at my local Target store.
My client, Angie, said that the ladies loved the wine bottles- they were a huge hit- and this was her response when I initially sent her the PDF files:
Tali, I LOVEEEEEEEEE the labels!! It’s almost like you read my mind on what I was thinking! Gosh girl you are good at this! You are DEF my FAVORITE etsy seller to date! :)Can’t wait to do them! Think I’ll have to go out and buy some more wine bottles just so I can label them! HA HAThank you SOOOO much for this last minute order!!
It makes me incredibly happy when I get such positive feedback.
When I create new items I like to get a test print done at my local Office Depot to check for color, size, etc. I usually print everything on 110 lb card stock (and I mean everything- invites, banners, water bottle wrappers, etc) but for the test print, the lovely bloke at Office Depot used copy paper. And guess what? The labels worked perfectly using the copy paper. I peeled the existing label off the mini wine bottles and the residual glue was enough to adhere the labels. Also, since I’d brought a blush wine, I refrigerated the bottles and the condensation didn’t spoil the labels at all. If you are not comfortable using copy paper then I’d suggest a medium weight card stock (65 lb) and you’d probably need some glue dots to help adhere the heavier paper. As always, do a test print first.
I added a cute fake barcode to the labels and the numbers represent the couple’s wedding date. In this case, they are getting married on May 3, 2014. Of course, you can opt for the date of the bachelorette party instead of the wedding date.
If you’d like mini wine bottle labels for an upcoming event but these colors don’t work for you, then you can simply purchase the custom color change fee listing in my store. Yep folks, for only $5 I will adjust the color to suit you needs on any of my printables. I have a large selection of color swatches or you can send me your color inspiration and I’ll do my best to match the shades and colors. There is always a little discrepancy with regards to color as each monitor is calibrated differently but I can usually get pretty close :)
I hope this gives you some ideas if you having a bachelorette party. I think the mini wine labels would be cute for a 21st birthday party, too. As always, you can follow me on Twitter, like my Facebook page or check out my super awesome Etsy store :) If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you or e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ideas for Hotel Welcome Bags March 26, 2014
My poor blog has been so neglected. I have so many parties that I want to share with you guys, including photos and details from my children’s birthday parties last year. First things first though… today, I am sharing with you photos that will hopefully give you some ideas for a hotel welcome bag. What’s a hotel welcome bag? When you are hosting an event and have guests from out of town, it’s nice to have the hotel leave a welcome bag or basket in the guest’s room. These can be elaborate or a simple note with a bottle of water and snacks. It is a way for you to acknowledge that they’ve travelled aways to be at your event and you appreciate this.
A couple years ago, we hosted an event in Warner Robins, Georgia and had guests traveling from Florida, Illinois, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Mississippi to be with us for the weekend. We hosted a dinner in the evening and enjoyed the second night in the hotel’s beautiful gardens with an impromptu Champagne and appetizers gathering.
When we first arrived, I gave the hotel receptionist bags to place in each guest rooms, including a couple extra bags for the children, a thirteen year old boy and his five year old sister.
Generic welcome bags…
I used plain white bags that I found at my local Target in their party department. I added a 3 inch square sticker to the front and a coordinating hang tags which I attached to the bag with some black tulle. I decided to with a classy teal blue, white and black color scheme and because I felt it was elegant and not too feminine. If you’ve followed my work for any length of time, you’ll know that I love mixing patterns so I used some damask and stripes.
These bags contained a couple bottles of water and a glassine bag filled with Hershey kisses. I put personalized labels on the water bottles that read “Welcome to Warner Robins” and personalized stickers on the chocolates, too. All these labels are available via my Etsy store. Inside, I placed some snacks… a couple bags of potato chips and a box of imported cookies.
Depending on your event and the location, you can tailor your bags more. For example, if your event is in Las Vegas for a bachelorette party, how about including small bottles of wine, Gatorade and granola bars (energy for the morning after a hard night of partying), a pack of playing cards and some poker chips? Maybe even an information sheet with rules for various card games.
On the other hand, if your event is a destination wedding on a tropical island, you could include sunscreen, lip balm with SPF, bug spray, postcards, bottle of local beer, dried fruit and cookies from a local bakery and maybe a beach towel embroidered with the guest’s name or monogram.
Whatever you choose to put inside, don’t forget a note. I decided to print out an itinerary to make sure everyone know what was happening, when and where. Include full addresses if people have access to a car. I also made sure cell phone numbers were on the welcome note so that any guest could get hold of me if they had questions.
For the teenage boy…
I included a bag of potato chips, an organic juice box, a bottle of water (with personalized label, of course), a puzzle book and a trade paperback novel. What book do you get a teenage boy who loves to read and has probably read all the latest best sellers? Well, I ordered a copy of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4 from my favourite book store, Barnes and Noble. This was a book that was highly popular when I was a kid and I remember it being laugh out loud funny so I was pretty sure this teenager would have never read it. If you are stuck with what book to get, you can always ask the parents for a few suggestions.
For the five year old girl…
I decided to go with a fun Disney theme and added a touch of sass by utilizing a fun zebra print and hot pink. Of course, her welcome bag had a hang tag with her name on it and inside I include a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse coloring and activity book with stickers, a pack of crayons, a cute little Minnie Mouse handbag, a Minnie Mouse t-shirt (both of which were inexpensive finds at my local Walmart store) and of course, the necessary snacks- a bag of potato chips, organic juice box, and a bottle of Junior size water with personalized label.
Again, you can let your destination dictate what you place inside your welcome bag. If you are doing a beach wedding, then something along the lines of sand toys, oversized sunglasses and baseball cap would go over really well. Or if the hotel has a beautiful pool, then perhaps some pool toys such as dive sticks or a blow up beach ball?
Hope this gives you some ideas. Don’t be afraid to be creative and if you are on a tight budget, remember that even a simple note would be appreciated by your out of town guests. As always, you can follow me on Twitter, like my Facebook page or check out my super awesome Etsy store.
Custom Design Work February 17, 2014
I love it when clients contact me with their color inspirations and theme. They provide some basic requisites- such a font, the background pattern they need, colors, etc and I turn their concepts into tangible products that they can print off and use to bring a special touch to their event.
My client, Brandi, needed something modern and hip for a bridal shower she’s throwing next month. She needed yellow, teal and white and asked specifically for a chevron print. Below is the inspiration that she provided and the cupcake toppers and the water bottle wrappers that I created for her.
FREE Valentine’s Day Printable Chocolate Bar Wrapper, Water Bottle Label and Hangtag for the SWEETEST Teacher or Bus Driver! February 3, 2014
So, Valentine’s Day is coming up and every year my kids like to give chocolate to their lovely teacher. Since my daughter takes the bus to school, we always include our wonderful bus driver in this tradition. Can you believe my six year old is outside to catch the bus at 6:20 a.m. and the bus driver always has a big smile to greet her? Honestly, I feel really lucky that we have such great folks taking care of my children . I’m hope that you feel the same way and I’m happy to share with you the printables that I designed.
Both PDF files are available for free download from Scribd.com. Click here for the teacher one and here for the bus driver one. ****UPDATE: I’ve just found out that Scibd has changed their policies and is now trying to get people to sign up and PAY FOR monthly subscriptions. There is an option for a free subscription but it’s not very clear at all. It is, in my opinion, totally CRAZY that they are making a profit on items that are intended for FREE distribution. So, I’m putting the files at the end of this blog post. If you have issues, please e-mail me and I’ll e-mail these to you with pleasure. Thanks!!!!
Click on here to download the PDF files:
Hope you all have a very SWEET Valentine’s Day! Only 11 days to go…
So, you’ve purchased your party printables, loved how they turned out and are thrilled with the quick turnaround. Show some love and leave positive feedback on Etsy. Believe it or not, shoppers really do look at this and having a 5 star rating not only reflects great on my store but makes me very happy too! I really enjoy my job, working closely with clients and provide excellent customer service. If you’ve never left feedback on Etsy, it’s a very quick and easy process. Here’s how…
1. Make sure you are signed in
2. On the top right hand corner, hover over “Your Account” and you’ll see a drop menu.
3. Click on “Purchases & Reviews”
4. You’ll see all items you’ve purchased on Etsy. You can select stars (5 of course!!!) and afterwards the pop up screen will allow you to leave a comment :)
So, you see it is very easy and quick to leave feedback. Believe me, your Etsy seller will appreciate it.
I love putting out these tall glasses at parties. They look adorable with a paper straw and maybe some ribbon or personalized labels to jazz them up a bit. If you missed my blog post about cleaning these Starbucks Frappuccino bottles to get them party-ready, you can check it out here. At my daughter’s recent 6th birthday party, one of the things the little girls went nuts over was drinking out of these! Funny how its the little things like that which have the most impact.
Here are the bottles from a few different celebrations that I hosted this past year… aren’t they so versatile?
Anyways, I wanted to do a quickie blog post because when I was shopping at Target the other day, I noticed the Archer Farms Latte drinks. I didn’t buy any so I can’t tell you how they taste but they are slightly cheaper than the Starbucks version and I liked that the corners were more rounded so they looked like old fashioned milk jugs. Of course, I grabbed my phone and snapped a few pics. What do you think of the shape of these? Has anyone tried the coffee? I’m sure it’s good and these are low-fat, too. I actually really like the Archer Farm products, especially the chips and granola bars.
All the party photos posted above were taken by Danielle of All Things Great and Small Photography in Pace, Milton. The out of focus pics of the the bottles were taken by me on my iphone. And yes, I did get some dubious looks from other shoppers when I got down on my knees to photograph these!!!
I love hearing your feedback and if you have any questions or need clarification, just leave me a comment on this blog post. Thanks… and happy party planning!