I’m handing my blog over to Kacey from The Drifter Collective today! She’s sharing some reasons why homemade treats make the perfect gifts for your bridal party!
Why Homemade Treats Make the Perfect Gifts for Your Bridal Party
Your wedding is all about you, and from dress fittings to finding a caterer, your bridesmaids have stuck by your side throughout the entire process. It’s important to thank them after the wedding for dealing with your complaining, “crisis” freak-outs and maybe even the dreaded cold feet.
But in all honesty, who has time — or money — to think a lot about others when they’re planning a wedding? It can be extremely stressful when you finally realize, “Oh, crap. I need to find gifts for my bridal party, too.” However, these gifts don’t have to be anything expensive or time-consuming — your bridesmaids of all people will understand you’ve had a lot on your plate, and will appreciate just about anything as a token of your gratitude.
Homemade treats and DIY items make perfect gifts for your best girlfriends who stood by you from the start to finish of your wedding planning process. Everyone loves treats, it’s easy to make each one unique, they’re easy to budget for and don’t have to cost a lot of money. Plus, your bridal party will appreciate your thoughtfulness more than any store-bought gift.
Here are five ideas for you to run with:
- Personalized Tote Bag
Let’s face it — a girl can never have too many bags. What better way to thank your bridal party than making them each a personalized one-hour tote. You can make these in two different sizes, 12×10 inches or 14×13 inches, so you can alter each bag based on your friends’ individual preferences.
Each tote truly only takes an hour to make, but you’ll need the following tools and supplies for each:
- ¾ yard duck cloth canvas
- ½ yard fabric for bow
- Sewing machine
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Sewing pins
- Marker or pencil
- Coordinating thread
Follow these steps while sewing your totes and you’ll see your bridesmaids using their new bags everywhere they go.
- White Chocolate Pretzels
Just like you’ve been basically fasting and working out nonstop for the past year preparation for fitting into your wedding dress, some of your bridesmaids have probably been meal prepping and hitting the gym, too. Everyone loves a sweet treat, and since the wedding diet is officially over, your bridal party will probably worship the ground you walk on in exchange for a fudge brownie.
These white chocolate pretzels are so simple to make, and they taste incredible. To make more than 60 pretzels, all you’ll need is a cup of white chocolate drops, white crystal sprinkles, white stick sprinkles and pretzel rods. Melt the chocolate, dip in the pretzels, coat them in your sprinkles or topping of choice and refrigerate. Your friends will be begging for more.
- Mini Cappuccino Cakes
Going along with the sweet tooth theme, these mini cappuccino cakes are a cute and tasty way to say, “I know these past few months have been exhausting — have a cup of coffee on me.” While these goodies do take a few more ingredients and perhaps some baking skills to master, they only take 18 minutes to bake and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already.
For these tasty devils, you’ll need the following ingredients: butter, sugar, sour cream, espresso, vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, pretzels, whipping cream, dark chocolate, and an egg.
- Sugar Lip Scrubs
It can be difficult to figure out how to fit bridal party gifts into your wedding budget, but luckily there are tons of DIY products that cost almost nothing to make, depending on what you already have in your craft drawer.
If your girlfriends are into homemade beauty products, you could consider making them each a unique set of sugar lip scrubs. The main ingredients in these are brown or white sugar and extra virgin coconut oil. After that, you can add chopped herbs and fruits, flavor extracts and spices of your choice, tailored perfectly to suit each of your bridesmaids.
- Gold Spray-Painted Glass Jars
It doesn’t matter who you are, you probably could use a few organizational tools in your life. Who would’ve guessed that glass pasta sauce and condiment jars make for perfect desk organizers? Collect your empty glass jars, add some spray paint and foam stickers and your bridal party will never have to look for their favorite pen again.
To make these gold spray-painted glass jars, you’ll need the jars, lids (optional), gold spray paint and foam shapes and letters for decoration. Jars of all shapes and sizes will work for this DIY — the more variety, the more options your friends will have for how to use them.
Deciding what to give your bridesmaids to say thank you doesn’t have to be a stressful process. There are hundreds of ideas for DIY projects that you’ll love making and they’ll love receiving. When you give your friends something that you made, they’re sure to like it just because of your thoughtfulness. Make it something they’ll actually use, and you’ll blow their minds. Start with one of these ideas or create your own — the sky’s the limit.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.