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DIY New Year’s Eve Favor Box

If you are planning a New Years Eve celebration, greet guests with this little box of celebratory goodies crafted by Carrie Waller and Chelsea Laine Francis. With a flight of champagne, a straw and a calligraphy coaster, your friends will be ringing in 2015 in style. Grab the details for making your very own favor boxes below.

Cardboard gift box
Laura Hooper Calligraphy holiday gift tag
Paper straw
Le Grand Courtâge mini wine bottle
Paper packaging filler
Gold paper
Hole punch
White acrylic paint
Detail paint brush
Pre-stained wooden coaster


Assemble your cardboard gift box and fill the interior three quarters of the way up with paper packaging filler.

Snip a piece of ribbon off your spool, about eight to ten inches in length, and thread it through a holiday gift tag before wrapping it around the neck of your mini wine bottle. Slip a paper straw into the ribbon before finishing and tightening the bow.

To craft your DIY coaster favor, grab your pre-stained wooden coaster (you can get wooden squares from just about any craft store) and lay it on a piece of scrap cardboard. Next, squeeze a drop of white acrylic paint onto a plate and, using a detail paint brush, write out a cursive “Cheers” or draw your guests’ monogram. TIP: Pull up an inspiration image on the Internet to help guide you if you aren’t quite confident in your artistic ability! Allow the paint to dry for an hour.

Place the embellished wine bottle and coaster into the gift box.

Using a standard hole punch, work your way over a sheet of metallic gold paper (ours came from the scrapbooking section of our local craft store) punching holes over and over as you go. Once your hole punch gets full, carefully empty the contents over the gift box. This is an easy solution if you don’t happen to have confetti on-hand.

Before closing up the box, slip in a hand-written “Thank you” note, letting your guests know just how much you appreciated their company for the holiday celebration.

Finish by wrapping the gift box in glittery gold ribbon tied in a bow.

Photography: Chelsea Laine Francis | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper | DIY & Styling: Carrie Waller | Mini Wine Favors: Le Grand Courtâge | Party Venue: Tresca On 8th | Thank You Card: Sugar Paper LA

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Merry Christmas! and a Love Shoot

Christmas day just calls for cozy. That warm and fuzzy feeling just seems to go with the season. So while we hope you are spending the day soaking up sweet memories with your nearest and dearest, we just had to share the gorgeous home of Ever Thine Event Planning + Design all decked out for their first holiday at home. Beautifully captured by Brittanee Taylor Photography, it looks like the perfect place to spend the holiday. There’s even more to be merry about here.

My husband and I hit a huge milestone this year: we joined the homeowners club. We both love to entertain, so we made sure that our first home was suitable for hosting tons of family and friends. We’ve spent the past few months really making it our own: furnishing, painting, decorating, all in preparation for the holiday season.

We just successfully hosted our first big event, Thanksgiving, but as a self-proclaimed Christmas junkie, the bins upon bins of Christmas decorations came out as soon as the turkey and stuffing leftovers were tucked away in the fridge. In addition to setting up the decor we had from Christmases past, we turned up our holiday music playlist and decorated our beautiful tree together. I made a few homemade hand-lettered signs and baked a fresh apple pie (the hubby’s favorite). Add a few mugs of Mexican hot chocolate and now we’re ready for the holidays!

Since this is such a special time in our life as husband and wife, we knew we wanted to capture our first Christmas in our new home with photos. We turned to one of our absolute favorite photographers and friend, Brittanee Taylor. She photographed our Christmas Love Shoot last year and she is just so incredibly good at her craft. We’ll always cherish these photos, and like last year’s, we can’t wait to send these out to family and friends!

Photography: Brittanee Taylor Photography | Design, Styling, And Hand-Lettering: Ever Thine Event Planning + Design

Urban Chic Holiday Party Inspiration

What’s a party without champagne? For this holiday shindig hosted by 2Chic Events & Design, Chandon was front and center along with a gorgeous spread decorating their new studio space. A Christmas tree, macaron favors and a bellini bar – all amazing ways to celebrate the holidays. Have a look at the imagery captured by Milou & Olin right here and from all all of us at SMP, cheers to Christmas Eve!

When Event Planners host a holiday party with an invite list filled to the brim with amazing and creative fellow vendors, they must bring their A-Game! Aimee and Kristin of 2Chic Events & Design recently did just that, inviting all of their vendor friends in to their newly expanded urban chic studio space for a sneak peek of the venue and a delicious catered lunch.

Just because it’s a casual lunch, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be overflowing with beautiful details. Aimee and Kristin treated their guests to an amazing Bellini bar, tables set with impeccable detail and delicious macaron dessert favors from the talented chocolatiers at Ginger Elizabeth.

Photography: Milou & Olin | Event Design: 2Chic Events & Design | Event Planning: 2Chic Events & Design | Floral Design: Bloomers Floral Design | Catering: Beth Sogaard Catering | Favors: Ginger Elizabeth | Print Items: Honey Paperie | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals

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