As some of you may remember, John and I traveled home for an engagement party back in September. We were lucky enough to have five hostesses for our party -- my three best friends from childhood, and two of their three moms. We were so grateful to them for throwing us a wonderful party, and I really wanted to do something for them as a thank you.
However, buying "good" gifts for five hostesses was looking a little challenging to my budget. I also was hoping to get them all something similar, despite the 20+ year difference in age between moms and daughters :) I'm pretty happy with the solution I came up with, and thought some of you might be able to use it for future hostess gifts, too!
Basically, I went wild on Shop Sweet Lulu. SSL is an amazing source for pretty party supplies, and I happily indulged my love for colorful goods by packing an assortment of chevron bags, tiny pastel candles, cupcake wrappers, nut cups, and fringy garlands into my shopping cart. It was so exciting to finally have a legitimate reason to do so! :)
Once my box arrived...
I split everything up evenly between the five hostesses and added in a few goodies I already had in my supplies (including striped paper straws, of course!). I loved that I could include a large sample of pretties for each person, which would have been cost-prohibitive if I had been shopping for just one gift. Being able to mix and match made it possible to design a custom mix for each gal!
I packed each gal's goods into one of my favorite metallic + kraft bags, and added a matching handmade tag marked "for your next party." :)
They seemed to be a hit!