Editor’s Note: Re-sharing this adorable DIY I put together last year.
Are you planning on asking a few of your besties to be your bridesmaids? If you are, you might want to think about ‘proposing’ the idea to your BFFs with something that shows them just how honored you would be to have them stand with you on your big day. I love the idea of a ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?’ box and so I decided to put together a tutorial for crafting a cute box that your friends are sure to love!
Here’s a quick breakdown of what I included in the box but keep scrolling as I have a few more creative ideas, as well…
1 | The Ropes Maine bracelet. This classic navy-and-gold nautical number graces my wrist at least twice a week – it goes with everything and always looks great. And I think it would be the perfect piece of casual jewelry to include in a bridesmaid box, especially if you’re planning a nautical or coastal wedding.
2 & 6 | French soaps. Because who doesn’t love them? And they’re also the perfect way to incorporate matching shades of color to your basket – see how they’re totally picking up on different hues in the notebook?
3 | Candy! This is a no-brainer – you just have to include some yummy pretties. I bought some organic pink rock candy (from the bulk bins at the grocery) and slipped the textured pieces into a small glassine bag, tied with grosgrain ribbon. Presentation is really key here which is to say you might not want to just buy candy in the checkout lane (or at least re-package if you do).
4 | Organic lip gloss. Remember that tutorial on DIY lip balm I shared awhile ago? This is it! Your girls will love that you went to the trouble of whipping up some apothecary goodness for them – just don’t tell them how easy it was! If you want the (super simple) directions, just click on the link.
5 | Cute tea towel. These seem to be gift basket staples and for a good reason – they’re affordable, darling and you know they’ll get used. Just make sure the colors of the towel coordinate with your box, tie on a pretty ribbon and you’re good to go.
7 | Mascara. Make-up can be tricky to buy for a friend but I’ve found that almost no woman will turn down a good tube of black mascara. Nail polishes in neutral tones could be a (fairly) safe inclusion, as well.
8 | Botanical Notebook Trio by Rifle Paper Co. for Target. I scarfed this trio up a year or two ago at Target but I’m sure you could still find them online somewhere or just shop for an equally cute notebook. Alternatively, I have some other fun ideas to replace the notebook below so just keep reading.
I love the idea of including a vintage book with a fun/cheeky title to really personalize each gal’s basket. Despite my slightly feminist lean, Profitable Vocations for Boys totally cracked me up when I saw it in an antique shop in Alabama. It looks so old-school chic and I just loved imagining boys (or better yet – their girlfriends) studying its pages with fervor. Obviously, this wouldn’t be the right gift for any friend but if her sense of humor collides with this, I think it could be an incredibly silly hit.
[This book is for sale! Message me at sarah(at)classicbrideblog.com to purchase.]
Do you have a Charlotte (yes, I’m making a totally dated SATC reference here) in your group? A book like An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa M. Alcott would probably win over her heart in an instant.
[This book is for sale – just e-mail me at sarah[at]classicbrideblog.com for details.]
Bed Manners is definitely one of my favorite vintage book finds ever – in fact, I keep it on the nightstand in our guestroom because I love having our guests bring it out with a funny look on their faces. But really, wouldn’t all of your ‘maids like to “bring sunshine into [their] nights”? This vintage gem is also for sale – e-mail me at sarah(at)classicbrideblog.com for info.
If you have an antique lover or just a romantic among your besties, I’m sure she would love a pretty book like Janice Meredith – it doesn’t get much prettier than this.
[This book is for sale – message me at sarah(at)classicbrideblog.com for info]
Photography and styling by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.