I have been counting the days until Friday, November 15th. The Elevate Blog Conference & The Printed Palette My Favorite Things Party. Basically you are to bring 5 of the exact same items (your favorite items ever) with a value between $5-$7. Now for the most interesting part, it said “be creative in your selections and packaging“. Yikes!! I’ll be surrounded by super creative people what am I to do?
You all saw my post yesterday on what I brought. The mason jars filled with a ton of my favorites!! If you didn’t get a chance to see check them out here.
The night started out with some mingling, crafting, and eating. SO many pictures to post but I just couldn’t bear to choose. If you look up the hashtag #elevateconfftp on Instagram you can see the whole party.
After all that fun, the presentations of gifts began.
The first was from Dana and here gift had a great message. We all never really stop and take the time to just take a picture of what is real. WIth our phones and digital cameras we are obsessed with taking the perfect picture instead of taking a picture of the moment. No retakes, just a real picture. I loved the idea!!! She gave us a disposable camera, and a list of treasured moments to capture. Brilliant for that person that needs to stop and smell the roses.
Next, I was presented by Jen from Delightful Deets gift. I loved the simplicity of how she wrapped it! It was a bag of her most favorite chocolate chips wrapped with a paper doily, and tulle with a gift card to her favorite store TARGET! DUH! That is everybody’s favorite store right?? This would be a super cute idea maybe instead of a Target gift card it could be to Williams Sonoma, or Trader Joe’s, or a cute bakery.
Personal handmade gifts are some of my favorite gifts ever. And you all know my obsession with kraft paper!! When I received this bag of goodies from Jenilee from Squint Paperie I literally squealed with joy!!! First off it was wrapped in a little brown paper bag, second she hand-lettered the phrase on the bag! WOW! Inside was more kraft goodies and a white pen. I LOVE white pens!!! So cute! Personal stationery is a fantastic gift for anyone.
I love the idea of wrapping up goodies in gable boxes. Dress it up with some washi tape and add a handmade tassel and boom… instant success! Summer of Made by Munchie’s Mama put a bunch of goodies together in this adorable box. I couldn’t help but to gravitate to the nail polish and nail decals! How fitting considering I live in a house with three daughters! Nail polish is a staple in out house. What a great idea! You could do this gift on a budget… think dollar tree nail items. What gal doesn’t love goodies for her nails!
I love how Darcie from Juneau Luxe used the gift wrap box from Sephora in her own way. Lots of time I shop at places that I know will gift wrap or include packaging. Darcie could have wrapped it like she was supposed to but instead she left the top opened and poofed out the tissue paper. It was such a cute little twist to what could have looked like an ordinary gift box. You don’t have to follow the rules of gift wrapping… do whatever is going o make it look super cute! By the way she included the best hand and nail lotion from Sephora EVER!!!
There was so many more great ideas out there! Look up the #hashtag I mentioned to see them all.
Just when we though we were done for the night The Elevate ladies along with The Printed Palette gave us a bag full of swag…. FULL! The Printed Palette had these gorgeous bags made for us especially for the event.
One of the best parts of the night was being able to spend it with my friend Michelle Hill of Polka Dot Whimsy… and what was even better was we made so many new friends! YAY!!!! Hope these $5 gift ideas inspired you to stay within your budget this year! Now hurry go look at Instagram at all the other greatness from the night!!