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Here Comes the Bride Hamper

Before the white dress and the big hair comes the kitchen tea. Yay! Kitchen teas have evolved and changed a lot over the years. No longer does the bride have to wear a colander or a funnel-bra, unless she wants to of course, but one thing that hasn’t changed is, that it is truly an occasion to spoil the special bride-to-be.

Today, gift vouchers are a certainty and we wanted to create a space on the gift table where they could be celebrated and not get lost. So, we created a Here Comes the Bride Hamper, you know we like those, and we found everything we needed at our favourite home décor store, Mr P.

Here comes the bride hamper

What you need for the bride’s hamper:

White netting

Ribbons and strings

Here comes the bride hamper

A box big enough for all the gifts – buy yours here.

Wooden Box Mr Price Home

A utensil container – buy yours hereUtensils Container

A photo frame with a pic of the happy couple, we bought the 10×15 one – buy yours here.Photo Frame Mr Price Home

Wall Art Sign – Mr Price Home, but not found online. Wall Art Mr Price Home

Wooden spoons – buy yours hereWooden Spoons Mr Price HomeA whisk – buy yours herewhisk mr price home

A little wooden lady – buy yours here.  wooden lady mr price home

Flowers for a small bouquet

bouquet of flowers brides hamper

This is what we did for the bride’s hamper:

  1. Arrange the items in the box.
  2. Tie ribbons and strings to the whisk and the wooden spoons.whisk and wooden spoons brides hamper
  3. Dress the bride. We used lace tape and a small piece of net, and added a tiny bouquet.wooden bride
  4. Make the bouquet. We used pink roses, gypsophila and ferns.
  5. We wrapped the netting around the flowers and tied the bouquet with white ribbon.
  6. We placed the bouquet in a plastic bag and white paper bag. This is how we did it for our Happiness is a Hamper post
  7. The little bride perched on the edge of the utensil tin.
  8. The vouchers and envelopes will be put inside the utensil tin.

Here comes the bride hamper

We chose white to match the theme of the wedding, but you can tailor it to suit your bride. Pick her favourite colour and choose items to match.

Happy wedding!

Mia & Blair

Here Comes the Bride Hamper




Teacher Thank You Gift Wrap

It’s the end of the school year here in South Africa and we are gearing up for an epic summer holiday. It’s going to be hot, it’s going to be fun and it’s going be five weeks long, but before all that happens we get to thank the teacher.

It’s time to stop and say thank you to the people who looked after our kids for the whole year. The teachers who were kind, patient and who encouraged our little ones. The teachers who held hands, kissed scraped knees and said well done, even if it was more done than well.

teacher thank you gift wrap

It’s hard to find the words and ways to express our gratitude when it comes to someone who has taken care of our children. These are the people who they spend a huge part of their day with. It’s one of the most important relationships they’ll have for an entire a year and hopefully a relationship they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.

As we have mentioned before, we love simple gift wrap and this simple, teacher inspired gift wrap is right up our alley. Whatever you have decided to give your child’s teacher, we are sure they’ll really appreciate the message as well.

teacher thank you gift wrap

This is what you need:

A gift, preferably in a box or something that can be shaped into a ball.

Red tissue paper

Green board

Brown board

Sticky tape and scissors

This is what you need to do:

Wrap the gift in the red tissue paper

Draw a green leaf or print one of these printables: green-leaf or leaf-outline

Cut out a leaf

Cut a stalk

Stick the stalk and leaf to get then stick both to the gift  

Wording for the leaves:

This apple is my way of saying thank you for every day.

We love your core values

Grateful to the core

We hope you and the teacher will enjoy this gift wrap idea. You know what they say about an apple a day…it’s really good for you. So get to the core of the matter and say what you want to say. That’s Thank you with a capital T.

Happy wrapping,

Mia & Blair

teacher thank you gift wrap

Perfectly Purple

Pretoria is so perfectly purple right now; we couldn’t resist a purple post. It is a continuation of our (not so) slight obsession with craft paper. Last week we dressed it up for a very elegant gift, this week we’re chilling out with soft purple and lollipops.

perfectly-purple-gift-wrapThe perfectly purple cards and awesome Happy Birthday Stamp were from an ‘I love you’ box from Elephant Shoe, but alas, Sam now lives in London, you can still buy her digital goodies. Go take a look if copper foil printing is your thing. We do miss our box of paperie prettiness, though.


We used rolls of craft paper and brown paper bags.

We gathered all things purple. We found tissue paper, ribbon in various shades and widths. The rick-rack just added to the fun and twine is always a good idea.

Have we mentioned that we are hoarders? We save bits, bobs and snippets in small bags according to colour. Raid the stash.

The lollipops are courtesy of Woolies. There are other colours in the packet, but you’ll have to eat those quickly. To save your child’s teeth, of course.

perfectly-purple-2The gifts:

Once you have gathered all the goodies do some planning. If you are wrapping more than one gift play with the colours. We wrapped one in brown paper and trimmed it with the purple. The second we wrapped in purple and trimmed it with the craft paper.


The bag:

If you don’t have purple cards, you can tie some ribbon and lavender to the handle of the craft bag to repeat the colour.


The stamp:

We love stamps. This one is a favourite. Keep an eye out, we are finding some awesome stamps in stores and at markets. You can never have too many stamps.


The flowers:

Try to find purple flowers that are in season. We used stocks and white lisianthus. We also used lavender from the garden. Arrange the flowers and wrap. It helps to put the sturdier paper, in this case the craft paper, on the outside, especially if you are going to be transporting the bunch.


Happy wrapping.

Mia & Blair