Happy Halloween

A Delicate Gift would like to wish you a Happy and Safe Halloween! 
This year my husband and I get to take my son Trick or Treating for the first time. Last year he was just too small and even this year he will likely not understand the fun of going door to door showing off his cute little cow costume and asking for candy, but this year is all about memories for this mom and dad! 
Here are a few pictures of my handsome boy at his friends Halloween Party!  

Mommy Play Date Cards

Now in my shop are these adorable Mommy Play Date cards. Perfect size to tuck into your purse or diaper bag. These unique 2 inch Play date/calling cards make a great first impression when connecting with new friends. Use them to make play dates while at the playground, for your own home based business or as a gift for the mommy-to-be.

Our circular chevron calling cards come in a set of 48 calling cards printed on white 100lb linen cover stock and packaged in a small tin. 

I have included additional photos of other listing in my shop.

Supporting March of Dimes

Today we are proud to hand March of Dimes (working together for stronger, healthier babies) Gift Certificates towards A Delicate Gift services or shop items to auction off at their Tasting for Tots and the Signature Chef’s Auction.  

This organization has a special place in my heart as premature and preterm labor hits very close to home with my son being born early. We were fortunate that he was born healthy, but it was comforting to know of the resources available by the March of Dimes organziation. 

For more details on this organization and events please visit their event page http://www.marchofdimes.com/newhampshire/events/events.html

2012 Printable Holiday Cards NOW AVAILABLE

I have been busy designing a few printable holiday cards for my shop. I had so many ideas that I decided to do a variety of designs rather than stick to one design for my clients. You can now visit my shop to purchase these designs and more.

A special thank you to some friends who were super helpful in sharing their professional photos with me to include on the holiday cards

Wedding Week Coming to an End

To end our wedding week I’d like to share with you 3 tips I have used and suggest to all my brides and friends:

1. If you are going to have flowers and need to coordinate linens, tables, chairs, plates, etc attempt to schedule your florist and then head to your linen appointment on the same day. Most florist will give you a sample centerpiece to look at and take with you. Use that sample centerpiece to bring to your linen appointment to try out a few different design options when picking tables, chairs, plates, etc.
This is your opportunity to try a variety of different styles and options. 

2. Have your photographer take photos of all your guests. As an extra Thank You to your guests surprise them with their professional photo inside the thank you card you send. Guests will love the keepsake and it will be a special touch to wrap up your very special day.

3. Have your wedding venue save you a plate of dinner and package your left over cake…you’ll be too busy to enjoy either that having something to bite into at the end of the night will be just what you need.

Wedding Fun Continues with my DIY Projects

As I mentioned in an earlier post this week is my wedding anniversary week so I am treating all my followers with an inside scoop to my wedding. Today I want to share a few projects I did on my own (there are so many to choose from so I have tried to select a variety).
Our Escort Card/Table numbers were individually displayed on scallop note cards and placed inside a personalized envelop for each guest.

I must have had at least 4 dozen waters for our Out of Town Bags, our vendors, and Bridal and Groom Suite. I designed the water labels in Photoshop, printed on waterproof paper and adhered with mini glue dots. I had a great Bridesmaid who helped assemble them.

The Programs were one of the most time consuming projects, but so worth the effort. The Programs were also designed in Photoshop and later printed on 6 x 15 ultra white card cover and then folded into three sections Cover, Ceremony, and Wedding Party. We then wrapped and tied the program together with a purple ribbon. We used a Bone Folder from Martha Stewart for scoring  the edges smooth.

The table numbers were so much fun to make. We used different size silver picture frames to display the table names. The table names were all words related to love such as Love, Cherish, Peach, Forever, etc. I printed the table numbers and then used jewel glue to adhere the luster glass microbeads in amethyst from Martha Stewart.

I made these Bride and Groom  signs for our chairs using a little bit of ribbon, scrapbook paper and glue.

Okay I may have forgotten how long these took, but these too were worth the effort. I went to my favorite designing software, Photoshop, to make the monogram and to design the overall invitation, direction, reception, and RSVP card. I made a belly band using soft plum paper and made the individual tags using a combination of pearl paper, labels in the size of 2″ circles, and a small gem for the end of the letter of G for a little added detail.


I purchased these white take out containers to use for our Candy Bar for the guests to fill up with their favorite treats. I wrapped each with plum colored ribbon and made the individual tags as I did for the invitations.


Other DIY projects included, signs for the Candy Bar, Menus for the table, Place Cards, Bathroom Signs for the Grab and Go Baskets, and I’m sure there are more I am missing. I had so much fun crafting each piece of this wedding!

Happy Anniversary to Me: Entertainment

7 years ago today, I met a man that would one day become my husband and 2 years ago we made it official. Happy Wedding Anniversary to us! I thought I would share this week some of my favorites from that day.  

Today I want to talk about music/entertainment. I knew I wanted an A Capella group, Violinist, and a DJ at my wedding, but was concerned how they would all come together. I chose the violinist to play during our ceremony, the A Capella Group to sing right after we were announced as husband and wife. The A Capella Group continued through the Cocktail hour with our DJ playing in between songs. 
Our string duo Con Fuocon Music is Boston based musically talented group. We met once to go over my thoughts on music, but was wonderfully guided in selecting perfect pieces for each aspect of the ceremony.

I chose Boston College Dynamics ( a Boston College student group) as our A Cappella Group after meeting them in the hallways of the Haynes Convention Center.  Having them be part of my wedding day honored the many students I have worked with in my former life as a Higher Education Professional. Head on over to the Boston College Dynamics Facebook page to check them out!

Lastly, our DJ was from the New Hampshire based DJ company, Get Down Tonight.  The first night we met with our DJ we sat and chatted for hours about the wedding and then about other things we had in common. Get Down Tonight will connect you with a DJ that best fits the tone of your wedding, but also you as a couple. We will continue to use Get Down Tonight for future events.

So this wraps up my favorite parts of our entertainment. Take some time to check out the vendors I have shared and come back tomorrow where I will talk about some of the details I contributed to the wedding.

Lunch Box Notes…Perfect Birthday Gift

I fell in love with the Skip Hop Lunch Boxes when I first set eyes on them (photo credit to KidCrave.com). My son now officially has three lunch boxes; which I’m pretty sure we could have survived with one. BUT if you know me, when I like something I don’t just get one I get one in every color (my closet is an example of this).  So I love these lunch boxes so much I have decided all of the little ones in our life also need a cute lunch box and shall receive one for their birthday, Christmas, or another special event calling for a gift. 

We recently went to a birthday party where  I decided to gift one of the  Lunch Boxes with a set of personalized Lunch Box Notes made by us. The note cards will be coming out soon in my shop. Yes, you can purchase the Skip Hop Lunch Boxes at any retail children store, but one of my favorite local business is the children’s boutique, Nini Bambini, in Bedford, NH. Give them a call to purchase yours. They do ship. AND check back in my shop for your very own personalized Lunch Box notes.

Fall Love

My favorite season is Fall. I love everything about it from the weather to the food to the cozy warm sweaters I get to wear. On this rainy day I’m smitten on the Fall weather and the treats I crave to eat. Today I planned out a few October projects one of which will be Halloween treat bags to hand out to guests, play dates, teacher, or your little one’s classmates. If you don’t want to give out chocolate you can change out the candy for some healthy options, but come on its almost Halloween…have some chocolate!

To find how to make these treat bags visit Peachy Cheek. She has a whole section devoted to Halloween projects that are so cute and perfect.

Part one of Circus Decor

As I promised here are some details of the Circus Party featured earlier this week.

The invitation was created in Photoshop (this is where I do most of my design work) using its stamping and brushing tools. I then took my file to Staples to have them print double sided and to cut. When I got home I took a ruler and my perforating tool (Tonic perforating tool) to preforate the invite details where I wanted to imitate the look of a ticket it also allowed guests to tear off the part of the invitation offering all the party details. 

What you don’t see in the picture is how I lined my envelopes with red/white paper giving my white plain envelopes a little bit more color. For more details on how to line your envelopes visit Martha Stewart’s site.  

A few other projects completed in Photoshop where the food labels, Popcorn “She is Ready to Pop” tags, favor tags, and signs on tables. Again I used brushes and stamps I had purchased for Photoshop.

The cotton candy and peanut bags were purchased at a local bakery. I think they charged me 2 cents per bag. Better then buying a hole box I didn’t need!

The elephants and giraffe see in the pictures above were purchased at Michael’s.
Additional decor included paper flowers and blue and red tickets throughout the room.

So much more to share. In the next day or two I’ll tell you more about the food, favors, and games played!