Friday, December 15, 2017

DIY Reindeer Gift Bag For Beer & Wine Thank You Gifts

Your bridal party and parents will do a lot of work during your engagement. They'll be around to help you make decisions on invitations, travel with you to check out wedding venues, and join you at bridal expos. Every once in a while, you'll want to say thank you.

You can give them a bottle of craft beer or wine ... but just handing them a bottle is sort of silly, especially this time of year. So don't just hand it to them. Dress it up with our DIY reindeer gift bag.

How are you wrapping beer and wine this holiday season? How about turning it into a reindeer using the tutorial on www.abrideonabudget.com?

I actually made this reindeer gift bag for a white elephant party we went to a few years ago and they were a big hit. From now on, I'm going to dress all my beer and wine gifts in these. They're so easy to make and I made two at once to speed it up.

DIY Reindeer Gift Bag For Beer & Wine Thank You Gifts


What You'll Need:

What You'll Do:



How are you wrapping beer and wine this holiday season? How about turning it into a reindeer using the tutorial on www.abrideonabudget.com?

Put the beer or wine in the paper bag.

How are you wrapping beer and wine this holiday season? How about turning it into a reindeer using the tutorial on www.abrideonabudget.com?

Fold down the top above the top of the bottle to measure. Crease it.

Take the bottle out of the bag and lay it flat.

How are you wrapping beer and wine this holiday season? How about turning it into a reindeer using the tutorial on www.abrideonabudget.com?

Cut out two ovals from the white card stock for eyes.

How are you wrapping beer and wine this holiday season? How about turning it into a reindeer using the tutorial on www.abrideonabudget.com?

Cut out two black circles for pupils.

How are you wrapping beer and wine this holiday season? How about turning it into a reindeer using the tutorial on www.abrideonabudget.com?

Cut out a red circle for a nose (if you want to make Rudolph) or black if you want to make one of the other reindeer who wouldn't let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games).

Glue the entire face down.

How are you wrapping beer and wine this holiday season? How about turning it into a reindeer using the tutorial on www.abrideonabudget.com?

I freehanded all those circles and ovals because, well, they're circles. That's simple. I couldn't freehand antlers, though, so I drew them with a pencil before cutting them out. I just made sure to put the pencil side on the back of the bag so the front looked prettier. Plus, I cut four at once (since I was making two reindeer bags total) so only one had pencil marks.

How are you wrapping beer and wine this holiday season? How about turning it into a reindeer using the tutorial on www.abrideonabudget.com?

Fold the crease (that you made two steps ago) down.

Glue the antlers down behind the crease.

The antlers were popping off my bag and I was worried about showing up to a party with a one-antler reindeer, so I actually taped my down to keep them secure.

How are you wrapping beer and wine this holiday season? How about turning it into a reindeer using the tutorial on www.abrideonabudget.com?

Put the beer or wine in the bag, fold the flap back, and close it with tape or a cute Christmas sticker.

Your family and bridal party will appreciate your bag just as much as you appreciate their help with your wedding planning.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you give your thank you gifts in a DIY reindeer gift bag?

Monday, December 11, 2017

DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

We had a summer wedding because it just made more sense. Almost all of our wedding guests were traveling, so it was just easier for them to travel during summer vacation. We had a candy bar because I love chocolate and thought a bag of chocolate and candies on the way out was so much fun. If we had a winter wedding, though, we would have done a DIY hot chocolate bar on the way out.

See, I love hot chocolate. I drank it every day before school, and it's a treat I even drink now. So it would have been so much fun to put together a hot chocolate bar with personalized cups, signs, and toppings.

If you're having a winter wedding and want something special, this DIY hot chocolate bar is exactly what you're looking for.

A DIY Hot Chocolate Bar would be PERFECT for your winter wedding. Find out how to make one at www.abrideonabudget.com.

DIY Hot Chocolate Bar


If you're having this at your wedding, you need to put together all the DIY elements yourself, then hand them off to your venue coordinator. If you want to make sure it looks the way you intended, set it up at home and take a photo. Tape that photo to the top of the box containing the elements so you can assure it's the way you want. If you don't have the ability to take a photo, you can always draw one.

Also, big thank you to Shutterfly for helping us with the images and printable for this post. Shutterfly created neutral printables that will match your wedding colors no matter what they are. That's absolutely perfect and means you don't have to design your own.

What You'll Need:



What You'll Do:

A DIY Hot Chocolate Bar would be PERFECT for your winter wedding. Find out how to make one at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Make your hot chocolate mix.
My mix is an equal ratio of sugar to unsweetened cocoa powder, plus one pinch of salt. Two tablespoons of mix is one 8oz. cup of hot chocolate. Store your mix in a glass jar to bring to your venue.

You can have them either leave the mix in your glass jars or combine it with hot milk and add it to a pitcher. If you have them mix it, be sure to tell them two tablespoons of milk per 8oz. of milk.

A DIY Hot Chocolate Bar would be PERFECT for your winter wedding. Find out how to make one at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Put together your cups.
Purchase paper cups in your wedding colors. Cut out the printables and glue them to one side of each cup. Let them dry completely.

A DIY Hot Chocolate Bar would be PERFECT for your winter wedding. Find out how to make one at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Assemble your printables.
Head over to this link for a variety of printables. You'll find one that says hot chocolate (this will go on the pitcher with the hot chocolate) and another that says hot milk (this goes on a second pitcher).

There are also flag printables for items like marshmallows, peppermint, and more. Put a small bit of glue on the back of each, then affix them to the top of skewer sticks. Get a glass jar for each topping, then stick the skewer in each jar. Print out the larger tags for things like the syrups, then affix them around bottles with baker's twine.

Make your hot chocolate spoons.
Some of your guests may prefer hot chocolate spoons instead of using a powdered mix. The spoons are easy to make (find our complete tutorial here). Your guests can stir the hot chocolate spoons into the hot milk.

A DIY Hot Chocolate Bar would be PERFECT for your winter wedding. Find out how to make one at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Create your chalkboard.
You'll want to give your guests a little direction with the hot chocolate bar. A fun way to do that is to write out a chalkboard for them. Writing something like "Pour hot cocoa & pile on toppings or pour hot milk & dunk choco sticks" is a big help.

A DIY Hot Chocolate Bar would be PERFECT for your winter wedding. Find out how to make one at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Think about snacks.
I'm a big fan of not baking anything for your wedding yourself. There's just not enough time. I promise you. But talk to your caterer or your cake vendor. Explain to them that you're planning a hot chocolate bar and see if they can create any sweet treats (hot chocolate mini cupcakes, maybe) to compliment your hot chocolate bar. Put them out on the table with your hot chocolate bar items to finish the night perfectly.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What toppings would you add to your DIY hot chocolate bar?

Friday, December 8, 2017

Hot Drink Mixes Wedding Favors

It's cold here today. It's raining and dreary and gray ... and cold. I made coffee this morning, but here's the thing with me and coffee. I make it hot when I wake up, then drink it as I start working, and by the time I finish it, I'm drinking cold coffee. It doesn't warm me up. So now, I'm thinking about making tea to break the chill I'm feeling. Chill, and I'm bundled up in sweats. Your wedding guests will be exposing legs and arms at your (potentially) chilly fall wedding, so hot drinks are a must. And having hot drink mixes wedding favors as a take away, it's perfect.

It really is such a fun fall wedding favor idea.

A hot drink is PERFECT for a cold night. So if you're having a fall or winter wedding, these Hot Drink Mixes Wedding Favors ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are perfect!


Hot drink mixes as a wedding favors could be an easy DIY. Actually, the last post on this list is a DIY that we did previously on A Bride On A Budget. But if you're not into DIY and would rather purchase your favors, we have a lot of great ideas for you too.

Hot Drink Mixes Wedding Favors

A hot drink is PERFECT for a cold night. So if you're having a fall or winter wedding, these Hot Drink Mixes Wedding Favors ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are perfect!
Apple Cider Drink Mix
One of my favorite fall drinks is hot apple cider, but I can't have it any time other than apple season without it feeling out of place. You can pick up this Apple Cider Drink Mix in personalized bags. You can choose your text and image, which is nice. What I really like, though, is this also comes with caramels. I never put caramel in my apple cider before, but what a great reason to try it. And who doesn't love caramel apples? They scream fall.

Purchase here.

A hot drink is PERFECT for a cold night. So if you're having a fall or winter wedding, these Hot Drink Mixes Wedding Favors ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are perfect!
Personalized Hot Chocolate Wedding Favor
My favorite hot drink is hot chocolate. Who doesn't love it? No one I know. A hot chocolate packet as a favor sounds great to me -- and I'd probably drink it as soon as I got home, especially since weddings usually don't have hot chocolate at the end of the night. Coffee and tea, sure, but hot chocolate is almost never offered. You can give it to all your guests with this personalized hot chocolate wedding favor. You can personalize it with your own text and you can choose from a variety of colors and designs. Plus, you can purchase it with or without the whisk (I vote with because hot chocolate that's whisked tastes great, plus your guests will have something to remember your wedding by after the mix is done).
Purchase here.

A hot drink is PERFECT for a cold night. So if you're having a fall or winter wedding, these Hot Drink Mixes Wedding Favors ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are perfect!
The Perfect Blend Burlap Bags
Coffee favors are a no brainer when you're thinking about hot drink favors, but they're actually a little more DIY than anything else. I wasn't able to find packets like I did for the others. I guess because it's easy enough to go to the store and purchase coffee. If you do, purchase beans, not grounds. Grounds can be really, really messy as a favor. So grab the beans and these The Perfect Blend burlap bags by Kate Aspen. They're cute, especially if you're incorporating burlap into your rustic wedding (which is really trendy right now).


A hot drink is PERFECT for a cold night. So if you're having a fall or winter wedding, these Hot Drink Mixes Wedding Favors ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are perfect!
Wedding Cappuccino Mix
I've never had a cappuccino, if you can believe that. I've only been drinking coffee for couple years (and mostly because I really love the last sip with all the sugar), so I think cappuccino is something I have to work towards. But if you like cappuccino, you'll like this Wedding Cappuccino Mix favor.

Purchase here.

A hot drink is PERFECT for a cold night. So if you're having a fall or winter wedding, these Hot Drink Mixes Wedding Favors ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are perfect!
Personalized Tea Favors
At my last job, I drank a lot of tea. People would take coffee breaks and I would walk with them to get tea. It's one of those beverages that I think coffee drinkers forget exist. And restaurants too. There are so many places where I can get coffee but there's no tea on the menu. But there is tea on this hot drink mixes wedding favors list. You can get these personalized tea favors for your guests. They come in a variety of images, so you can find one that fits your wedding best.

Purchase here.

A hot drink is PERFECT for a cold night. So if you're having a fall or winter wedding, these Hot Drink Mixes Wedding Favors ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are perfect!
Coffee Mug Candles
If you like coffee a lot, but you don't like the idea of a mix packet as a favor, I found something cute for you: coffee mug candles. You can order a set of six -- and they come in a mug shaped holder with a plate. What's great is that after the candle is done, your guests can just wash these in the dishwasher and use them for espresso. So cute.

Purchase here.

A hot drink is PERFECT for a cold night. So if you're having a fall or winter wedding, these Hot Drink Mixes Wedding Favors ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com are perfect!
Thanks A Latte Coffee Favor
If you're a little more creative and want to make your own coffee-based favors, but you don't feel like designing tags, I have you covered. Our Thanks A Latte Coffee Favor comes with a free printable gift tag. Just add beans, a mug, or whatever you can imagine.

Get the DIY here.

For more favor ideas, check out our favors link. If you're curious, check out what we had as our bridal shower favor and wedding favor.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Which of these hot drink mixes wedding favors is your favorite?

Deciding on wedding favors?

Check out our post: 100 Wedding Favors (Your guests will actually take).
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