Your wedding day is a day like no other. You spent months of planning, but you didn’t do it alone. By the time you get to your big day, you’ll have some very important people to thank. The bridal party that you chose to stand by your side and support you throughout your engagement, and your mother and mother-in-law to be are a few special people that you need to show your gratitude for. Here are some ideas to help you give them the thanks that they deserve.
Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom
Your wedding is an exciting and emotional day for not only yourself, but the mothers that raised you and your groom. These women are seeing off their children and watching you start your new life as a married woman. Thank them with something thoughtful and memorable. Maybe start by writing them a letter to open on the day of your wedding. Tell them how thankful you are for their influence in your life. Thank your soon-to-be mother-in-law for raising up the man that would become your husband. Thank your own mom for supporting you and teaching you how to be the woman you are today.
Next, pick out something that she can keep forever. Something that she can look at and remember this day. A pair of earrings or a necklace are perfect for this. You can personalize it and give her a piece of jewelry with her birthstone in it. Choose a Cocktail Set in your wedding colors and tie a bow around them. She can burn them at home and be reminded of your gorgeous wedding day!
Your gifts don’t have to be extremely expensive and extravagant. You just need to show your gratitude in a simple way that she will remember for years to come how appreciated she felt on your wedding day.
Your closest group of girlfriends has had your back with everything from planning your bachelorette party to making sure you have a tissue to wipe away your happy tears. Thank them with a box full of their favorite things.
You can’t have a celebration without a little bubbly, so put a mini bottle of champagne in the box. Fuzzy socks are always a good idea. What girl doesn’t love to feel cozy? Add in something to pamper your bridesmaid like a bath bomb, lipstick or a bottle of nail polish. Put a pair of Taper Candles in her favorite color into the gift box so that she can decorate with them or burn them on the side of a relaxing bath. Give your bridesmaids all matching robes that they can wear as you all get ready together the morning of the wedding. This way, no one’s hair or makeup will get messed up or smudged and a matching robe picture is a cute memory you can keep forever!
Again, these gifts don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Things add up fast when you’re buying gifts for all of your bridesmaids! Just find a few items that will make your girls feel special and cared for.
Your wedding guests also pay a special role on your big day. The crowd of people sitting and supporting your new marriage needs to know that you are thankful that they took the time out to come witness this day. Some guests traveled hundreds of miles for this one night- let them know that they are loved! When it comes to a gift that can please a diverse crowd, think simple. A votive candle that matches your wedding colors is perfect. You can get a box of 36 votives for $39.75 and personalize them in any way you want without breaking the bank. Add a tag with a phrase like “Let love burn” and attach it with a ribbon. Arrange them on a table that the guests will pass by at the end of the night so that they can each grab their own little “thank you”.
There’s a lot to do before your wedding day and gifts shouldn't be your biggest worry. Take these tips and personalize them in whatever way you want to and show the most important people in your life how loved they are.
In recent years, the prioritization of sitting down for a family meal has drastically decreased. Having dinner altogether may seem unimportant when your life is busy. You’re driving one kid to soccer, the other to dance, trying to balance work and family, keeping the house clean and trying to squeeze a few hours of sleep in there somewhere. We’ve learned some interesting facts around the importance of sitting down with your family around the dinner table and want to share those with you.
Experts have found that eating a family dinner is linked to benefits like maintaining a normal weight, healthy eating habits and fewer eating disorders when families eat at least three meals per week together.
Children will learn to have healthy dietary patterns, like eating more fruits and vegetables and less fast food french fries and soda. Kids who eat with their families on a daily basis have a healthier sleep pattern, are less likely to become obese and are more likely to eat healthily once they live on their own.
The benefits of having a family meal around the dinner table go even further than just eating habits. For school-aged kids, family mealtime is a predictor of high achievement in school, sports and art. Researchers have also found that students who ate a family meal at least five times a week were twice as likely to get A’s in school as students who ate dinner with their families less.
Family dinners are strongly associated with positive moods in adolescents. Studies have shown that teens who dine with their families have a more positive outlook for their future, have a lower rate of depression and suicidal thoughts and are actually at a lower risk of developing a drug or alcohol problem.
Talk About It
Family dinners encourage meaningful conversation. More talk occurs during mealtime than at any other activity throughout the day. Young children are exposed to more “rare words” when they listen to their family’s conversation. These are words that are not found on a list of 3,000 most common words. Kids with a wide vocabulary are more likely to read earlier and read more easily.
Shared mealtime nurture family relationships. Teens that have frequent meals with their whole family are likely to have excellent relationships with their family all throughout their lives.
You Don’t Have to Cook a Gourmet Meal
Now that you’re sold on the benefits of a family dinner, it’s time to make it happen. No one said that the dinner that you prepare has to be fancy and take you all day to make. There are plenty of healthy options that can be prepared in around 30 minutes! Season some chicken breasts and bake them in the oven, throw a bag of steamed veggies in the microwave and use store-bought rolls for the side. Nothing over-the-top, just simple, good food.
Create a Space Where You WANT to Dine
Again, nothing fancy here. But you will be more drawn to eat around a table that’s beautifully decorated. Find a bouquet of fresh flowers while you’re at the grocery store and light a few Pillar Candles in your favorite color. Or, line your table with Taper Candles and garland. Your dining area will feel more welcoming and it will give you a beautiful backdrop as your family facilitates meaningful conversation.
Dinner is a time for your family to reconnect, share about everyone’s day, and even learn new things about each other. The power of a regular family mealtime will last far beyond the hour that you set aside for it. Your family will be healthier, happier and have better comradery because of it.
Fall is here and with Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to dress up your home with Halloween decor and stock up for your upcoming spook-tacular soireés. Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without the flickering magic of glowing candlelight, so let’s get ready for the season with some Halloween inspiration featuring our candles!
Black Taper Candles Styled by Eddie Ross
First up is a scary, modern scene set by our friend and world-renowned designer Eddie Ross. Known for his work as East Coast editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Eddie has been setting tables across the globe with Creative Candles for many years. His signature Modern Mix look is brought to life with a tablescape that looks like it’s set for the Addams Family. A gorgeous, gold candelabra featuring our black taper candles steals the show and casts a ghoulish glow.
Roman Bronze Taper Candles
Scary bronze skulls, blood-red wine, spooky spider webs -- oh my! This terrifying scene illuminated by our Roman Bronze tapers is the perfect balance of scary and sophisticated. Perfect for any haunted Halloween gatherings, your guests will not soon forget this eerie-sistible setup.
Black PIllar Candles & Pewter Taper Candles
Take your haunted affair to the next level with the secret ingredient to creating that awe-inspiring graveyard effect: dry ice. Our black pillar candles and pewter taper candles pictured above with hyper-cooled substance (and the mysterious fog it emits when it comes in contact with water) adds to the bone-chilling ambience.