Bridesmaids are the unsung heroes of weddings. They buy the dress, calm your meltdowns, and often travel hundreds of miles to stand beside you on the most important day of your life. Your bridesmaids deserve to be pampered. Getting everyone together for a spa day may not be feasible so it is important to find an alternative.
Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to create a pampering gift basket. This basket can double as a creative way to ask your friend to be a bridesmaid. It can also be used as a gift for a mother, mother-in-law, or anyone else investing a lot of time in your wedding.
Step 1: Gather your items. A benefit of gift baskets is that they are wonderfully customizable. They can fit any budget depending on the gifts used. The basket shown has various pampering items: chocolate, nail polish, lotion, soaps, perfume, and a candle. A pair of shoes was also included as they can be worn in the wedding.
Step 2: Choose a basket or box to hold the items. Find a smaller container to give the illusion that the gifts are overflowing from the basket. This will make the gift basket look full and complete.
Step 3: Build the base. Fill the bottom with packing peanuts, tissue paper, or anything to take up space so your gifts will stand tall. Cover the top with raffia to hide the filler.
Step 4: Place the gifts in the basket. To create an attractive basket, begin with the tallest items and place them in the back. In this basket, the tallest gifts were the candy bar and the shoes.
Step 5: Choose the item you wish to feature. This will often be the most expensive item, or the one you feel best summarizes the theme of the gift basket. In the example shown, the feature item was the perfume. Put it front and center! As best as you can, try to make sure the front of each item is facing forward.
Step 6: Add your smaller gifts. Do not hesitate to use tape discretely on the backs of the item to secure them. Just ensure that once the tape is removed, the finish of the item will not be harmed.
Step 7: Arrange appropriately. Space out items that you have duplicates of, like nail polish. This will further give the impression that the basket is overflowing with gifts. Play around with the layout—it may take adjustment to get it exactly the way you like.
Step 8: Add the packaging and a bow. You can leave the gift open, or cover it with a clear wrapping. For the bow, different textured and colored ribbons can be used for variety. Experiment with the style and size of the bow until you create one that is perfect for your basket.
Step 9: Enjoy! Give away your beautiful, customized gift basket! You can do this in person, or secretly leave it for her to find at her desk or front door. Your bridesmaid is now guaranteed to feel pampered and ready to be a part of your wedding day.
About Rebecca: I am a native Virginian living in the Metro Atlanta area with my best friend/husband. My lifelong infatuation with weddings escalated when I planned my May 2013 wedding. I am so excited to have a creative outlet in Weddingbee to share my obsession now that my wedding planning days are over. You can usually find me posing as a foodie in the kitchen, on YouTube watching sprees, or fishing with my husband. My favorite things include: house hunting, 90?s music and television, the color yellow, and large cups of coffee. Follow me on