So here I am writing my first blog probably the biggest leap I’ve taken in along time but sure I’ll give it a whirl and see where it takes me!!!
I thought I’d start of writing about something I started doing around 4 years ago when one of my best friends got engaged and then naturally it grew legs and by the time it came to my sister I was a pro and getting things done! So here it goes I’m going to blog about Engagement hampers…..
While everyone around you is excited at the prospect of a wedding you “the other sister” start thinking almost immediately ‘Christ I better start my diet for the wedding’ ‘Jaysus where will we go for the hen’ ‘What dress will she pick for us to wear’………the list of thoughts is endless I know I’ve been there!!
But first things first, whether this is your only sister or your 10th sister to get married you want your sister to stay on cloud nine for as long as possible.
When my sister got engaged on Christmas Eve 3 years ago, my first thoughts where ‘god damn it the shops don’t open now till the 27th of December’………. yes, that was my first thought reason being, I had started a little tradition with my close friends of making up an “engagement hamper” to congratulate them on their engagement!
This can be a nice little token for the bride to be or for both the bride and groom to be. The size of the Engagement hamper will depend on your budget and that will in turn will depend on if you are making it up yourself or if you have other friends to chip in.
For my sister, I decided to add bits to a box and then a case of beer for the groom to get over the shock of whats ahead when he saw the bridal magazines, wedding checklists etc!!
In the hamper I had bridal magazines, love heart sweets, bottle of Bubbly, a money box, calculator, mini lanterns with hearts on them, big his and hers mugs, wicker love heart lights, picture frames……. basically, anything I could find that had hearts on it and was in stock in Penney’s!!! I also bought a book in Eason’s ‘wedding of the century’ which is a keepsake book that you fill in as you prepare for your big day with the likes of date you asked your friends/sisters to be your bridesmaids to the day you picked your wedding dress and of course the big day itself. I also got the hamper box in Penney’s in the home ware section where they have the fold-able boxes that are usually about €8.
Penney’s have amazing stuff in now for weddings and for bridal parties so your task should be easier than mine was nearly 4 years ago when my friends started getting engaged!
Below is a photo of the hamper all made up and again you can fill it with as much as you like, they are easy to make up for whatever your budget is!
So there is it my first blog……….Thanks for reading 🙂