Thursday, October 20

wedding gifts: a personal touch

Two of my dear friends are getting or already got married this month. One was last weekend and the other is this coming weekend. I bought them each gifts off of their registries, but decided to get a little creative with part of their presents.

When Ty and I first got married I had no clue what I was going to make for dinner every night. I would spend hours surfing through allrecipes.com. I eventually built up a binder of tried and true recipes mostly found on websites. Now, I have my favorite recipe blogs to supply me with new, scrumptious recipes. I got married right after college graduation, so cooking every night was new to me. (I lived in a sorority house for two years with a cook and only one semester on my own in an apt.)

I thought I would pass something similar onto my friends, Joy and Kelsey. I took a white binder and made inserts for the cover, sides, and back with their new monograms. I printed all my favorite recipes and put them in sleeves to protect them while cooking. I also wrote a few notes on some of the recipes and included a letter to each friend at the front of the binder. I hope this is something that they can get good use out of and add new recipes to it as well.







I forgot to take a picture of Kelsey's before I gave it to her, but this is what her front cover looked like:
kelsey-binder

I have already had one friend tell me that she wants one of these for her wedding. ha. I hope that these binders help them create lots of happy memories in the kitchen.

21 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea! I think I might have to steal it! :)

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  2. Love, love, love! Truly the best gift. Where do you make up the covers for the binders? So cute!

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  3. This is such a great idea! I wish someone would do this for me when I get married next year!

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  4. That is such a heartfelt and wonderful gift!

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  5. That is a great gift idea that has sentimental value, too! Love it!

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  6. This is such a great idea! I have my own binder that I made, but have never thought of giving it to someone as a gift!

    Where did you make the covers for the notebooks?

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  7. fabulous idea. love the personal touch, and one of the most useful wedding presents they'll probably receive!

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  8. that is the best idea!!!! i would have loved to get one of these.

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  9. That's awesome! I love giving/getting gifts with thought...

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  10. What a sweet idea! I want one!

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  11. Such a thoughtful gift!! My grandmother filled a binder of her favorite breakfast lunch dinner and dessert recipes for my bridal shower!

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  12. This is such a great idea! Pinning it! :)

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  13. Great Idea!! I think I'll start doing this!

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  14. That is such a wonderful idea! I would have loved something like that. :)

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  15. What a thoughtful gift! I'm sure they'll have those in their kitchens for many, many years. Love it!

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  16. This is such a good idea. We got one from our in-laws full of family recipes and fun stories that went along with them as a wedding gift, ans I love it!

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  17. Cute idea! I am sure the loved/will love it.

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  18. Love this idea!! Did you use some printables or make everything your self?? I'm super impressed either way!

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  19. that is a great idea! I am just now working on a binder of recipes for me, and i've been married 7 years! yours is way cute though! i keep wanting to do "best" recipe swap, where everyone posts their two top tried and true recipes. think anyone would want to do it?

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  20. I always market everyone.. but you should check out our personal binder at coverbind.com - i think you would love it!!!

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