You + ME*: Philanthropic favors

We don’t know about you, but for us, the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan has re-sparked our philanthropic drive. Hearing about the amazing acts of humanity, empathy, and incredible selflessness that are happening there every day reminds us that even small actions, when pooled with the actions of others, can have huge positive impacts on the world around us. This month, we’re making one of those small actions a little easier for you. You might consider a philanthropic donation to one of the organizations that provide relief worldwide in lieu of favors for your wedding. To announce to your guests that you are forgoing favors, you can print out a simple card that explains your donation and either set one at each place, or set a bunch on a table with a pretty floral arrangement for guests to pick up on their way out. We’ve put together a card for donations to the American Red cross, but there are tons of non-profits doing amazing work out there. Some organizations to consider are The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Shelterbox, UNICEF, CARE and Save the Children. Or, if you and your fiance have a cause about which you are passionate, consider donating to a charity that works with your cause. Happy giving! – Miya + Elisabeth

[images from You + ME* Lifestylists]

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Numbered napkin rings

Since I featured some great table number ideas this week, I could also see these gorgeous porcelain napkin rings used as favors/table numbers…you can even customize them with initials or dates.

[images from Brooklyn Rehab]

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Cookieboy

Egads!  I can’t get over how cute these cookies are!  All would make adorable favors for your wedding.  [via Swissmiss]

[images from Cookieboy]

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Studio tour: Gumdrop Cookie Shop

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Name: Thea Zagata
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Company: Gumdrop Cookie Shop

What is your aesthetic? I love COLOR – and lots of it.  While my studio is more functional than decorative, the color is evident in all of the cookies that line my baking racks every day.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I keep the area very organized and CLEAN (we’re talking about cookies here!).  I wear so many different hats with my business that I need to have everything exactly where I need it when I need it.

Favorite part of your studio? My desk!  I bought it on Craigslist and replaced the knobs with these little gems that I picked up at Anthropologie.

Where do you go for inspiration? Blogs, home décor magazines, and my husband (for a guy who sells computer software, he actually has some good ideas)

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Hmm.  There are three things.

1.       My special ink tanks that are filled with edible ink (food coloring).  Without the tanks, I wouldn’t be able to print all of the beautiful designs.

2.       The talented graphic designers that I work with to create the cookie designs

3.       My baker!

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I’ve wanted to include a blog on my web site for a long time and I finally added it last week.

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[images from Gumdrop Cookie Shop]

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i heart brooklyn vendors: nunu chocolates

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nunu chocolates is a Brooklyn vendor I’ve only recently discovered, but I’m lucky enough to have them right down the street for quick chocolate fix!  The salted caramels are my favorite, but there are lots of other options, and are perfection for wedding favors or OOT gifts.

[images from nunu chocolates]

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