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“Perfect Pairs”: A bridal shower gift basket


As you may already know, our good friends Nathan and Ashley are getting hitched! And, with the wedding coming up in May, it was time to celebrate the bride with a special shower just for her. So us women folk gathered this past weekend to do just that, with tasty finger foods, a delicious cake and lovely floral arrangements put together by the enormously talented mother of the bride.

Mady, Ashley’s sister, was the mastermind behind the entire event and she nailed it. I wish I had more photos to share with you, but imagine handmade bunting with the letters for “Miss to Mrs” handpainted on each flag, rustic burlap table runners and springtime raffia with yellow blooms wrapped around the cake. It was perfection and felt SO “Ashley.”

But of course no bridal shower is complete without the gifts and, as I’m sure you could guess, I felt the need to get creative with mine. I really wanted to put together something unique for Ashley and eventually (after a night of tossing and turning to brainstorm) I finally came up with the idea of “Perfect Pairs,” inspired by the most perfect pair of all – Ashley and Nathan!!



The idea was to pick up useful things for the home that naturally went together – Things like a fork and spoon (a salad fork and spoon set), pen and paper (nice pens and a package of note cards) and a chip and dip (I don’t think that one needs explaining!). In order to bring the point home, I put together little tags in InDesign and Photoshop using colors to match the overall theme of the gifts – blue and green. Once printed and cut out, I was able to attach each to their respective pair using Scotch tape.







As for the wrapping, I decided to skip a paper gift bag and went with a utilitarian rubber bucket instead. It actually cost about the same as a large gift bag, but will last through whatever project Ashley puts it to.


The final step was adding one last paper cut out to the front of the bucket that simply read “Perfect Pairs inspired by Ashley & Nathan.” I think Ashley got a kick out of the gift and I hope she and her hubby-to-be enjoy all of their new housewares! We had a blast watching her eyes light up as she unwrapped things like her gorgeous new dishes, Anthropology kitchen utensils, teal Keurig, serving ware and even a stunning gold Kate Spade bracelet. Bridal showers are so much fun…And Ashley deserves every bit of love!





If you want to try this gift idea for your OWN special bride, grab a free printable of the “Perfect Pair” tags by clicking the links below and printing the PDF files on thick cardstock paper. After getting several requests for extra pairs via email, I’ve updated the files with new tags, which you’ll see when you open the PDFs below. If you would like the front tag, email me at DreamGreenDIY@gmail.com so that I can customize the names for you.

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Unfortunately, due to popular demand, I’m not able to customize colors or fonts unless you’re willing to pay a small design fee. But certainly let me know if you need the extra customization and I can send you an invoice. Thanks for the resounding support!!

P.S. Before I leave you for the weekend, it’s time for a quick “Friday Feature Round Up” – If you happened to miss any of the things I put together for The Glitter Guide or GalTime (my newest freelance contributor gig!) click on through – I made a DIY Gold Sequin Hair Bow (that my tom boy sister pricelessly modeled for me), chatted about incorporating florals into the home for the new season, and gathered my favorite Easter Egg Projects to try out this holiday weekend. Enjoy!

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  • March 29, 2013 - 10:44 am

    mybrightlife - Such a lovely idea! Bet it went down a treat! Clever you…ReplyCancel

  • March 29, 2013 - 11:13 am

    Stacey Beth (@likes2smileblog) - Wow!! This is just super brilliant!! So clever and so smart. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • July 29, 2013 - 9:10 pm

    Emily Payne - I want these printables please!ReplyCancel

    • July 29, 2013 - 9:12 pm

      dreamgreendiy@gmail.com - You should be able to open and print the documents right from this post! :) If not though, email me and I’ll send them to you.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    Traci Buckley - Please email me the printable tags! I have a bridal shower in a few days and I can’t wait to see the faces when she opens this! Especially since I am not very crafty myself.ReplyCancel

    • July 31, 2013 - 6:35 pm

      dreamgreendiy@gmail.com - Just sent them your way!! Enjoy =)ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    Kim Wargo - Can you please send me the front tag to kwargo@ashland.edu? The bride and groom are Heather and Brian. I would appreciate so much if you can do this! The colors you have would work perfectly!ReplyCancel

    • August 20, 2013 - 5:48 pm

      dreamgreendiy@gmail.com - Email sent =) Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2013 - 5:44 pm

    Stephanie - Hi! Would you please email me the front tag as well!!? The bride and groom are Annalisa and Marco. Also wondering – do you have a tag for “Pair of Wine Glasses?” Great idea, thanks so much for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    Ashley - Hey there! Love this idea! I was wondering if you would also be able to send me the front tag? The font and colors work perfectly for this couple. The couples names are Stacey and Rosaire.


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    • October 5, 2013 - 8:31 am

      dreamgreendiy@gmail.com - You’re welcome!! :)ReplyCancel

  • November 8, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    Mary Sue Harber - Please send me the front tag with the names Kelly and Adam. Thanks! Cute idea!ReplyCancel

  • November 8, 2013 - 7:58 pm

    Mary Sue Harber - I need that tag for tomorrow. Please!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • November 10, 2013 - 9:27 pm

      Carrie - I’m sorry! I’ve been on vacation. Sending the tags now in case you can use them later!ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2013 - 11:43 am

    Mary Costello - Could you do the front tag with the names Katie and Tyler? Your idea is the best one I’ve ever seen for a bridal shower. Meaningful and clever…..ReplyCancel

    • November 17, 2013 - 11:45 am

      Carrie - Thanks Mary!! I’ll get that to you ASAP!ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2014 - 9:10 am

    ELAINE - such a neat idea, could you send me a tag for Chips and Salsa, and also the front tag Ashley and Michael. Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • January 10, 2014 - 9:50 am

      Carrie - Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2014 - 11:18 am

    Brandi Andrews - LOVE This! Could you possible send me the front tag with the names Susan and Michael?ReplyCancel

    • January 13, 2014 - 7:55 am

      Carrie - Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • March 21, 2014 - 8:35 am

    Amanda - Please email the front tag names are Steff and dj! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • March 21, 2014 - 8:51 am

      Carrie - Could you please email me directly so that I can track the order? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • March 21, 2014 - 8:51 am

    Gail - So creative! Could you send me a front tag for Kaitlin and Dane? I would be so appreciative!!! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • March 21, 2014 - 8:52 am

      Carrie - Sure! Could you please email me directly to process this? Dreamgreendiy {at} gmail {dot} com. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • March 29, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    lorraine mulhall - love itReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    Lindsey Woodford - Would you be able to send me the front tag with the names Cory and Ali? Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Laura - Could you please send me the front tag? My email is lauraleighroberts57@gmail.com
    Thanks! :)ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2014 - 1:08 am

    Taleesha Gheewala - Hello! Please would you be able to send me the front tag with the names Keshav and Anishka? I would be very grateful! The Bridal shower is this weekend and unfortunatley I’ve left it a bit last minute! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    Karol - Can you please do name in: Kara & Matthew
    I love this idea! So cute….ReplyCancel

  • July 26, 2014 - 5:46 am

    Rowan - Truly stunning and geneis idea please email me the tags would love to do this for my cousin next weekend super cute thank you!ReplyCancel

  • August 1, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Cheryl McWilliams - Please email front tag with names Corey & BetsyReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Amanda - Can I please get the front tag with the names Chrissy and jimmyReplyCancel

  • September 25, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    virginia irvine - Love this idea and am using it this weekend for a couples shower! Thought of another item to appeal to the groom-hammer and nails! could you please send me the front tag with Alex and Kristin! ThanksReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    Shana Walton - Hi! Love this idea! Could I please get the names Trent and Justyne?ReplyCancel

  • November 12, 2014 - 1:25 am

    Angela Rogers - I would love to have you email template with Lauren and Dwayne as names .ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    Rita Lucero - Such a cute idea. Could you please email the front tag with the names Ed and Evelina? Thank youReplyCancel

    • December 12, 2014 - 8:57 am

      Carrie - Please email your request to dreamgreendiy (at) gmail (dot) com.ReplyCancel

  • January 16, 2015 - 2:19 pm

    Rachelle - I love this idea! I’m going to use this for a couple of my friends that are having a housewarming party. They’ll love it just as much as I do!! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • January 17, 2015 - 10:54 am

      Carrie - So fun! Thanks Rachelle!ReplyCancel

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  • January 24, 2015 - 11:08 am

    Laurel Clark - I love your perfect pairs idea. Can you please send me the front tag with the names Kelly and Steve? Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • February 6, 2015 - 1:46 pm

    Jennifer - Can you please send the front template saying Ashley and Nathan? I didn’t see a place to print it.
    Thank you
    Jennifer BrownReplyCancel

  • February 25, 2015 - 3:20 pm

    Michell Cox - I would like for you to do a customization for me. I would like everything the same, font, color, etc., except for the names…
    I would like for them to say Erin and David. Is there anyway you could do this for me? If so, could you send me an invoice? The shower is Saturday morning.

    • February 26, 2015 - 9:08 am

      Carrie - Sorry! I don’t offer customizations beyond the specific names due to the high volume of requests I get.ReplyCancel

      • February 26, 2015 - 1:50 pm

        Michell - That is all I want, the names. Erin and DavidReplyCancel

        • February 26, 2015 - 1:52 pm

          Carrie - I’ve emailed the tag to you. I can’t customize fonts or colors. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 1:59 pm

    Michell Cox - Got it!! Thank you soooo much!!ReplyCancel

    • February 26, 2015 - 2:00 pm

      Carrie - You’re very welcome!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2015 - 12:51 pm

    Logan Klein - Is there any way I can get this customized to say Lauren & Josh?

    Such an adorable idea!!!
    Thank you,

  • March 5, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    Debbie - Dear Carrie….

    Could you please do a few more tags for me? I need them for Saturday, March 7, 2015. I would need Ketchup & Mustard, Hammer & Nails, and Apron & Cookbook. I would also need a front tag to say …Perfect pairs inspired by Justin and Amy. If there is a fee, please let me know.

    My email is dawalker@ptd.net. Thank you! I hope you can do this…it is such a good idea!!


  • March 6, 2015 - 11:36 pm

    Lauren - Hi Carrie,
    This is such a great gift. Could I get a customized front tag with the names Heather and Granger. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2015 - 8:29 pm

    Carly - This is absolutely adorable!! Took the tags and made the rest my own! Turn out awesome! Ordered a personalized cutting board with the bride and grooms names, and got a chip and dip set off their registry and did their theme (twine, lace, and burlap) . So cute !! Thanks for the idea and the printable tags !! IMG_3691.JPGReplyCancel

    • March 15, 2015 - 8:17 pm

      Carrie - You’re welcome! So glad you enjoyed the idea!!ReplyCancel

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