Fab Find! Le Palais Des Thes Tea Sets, Canisters and Candles

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When I received this Palais Des Thes candle as part of my Bridal Guide 50 best bridal party gifts, it was love. Such a sweet and wonderful scent even without unwrapping the package, yet not overpowering. I consider it an upscale candle, perfect for giving to your mom, mom-in-law, your wedding coordinator, floral designer, as well as your bridesmaids and maid of honor for their thank-you gifts. And they’ll thank you. Here’s a little bit about my new favorite candle of all time:

The fragrance of the Fleur de Geisha tea-scented candle evokes the fragility of the first flowers of the season and the pearlescent sweetness of rice powder. As the candle burns, its perfume rises – airy, celestial and virginal. A veritable celebration of purity.

Made to the highest standards, this candle will delicately scent your home for about fifty hours.

$49

http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/the-fleur-de-geisha-scented-candle.html

palais des thesteaboxHere’s another fab find for the Moms: I always love to have a great tea caddy or box on hand for when guests are over, and since moms might host an engagement party or the rehearsal dinner, or just have relatives over to the house after the wedding, this gift gives them a fantastic way to offer their guests a wonderful cup of tea. Here’s a little about this gift:

Le Palais des Thés has hand-picked nine green teas from its selection of grands crus and perfumed creations for this beautiful box-set of fifty-four muslin tea bags.

Each tea bag comes in an individual stay-fresh sachet, ensuring optimal conservation and preserving the freshness of the tea once opened. The aromatic richness of whole tea leaves thus remains intact. When infused in 150ml of simmering water, the tea bags recreate the unique taste of each fine and flavoured tea.
Our muslin tea bags are manufactured with meticulous care: whole tea leaves are enclosed in large cotton muslin squares, giving them room to unfurl and release their full flavour.

The box-set contains 54 muslin tea bags, i.e. 6 of each of the following 9 varieties: Thé du Hammam, Thé des Moines, Fleur de Geisha, Sencha Ariake, Tamaryokucha Impérial, Long Jing, Grand Jasmin Chun Feng, Thé des Sources and Thé des Alizés.
Each tea bag contains approximately 2g of tea.

$49

http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/green-teas-selection-box-tea-bags.html#

palais des thescanister1palais des thescanister2If you’re on a budget, check out the lovely tea canisters — there are lots of them on the site, in pretty colors and designs. This description is for the green bambo0 one shown above:

TAKEKURABE WASHI BOX “COMPETITION OF GROWING BAMBOO”
Washi tea caddy decorated with dancing bamboo shoots symbolizing fertility.

Washi paper, made from the fibres of the paper mulberry plant, is traditionally used in Japan to cover tea canisters. With their gold and pearly details, the papers are decorated with patterns often found on kimonos and Japanese textiles. Le Palais des Thés has discovered a series of wonderfully fresh prints for its new collection: dragonfly in the afterglow, white plum flower, competition of growing bamboo… a range of patterns that pay tribute to nature.

Each box has a double lid for perfect storage.

$16

http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/tea-gifts/tea-tins-canisters.html

So, Le Palais Des Thes becomes my very first triple-pick of Fab Finds! Check them out if you’re a tea person, and you can’t go wrong giving these tea-themed gifts out to the moms, your bridesmaids and your favorite wedding vendors.

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Guest Blog Post: Rogue Bride’s Brilliant DIY Wedding Gift

I love it when my book inspires fabulous DIY wedding projects that absolutely made the party! Recently, I heard from Rogue Bride — a sensational blogger you have to check out! — about the ultra-creative, dazzling DIY gift she gave to one of her closest friends.

In fact, I loved her note and her review so much, I invited her to contribute a guest blog all about her easy, budget-smart project. Here she is…Rogue Bride:

Wedding Guest on a Budget: The Perfect Bridal Shower Gift

Once you reach a certain age, it’s like someone throws a switch and suddenly everyone you know is getting married. That gets expensive, especially since I’m one of them – yes, I’m getting married too. So when my friend CJ invited me to her bridal shower, I had mixed emotions. I was incredibly happy for her and honored to be there, but I also had a knot in my stomach for how to afford even a single piece of china on her wedding registry.

But, in preparation for my own wedding, I picked up Bridesmaid on a Budget, hoping to save my own strapped-for-cash bridesmaids some hard-earned cash, and I found something else too – the best roundup of inexpensive and thoughtful gift ideas I’ve seen in one place. Under the title “Dazzling DIY Gifts” I found this idea:

  • Personalize table place mats, including iron-on kits to allow you to decorate linen placemats with your choice of images or words.

That idea percolated in my mind along with everything I know about CJ. She’s a professional artist, extremely creative, loves damask, black, and sparkles – and she loves Ayn Rand. If you’re not familiar with Ayn Rand (I sure wasn’t), she wrote The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, neither of which can be explained in a single sentence. In fact, if I try, I would probably upset a number of fans.

I was going for a multi-textured look, so I began with:

Materials

4 Plain linen placemats from Target

1 Large Damask stencil

Black paint

Sparkly gold paint

Black iron-on rhinestones

2 Iron-on black flower appliques

1 Pack of “Transfer-mations” printable fabric transfers (with really confusing directions)

For the quotes, I used:

A type-writer font and a decorative corners font, downloaded free from DaFont.com

Photoshop

My fiancé’s printer & troubleshooting skills

Not having read Atlas Shrugged myself, I found my quotes online – which would have worked great if the person who had posted them online knew how to spell. I caught most of the errors, but only found the last one the morning of the bridal shower, and by then it was too late. Always proof-read!

Directions

  1. The most time went into designing the quotes on Photoshop. I used three fonts from DaFont to achieve the look: One for the words; one for the ink splatters; and one for the swirly corners. Then I fought with Photoshop for 30 minutes to get them looking right.
  2. Then my fiancé and I had to figure out which side of the printable transfer paper was up. This took a long time, because the directions on the package were terrible. We printed – took several minutes just to figure out how to peel off the back of the very solid printable transfer paper, cut the paper, and ironed the quotes in place. This particular brand of transfer paper transfers the entire white sheet, which for worked for the look I was going for, but wasn’t exactly expected…
  3. I ironed on the two flowers on two of the four placemats. They would have looked great on all four, but I thought having slightly mismatched mats looked kinda cool.
  4. I broke out the paint, sponges and stencil. I discovered that mixing the sparkle paint with the black paint, then highlighting areas with more sparkle paint worked best.
  5. I ironed on black shiny gemstones for added texture and glitz (I know my girl CJ, and she loves bling).

Now for the true confession – I didn’t leave myself a lot of time to do this project. In fact, I made these four placemats in the 2 ½ hours before I had to leave for the bridal shower! The paint was essentially drying on the car ride.

I do not advocate trying a first-time craft, as a gift, in a time crunch.

But, I love how these turned out, and more importantly, CJ and her fiancé loved them. They were really touched that I created something so specific and personal to them. I even managed to include one of their favorite Ayn Rand ideas.

A look at one of the quotes:

Courtesy of Rogue Bride

One of Rogue Bride’s fabulous finished DIY gifts:

The real trick to pulling off this project is knowing the taste of the recipient. If I were making these placemats for myself, I’d have Samuel Johnson quotes, lines from Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, or Anita Loos. Can you imagine Shell Silverstein? Or – quotes from the readings at a couple’s wedding ceremony?

If you’re going to a wedding, or are in your mid-twenties and have several weddings lined up as if someone turned on the “Married” switch, Bridesmaid on a Budget is a great investment.

~ Rogue Bride

Rogue Bride is an anonymously written blog devoted to the bride’s resilience in the face of misbehaving guests and her ultimate triumph over low budgets and media expectations. Rogue Bride is also the co-host of The Bridal Kool-Aid Cocktail Hour podcast on iTunes where she talks about Real Brides, Real Stories, Real Prices.

And here’s my book that inspired her: