Category Archives: DIY

Eastern Shore Welcome Gifts 3 Ways

St. Michaels Maryland Wedding Planner & Designer

DIY, featured, Studio, Styled Shoots

We love a perfectly coordinated welcome bag! It sets the tone for the entire wedding weekend and is a fun treat for guests upon arrival. But we know it can be a headache for a lot of couples—one more detail to think through after already making so many logistical and décor decisions. Fortunately, we’re here to help! We’ve crafted three wedding gifts perfect for an Eastern Shore wedding (as featured on My Eastern Shore Wedding). Whether you want to keep it simple with snacks, crab mallets and Rise Up Coffee in a cute canvas bag, or up your game with champagne, custom oyster knives and fresh blueberries in a wire basket that gives off all the water vibes—we’ve got you covered! Happy gifting! 


Photography: Renee Hollingshead Photography
Planning, Design & Styling: Kari Rider Events
Canvas Bag: My Eastern Shore Wedding
Custom Crab Mallets, Oyster Knives & Cocktail Muddlers: Brine Hound via Bay Imprint
Tags: Surcee Calligraphy
Sweets: Steve Konopelski, Patissier
Coffee: Rise Up Coffee
Rum: Lyon Distilling
Candle & Matches: Dwelling & Design


How to Create the Perfect Fall Cider Bar

Eastern Shore of Maryland Event Planner & Designer

DIY, Entertaining, featured, Studio, Styled Shoots

New season, new cocktail ideas! And this adorable Cider Bar recently featured on Style Me Pretty Living is perfect for fall entertaining. All you need is your favorite apple cider (served hot or cold), a sampling of dark liquors (we chose bourbon and rum), and lots of tasty garnishes—think honey, cinnamon sticks, apples and citrus. We even included some bottled hard cider selections for the less adventurous guest. Put it all together and you’ve got a display as adorable as it is delicious. We’re obsessed!


Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty
Design & Styling: Kari Rider Events
Florals: Crimson & Clover Floral Design
Calligraphy: Surcee Calligraphy
Spirits & Cider: Hair O’ The Dog


Kraft Paper Holiday Wrapping

Eastern Shore Maryland Event Planner & Designer

DIY, Studio, Styled Shoots

When you’re in the industry of making things pretty, the holidays can get out of control! Not only are you expected to buy the perfect gift, but you’re then expected to wow with its presentation. Honestly, who has time for that?! We’ve done it the hard way: up until 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve meticulously crafting bows and attaching handmade tags. (A bottle of wine later, it may or may not have looked like a child wrapped the last of the gifts!) But we’re ready to wrap smarter this year! Enter kraft paper. Versatile, affordable and available at most craft stores, kraft paper is a blank canvas for creativity. Letter it, stamp it, dress it with ribbon—the possibilities are endless. The best part? A little bit of decoration goes a long way. We recommend dressing up the smallest in your set of gifts and placing it atop larger plain-wrapped gifts. You’ll get the wow factor you want in a fraction of the time it would have taken you otherwise. So join us in wrapping smarter this year with these three tips for wrapping with kraft paper!


Letter It

Personal and delicate, hand lettering a holiday phrase like “Merry & Bright” on kraft paper is sure to impress. If you don’t have the hand for it, ask a friend or contact a local calligrapher like we did with Eunice of Surcee Calligraphy. Eunice recommends laying the kraft paper out flat and lettering on it prior to wrapping the gift to ensure consistency.


Stamp It

Gold or black ink show up well on kraft paper; white can be pretty temperamental. But if your heart is set on white, don’t shy away. We used the tip of an eraser to create the polka dot pattern on this package. The white ink was showing up too faint, so we traced over those dots with a chalk marker to help them stand out more.


Dress It

We love mixing different textures of ribbon to dress up kraft paper. Don’t be afraid to take an unstructured approach like we did here for a fun nontraditional look.

Photography: Karena Dixon
Styling: Kari Rider Events
Kraft Paper Calligraphy: Surcee Calligraphy
Calligraphy Gift Tags: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Tree Gift Tag: Cara Smith Designs
Ribbon: Sugar Paper LA, Paper Source