Gift Guide for the Foodie

Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies

Everyone has at least one foodie friend + when it’s time to gift them something sweet for the holidays, it can be a little bit (or a lotta bit) intimidating to give just the right thing! Luckily, we’ve found some extra-great finds this year, ranging from fun kitchen staples to yummy gourmet treats, that would impress even the foodiest foodie on your list! :)

1. California State Shaped Cutting Board — Perfect for your pal who lives in (or loves) Cali, or get them a custom cutting board featuring their own state or hometown!
2. Popcorn Kernel and Seasoning Sets — Who doesn’t love a popcorn-and-movie night in? Up the ante for them with the treat of organic popcorn kernels + gourmet handmade seasoning mixes.
3. Pink Smeg Toaster — Honestly the cutest toaster we’ve seen, this guy would be so cute for gifting to your foodie gal pal!
4. KitchenAid Nespresso — As stylish as it is functional, this gorgeous Nespresso + milk frother appliance is perfect for the coffee (or cappuccino, latte or macchiato) lover in your life.
5. Filomena Baking Collection — If your foodie friend has a penchant for baking, this adorable collection, featuring a muffin pan, rolling pin + whisk, would be just the thing to give.
6. Thyme To Turnip The Beet T-Shirt — This awesome (and hilarious) shirt would make a great present for your heathy foodie friend!
7. Uproot Wines + Skillet Sampler — Wine is always well received, but adding a sampler of beautifully packaged, delish spreads + sauces to the mix makes it the perfect gourmet gift.
8. Olivewood Salt Keeper — All chefs (profesh OR amateur) like to keep their kitchen organized. This pretty salt keeper is great to have within arm’s reach when cooking + looks beautiful placed right on the table at dinner parties.
9. Moscow Mule Gift Set — We’re all a little gaga over the Moscow Mule, so gifting this pretty set, which includes all the basics, to your favorite foodie or cocktail lover is probably a pretty safe bet.
10. Mason Jar Ceramic Cookie Jar — This retro-chic kitchen accent will keep baked treats fresh + ready to eat!
11. Holiday S’mores Kit — Perfect for winter-y evenings around the fire pit, your foodie friend will appreciate the updated gourmet holiday touches (peppermint marshmallows + peppermint flaked chocolate!) this kit includes.
12. Gold Flatware Set — These are on our personal wishlist this year because gold flatware is not only festive for the holidays, but perfect for special occasions all year long.
13. Napoleon’s Macarons — Customize a box of macarons for your fave foodie by selecting from amazing classic and seasonal flavors.

Not seeing the perfect gift for the foodie in your life? Check out Provisions by Food52 for lots more great foodie picks!

And see all of our handpicked GWS gift guides right here.

We have more ideas we are sharing on Pinterest, so be sure to check out our boards: Gift Guide for HerGift Guide for Him, Gift Guide for Little Ones, Foodie Gift Guide, and Gift Guide for Newlyweds. Happy Shopping!!

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Equestrian Winter Wedding Inspiration

winter inspiration

With the holidays comes festive + pretty parties, winter weddings + celebratory moods all around. And today’s gorgeous editorial, designed by Going Lovely + captured by Delbarr Moradi Photography, inspires each of those things with an elegant + magical equestrian theme. The shoot was inspired after the gorgeous BHLDN wedding invitation suite on Wedding Paper Divas. The dusty blue scroll design determined the color story + mood, and the stationery had just the right amount of whimsy + elegance for the look the team was going for. Wedding Paper Divas also offered cocktail napkins and coaster favors, which complemented the invitation suite + helped the theme perfectly carry through to each lovely vignette.

PJ from Going Lovely shares, After seeing the invitation design we knew exactly the place and dream team to bring this magical equestrian winter shoot to life. Devine Ranch (in Aptos, California), a former equestrian ranch that now operates as a wedding venue as the perfect setting. The acres of rolling hills and the gorgeous horses that grace the property served as the perfect backdrop for our winter equestrian themed shoot.

winter inspired invitation

It really is one of the prettiest invite suites we’ve seen!

boutonniere

champagne coupe

custom napkins

teardrop ring

Hana and Pine created the dreamiest florals for the shoot, and included fluffy peonies, flannel flowers + pretty cream roses into the bouquet.

winter inspired bouquet

BHLDN wedding dress

winter inspired bouquet

BHLDN wedding dress

The beautiful bride looked as elegant as ever in head-to-toe BHLDN. The Tamsin Gown, one of our faves, features an intricate embroidered bodice, with a beautiful tulle overlay on the skirt. And the jeweled Trickling Capelet and shimmery gold heels were the perfect accessories for polishing the look!

winter inspired bouquet

bridal hair piece

BHLDN wedding attire

black tux groom

boutonniere

winter inspiration

winter inspired bouquet

BHLDN capelet

winter inspiration

winter inspiration

winter inspiration

winter inspiration

PJ, on the romantic tablescape, The dining table was covered in a beige linen accented with a billowy gray table runner. We set the table with vintage china and goblets from Frances Lane, and used brass candlestick holders and a romantic and textural floral centerpiece to complete the neutral, wintery look.

Get the look of this romantic, equestrian-inspired shoot for your own wedding or winter celebration:

winter blue tablescape

blue goblets

scalloped charger

gold candlesticks

winter blue tablescape

winter blue tablescape

winter blue tablescape

gold calligraphy

winter blue tablescape

winter inspiration

winter flower wedding cake

Edith Meyer designed a lovely and simple cake that was adorned in florals, and was displayed on a vintage farm table nestled under a beautiful weeping willow tree next to the barn.

winter flower wedding cake

winter flower wedding cake

winter inspiration

winter inspiration

winter bouquet

winter inspiration

bride with horse

winter horse shoot

bride with horse

Oh and we can’t forget Norman, the horse, who was the star of the show! He wore a gorgeous green garland around his neck and made a guest appearance during the bride and groom’s sunset portraits. 

horse with wreath

winter horse inspiration

Thanks so much to the talented team of vendors below for getting us into the perfect winter-y, holiday spirit! You can see the invitation that inspired it all – and shop more gorgeous wedding paper goods – right here. And be sure to pay a visit to all the other creatives who brought this prettiness to life:

photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography // styling + design: Going Lovely // stationery: Wedding Paper Divas // dress + accessories: BHLDN // venue: Devine Ranch Aptos, California // florals: Hana and Pine // vintage lounge: Pieces by Violet // vintage table rentals: Frances Lane // cake: Edith Meyer Cakes // cake stand + cutting set: BHLDN // linens + flatware: Classic Party Rentals // calligraphy: Bright Room Studio // hair + makeup: Melissa Marie Hair // groom’s tux, shoes + accessories: The Black Tux // wardrobe styling: Adrea Cabrera

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryWedding Paper Divas is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Laid-back Yosemite Wedding: Jami + Aaron

Yosemite wedding

Jami wanted a destination wedding where friends and family could escape for a few days + enjoy quality time together. Aaron wanted a laid-back wedding day atmosphere in a place their guests would be excited to travel to. A deciding factor when picking their venue was that they liked how Yosemite was on so many of their guests’ bucket lists. So the Evergreen Lodge was the perfect place to have it all and show off one of the most beautiful parts of California to their East Coast friends!

More from J + A on their venue, We met in New York City but recently moved to San Francisco. We wanted a venue that not only would be fun, but also a location that was local enough to bring our future children to on regular occasions. We arrived at Evergreen Lodge a few days before the wedding and our guests filtered in throughout the week. It was great to walk around the lodge grounds and bump into new guests coming through every day, and to be able to spend time with them before the official ceremony. By our wedding day, we were able to just focus and enjoy the occasion. We had already said our hellos and were no longer nervous or anxious. It was all about living in the moment and being happy.

Thanks so much to Braedon Flynn for the gorgeous photos and big congrats to Jami + Aaron on a truly beautiful day!

Yosemite wooded invitation

Yosemite map

Inbal Dror wedding dress

Inbal Dror wedding dress

What a stunning Inbal Dror wedding dress!

Inbal Dror wedding dress

Yosemite first look

Yosemite first look

Yosemite wedding

Yosemite wedding

Yosemite wedding

Inbal Dror wedding dress

And Jami’s sweet baby’s breath bouquet was simple + perfect for the setting.

Yosemite wedding

Yosemite wedding

Yosemite wedding

pinecone

Yosemite wedding

Yosemite wedding

Yosemite wedding

Yosemite sure does provide a breathtaking backdrop for photos + Braedon totally nailed it with these stunning portraits of Jami + Aaron!

Yosemite wedding

Yosemite wedding

Yosemite wedding

Yosemite wooded ceremony

tree stump aisle decor

Processional: Wedding Party: Magic – Coldplay; Bride: Heartbeats – Jose Gonzalez

Recessional: Ain't No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye + Tammi Terrell

First Dance: Sweet Thing – Van Morrison

Yosemite wooded ceremony

Yosemite wooded ceremony

Yosemite wooded ceremony

Yosemite wooded ceremony

Yosemite wooded ceremony

Yosemite wooded ceremony

There were so many great moments during the weekend, but a few stand out for Jami:

1. Exchanging Vows. I thought I was going to be so nervous and emotional, I wondered if I was going to regret saying our own written vows. But walking down that aisle with my father, I came into this moment of clarity and I was totally focused. I was actually hardly emotional. I was so present, confident and happy.

2. My father's speech. My dad is a retired professor so I knew his speech was going to be good. But I was simply not prepared for how much it moved me. He was touching, and even ended up breaking into the chorus of “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof. Also, like the teacher he is, the speech had a strong lesson that was relatable to everyone as he talked about how time flies and each moment should be cherished. It was awesome.

3. Our "Friends" Party. We both agreed that some of our favorite wedding memories happened when the friends of the couple were partying without older guests around. In order to maximize those times, as well as convince our friends to come out earlier, we threw a "friends" party for just our friends, no parents allowed, the night before. We kept it simple, renting a small room at the lodge, ordering in pizza, and making a run to a local grocery store to stock up on beer pong supplies. It was great start to our weekend, connecting with our friends in a very relaxing environment. Afterwards, we headed to the Lodge's Tavern where they were throwing a Prom Party as a commemorative salute to the anniversary of the 2013 Yosemite Rim Fire that nearly demolished the lodge. They had a DJ and we just made our own dance party. At the end of the night, we were named Prom King and Prom Queen (our friends might have stuffed the ballot box!).

Yosemite wooded ceremony

Yosemite wooded ceremony

wedding party

flowers in hair

Jim Hjelm bridesmaid dresses

ring bearer and flower girl

^^ Um, does it get any cuter?! ^^

groomsmen

Yosemite

campfire

Getting married in a wooded setting definitely has its benefits, and a cozy fire pit lounge is for sure one of the reasons it’s so great! This is our idea of perfection.

Yosemite reception

bud vases

woodland centerpieces

fauna cake topper

ruby engagement ring

wood slice cupcake stand

fur chair seating

See more of J + A’s beautiful day in the film below by Midview Studios:

An often-overlooked aspect of a wedding that we thought worked very well for us was thinking about, and being creative with, how guests are involved with the wedding celebration. It was important to us that our guests felt very included as they had been such an important part of our lives and we wanted to give back and celebrate. We did a lot of things that made it personal for the guests and made sure they enjoyed the weekend as much as possible. We created pre-welcome packets and welcome packets that went over ideas of what to do over the weekend, how to navigate the park, and who was who. We set up games at the Lodge where guests could compete and meet. We made necklaces with everyone's name and colors that represented if they were on the Bride or Groom side and what group they were in, so it was easy for guests to connect and feel like they knew everyone there. And we had many guests speak at different times throughout the weekend, including introducing the other guests. It was hard work, but we felt it made a big difference in the weekend’s atmosphere. Guests kept coming up to us and commenting on how much fun everyone and everything was. We think a large part of that was because they felt comfortable and included.

photography: Braedon Flynn // venue + catering: Evergreen Lodge Yosemite, California // event planning: Tara at Evergreen Lodge // florals + hairpieces: Natalie Galasso Designs // wedding dress: Inbal Dror // hair + makeup: Shanna Campbell Hairstyling // shoes: French Connection // bridesmaid dresses: Jim Hjelm // groom’s suit: Hickey Freeman // groom’s tie: David Donahue // videography: Midview Studios // paper goods: George Matthaei // dessert: Mission Cupcakes // music: DJ Cams

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