Last Friday, my youngest daughter was 18! Such a shock and surprise even though I should have been ready for it! We haven’t celebrated properly yet as she was off on a school trip to Venice for her Art A Level leaving at 4am. (Why do all school trips leave at such awful times?) However, I wanted to pop some treats in her hand luggage so she knew we were thinking about her. They had to be small and easy to pack but still feel special. I also popped her card in which was a mini scrapbook – hopefully I can share that later but didn’t take photos at the time!
The starting point was her favourite chocolates. She loves Nutella so is a fan of Ferrero Rocher which luckily come in packs of three. Then I spotted a small box of Guylian sea shells which come very high up in her list and the final one was a real coup. Emily is hoping to go to UEA next year and recently went on an applicant day where they enjoyed a seminar. It was highly interactive and she had to design a wrapper for a chocolate company called Gnaw. Amazingly I spotted a small bar of Gnaw and felt very pleased with myself! Here are the raw materials before decoration.
Although they needed to look gorgeous and inviting they didn’t need to be a work of art! Quick and simple is often the way to go. The Broadway Bound patterned paper jumped out at me as the perfect solution. For each of the chocolates I chose a different paper and simply wrapped it around the gift sealing it with some Tear & Tape.
The tags were also quick and easy but hopefully gorgeous! The Happy Birthday is stamped in Memento ink and from the Perennial Birthday stamp set – a real go to for all birthdays! Apart from that I used some gold foil and the circle dies. The stitched hearts are from the Stitched Label Framelits – another essential die set. The beautiful 18 is fussy cut from a scrap of the patterned paper.
She comes home tonight so we get to celebrate properly. Can’t wait!