Not long after I graduated from the University of Delaware, I got a job with a firm that provided public relations services and event planning. I traveled all over the country helping plan splashy parties — from enormous museum galas, to exciting Casino nights, to exclusive, private soirees.
I learned a lot about special events — most importantly, how to get the biggest bang for your buck. Our budgets were often large, but our clients’ expectations were even larger!
So, I learned the tricks of the trade in order to get the “wow factor” while staying within budget. For example, when I needed a parade-worthy Chinese Dragon, I rented one from the Chinese American Community Center. Ditto with real Philadelphia Mummer’s costumes. I even learned to make one heck of a twisted balloon arch (a skill I have used many times since for my own family events!).
As a former event planner, I have a lot to live up to whenever I host a party. And, my family and friends have learned to expect the unexpected when I decide to throw a bash. Nowhere is this more important than in the creation of over-the-top swag bags, or (as I like to say) “parting gifts.” For kids’ birthday parties, bridal or baby showers, Christmas parties, or corporate events, that little gift can make all the difference between a good event and a truly memorable one.
Because I am always looking for something new, I was thrilled when I learned about Cute Little Boxes™! Cute Little Boxes is a brand new (and very welcome) solution to gifting. Don’t settle for a plain store-bought giftbag when you can customize your own gift box and personalize it with special names, important dates — even your own photographs!
Cute Little Boxes has gorgeous options for Halloween, Christmas, Anniversaries, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Baby Showers, Weddings, Thank Yous and so much more. Or, create a completely custom box just for your event. When the boxes are grouped together, they even do double-duty as themed centerpieces!
Plus, Cute Little Boxes make lovely mementos of a wonderful event, especially if you use your own photography. After the party, guests can use them to stash necessities (hair bows and ribbons, receipts to be filed, and more). I have one on my desk from a recent family reunion. It features baby photos of every member of the extended family and it never fails to bring a smile to my face.
I admit, my concern when I learned about Cute Little Boxes was timing. (I have monogrammed uniform shirts that I ordered for school in July that I am still waiting for!) So, I was happy to find out that I didn’t need to plan months in advance to order Cute Little Boxes. These one-of-a-kind boxes are shipped within one week. Even if you’re a last-minute planner, you can still have a customized box that looks amazing.
And, best of all, Cute Little Boxes are so affordable! For example:
Small Box (Great for children or unique party favors. Fits about 10 peppermints.)
Length (3 3/8″) Width (1 1/2″) Height (2″)
Medium Box (Perfect as a centerpiece. Fits about 30 chocolate miniatures.)
Length (4 5/8″) Width (2″) Height (2 3/4″)
Tall Box (Not available in all themes. Fits about 6 candy suckers.)
Length (2 3/4″) Width (2 3/4″) Height (5 1/8″)
Large Box (the ultimate care packages. Fits about 8 large cookies.)
Length (6 1/2″) Width (2 7/8″) Height (3 3/4″)
*For just $0.10 per box, your boxes can be personalized with any text.
**Shipping is a flat $3.99 on all orders under $15. Orders $15 or more receive free shipping!
To learn more about Cute Little Boxes and to see the many style options, color choices, and patterns available, simply visit Cute Little Boxes.
Cute Little Boxes has generously sponsored a giveaway of 50 boxes of your choice (size, pattern, customization) for your next special event. A $117 retail value!
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Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!, Success Won’t Wait! and Have the Best Christmas EVER!