Bridesmaid Gifts

A month or so ago I stocked up on canned pumpkin, figuring it would last me through the end of the year. Well, it’s almost December and today I cracked open my last can. Looks like it might be time to re-stock!

Today I incorporated two large scoops of the fibrous orange squash into a big bowl of hot cereal.

Pumpkin Hot Cereal

After adding several dashes of pumpkin pie spice on top, I swirled the pumpkin into the cereal until it was fully combined.

Pumpkin + Pumpkin Pie Spice = Match Made in Heaven


Eat Up!

This breakfast totally hit the spot after a chilly walk with Ryan and Sadie.

Ryan’s work has been seriously demanding lately, requiring him to stay until close to 8 p.m. most nights. Unfortunately he’s been missing our usual evening walks with Sadie, so it was extra special to have our little family walk together this morning. I’m crossing my fingers that he’ll get off a little earlier today because we have plans to enjoy a Thanksgiving potluck feast at our gym tonight!

We took Sadie on her morning walk after completing our separate workouts. My hamstrings are feeling pretty sore today from yesterday’s BodyPump class, so I took it pretty easy on my legs and completed a cardio workout that consisted of 40 easy minutes on the elliptical, followed by 10 minutes of various exercises including jumping jacks, lunges, mountain climbers and crunches.

It feels so good to be back in the gym! 😀

Bridesmaid Gifts

The other day I had a request for details about the gifts I gave to my bridesmaids. I had such a great time brainstorming gift ideas for my girlfriends to thank them for their involvement in our big day.

When it came to finding gifts for my bridesmaids, I had several different ideas. I didn’t want to do something overdone and really wanted their gifts to be personal, thoughtful and usable.

I ended up getting my bridesmaids a three part gift.

In college, my roommate Laurel (who was also one of my bridesmaids) and I would always get ready in our spa wraps.

We loved them because they allowed us to do our hair and makeup without getting fully dressed and prevented us from getting anything on our clothes.

I figured a plush, pink spa wrap would be a great gift for my bridesmaids. After purchasing hot pink wraps, I got each one embroidered with my bridesmaids names on the corner of the wrap in white cursive. le coq au vin & bridesmaid gifts 007I then turned to Etsy to find a necklace for everyone. I didn’t want to get them jewelry to wear on the actual wedding day because I wanted them to wear earrings of their choice, and a necklace would’ve looked cluttered with the one-shoulder dress they were wearing.

I still wanted to give them all a cute necklace and opted for a simple gold wishbone necklace made by FreshyFig since they were all instrumental in making all of my wedding wishes come true.

Gold Wishbone Necklace

le coq au vin & bridesmaid gifts 006I bought one of the wishbone necklaces for myself as well and wear it all the time.

It makes me smile to think that maybe one of my bridesmaids are wearing it on the same day as well. 😀 Cheesy, I know, but you guys know by now that I am a huge cheeseball.

The final part of their gift was actually a very functional gift that I also happened to think was super cute!

I once again used Etsy to purchase green eco-friendly totes from Craft Culture Boutique with each of my bridesmaids’ first initial on the bags to hold the other gifts and also serve as a gift itself. le coq au vin & bridesmaid gifts 001

I also included this poem that I wrote with all of their gifts:

When a little girl is born
All she wants is food, mom and dad
Then she gets a little older
And wants a Barbie doll real bad

Middle school sneaks up so fast
And she works hard to get good grades
Then it’s time for high school
And life is all about the friends she’s made

She hops in her car to head to college
Living on her own for the first time
She makes new friends and has a ball
Life seems great and things are fine

Then this little girl
Starts dreaming of a man
Someone to make her laugh
Make her smile and hold her hand

She finds that Mr. Right
And he asks her to be his forever
She says yes and they’re engaged
On October 30 they begin a new endeavor

Before she says I do
She can’t help but think about what got her here
It’s each and every one of you
Who have made her smile from ear to ear

It’s your love, your friendship, and your support
That means the most of all
You were there to make her laugh
You helped pick her up when she would fall

She feels like one lucky little bride-to-be
To have friends as wonderful as you
And she thanks you with all her heart
For helping make her dreams come true


  • What gifts have you received for being part of someone’s wedding?
  • If you are married, what gifts did you give to your bridesmaids?


  1. says

    cute poem!
    I gave my BM’s a hankie with their initial embroridered, a necklace and earings to wear on the wedding day, and I paid for them to all have updos on the day of the wedding!


  2. Heather says

    I just read an article today in All You magazine that said that canned pumpkin has been harder and harder to find over the last few years because of the undesirable growing conditions! Stock up while you can!


  3. Jenni says

    Where did you get those spa wraps from? I’ve been searching everywhere and I can’t seem to find any that I like that don’t look “cheap looking”? 🙁 I think my bridesmaids would love them!


  4. Maggie C says

    I am looking into getting my 4 sisters and mom a necklace for Christmas and love the necklace you gave your bridesmaids! I was wondering how your necklace is holding up. I want to make sure the one I get lasts for a really long time! Thanks!


  5. says

    I love your gifts – they are incredibly thoughtful and sweet! Not to mention useful and cute!

    I was just wondering how you asked your bridesmaids? Did you ask or did you do something a little special? Just trying to get ideas 🙂

    Have a wonderful day!



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