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DIY Mojito Gift Basket

Hey frugal friends! Do you love a good gift basket as much as I do? Today I am sharing a fun and unique gift basket I quickly put together for under $35.When I got engaged, a coworker put together a basket for me full of wedding planning goodies and had it ready for me the next day. She's good. That same coworker just got engaged over Memorial Day weekend. Woo! It has taken me about a week to come up with a good idea of what to do for her. This will be her second marriage so she isn't planning on having a big wedding or reception. This means wedding magazines and planning books were out of the question. Which, you know, kind of sucks since those are the easy items you can get all in one place.
I decided what better way to celebrate an engagement (or any occasion, really) than with alcohol. I decided to make a Mojito Gift Basket!

What you'll need:
Mojito Mix OR Club Soda - $6 I got the Powell & Mahoney Mix which is about $9 online and $6 at TargetClub Soda is the more affo…

Baby Shower on a Budget

Are you a great party host? It can be hard to feel like a fabulous party planner when you are ballin' on a budget. I helped host my (soon-to-be) sister-in-law's baby shower this past April and am excited to share fun decorations, game ideas, and tips that won't break the bank. I apologize for the iPhone quality pictures but wanted you guys to be able to see the details from this shower. 

Before planning specific details, communicate with the mom-to-be and get an understanding of what type of party she has in mind. A few good questions to ask right away are:
What is the preferred day of the week and time?Would she like to have the shower at home or at a specific venue?Who all has mentioned they are interested in hosting? Does she have a specific theme or colors in mind? What type of games (if any) would she like to play at the party?How many people will be invited?
Food  Once a time of day is established, you can plan the food menu. Instead of having the shower catered, as…

Frugal Fiancée: Creating Your Guest List

Y'all, creating a wedding guest list is hard. I mean, really hard. You truly do not realize how many family members and friends you have until it's time to compile a giant list of them. Here are a few things to keep in mind while putting together your wedding guest list. 

Size Matters
Travis (my fiancé) and I both imagined having a small-sized wedding. Then we started making a list and realized how many family members and friends we have. Our idea of small changed pretty quickly and eloping was heavily discussed. While it is wonderful to have such supportive people in our lives, inviting each of them to celebrate with us is impossible. If you want to have a small wedding or cut down on costs, you will have to make tough decisions about who to invite and who to (unfortunately) leave off the guest list. 

Establish Rules
Go ahead and create a few rules. Does everyone in the bridal party get a plus one? Are you only going to invite people you've talked to within the past year? Do …