Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Place Setting Boxes, Part I

We had an order for Thanksgiving themed Place Setting Boxes, which we were thrilled to make. Read below to see how they turned out.


The first order of business was to figure out which boxes the client liked best.  We offered up four styles.  What we refer to as the "puffy box" won.  This is a picture of the puffy box as it arrives from the shipper.  You will see the finished box at the end of this post.  This is a long post, so we will not go over all four choices of boxes we offered.  Needless to say, they were all cute in their own way. But the puffy box won along with one other style.


We knew that excelsior would be placed in the bottom of each box.  This is pretty standard.  The color may change, but each box usually gets essentially the same type of fill.  At least, that is what we thought in the beginning.  Read on.


Working with the client to choose their favorite box is fun and easy.  The hard part comes with finding just the right item to place inside each box.  Some clients want the boxes empty, aside from the excelsior.  They want to choose their own treat.  Others ask us to do it for them.  In this case, we were tasked with choosing just the right item to place inside.  We immediately started shopping for just the right thing.  After several different items were considered, we settled on the Godiva Pumpkin Truffles in Milk Chocolate.  Some people do not like dark chocolate.  They find it too bitter.  I am not one of those people.  But I am sensitive to those palates.  So when we go shopping for treats, I usually stay away from dark chocolate unless I have a firm assurance from the client that they are okay with including a dark chocolate selection.


Not only are these truffles extraordinarily delicious, the attention to detail that Godiva puts into each candy makes all the difference when choosing for your client.  You are not going to find these details in a general variety candy.  Our boxes are each made by hand with the utmost attention to detail.  We like the contents to reflect the same level of attention.


We started with the box, a little brown and ecru excelsior and a pumpkin truffle.  Nice.  But not really what we wanted to present to this client.  So I went shopping in my inventory of artsy craftsy stuff and found this box of autumnal leaves.  Hmmm.


I have had these in inventory for quite some time and I thought they would work perfectly for this project.  Fabric leaves in browns, oranges, yellows and greens.  Perfect.


We removed the excelsior and replaced it with two leaves of varying color, crossed, in the bottom of each box.


Then, so each guest would know exactly what they were about to enjoy, I made these little inserts describing what they were about to experience.


Leaves, descriptive insert, and truffle.  Close the box up and you have a place setting.


These little puffy boxes turned out so beautiful.  The Happy Thanksgiving insert on vellum with the little green leaf was just the perfect touch.

Later this week, we will have Part II of this post in which we will show you the other set of boxes this client ordered.  She wanted to mix things up a bit on her table and alternate between this puffy box and a standard high gloss white box with embossing.  A really cute idea.  Make sure and come back for that post.





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