A Toast to Love!

However you spent your Valentine’s Day, we hope it was a time of savoring the blessings of family, friends and activities that bring you joy.

I was lucky to be surrounded by all those blessings just before the Feast of St. Valentine (who, btw, was a martyred priest who literally gave his life for love) when a few of my girlfriends joined me for a day of awesome treats, laughter and creating dried-flower bouquets for Wish & Pink’s new FROM THE HEART collection.

Joelle and friends toasting champagne outside

Dried flowers

For this mid-week work (?!) party, Tami Cline of Interior Works transformed my house into a magical party venue worthy of a spread in ELLE Décor. From rustic pitchers overflowing with pink tulips and confetti-filled (how DO they do that??) oversized balloons, to a dessert table aglow with the same pink Glassybaby votives found in my FROM THE HEART boxes and understated place settings serving as a backdrop for boxes of Oak & Ashland coconut rose lip balm (yes, another little luxury in our FROM THE HEART collection), the setting perfectly captured the elegant simplicity we strive for at Wish & Pink.

Joelle and friends with confetti-filled balloons

Decorated Table

Speaking of “captured”, Alanna Maria Photography did just that when it came to documenting a day of good friends celebrating one another and an idea they believed in, whole-heartedly supported and eventually saw bloom into a company devoted to all things beautiful.

Heart-shaped cookies

Naked cake

And, ohhhh, the food… Heart-shaped shortbread cookies and a “naked” (love this trend of an “exposed” multi-layer cake washed in translucent fondant) vanilla cake topped with flowers (spring definitely was in the air that day!) reminded me why Jenny Cookies is a part of every Wish & Pink event. In fact, Jenny Keller, whose fabulous desserts have been featured in People and Brides magazines, inspired our Blissful Baker box, which contains a copy of her cookbook, “Eat More Dessert”. Add to the festivities chocolate fondue with fruit dippers and a flute or two (or three, but hey, it’s a party) of Veuve Cliquot brut (so perfectly festive we chose it for our Celebration gift box) and, well, you get the picture!

Decorated table with items

Note to my accountant: This really was a work party! Tucked into every FROM THE HEART gift box is a bouquet of everlasting flowers chosen, arranged and hand-tied by one of us at the party.

From the Heart gift box

February 14 will forever be associated with Valentine’s Day, but for me it’s also a reminder that spring is not far away. At Wish & Pink we’re bubbling over with fresh ideas for Mother’s Day, Easter, graduation and Father’s Day gift boxes, because we believe love is too wonderful to be expressed only on a single day in February.

Check back often to see what’s new!

Close up of champagne glasses toasting

Happy Birthday to Us!

After months of dreaming, planning, scribbling ideas on Starbucks napkins and hijacking dinner conversations with my unwaveringly supportive family, Wish & Pink became a reality one year ago! What a wild and wonderful ride it’s been as I found myself transformed from a full-time mom with a passion for all things pretty to a business owner traveling the world in search of original and on-trend gifts I could curate into one-of-a-kind collections and deliver in a uniquely beautiful manner.

Among the awesome memories of this magical year was a trip to New York City with my daughter and dear friends that hit a high point during our behind-the-scenes visit to NBC’s “Today” show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb – the ultimate way to spend time with girlfriends!

I was so excited to hang out with those two warm and funny women and present each of them my “Style Me Pretty” gift box inspired by Abby Larson, founder of the style-savvy online wedding resource of the same name. They both loved the treasures inside as well as Wish & Pink’s trademark pink-and-gold packaging. Abby has been a guest on the “Today” fourth hour along with Hoda, who was obviously moved to receive a gift box celebrating Abby’s joy of life.

As you might expect, Hoda needed no stage direction in setting up flattering selfies as she scooped up my phone and began snapping pictures that perfectly captured the fun we had that morning. Honestly, she and Kathie Lee are as kind, gracious and spontaneous as they appear on screen and the chemistry between them is delightful – if it could be bottled I’d feature it in a Wish & Pink gift box!

So join me in raising a glass of bubbly (fitting, given Kathie Lee’s and Hoda’s love of the fruit of the vine) to Wish & Pink’s successful first year and a bright ‘n beautiful future!