Gifting—and getting the gift just right—is a true art. A set of New Orleans sisters seem to have this down with the creation of their company Sweet Olive Gifting Co., offering curated event and corporate gifting. Alli Treen Morrison and Rachel Treen Turnage saw the opportunity after assembling welcome boxes for Alli's 2016 nuptials and have steadily built their brand, taking the burden off of brides and their families. 

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These are the welcome gifts we put together for Alli's wedding, where the whole concept for Sweet Olive Gifting really kicked off. 

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We wanted it to feel like a sophisticated Southern classic including homemade cheese straws (literally made by our mom), mini pralines (made by Restaurant August pasty chef), and Woody's "moonshine" (Millard's father Woody collects mini bottles and is a big fan of Moonshine). Design elements on the koozie and welcome note furnished by Scriptura (designed by Rachel).

Sweet Olive Gifting creates an ideal first impression of a big weekend with thoughtfully sourced objects that reflect the bride and groom, the setting, and the overall vibe, making the welcome present a natural extension of the event. 

What originally started as a side gig has grown into something larger over the past few years. "It's been a slow pace and we've been able to be selective about the jobs we take," Rachel told Adore. The pair are both freelance graphic designers and have over 20 years of experience between them. Rachel moved into a part-time role with Scriptura after the birth of her son and Alli's hours were flexible (she was previously with Line 58 which closed in 2017). "We had always played around with this idea of working together and we were strangely at this point of our lives. This was as good of time as any."

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Local Mignon Faget palm wine glasses accompany a bottle of wine, chocolate truffles and a holiday candle, all wrapped in a festive gold box.

Most of their clients and events are local (often times, New Orleans is the destination), but they've had requests from other parts of the country. "We did a big wedding in Sea Island last summer and drove up about 75 gifts," says Alli. "We would do it again in a heartbeat."

They pride themselves on creating something completely custom to the client or event. Working with a client includes discussing initial ideas, a visual presentation with different options, and then ordering the products (some are local vendors). "Right now our fulfilment center is Rachel's house. She's a good sport!"

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We work with an incredibly talented local pastry chef to create the perfect mini praline. Beautiful packaging makes them irresistible.

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We deliver!


The gifts not only take creativity, but manual labor with the assembly and delivery. Assembly is often done in stages leading up to the event, as they're juggling other responsibilities. "Our mom likes to dig in and help assemble," Rachel shared. "A lot of this has come from her and her teaching us how to wrap a gift correctly and give it with love."

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Caroline Monteleone's New Year's Eve wedding was one for the books! Another extension of Scriptura's event branding (monogram and blue/gold color scheme). Among the fine champagne, custom popcorn tube, remedy kit pouch, boxed chocolate truffles, we commissioned cookies featuring the couple's cipher monogram and a sketch of the carousel bar.

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Their largest, most complex gift came this year. New Orleans artist Alexis Walter entrusted the duo to create the ultimate marketing package for her line of Nola-inspired textiles. Inside acrylic boxes, decorators and publications from across the country found cocktail napkins (a collaboration with Jacquelyn Reese Linens), alongside glasses, a custom-designed drink card, and all of the ingredients to toast the new collection from afar.

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The main box opens to display a custom folio we designed to house her fabric samples. Under the folio (complete with ribboned tab for easy lift-off), the rest of the gift awaits.

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"It was just as inviting as being in her home and courtyard. It really pulled in her whole Southern hospitality mantra," Rachel says. Also included was a folio, designed by Rachel and Alli, containing fabric samples and an original Alexis Walter painting that was matted and ready for framing. Top it off with custom foam and shipping boxes with a handwritten note on stationery that the sisters helped create. "Our expertise and backgrounds really helped make that gift successful."

With weddings lined up through 2020 and big dreams for the future (inventory for often requested one-off gifts, as well as ready-to-buy wedding gifts), they hope to find a space that would function as an office, storage, fulfilment center, and a small storefront.

"It's more work than we ever imagined, but it's a ton of fun," Alli says.

More Sweet Olive Gifting packages below!

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This series is part of a destination wedding at Sea Island (we drove the gifts up ourselves). The couple is from Nashville so we included two local products: Willa's Shortbread and Nashville Hot Chicken Crackers. The bride's family has a deep connection to Blue Moon so we added a few bottles and an orange for garnish or snacking. The woven seagrass baskets doubled as a beach bag. 

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A fun way to welcome a group visiting new Orleans. The itinerary included hitting up all of the jazz clubs. We helped create anticipation for their tour by including a travel bluetooth speaker with instructions on finding our curated jazz playlist on Spotify. Other local favorite snacks, libations, a remedy pouch, and a live magnolia lift-out bloom rounded out this gift.

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Our second year curating holiday gifts for a local law firm. Both years we included Mignon Faget's fleur de lis double old fashioned glasses to help recipients build a small collection. We include their favorite bourbon, a yummy bar snack, and chilling stones packaged with tag designed by us (a little "coal" for the Lawyers joke).

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A client appreciation gift for a local boutique. Their brand color, pink, is complimented by sparkling rose, locally-made rose infused macaroons, a delicious candle (with matched packaged by us), and a gift card presentation within a tiny pink box.

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An eye-opener coffee style gift to say "Happy New Year" from this medical practice. We branded a Yeti mug with their logo as a promotional keepsake, and repackaged biscotti to keep the look "on-brand."

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A destination wedding in St. Croix including locally made Cruzan Rum as part of a cocktail kit.