We are less than a week away from Christmas! Can you believe it? How many of you sit around your tree on Christmas Eve or maybe a week or two before the big day wrapping gifts alone? I’ve done that many times and it’s fine. I usually have a Christmas movie on and a glass of yummy eggnog, but I miss the times when I lived closer to family and we’d sprawl out on the floor wrapping our packages and laughing together. So, this year I decided to host a Wrap Party for a few girlfriends. It was such a fun night! We shared gift ideas for kids and husbands, sipped wine, indulged in some yummy bites and the best part..everyone left feeling accomplished. A few of my girlfriends said they wrapped 90% of their gifts that night! How fantastic is that! So, I thought I’d share some details about the night. Below are a few of my tidbits on, “How to Host a Wrap Party”. Its not too late to throw an impromptu party this week with some of your besties! P.S. My winter white sweater is here and on sale. I sized up for a more slouchy look!
Communicate your needs. I supplied the wrapping paper, ribbon, and other gift toppers but asked friends to bring their own tags. A few friends brought extra wrapping paper which ended up being helpful! I sourced most of my supplies from HomeGoods and Target.
Make it fun and give ideas of how to dress your gifts. If you have time wrap some gifts in advance so that they get inspired with your wrapping ideas.
Make everything accessible. I had a bin of wrapping paper to pull from and a caddy/bow box that the girls could easily access.
Remember basics. Supply a roll of tape and a pair of scissors per guest so that no one is waiting/sharing the basics. Have plenty of pens for addressing tags and cards.
Keep the attire supper casual and comfy. When you’re alone wrapping gifts you aren’t dressed up sitting on the floor so don’t make your guests do that! I told my guests leggings, sweatshirts, slippers. Next year I’m going to have guests come in their coziest Christmas pj’s to up the festive factor.
Feed your guests! No brainer..I know, but have simple finger food out and nibbles that make it easy to take a break from wrapping to socialize and get something in your tummy. Don’t forget the Peppermint Bark!
Drinks! No ladies night is complete without wine and bubbles, right!!! Think ahead, you want your guests to be able to set their drink down and focus on wrapping, so small tables and trays serve a good purpose.
Consider a takeaway. I wanted to do this but didn’t have everything lined up. Next year, for sure! Send your guests home with a small gift that fits the party theme. Maybe it’s a roll of red twine for future wrapping or a set of cute name tags. You could also just send home some of your favorite holiday treats.
I hope I inspired you to make gift wrapping fun! Happy Holidays all!
You’ve probably seen JORD watches all over lately (I hosted a giveaway with them last year) and maybe wondering why. Their unique design and craftsmanship is making a big impression on watch lovers due to the fact that these watches are hand crafted with wood. This is not an easy thing to do! I was able to get my hands on the newly released rose gold Cassia (comes in other colors) and it’s just gorgeous looking while also maintaining the intelligence and function that watch lovers desire. Whenever I wear this watch I’m constantly asked questions about it. Is that watch really wood? Where did you get that watch? Can I try it on my wrist? It’s such a statement piece and would make a unique and beautiful gift for just about anyone. JORD carries a wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and wood that would fit anyone’s style. I actually thought about getting a men’s watch for myself but fell in love with the shape and style of the Cassia.
This Holiday season I’m focused on offering my readers more discounts for fabulous gift ideas! So Tis the Season to gift something unique and from the heart. When you wear a watch don’t you always think about the person who gave it to you. I know I do. JORD is now offering an option to custom engrave the back of your watch or the keepsake wooden box. Personally, I love the option to engrave the back of a watch. We all have nicknames/special sayings in a family that would make a gift like this, even more thoughtful.
I linked below the mens shop and the womens shop for easy access but don’t forget to grab your exclusive discount code first!! Your code will be emailed and you have to use it before December 15th! Feel free to ask me any questions. I should mention they can size your watch for you or help with any other special requests. The customer service is really helpful. So happy shopping!!
Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week? Have y’all made your lists and started your party planning? I’ll be hosting my husband’s family and a few friends on Thursday for a traditional feast, then Saturday my family will be visiting for a little post Thanksgiving gathering. Instead of doing turkey twice, Mike and I decided to serve prime rib on Saturday night which is always festive and delicious. I just finished gathering my tablescape details (watch for it on Instagram) but I’m still working on a signature drink to serve guests! Hoping to get a little help from Pinterest tonight. Tomorrow the kids and I are baking cookies and making my twice-baked cheesy mashed potatoes! Yummy! My mom always taught me the more you can do in advanced the more you will enjoy your holidays, so I try my best to do just that!
Let’s talk about this red sweater, which also comes in many other colors. If you are more of a neutral girl, the black, cream, and grey are great options, but red is everywhere for the holidays so I choose this festive color. I think it’s pretty obvious what I love most about this sweater – the SLEEVES! While I love the over-sized sleeve trend, I really need to pick a sweater that is functional for me too! As a busy mom my hands are in everything so I can’t be worrying about my sleeves getting in the way. The sleeves on this sweater are perfect, layered, not too long, and super flattering. It’s also not a bulky sweater, making it easy to tuck in a skirt or layer a fur vest over it! Grab it here on sale for $17 from $55. It’s definitely one of my new faves! You can shop the rest of my look at the end of this post. I found my scarf at another retailer for only $10!!!! Such a steal!
I feel like I’ve been talking about the weather so much the past few posts, so I promise this is the end of it! But, I want to jump up and down because it actually feels like Fall! Wahooooooo! I’ve finally transitioned from my daily iced coffee to hot coffee! I recently tried the pumpkin latte from a popular coffee roaster but I have to be honest, it’s too much for me! I find that the holiday drinks are too heavy, I do like to indulge in an eggnog latte or two (probably the richest of them all, lol). What’s your favorite holiday drink? As for the weekend, the kids last soccer games are tomorrow, we have birthday parties, and our 2nd annual neighborhood progressive dinner is tomorrow night, so it’s a fun-filled weekend! I know I’m late to the party, but I’ve started embracing instastories so you can check out what our neighborhood progressive party is all about on my Instagram account! It’s loads of fun!
Anyhow, I wanted to share about a jewelry line that I recently partnered with. If you love jewelry then you will love learning about Jeulia. In fact this post should be forwarded to all your husbands, lol! They offer beautifully hand crafted affordable jewelry that would make a wonderful gift for Christmas, an Anniversary, Birthday, or really any special occasion. When working with the brand, I wanted something I could wear on my right hand. I tend to wear a lot of gold so I fell in love with the pear-shaped champagne set! It works so well with all my jewelry and I love how elegant it looks. They have a wide variety of jewelry, including personalized necklaces, charms, and bracelets. Check them out! We may do an Instagram giveaway for the holidays so I’ll keep you posted!
It’s October 24th and we are expected to hit 90 degrees in Danville today! I’m trying to stay positive but I’m really missing Fall, warm lattes, soups, brisk morning walks with Louis, and lots of cozy layers. We are hosting Thanksgiving and I’m starting to think I should tell everyone to bring their swimsuits, lol! When we shot this look, it did have all the Fall feels so it must be coming to stay soon!
Y’all know I adore boho-style and color, but lately I’ve been wearing lots of muted staples like this green knit sweater. It’s super cozy and a tad chunky without looking bulky on. You can shop this sweater on sale for $18 here! How cute would it look with a plaid shirt layered under or a plaid scarf wrapped around your neck. I’m also so excited to share I found my Sam Edelman leopard leather and fur booties for almost half the price! Wahoo! These booties have been a huge hit on my Instagram account lately! Some sizes are already gone, so hurry and grab them. Shop the rest of my look below and some of my other fall finds at various price points! The Target velvet wine colored crossbody linked looks high-end and at only $30 it’s such a steal.