How to Host a Wrap Party

Wrapping Party

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Make everything accessible. I had a bin of wrapping paper to pull from and a caddy/bow box that the girls could easily access.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Wrapping Party

Wrapping Party

Wrapping Party

Wrapping Party

Wrapping Party

Wrapping Party

Wrapping Party

Wrapping Party

I hope I inspired you to make gift wrapping fun! Happy Holidays all!

DIY – Wine Bottles

I love an easy DIY project, and it’s a great opportunity to get crafty with my kids! Glass bottles make a fabulous DIY project. If you were to walk in my pantry you would find a storage container full of glass jars. I repurpose many kinds but love jelly jars, pickle jars, and of course wine bottles! At first, I bought pink and gold glitter spray paint for our Valentine’s Day bottles but then changed my mind. These days, white has quickly become my favorite color in home decor! I love the clean and fresh look of white, so I changed up our spray paint to white (not pictured below). With so many amazing and crafty DIY wine bottle projects on Pinterest I wanted to inspire readers with something that was simple to create and could be reused for any holiday using Target‘s dollar bin. Y’all know I’m a huge fan of the dollar bin! Adding some style and cute holiday decor can be done without a hefty price tag. Oh, and another reason I love this DIY, it’s sooo easy. Here we go..

DIY Wine Bottles

Items needed:

  • Wine or Pellegrino bottles
  • Spray paint (color of your choice)
  • Target dollar bin decorations. I’m using a kid’s pom pom necklace, a small tassel bunting, and some Valentine gold stickers. All $1! We also picked out wood letters to spray paint gold or pink but didn’t end up using these ones. However, if you like the idea then simply spray paint the letters and shapes and tape them on instead of gluing.

Step 1. Make sure the bottle labels are peeled and bottles are clean. Next spray paint your bottles.

DIY Wine Bottles

2. Allow your bottles to dry for a few hours. Then decorate! Using the peel and stick dollar bin options it’s that easy to decorate. After Valentine’s Day is over we will peel these decorations off and use the bottles for St. Patty’s, Easter (I already have the cutest felt bunnies to use), and other holidays.

DIY Wine Bottles

DIY Wine Bottles

DIY Wine Bottles

I just love the pom pom necklaces used as decorations. I simply tied each necklace in a bow on the back!

DIY Wine Bottles

DIY Wine Bottles

Wishing y’all a wonderful weekend full of LOVE!

Tasty Sips – Tognetti Wines

The holiday season is my favorite time of year but for the past month our house has been pretty sick. With two toddlers we expect to have runny noses and coughs during the winter season, but it’s been Mike and I who can’t seem to beat this bug. So I apologize for being absent from the blog last week but I’m back! I’ve been brewing up a new blog series for a while and I’m excited to bring y’all – Tasty Sips! My husband has become quit the wine connoisseur over the years and is often a resource for friends and family when choosing wines. His passion and enthusiasm for wine is something we share together! So it seemed perfect for my first Tasty Sips post to be about wine!

Today’s Tasty Sip is from the Tognetti Family Winery. If you’ve never heard of the Tognetti Family Winery I had the great pleasure of connecting with granddaughter, Christina, who shared more about the family’s background and growing business. Grandpa Jack has been in the wine industry for over 30 years and is Schramberg’s top grower but it was his youngest son, Robert, that finally achieved the family dream and founded the Tognetti Family Winery in 2012. Mike and I opened the 2013 Chardonnay and enjoyed the brightness of this wine. The grapes are sourced from the family owned vineyard in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. With citrus and tropical notes it’s a balanced Chardonnay that drinks well now, but can also be aged to develop the characteristics of the wine. The Chardonnay would pair beautifully with various cheeses, a light pasta dish, fish, and most any salad. We love when friends bring a wine to dinner that we don’t know about. It always feels a bit more special and exciting to open something different than the usual grocery store choices. Take advantage of the 35% off Holiday Special the winery is offering for the 2013 Chardonnay.  If you wish to try it, grab a bottle here for only $35!

What to expect from the Tasty Sips series? Entertaining inspiration with great wine reviews, craft brews, delicious cocktail recipes, and kid-friendly ideas! Stay tuned!

Tasty Sips - Tognetti Wines

Tasty Sips - Tognetti Wines

Tasty Sips - Tognetti Wines

Tasty Sips - Tognetti Wines

Marimekko Mommy and Me Swimwear

Marimekko Mommy and Me Swimwear

Who is excited and ready for summer fun at the pool? One of the best parts of moving to the burbs of San Francisco has been enjoying the seasons, and summertime is one of my favorites! As I type this, I can almost smell the bbq and hear the kids splashing. With summer around the corner, it’s a great time to start grabbing suits for the kids, and yourself. If you follow my Instagram, then you know I’m loving the one piece trend for its function and style. I’ve shared a lace one piece that felt sexy but classy, and a stunning, vibrant Mara Hoffman print. So, when Target launched its Marimekko collaboration three days ago, I fell in love with the line’s playful prints. When I spotted the black and white Marimekko mommy and me swimwear, I knew I had to grab the look, and enjoy these matching moments while I still can! Audrey looks absolutely adorable, and I love that mine has a belt to accentuate the waist. Plus, I’m clearly not a super model in some ad, I’m a real woman with a real body, who writes an honest blog about life + style that works for everyday women! Both suits are affordable (under $40) and the quality was just as good as the more expensive suits I’d bought. Ladies, the fabric is thick and snugs all the right places. Another benefit, it won’t stretch out immediately like some other brands, which seems to always happen with Audrey’s suits. This is not a sponsored post, I’m just really happy with the quality, and wanted to share. Grab Audrey’s suit here, and mine here before they sell out! Or shop the entire Marimekko Collection, so many cute items for your backyard and home.

Marimekko Mommy and Me Swimwear

Marimekko Mommy and Me Swimwear

Marimekko Mommy and Me Swimwear

Marimekko Mommy and Me Swimwear

Marimekko Mommy and Me Swimwear

Marimekko Mommy and Me Swimwear

Off the shoulder blouses – Under $100

We just returned from a 3 day getaway to Tahoe for the kids spring break. Something about the mountains always brings me a sense of peace, even when I’m chasing my two toddlers around the pool. I can’t wait to go back.

Today’s Roundup is all about the off the shoulder top trend. One of my favorite bloggers Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere, released her first line of clothing and I’m pretty much obsessed with it all. Emily’s striped off the shoulder option below is a touch nautical and a touch Parisian. A denim option will go with everything, and the floral prints are great for spring. Everything is a $100 or less, and a few are on sale now!

Off.the-shoulder

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