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.

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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!

Spring Tablescape

Table_2Today’s post is all about color, flowers, and celebrating spring. I adore putting together spring tablescapes at this time of year, because the markets have so many beautiful blooms to choose from. When choosing a color scheme for my table, I almost always start with choosing my flowers. Every year when May hits, Trader Joes has one of my favorite flowers, the beloved peonies ($6.99 a bunch). They are absolutely gorgeous, and come in lilac, white, and various shades of pink. When I spotted these vibrant fuscia and lilac peonies, I knew I had the perfect spring center piece. Keep in mind that these flowers open quickly, so you want to get them the day of, or the day before a dinner party. Since the weather is warming up, and we are starting to eat outside, I wanted to embrace my new Target melamine tableware, and showcase how you can dress them up. The combination of turquoise, hot pink, and gold feels so cheery and bright, just like spring. With a few personal touches, like DIY dinner napkins, sea shells, and simple dinner tags, you can bring your dinner table from blah to fab in no time!

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I wanted to mix and match two fabrics for the DIY napkins (tutorial will be posted on the napkins soon). The hot pink color on both fabrics keeps the two prints cohesive with the table decor. Using a clothespin as a holder, you can write names or a fun theme on your tag. I kept it very simple and used white card stock and a pink marker, but gold card stock with a starfish cut out layered on top would be a pretty touch. Pinterest has many great name tag ideas. 

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How cute is this serving tray (cute option here)

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A few etiquette/manner reminders that I think are important, and good to teach your kids. 

  • The above setting only had forks because that was all we needed. My son was “helping me” set the forks so a few were moved to the right (you may or may not have noticed). That being said, here is a friendly reminder on table setting –> Forks always go on the left, the salad fork is on the outside, dinner fork on the inside. On the right of the plate, knife on the inside and spoon on the outside. 
  • Chew with your mouth closed, use a napkin. Simple enough, but sometimes forgotten, and most kids are still working on this.
  • Do not bring smart phones to the table. 
  • Take what you can eat. A host works hard to cook a homemade meal, so throwing away leftovers simply because you took too much, is not a good habit. Remember, you can always come back for seconds. I preach this to my kids all the time.
  • Instead of reaching across the table, ask someone to pass whatever it is you need. 
  • Have fun and engage in conversation. Dinners are just as much about the food as they are the company, so be “in” the conversation.
  • Always be polite – Thank you. Please. This was delicious. May I be excused (for the kids). These are all good reminders and always appreciated. 

Three Things

This past week was rainy in the Bay Area but that’s a good thing! With this weather, we hope the Tahoe snow sticks around a bit longer this year. We are ready to hit the slopes, sip hot cocoa, and go sledding. Three things. 1. I’ve been excited to share that we finally received our Pottery Barn Chandelier (available in different shapes and sizes). It brings that touch of glam to the kitchen/family room area I was looking for. Tell me what you think! 2. Our neighbor helped hang this beauty, not an easy task, so gifting chocolate chip cookies was a must. A kraft box and brown marker can make a cute and easy way to gift cookies. 3. A girlfriend introduced me to Airbrush Foundation and its fabulous. There are many airbrush foundations to choose from, but at $28 the Sephora brand felt luxurious and budget friendly. Two things I like in a makeup. Lightweight and easy to apply, it provides a little extra coverage for special events. Just remember to use your favorite primer before, for a more dewy look. Especially if you have dry skin like me.

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{ Pottery Barn Chandelier }

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{ DIY Cookie Gift Box- Simple and sweet for gifting }

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 { Sephora Brand Airbrush Foundation – Light Color }

DIY Christmas Wrap

It’s the week of Christmas, and this year I put a spin on our holiday wrapping. Today’s post is all about easy and festive holiday wrapping ideas. Listed below are 5 different gift wrap looks that you could easily recreate. All of the items were from Target and most were from their dollar bins! Whoop whoop! I decided that step by step directions weren’t needed. Instead, readers will see a prep picture followed with a picture of the final product for each gift. Feel free to ask questions. Let’s get wrapping!

Gift 1.
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Items needed – Craft paper, letter stamp, holiday printed straws.

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Items needed – Craft paper, letter felt tags, pom pom garland

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Items needed – Turquoise paper, bakers twine, red ribbon, tag, tacky glue.

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Making the mini bunting -> Cut out triangles and glue to bakers twine. Tip -> Make one really long bunting, then cut shorter pieces of the bunting to add to different packages.

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Items needed – Red holiday paper, ribbon or twine, felt snowflake, tacky glue.

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Items needed – Craft paper, green fabric, letter stamp, holiday rope.

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Final Product – DIY Christmas Wrapgroup_2

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Hope you felt inspired to get crafty. DIY doesn’t always mean difficult or time consuming. It can be simple but still creative. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!

Thanksgiving Tablescape

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{ Table setting – HomeGoods, Potterybarn, Nicole Miller Dishes, & Michaels }

Give thanks with an unexpected pop of color this year. While I love the beautiful colors of fall, it’s fun to change up your traditional Thanksgiving Tablescape. Instead of using fine china, I decided to mix in turquoise dishes from Nicole Miller (no longer available), and the pop of color is bright and fun. With touches of gold, brown, orange, and silver, the overall look remains festive and perfect for a family feast.

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{ The napkins were tied with twine and attached to a “give thanks” tag. If you don’t have craft paper, use the non printed side of a brown paper bag, as shown here. When children are at the table, I like to be sure and add touches they would enjoy too. These felt turkey stickers from Michaels are festive for both adults and kids }

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{A pair of cute turkey’s from HomeGoods adds another touch of playfulness for the kids}

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{ Carved out pumpkins make for an easy and beautiful flower vase }

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Remember a tablecape can be beautiful without spending too much. Mix and match the pieces you already have, and then add your decorative touches. Adding pine cones, leaves, gourds, pumpkins, and flowers are all inexpensive (or free) ways to bring fall to your table. Finally, although we “the adults” love a glamorous table, keep in mind the children and bring a little fun to the table! Happy decorating!