Signature Gift Wrap – Making Kids Parties Easy

Signature Gift Wrap – Making Kids Parties Easy

Are your weekends filled with kids birthday parties?  It can be quite a task to find an inexpensive (yet thoughtful) gift, a birthday card AND something to wrap it with… especially when the party starts in an hour.  Let us introduce you to a concept that’s going to make your birthday party rounds MUCH easier – signature gift wrap.   What is that exactly?  It’s like having personalized stationery, but for your gifts.  When you have a gift to give, you wrap it in your style.  The beauty of having a signature gift wrap is it’s easy, it saves you time (and ultimately money), but it also saves you from the stress of scrambling to pull together a cute kid’s gift before every party.

Here’s the trick – choose a theme and stick with it.

  • Pick something that jives with your child’s personality
  • Stock up on the elements to create an adorable package
  • Crank out those kid’s birthday gifts like a machine

Party after party, your package can be a standout on the gift table, and you won’t have to stress or waste time of putting it together.  In fact, once you streamline the process, gift wrapping for parties will seem effortless.  You’ll confidently pull together an adorable gift within minutes and still have it look like you spent waaaay too much time on Pinterest.  No more feeling like you’re “re-inventing the wheel” by wrapping every single package in a different way – we promise it’s okay  – not every gift “for a girl” has to be wrapped in girly stuff.  When a present for a girl is from a boy, it’s perfectly fine to wrap it in something that fits his personality – we think it makes the gift even more personal.

To get started, you need to pick a theme.  We just debuted NEW personalized gift tags for kids, so we think that’s the perfect place to start for designing your child’s signature gift wrap.  The tags are small, affordable (as low as 0.45 each!), and personalized, so you can skip buying a card all together (look at you saving money already).  You can see all the designs on our website HERE, but keep scrolling if you want inspiration for how to use them.  We’ve come up with easy (yet creative) ways to make your gifts stand out without breaking the bank. Not into wrapping boxes?  A few options show how you can use them with gift bags too.  This process can be as easy or elaborate as you want it to be – the point is to make a plan. Once you’ve picked your signature gift wrap style, stock up and enjoy the ease of one less decision to make for that next party.  You may be thinking it sounds expensive – but hang with us – you’ll be surprised to discover that the cost is reasonable.  Plus, when you factor in the loads of time and stress it will save – it’s well worth the investment.

And now for your signature gift wrap inspiration:

donuts{donut gift tag + hot pink polka dot wrapping paper (had on hand) + teal sheer ribbon (also had on hand)}

cactus 2{cactus gift tag + hot pink twill ribbon ($2 per roll at Michaels) + wrapping paper ($1 per roll at Michaels) + tiny clothespin ($8 for 325 qty at Michaels)}

robot 2{robot gift tag + wrapping paper ($4 per roll at Walgreens, also reversible) + yellow raffia + a 1.5″ bolt from the hardware store}

guitar 2{guitar gift tag + zebra gift wrap ($1 per roll at Dollar General) + picture hanging wire ($3 for the kit with lots of wire)}

dog 2{dog gift tag + blue gift bag ($1 each at Dollar General) + red striped ribbon + red tissue ($1 at Dollar General for several sheets)… see how much a few little touches liven up a plain colored gift sack?}

bulldozer 2 sm{bulldozer gift card + white gift wrap (had on hand) + CAUTION tape ($5 for a huge roll at Ace Hardware) + tiny bit of twine and double-sided tape to keep everything in place}

rainbow 3{rainbow gift tag + green dot gift wrap ($1 per roll at Dollar General) + rainbow ribbon ($5 for the spool at Michaels) – one of the easiest to do but that ribbon makes a big impact, so it’s worth the splurge!}

crab 2{crab gift tag + red gift wrap ($4 per roll at Walgreens) + black parachute cord ($7 at Ace Hardware for a good length, probably enough for 3 or 4 packages) tied in nautical knots for detail}

sports 3{sports gift tag + black/white stripe gift wrap (had on hand, but this would also be cute with any specific sports-themed paper) + orange raffia}

lion 2{lion gift tag + orange/yellow striped gift wrap ($1 per roll at Michaels) + blue ruffled ribbon ($4 per roll at Michaels)}

sailboat 2{sailboat gift tag + colorful gift wrap ($1 per roll at Michaels) + turquoise wired ribbon ($4 per roll at Michaels) – for this one, we just punched another hole at the bottom of the tag and used it to thread the ribbon for a different look – easy and cute!  Plus, when you’re not wrapping the ribbon all the way around the package, that roll goes a little further.}

pirate 3{pirate hat gift tag + patterned gift wrap ($1 at Michaels) + cut up fisherman’s netting from the party store – if you cut it into strips, you could get a lot out of one net!}

crown{crown gift tag + leopard gift wrap ($1 per roll at Dollar General) + hot pink tulle ($3 per spool at Michaels)}

turtle wrap{turtle gift tag + white wrapping paper (had on hand) + green dot satin ribbon ($2.50 per roll at Michaels)}

flowers{floral gift tag + pink dot scalloped gift bag ($10 for 10 bags at Michaels) + floral stem (on sale for $4.50 at Michaels, bundle of 8 flowers, which works out to about .55 per stem)

+ dotted satin ribbon ($3 per roll at Michaels) + ivory tissue paper (had on hand)}

So many simple ways to personalize gifts from your kid…and they’re really fun too!  Your kid might just gain a reputation for having the coolest gift wrap around.  Pick out your favorite gift tag HERE and get started!

 

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Holiday Decorations Cheat Sheet

Holiday Decorations Cheat Sheet

It’s time to deck the halls again!

I used to think decorating for Christmas was daunting – where does THAT item go… Was it on the mantle or on top of the piano?  Or was it in the guest room?… I used to overthink it too much and decorating took forever.

The came a simple (but time-saving idea) – a “cheat sheet”!  Since I started it a few years ago, the pressure to remember all the ins and outs of the decorations has been lifted (aahhhhhhhh).  It’s simple, really. Each year, I take photos of my holiday decoration  details, the layout of my Snow Village, the mantle, the kitchen, etc.  Then, before I pack everything up once Christmas is over, I print out the photos (wallet size) and store them in page protectors WITH my decorations.  That way, when it’s time to drag it all out again, I have a reminder of how it was done the year before.  It’s a basic idea, but it saves me SO much time (and stress over deciding where everything will go).  The beauty of it is that I still leave room for change – moving things around – and I do, that keeps it interesting.  I just make sure to document the change with a photo so I can recreate it the following year.   Holiday decorations will always be a work in progress, but having a guide makes delving into the talk a lot faster and easier!holiday-cheat-sheet

If you like this idea, you might also like this Holiday Tip for packing away garland.

Holiday Garland Tip

Holiday Garland Tip

As you start to think about packing up your Christmas decorations, try this little tip I use for organizing garland.  It’s simple one, but if you’re like me (multiple strands of garland, all in different lengths and with designated “homes” around the house), it’s a time-saver!

Label your garland with painter’s masking tape.  See?  Easy.

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Once you know where each garland fits best (on the tv cabinet, in the dining room, on the mantle, etc.), it only makes sense to not have to solve that puzzle again!  Before you pack it away, fold a piece of painter’s tape over the end of the wire and label its location with a Sharpie.  Painter’s tape is removable (without leaving a sticky residue), so it’s perfect for this task.

Once labeled, you can store all of the garlands in one box instead of several, but they’ll still be easy to sort out next year.  Just remove the tape and you’re done – quick and easy!

I started doing this a few years ago because no matter how much I *thought* I’d remember where each garland went (after 11 months of not thinking about it), I didn’t.  This trick is a huge time saver now!

Happy Holiday Decoration packing!

Milk Jar Collection Storage

Over the past few years, I’ve become a collector of vintage milk jars (as if I  need more quirky items to collect).  I started my collection when I went to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for MusicFest several years ago.  I just wanted a little souvenir from the local antique store.  Since then, I’ve picked up a few here and there at antique stores.  I love using them placed around the house with fresh flowers!  They’ve just got so much more character than a regular glass vase…

This weekend, I purged my kitchen and reorganized some of the cabinets, so I decided to put all of my milk jars in the same place (instead of six).  My grandmother had given me this wooden crate, and I decided that it would fit perfectly in a lower cabinet and serve as a “drawer” for my collection. DSC_1009

This DIY project was a real doozy – I attached felt pads to the bottom corners of the crate.  The End.

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DSC_1013DSC_1016DSC_1018Now I have easy access to all of my milk jar options!

Medicine Cabinet Cleanout

DSC_0109I’ve been on a bit of a cleaning kick lately, so when I decided to tackle the medicine cabinet, I had to seek assistance for the “appropriate way” of disposing of medication was these days.  When I was kid, mom used to flush them down the toilet, but I think that’s frowned upon now (preserving the world’s water and keeping fish from drug additions and whatnot).  My pharmacist friend filled me in on the Drug Disposal (v. 2013).DSC_0110

1.  Remove old prescription drugs, expired over the counter meds and vitamins.

2.  Place them in a Ziploc plastic bag with a enough warm water to cover the pills inside.

3.  Let the medication dissolve, then dispose in the trash.

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4. Optional:  Pray that you don’t have a druggie neighbor that digs through your trash looking for a monster drug overdose?  (kidding)

I didn’t take a before photo of my medicine cabinet (it was SUCH disaster), but doesn’t it look nice and organized AFTER?  Take my word for it, it’s a lot better.  Cleaned?  Done!

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Hidden Bar Cabinet

Hidden Bar Cabinet

barcabinet- barqueandbite.comA few years after college, my grandmother gave me a small clothing wardrobe (that she actually found it on the side of the road) . I’ve always loved the cabinet’s little frame, adorable skeleton key lock (but of course the key is missing), and its built-in shelving (on the right side). For me, it wasn’t much use as a wardrobe… so eventually I decided it would be the perfect bar cabinet! It’s beautiful, sentimental AND functional.insidecabinet - barqueandbite.com

Originally, the cabinet was for clothes, hence the shelving. To create even more storage, I purchased an inexpensive wooden wine rack from World Market, screwed it into the back of the cabinet to make it secure, and then stained it to match. Then, I installed wine glass “runners” in the top of the cabinet. I use those to hold champagne glasses, with wine and martini glass storage on the built-in side shelves. The top of the wine rack also creates an instant shelf, so it’s perfect for more oddly-shaped bottles. I love how much storage this little cabinet has- with everything tucked away so neatly, it’s just perfect!

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Do you have a “hidden” bar? Share your creative ideas, I’d love to hear!