Archive | November, 2018

The 5 Things you Need to Wrap Any Gift

Hey friends!  I’ve been busy this week working on fun holiday posts for you that are coming up in the next few weeks. Think gift guides, bakery fun, and all the things you need to prep for holiday parties.

Today, though, I’m being real honest.  I’ve only bought one Christmas gift so far.  I’m usually much further ahead than this.

But I’ve finally filled out my list, so now I’m organized and have a plan ahead of me.

I tried to look at a few things for Black Friday and Cyber Monday but I kind of just ran out of time and didn’t get anything purchased.

Where are you?  All done or still have a ton of things left to get?

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Now that you’ve either got all of your gifts or have a plan on what you are purchasing, you’re going to have to wrap them.

So today’s 5 Things post is all about the five things you need to wrap any gift.

5 Things posts are a list of 5 things in a certain category that can help with different aspects of hosting.  I’ve done a couple others here and here.

5 Categories of Things You Need to Wrap Any Gift

I’ve divided up these five things into categories.  You’ll need one category for pretty much every gift, but only one or two categories for other gifts.

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Which ones are must haves for you to wrap gifts?

Tools

The tools category is all the things you need to make the wrapping work.  So this includes scissors, tape, ribbon shredders, tags, and bows.

I pretty much only use tape and scissors so that’s all you’ll see in my pictures.  I don’t know if I even own any bows.  I just make my own with ribbon.

Wrapping Paper

I love wrapping paper.  It’s so versatile.  You can do so many things with it.

I use it for WAY more than just wrapping gifts.  I use it for dessert backdrops and table runners just to name a few.

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I like buying seasonal wrapping paper, like Christmas wrapping paper, after the holidays when it’s like 50-80% off.  I typically buy specifically seasonal wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby.

Hobby Lobby has a great selection of classic, modern, and fun prints.  But what I like most is that all of the wrapping paper is very quality.  It’s thick and there is a ton of it on each roll.

For other occasions, I love getting very on trend patterns at places like Marshall’s, Homegoods, and TJ Maxx.

Obviously, wrapping paper is great for boxes and square gifts.  I also use it to make gift tags and bows too.  Did you know you can make a bow out of wrapping paper?

One tip for purchasing wrapping paper is to get multiple papers that are in the same color family, or that are coordinated.  I stuck to a red and green theme this year.  There’s also a theme of polka dots.

To make things a little more coordinated I’d recommend staying away from lots of patterns.  The simpler the paper is, the easier it is to mix a few different ones.

Ribbon

My name is Amy, and I have a ribbon addiction.  I love ribbon.  It’s one of  the easiest ways to take that more simple paper and dress it up. Think fun patterns, sparkles, and themes.

I use ribbon on basically every gift.  There’s just something about untying a ribbon to make it feel like you’re “opening” a present.

I highly recommend getting ribbon that’s wider and with wire in it.  The wider ribbon makes a bigger statement. The wire helps to make perfectly shaped bows.

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Gift Bags

So, if wrapping is not your thing.  Either you aren’t very good at it.  Or probably the more likely case is that you have an odd ball shaped item to wrap.

The easiest way to wrap an oddball shaped gift is to pop it in a gift bag.

So easy and so fast!

But, I always like to make those gifts look extra special too.  So in addition to adding the gift into the bag, I also add in tissue paper to keep the surprise alive, and I tie the handles of the bag with ribbon and make a fun bow.

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I also love that you can get gift bags with all different patterns, sayings, designs, and colors.  This is another way to stay within your color scheme of gifts.

Tissue Paper

Tissue paper is a category that could be used for every gift.  Add tissue paper to gift bags.  Add it inside a gift box to cover up the gift. Or if you have another oddball shaped gift, wrap it up in tissue paper because it’s so malleable.

But, again, add that ribbon to make it extra pretty and give the recipient the chance to untie or open the gift.

Wrap Up and a Tutorial You Should Watch!

There are the five things I think you need to wrap any gift.  What are your must haves?  Do you have any tips or tricks when wrapping gifts?

If you want to see me do a live gift wrap tutorial, be sure to tune into The Daily Hostess Facebook page today to watch.  I’m really excited to do it, so I hope you watch live or on the replay!

And you may just learn a couple things on how to wrap a gift.

 

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Gift List Tracker to Help Organize Holiday Shopping

Happy Black Friday eve!  This is a strange time for me to popping in here.  But I couldn’t let you go into Black Friday shopping without planning for it! Here’s a gift list printable just for you!

Tomorrow marks the official start of holiday shopping.  And although I’m happily still eating Thanksgiving dinner and not thinking anything about what gifts to buy.  I know some of you crazies get out to get those deals.

I wanted to give you a little something to help stay organized and on track when buying.

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Holiday Gift List Printable

I’ve gone Black Friday shopping like twice in my life.  I’m pretty sure both of those times I ended up just getting stuff for myself because I didn’t have a clear plan on what to buy for others.

This free gift list printable is the perfect way to track everyone you need to buy for and what you plan on buying.

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The gift list tracker can even help you save money.  If you know what you’re buying then you can find the best sales for that item.

There’s a space to track how much you want to spend or how much you actually paid for it.  Add it all up to help you stick to your holiday budget.

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This gift list can even help you remember to wrap and deliver your gift to the recipient.

I feel forgetting what you bought and for who is an issue when you buy so much all at once.  Maybe you even hide gifts or put them away so nosy little kids can’t find them.

Remember that scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when Chevy Chase is stuck in the attic hiding gifts and finds gifts from previous years?

Yeah that won’t happen with this because you’ll be able to know whether or not you’ve wrapped and delivered each gift.  And hopefully you won’t get stuck in the attic either.

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I hope this helps Black Friday shopping or any shopping you do this weekend and throughout the season to be a little more planned and on track.

Use Your Gift List to Shop Small on Black Friday

If you want to stay home to avoid the crowds and craziness of Black Friday (raises hand), try shopping online with a bunch of my fellow small business owners.  If you click here, join the group to see some amazing vendors with sales and giveaways of their products and services.

I’ll even be having a sale on my virtual party plans and mobile gift wrapping service.

New Resource Library on the Blog

Did you see that I created a central space for all of these fun, easy, and helpful printables?

No!

See here, right at the top of the blog there’s a new Resource Library tab.

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You may even notice that the blog has a bit of a different look these days.  I think it’s a fun new direction.

So about the resource library.  I’ve been adding lots of downloadable printables to that area.  It’s a great place to go if you need help planning a party, a cupcake topper, or even party decor.

The Resource Library is password protected, so be sure to go here to get the password.  It will add you to my list and once you do that, you’ll never have to put the password in again!

I hope you’re liking the changes you see here as I’m always trying to give you the best of what I have.  Offer you the best, most helpful services, and grow the blog and reach more people that like to party.

Happy Thanksgiving!

And finally, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.  I love this day because we can reflect on what we’re grateful for with our family and friends around the table with us.

It’s such a great time to gather together, love one another, and remember to be thankful for those that are with us and those that can’t be.

I hope you have a wonderful day full of gratitude and turkey/pie/potatoes/stuffing/cranberries!  Enjoy the day celebrating!

And be sure to start planning your holiday gifts now!

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5 Comfortable Thanksgiving Outfits

It’s Friday Friday Friday!  Did you sing that too?  Friday’s around here usually mean 5 Things!  A random list of 5 Things to help you celebrate better.

Today it’s 5 Things to wear on Thanksgiving to stay comfortable while eating the biggest meal of the year.

I did a post like this a few years ago and it’s still a highly visited article.  It’s all about making sure you have room for turkey.  Read it here.

5 Things To Wear On Thanksgiving To Be Comfortable

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I broke up these five things into categories because there are too many good options out there.

Thanks to a few bloggers like Cassie at Hi SugarPlum, Mallory at Style Your Senses, and Sheaffer at Sheaffer Told Me To, I have insight into some of the best clothing options out there.  They all do a great job sharing super cute, affordable, and comfortable fashion choices.

If you like any of the options below just click on the picture to purchase it.

Sweaters with Room for Turkey and Pie

You can never go wrong with a roomy, fall hued sweater on Thanksgiving.  It’s likely to be cold so a sweater will certainly keep you warm.

Just watch out, if you’re the one doing all the cooking, opt for another option because that oven heat combined with a sweater will make you so hot.

I remember most Thanksgiving’s having to change into something lighter because I was getting so hot.

Dresses with Room for Sweet Potatoes

Sometimes you spend Thanksgiving with people other than family and want to feel a little dressier. These are some great options because they are nicer but still have a very generous cut.

I love that you could add a scarf, cardigan, and boots for a full fall look.

Shirts with Room for That Second Roll

Why do I always feel like I need to get another roll at the end of my Thanksgiving meal?  If you do the same any of these shirts have lots of room to hide that food baby!

Tunics with Room for Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Tunics are another great option because they are usually fairly flowy and they’re longer to cover your tummy and behind.

This one from Amazon is very highly rated, so I’m sure you’ll love it too. Pair it over leggings or with your most comfortable jeans.

 I personally own this next tunic and it is perfect for covering your bum in leggings.  I’m fairly short so it’s long on me.  But it’s a great shirt with lots of room.

Leggings with Room for Your Second Round

And with most Thanksgiving dinners, you’ll probably eat an entire second round of food.  This is especially true if you do more of a Thanksgiving lunch.  Then you obviously have more for dinner.

The most comfortable way to eat so much in one day is to wear leggings!  Here are a couple of great options that will keep you totally comfortable.

I own the second pair and love them.  They are completely opaque and don’t show any skin through them. I also love the high waist band.

 

What do you typically wear on Thanksgiving?  I hope these options give you a comfortable choice so that you can enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

Eat lots and not worry about your pants cutting into you or your shirt being too tight!

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2018 Thanksgiving Cooking Timeline Printable

It’s that time of year again!  Thanksgiving and ALLLLLLLL the cooking.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love all the cooking and gathering people around the table to celebrate together.  That’s the main reason I love hosting so much.

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We typically host at our house, but haven’t the last couple of years because other friends’ have, so I’m excited to do it again this year.

Surprisingly, I haven’t put a ton of thought into the day yet, but I have my menu planned out.  I never do Thanksgiving without this sweet potato casserole and this stuffing.

Here’s the thing though with cooking so much all in one day.  Your oven is basically on all day.  Plus, it’s a delicate dance to figure out when you need to put certain things in the oven, at what temperature they need to be cooked, and how long they need to cook.

So every year, I come up with a fun and super handy Thanksgiving cooking timeline printable.   You can see all the past ones here, here, and here.

And here is this year’s cooking timeline!

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I don’t have two ovens, but the one I do have does some heavy lifting on Thanksgiving.  However, everything still has to be ready at the same time.  So, I have to write it all down and figure out what cooking order makes the most sense.

See, delicate dance!

Thanksgiving Oven Rotation Cooking Timeline Printable

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Here’s how I use my printable to make sure everything gets cooked and on the table at the same time.

First, I double check all of my recipes to see how long everything needs to be cooked and at what temperature.

I write that all down, then figure out in what order things should be cooked.  I use my tips below to help me figure that out.

Next, I start working backward from the time that I plan on eating and write in the time that each dish should go into the oven and come out of the oven.

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I typically do this a few days before Thanksgiving so that I’m prepared the day of.  More importantly it lets me figure out if there are any parts of the dishes that I can make ahead of time.

Thanksgiving Oven Rotation Tips

To make cooking everything and having it all done around the same time with just one oven easier try some of these tips below.

  • Cook the dish with the highest temperature first, so all day you’re just turning the oven down and not wasting time waiting for the oven to preheat.
  • Bake as much the day before and just reheat on Thanksgiving.
  • When the turkey is out and resting, use that time to warm everything back up that you cooked the day before or earlier in the day.
  • Reduce the number of times you’re opening and closing the oven so you don’t lose heat.  Just turn on the oven light and check things through the window.
  • Cook savory things together and sweet things separately so flavors and aromas don’t mix.

Thanksgiving Cooking Timeline Printable

Be sure to click here or on the picture below to download your own cooking timeline printable.

What I love about this is that if you have it out in your kitchen, it’s pretty enough for your guests to see.

Hosting such a big holiday focused on food can be stressful.  But with a little planning and this printable I hope it can help relieve some stress of the day.

 

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DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland with a Video Tutorial

I’m so excited to bring you this DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland today.  It’s been a long time in the making, and I’m not even sure why.

I wanted to feature it in this post about decorating your party chairs, but it just didn’t happen.   But, these would be adorable on the back of any chair at your next party.

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Do you ever put something off for a long time, then when you do it, it only takes you like 5 minutes to complete it?  Yep, that’s what happened with this ribbon garland.

Once I started doing it, it was so quick.  I’m not sure why I put it off for so long.  It was so quick I even had time to do a video tutorial, edit it, and figure out how to get it to post here.

There’s no excuse to not be sure how to do this because the video walks you through every quick step.

And there’s no excuse for me not to just get things done when I want to because they probably aren’t going to take as long as you think they will.  Maybe not procrastinating should be my New Year’s resolution?

DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland

So, these DIY ribbon hoops are super easy to make yourself and they make a huge impact.

I love the versatility of them.  You can hang them in a dessert backdrop, from the ceiling, or use them as a wreath for the entrance to your party.

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If you want, you don’t even have to use them for a party at all.  Try them as home decor.  How sweet would they be in a nursery or playroom?

I love the softness of the satin and grosgrain ribbon, the vibrant colors, but mostly how easy they are to do.

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Hoop decor is all the rage right now, especially for parties.  Decorating hoops with flowers, balloons, or fabric.

These would be so fun to incorporate into upcoming Thanksgiving or Christmas decor don’t you think?

DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland Supplies

You don’t need a whole lot to make this hoop garland.  You may even be able to find what you need from around your house.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Embroidery Hoops
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

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I love that I don’t need any special tools for this DIY.  No glue gun or sewing involved.  Just your fingers and about 5 minutes of time!

DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland Tutorial

Here are the steps you’ll need to take to make this yourself.

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  2. To loop your ribbon over the hoop, first join the two free ends together and find the middle of the ribbon.
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  5. Wiggle the hanging ends of the ribbon to tighten the knot that you created.
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I hung my ribbon hoop garlands over my bar area.  They make a cute, and easy decoration for that area.

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These would be quick and inexpensive decor to incorporate into your party in areas that aren’t your main focal point.  Just use colors that coordinate with your party.

And clear 3M hooks would work perfectly to hang them temporarily where you’d like them.  I only had white ones on hand.

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All together I only spent about $11 on this DIY.  I already had the embroidery hoops so all I purchased was the ribbon.  I bought four rolls at about $2-3 each.

Video Tutorial of DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland

 

I highly recommend watching this quick video tutorial.  Not because I am great on camera, haha, but because the process makes a little more sense when you see it being done.

And now for me to try and remember how to speak 🙂

Is this a DIY you could see yourself tackling?  Where would you use it?  A party, home decor, or somewhere else?

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Thanks for stopping by!  We’re going full swing into Thanksgiving in the next week.  If you need Thanksgiving hosting help, this is the right place to be!

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Celebrating everyday!