Homemade Gift Wrap Ideas

I am loving all of these cool homemade DIY gift wrap ideas! I am a sucker for a packaging so a well-wrapped gift is always something I strive to give, even when gifting the simplest of things. Even a small trinket takes on special meaning when wrapped with care and a little extra thoughtfulness. These ideas use simple materials like kraft paper, string, crepe paper, newspaper, ribbon, paint and tissue paper for something that is truly unique and one of kind.

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gray-gift-wrap{Photos by essimar via Heart vs. Head.}

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Sponsored Post: Williams-Sonoma Giveaway

Back in the day, I met my husband on a Finger Lakes wine tour. We bonded instantly over our love for fine wine, cooking, baking and spending time in the kitchen. And for our love of literature, dogs, and long walks on the beach, but I digress. At that moment, I pretty much knew he was the guy for me. For us, registering at Williams-Sonoma when we got engaged was a given. We loaded up our registry with our favorite stemware, bakeware and cutlery and I still get excited when I take out one my beloved Le Creuset dutch ovens or casseroles to cook up something tasty.

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As vegetarians, we love a great bean cassoulet around our house. Right now I am loving this gorgeous Le Creuset cassoulet set. It’s perfect for family dinner or small dinner parties. Not to mention, cassoulet is the perfect meal for chilly fall and winter evenings.

Recently Updated2I’m a huge fan of Williams-Sonoma’s wine club. You can join on your own or buy a membership as a gift. At The B-List conference this past spring, us bloggers were lucky enough to get a wine club trial, which was heaven. Our wine selection showed up meticulously packaged and the wines were all fantastic, placing it at the top of my list for great gift ideas.

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For easy entertaining, I love Williams-Sonoma’s seasonal baked goods and sweets. These personalized owl sugar cookies, browniepops, cupcakes and petits fours are perfect for Halloween treats.

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Our KitchenAid stand mixer is a mainstay in our house. We use it regularly and really want to add the ice cream maker attachment to our arsenal. Is there anything as good as homemade ice cream?

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Of course, great stemware is key in a household of wine lovers. I like to be able to quickly grab for the correct glass when entertaining, regardless of our guest’s drink of choice so a lot of great glassware was essential when we registered for wedding gifts. We love Riedel’s stemmed and stemless wine glasses best.

Are you feeling the registry itch yet? Turns out, today is your lucky day because one reader is going to win a $200 gift card from Williams-Sonoma!

To enter:

Simply visit Williams-Sonoma and create your own wedding registry then comment here sharing the moment you knew your future spouse was the one for you. If you share your public registry link, you’ll receive an extra entry! Already registered at Williams-Sonoma? You’re still eligible to win! Simply visit your registry and add at least one item, then comment here with the item you’ve added. (Don’t forget to share your story about how you knew you’d found the one, too!)

Contest will end at 12pm EST on Monday, September 20 when I will announce the lucky winner – good luck!

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A Pretty Country Wedding

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely obsessed with today’s real wedding. Sent over by Jeff Wallace Photography, Aubrie and Aaron’s gorgeous summer wedding took place at the Heritage Museum of Orange County. I love the gorgeous color palette, the pretty peach flowers and all of the sweet little details that make this wedding shine with personality. Plus, Aubrie is an absolute knock-out bride and her dress is to die for. What’s not to love?

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Beautiful right? I just can’t get enough. And with that, stay tuned later today for an awesome giveaway!

{Photos by Jeff Wallace Photography.}

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Super Epic Rainbow Birthday Party

If you happen to live someplace that is feeling a little dark and gloomy this week (we’re definitely experiencing some dark and gloomy here) prepare yourself for a blast of sunshine! This rainbow hued birthday party brightened up my day and I know you’ll love it, too. From the vibrant papel picado to the simply fantastic rainbow birthday cake, every detail is bold, colorful and full of cheer. Wouldn’t this make a really fun bridal shower, too? Not everyone wants something traditional and ladylike, after all. Some of us just like to channel our inner pre-teen and have some good old fashioned girl talk with our best friends. Slumber party, anyone?

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{Photos from hula seventy via Party Perfect.}

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Pretty Dinner Party Inspiration

Hello, everyone! Things are a little slow going as I catch up from being away for a few days, but I wanted to share this sweet little dinner party table design with you today. Wouldn’t this be perfect for a rehearsal dinner or even a small casual wedding? It would also make for a really chic and sophisticated bridal shower, too. I’m in love with the soft neutral color scheme and the slightly wild looking floral arrangements.

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{Photos from Flora.}

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