Every year I try to pick out 3 or 4 rolls of wrapping paper that complement each other without looking to “matchy” – this usually involves digging through the big bins of wrapping paper (at Target, Hobby Lobby, T.J.Maxx/HomeGoods, wherever I spot them when I’m out and about) and pulling rolls until I’m happy with a combo. I also like to incorporate natural kraft paper when possible because it makes a great, inexpensive filler paper for larger packages and hard-to-wrap gifts that I want to tuck in basic kraft gift bags I usually have on hand.
This year I found a basic red and kraft stripe, red ticking stripe, and kraft with a green music note pattern all at Marshalls. In place of ribbon, I used simple jute twine and red and green baker’s twine from my shop. Each roll of baker’s twine comes with 100 yards, so there’s room to double up and get creative with it!
What are your favorite sources or go-to colors/patterns for holiday wrapping paper?
Hosting family or friends for dinner is hectic enough without worrying about what your dining table looks like. Life’s too short to stress over casual place settings, so here’s some quick advice to prepare you for your next dinner party.
Tip 1: Invest in Stylish Basics
Take some time to shop for a few key pieces that you really like and you will be amazed how easily your table comes together. These pieces don’t need to be a major investment – retailers like Target, HomeGoods, World Market, and even Wal-Mart offer a ton of really amazing things that are affordable if you shop wisely.
Tip 2: Think Neutral
If you start with a neutral color palette, you can always add color to suit the season or your mood. A fun table cloth or a bundle of flowers add a lot of personality, and can completely change the look of your table without much added cost or effort.
You can see here that I used white plates, natural woven chargers, classic glasses, a white vase, and beige napkins, but the tablescape gets plenty of color from inexpensive Publix flowers (2x $4 bundles) and my blue table (which I semi-impulsively painted last summer and may paint again this spring…we shall see).
Some of my go-to pieces, which are all pictured here, are:
White Scalloped Plates // Target
Round Madras Chargers // World Market
Parchment Hemstitch Napkins // World Market
Wine Glasses // Hand-me-downs from my mom
Water Goblets (Footed Ice Tea Glasses) // Walmart
White Pitcher Vase // HomeGoods
Wooden Salad Bowl // Vintage Heirloom
Wooden Salad Servers // World Market
White Votive Candles // Walmart
Kraft Parcel Tags and Twine // Simply Southern Wedding Boutique
Shop the Look!
What are your favorite go-to table pieces?
This year I wrapped most of my Christmas gifts in a simple color palette of gold, black, and natural kraft brown. I love the modern look of black and gold paper paired with the natural texture and color of kraft paper.
I don’t usually have a gameplan when I go to buy wrapping paper for the season. I start by selecting one or two rolls that stand out to me, and then choose a couple more complimenting rolls. When possible, I like to use at least one solid color – pretty patterned paper tends to stand out more when there are some solid packages in the mix.
Kraft with Gold Pine Detail // Target
Black with Gold Dots // HomeGoods
Textured Kraft // World Market
Black and Gold Lattice Pattern // Target
I highly recommend keeping a few large rolls of classic curling ribbon around. I have been working on this roll of gold ribbon from Target for several years. The multi-packs of ribbon that come out for the holidays don’t have nearly as much ribbon and usually cost more. It’s also fun to use unconventional ribbon and twine to add texture and personality to your packages. Black baker’s twine and jute twine (shown below) are both available in my online boutique.
Add handmade tags to your gifts for a personalized touch. These simple parcel gift tags look nice on their own, but it’s also fun to dress them up with rubber stamps (this bird stamp is one of my favorites), metallic pens, glitter, or whatever craft goodies you have around.
Did you find any amazing gift wrap this year?
Happy Holidays! – Joan