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A Glitter and Gifting Holiday Afternoon + recipe

Wrapping is a daunting task for me. It always starts out fun but about 3 presents in I’m ready to throw everything in a gift bag, slap on a bow and call it a day. But if that wrapping were taking place with my girlfriends, cocktails and donuts at our fingertips, I think I would be singing a new tune. Have a look at this glittering wrapping party crafted by La RickiHoot And Holler and photographed by The Birdie Girl plus a yummy cocktail recipe below! And for even more, check out our 2014 Holiday Mag.

From La Ricki… Our inspiration was to bring girlfriends together, at any time of day, enjoy each other’s company and the spirit of the season. They sipped the crisp apple bourbon cocktail in vintage coupe glasses to add elegance. Rollover Doughnuts offered the most precious and delicious treats that melted in your mouth! The treats paired perfectly as the girls cozied up on the sofa with warm lattes.We kept the colors neutral with colors of creams, blush, and mixing metallic metals with a few pops of green. Hoot and Holler added amazing beauty with their gorgeous arrangements in metallic vases that added to the holiday feel. We accessorized with glass bead and tassel jewelry by the lovely Henny and Coco. Antique trays fitted with rustic wood held the cocktails and our pretty wrapping ephemera.

As friends enjoyed their sips and sweets they created simple, elegant gift wrapping in a few different ways. We wrapped with glitter washi tape making simple designs, chalk pen hand-lettering on kraft wrapping paper. And for the final finishing touches we mixed in hand-lettered gift tags in white and blush paper, mini ornament baubles to add a little glimmer and white felt bows. What was also truly important to us in bringing everyone together was uniting community by shopping local with small businesses. Every gift that was wrapped is a local and handcrafted good made in Phoenix, AZ.

Crisp Apple Bourbon
prep time
10 Minute/s
cook time
total time
10 Minute/s
Serves 8Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup diced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup pear vodka
  • 1/2 teaspoon Angostura bitters
  • 2 cups brut-style (aka dry) sparkling apple cider
  • 8 thin apple slices (optional, for decor)
Instructions
  1. Place all 3 ingredients in blender, on HIGH for 30 seconds. Cool and strain through sieve into bowl. Discard solids. Package syrup in decorative glass bottle.
  2. Combine 3 tablespoons maple mixture, bourbon pear vodka, and bitters in small pitcher. Add ice and stir 15 seconds. Strain 1/4 cup into each of 8 cocktail coupes. Top each glass with 1/4 cup cider. Garnish with apple slice, if desired. Serve immediately.

Photography: The Birdie Girl | Floral Design: Hoot And Holler | Accessories: Henny And Coco | Baker: Rollover Doughnuts | Coup And Tray Rental: Vintage Rusticity | Event Design + Planning: La Ricki | Gifts: Flora Apothecary | Gifts: Taylor Town Design Shop | Gifts: MAME Soy Candles | Gifts: Stapley Dolls | Invitations And Handlettering: Page And Mason | Pillows, Throw + Stags: Target

DIY Sugar Cookie Kits

We all know that the holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without a day of cookie decorating! Make it easy on the ones you love with this cute kit stocked full with everything you need to make perfectly lovely sugar cookie art. Take a peek at our Holiday Mag for cookie decorating tips and more DIY gift ideas!

MaterialsGlittery Christmas tree boxes 
Ribbon
Cellophane bags
Mini acrylic containers
Sugar Cookie labels
Sprinkles
Christmas cookie cutters
Sugar cookies & royal frosting
Scissors
Loose sequins
Disposable frosting bags
#3 Frosting tip
White cardstock

instructions

step-1Bake cookies and make frosting using your favorite recipe. We used Sugarbelle’s recipe for cookies and frosting.

step-2Mix 3 colors of frosting and bag in small treat bags. Stack the cooled cookies and tie with ribbon. Place frosting, cookies, disposable frosting bag and tip in the larger tree box.

step-3Fill the tiny acrylic containers with sprinkles. Place containers in smaller tree box and fill with loose sequins.

step-4Print the sugar cookie labels onto white cardstock and cut out along the gray outlines. Tuck the labels into each box. Wrap the boxes with ribbon and give to friends and family!

Photography: SMP Living | Design & Styling: SMP Living

How to Wrap the Perfect Present

While there are so many different things about this time of year I love, I must say wrapping gifts for my loved ones may trump them all. It’s a tradition my family takes very seriously. There may even be a yearly competition between my father and I. I always win obviously (just don’t tell him that). And over the years I’ve picked up a few tricks of the family trade I thought I’d share with you all. Happy Holidays Loves! xoxo, Mandy of Waiting on Martha.

Materials
Large, clean surface to work
Sharp scissors are a MUST
Double Sided Tape
Decorative Washi Tape
Tape Cutter
Ribbon and Twine in all different colors, prints, and textures
Wrapping Paper
Tags
Embellishments such as fresh flowers, pine, herbs, candy canes, ornaments, etc.

How to Wrap the Perfect Present

1. Lay the package facedown atop wrap leaving paper attached to roll. Cut paper along allowing a wide enough sheet to cover both sides of the box.

2. Pull wrap tautly up and over the far end of the box, secure with double-sided tape and crease paper along the box’s edge with thumb and forefinger. Repeat with opposite side. If your cuts aren’t exactly straigh simply fold them under an inch before securing with tape.

3. Next close the edges by folding in the right and left edges pushing the sides in towards your box forming flaps. Then fold down top flap, pulling tightly towards the box and adhering with tape. Repeat on the other side of the package.

4. Finish by facing the package up and creasing the edges with your thumb and forefinger creating a crisp creased edge. Repeat on the bottom of the box.

How to Tie the Perfect Bow

1. Measure ribbon by wrapping it around the box twice. Make sure to leave enough ribbon so you can trim the edges again after your bow is tied.

2. Create a single tie as you would when tying your shoe. Create two loops one with the first with your right hand then next with your left hand. When making the second loop with your left hand use your right thumb to hold your first knot in place.

3. Pull loop one through and under loop two pulling the ends to create an even bow.

4. Tighten the bow to your desired length and cut the edges in a diagonal. Add gift tag and voila, you’re done.

Photography: Kathryn McCrary | Concept & Styling: Mandy Kellogg Rye Of Waiting On Martha | Paper, Tags, Twine & Ribbon: Waiting On Martha

Mandy Kellogg Rye

Contributing Editor: Fashion, Food, + Lifestyle