DIY | Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

It's the last weekend before Christmas which means we have to finish up shopping for a few last minute gifts and finish up our wrapping! This year I stuck with black, white and kraft wrapping paper, jazzing up my gifts with different items like fresh greenery and ornaments. If you're looking for some wrapping ideas I thought I'd share mine with you! 

Perhaps the easiest way to spruce up (no pun intended) your gifts, simply attach pieces of fresh greenery to your gifts using twine, ribbon or gold metal wire like I did here for a traditional Winter look.  Sometimes I even just snip a few branches off the back of my tree!

Modern and fun, that was my goal with these gifts.  I found the small bright glass ornaments at a local shop and used existing neon twine that I had laying around.  I designed and printed the No Peeking! tags on some white card stock and cut them out.  Next year I definitely want to have more fun creating cheeky gift tags like these for my gifts!

Why not replace name gift tags with pictures instead?  This is a personal and fun way to evoke memories for the gift recipient.  I had found some old black and white photos of my dad and thought it would be fun and nostalgic to attach them to his gifts.  I used Artifact Uprising to order square prints of memories I had shared with my family and friends the past year and replaced their gift tags with them. I personally can't wait to give these gifts.

TIP: Kraft paper is a versatile wrapping paper. Try using rubber stamps or metallic pens to create patterns and designs directly on the paper. 


I'd love to see your gift wrapping ideas! Share them with me on Instagram and Facebook by tagging #SAHolidayInspiration.  Happy holiday wrapping!! 


ENTERTAINING | A Modern + Metallic Halloween Tabletop

I FINALLY have a dining table! Which means two things, no more eating dinner on the sofa and I can actually host a dinner party now.  So with Halloween approaching I think it's the perfect excuse to have friends over for an intimate dinner or just have a quiet night in with my guy.

Using items I already own, a few DIY touches and one or two new things, I wanted to create an understated modern and chic Halloween table with pops of black and metallics.  Here is the result.

I had seen the little bat place card holders on Pinterest (of course) and decided I needed to incorporate them into the place setting to liven it up.  I simply printed a bat template (I used this one here) and cut them out.

I stumbled upon the skull salt and pepper shaker set believe it or not, in Kmart, and they are actually on sale right now for less than $5! (and also come in metallic silver) They look and feel so much more expensive than that and prove that quality and price don't always go hand-in-hand. 

 I decided to paint the wine bottle and tops of the sea holly thistles black using acrylic paint for some added drama. 

I received the darling dancing skeleton glasses as a gift and happen to think some dark red wine will look and taste bloody perfect in them.

And why stop with a festive place setting?  The food you serve can taste AND look good by complementing your theme, which is why I would definitely serve this Squid Ink Pasta with Fennel and Basil dish.  Squid ink pasta is black in color and would be a beautiful contrast on the white plates. 

The theme for the table originated from the fact I wanted white and metallic gold dip dyed pumpkins this year.  I started with this simple DIY and the table took shape from there. 

What you'll need:

  • Pumpkins
  • Spray paint or Acrylic paint
  • Painter's tape

How to:

Simply use the painter's tape to create the color divide on the pumpkin.  Either spray paint or use a sponge applicator to apply acrylic paint. (you'll need at least two coats for metallics and lighter colors). Once the first color is completely dried peel the tape off and paint the second half.  You have to use acrylic paint instead of spray paint for the second color since you can't reapply the painter's tape to the section that is already painted as it peels the paint. Let dry and style accordingly!

These glam little pumpkins displayed alone or styled with other items make a statement as a dining or coffee table centerpiece.

 I also love to place mine in unexpected places, like in a serving tray or on an entryway bench.

How do you get festive in your home for the Fall season and Halloween?  I'd love to see!  Share your tabletops and DIY pumpkins (or gourds!) with us by using the hashtag #SAHalloween on Instagram and Facebook.