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Favorites :: Holiday with Minted

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holiday table setting // minted.com

The creatives over at Minted have been super busy dreaming up the best for this 2016 holiday season. From beautiful party invitations to personalized place cards, reversible tree skirts to custom gift tags – there are tons of festive creations to help you throw that perfect holiday party. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites and let me tell you this was not an easy task!Holiday Faves // minted.com

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1 gift tags // 2 tree skirts // 3 place cards // 4 party invitations // 5 personalized stickers // 6 custom map art

*disclaimer – this post was sponsored by minted – however, all opinions are my own as always!

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Read full story By on December 1, 2016 in 5 favorites, Christmas, Entertaining, event planning, Features, Holiday, Parties

5 Faves :: Holiday Ideas Pinterest

With Christmas just a few days away, you may still be looking for a festive cookie recipe, clever craft for the kids or ideas for trimming the tree. As you may know, Pinterest is one of my favorite go to spots to get inspired and my HOLIDAY DECORATING IDEAS board is one of my most active these days. From clever ways to wrap gifts to adorable holiday crafts, I’ve been pinning some fabulous holiday ideas that are guaranteed to inspire all. Take a look at my five of my most recent faves:
pink holiday tabletop decor // coco + kelley #holiday #pinknon-traditional Christmas treeDIY gingerbread pinata // holiday crafthot chocolate toppings // holiday party ideasmouse box // Christmas gift wrapping idea

image sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Also, there is one more day to enter to win a $100 gift card to Target! Who couldn’t use an extra $100 for Christmas gifts?!

happy holidays,


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Read full story By on December 15, 2014 in 5 favorites, Christmas, craft, DIY, Entertaining, Features, Holiday, holiday decor, Parties, pinterest, tabletop

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas and Embellishments

gorgeous gold gift wrap embellishments

(photo credit: Max Kim-Bee // Traditional Home Holiday Magazine)

With the help of Pinterest (still addicted!), I’ve been collecting tons of  creative and beautiful gift wrap ideas for this holiday season. I’m assuming many of you still have gifts to purchase, but wanted to share some of inspirational ideas with you now. Enjoy!

holiday gift wrap embellishments

1. classic Christmas tree ornaments

diy paper wreath gift embellishment

2. DIY paper wreaths

braided yarn gift tie ribbon

3.  braided yarn and felt leaves

pinecone embellished gift tags

4. pinecone embellished gift tags


washi tape bunting gift embellishment

5.  washi tape bunting gift tie 

holiday gift with red felt flower

6. felt flowers

green, blue and orange holiday gift wrap

7. layered ribbons

hand blocked gift wrap diy

8. diy hand stamped gift wrap

Are you prepping for the holidays?

– Cristin

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Read full story By on November 8, 2012 in Christmas, craft, DIY, Holiday

Tips on How to Wrap a Gift

Sometimes what makes a present so special is the way it’s wrapped. Knowing how to wrap a gift is a good skill to have. Here’s a simple tutorial on wrapping a rectangular box, but this could be easily applied to other shape packages as well.
gift wrap how to // simplified bee

Supplies you’ll need:

how to wrap a gift
The secret to a neat package is to not use excess paper. Determine how much gift wrap you’ll need by placing the box along the length of the paper. Then unroll enough so that it wraps around the box with a 2” overlap. Also make sure that there is adequate wrapping paper at the ends to cover them completely when folded down. Use a pencil to mark where the overlaps end. If cutting in a straight line is a challenge or your paper doesn’t have a guide, use a rule to help you keep your cutting in line.
wrapping paper how to // simplified bee

2. Draw paper around smoothly and tape with double stick tape.

3. If you do have excess paper, fold over to created the right fit.

4. Use double stick tape to secure the second side in place.

gift wrap // corner how to

5. Fold down the top part of the wrapping paper and tape in place.

6. Crease the sides and fold inward. Fold the bottom flap into a triangle {fold tip if desired}. Tape in place.

7. Tape the bottom flap to the box. Repeat steps 5 – 7 for the other side.

using excess wrapping paper as ribbon
To finish off the look, add a ribbon or two. I like to layer ribbons that compliment the wrapping paper. Here I wrapped the package with a green & white striped gift wrap leftover and secured it with tape. Then I wrapped a smaller width vintage red velvet ribbon and taped it in place.
gift wrap how to complete

The bow on top was created using recycled ribbons.

how to tie a simple bow #giftwrap
how to wrap a gift #tutorial

Add a card, gift tag or small ornament to personalize the gift.

gift wrap finishing touches
Vintage brooches, antique silverware, colorful buttons and other flea-market finds also make perfect finishing touches to a gift. {all images above via  Country Home 2008}
fabric reusable gift wrap how to
Furoshiki, a Japanese gift wrapping technique, uses a large piece of fabric for wrapping gifts. This is good for the environment because there is no paper waste. It’s also chic and economical because it can be used again. Visit Joybucket for a tutorial on making fabric reusable gift wrap {image above via Joybucket}.
gift ribbon straighting technique easy

Recycling ribbon is also a good thing, but what if it’s wrinkled? Real Simple shows us a great technique to get the kinks out using a flat iron.

Are your gift wrap supplies out of control? For gift wrap storage solutions go here.

Happy Holidays!
* all photo by Cristin Priest for Simplified Bee or otherwise stated.
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