Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bridal Shower Gifts and Wrapping Ideas

Bridal shower gift wrap
 
I love to wrap gifts.  I always have.  Part of the fun for me is finding inspiration in the gift choice, the colors, paper and in ribbon.  Having an excuse to shop for paper and ribbon is like buying a new pair of party shoes.  I get giddy!
 
Bridal shower gift wrap
 
The inspiration for this “wedding cake wrap”, as my friend called it, since she thought it looked like a tiered wedding cake, began with the bride’s registry.  I noticed the bride had chosen gifts from setting the table through to dessert so I decided to purchase gifts in every category.  If a Fairy God Mother can’t help to make a god daughter’s wishes come true, who can?
 
I found wrapping paper in the wedding color – sage green, and a paper flower kit at Paper Source.  Since I had multiple sized gift boxes to work with, I stacked the boxes to make a vertical display and thought flower decorations would be pretty and something the bride-to-be could use in her rehearsal bouquet if she wanted to.
 
Part of the gift reveal was to open the boxes in numeric order from setting the table to dessert.  I had the idea to use hang tags because I thought they would add a fun and decorative element to the presentation especially with a cute font printed on them.  I could’ve made the tags from square one using a sheet of paper, figuring out the spacing for printing and measuring to cut but when I saw these printable place cards I knew it would be easy to ake tags from them.  They gave me a jump start by having the size already established and having a printing template available online.  This worked out perfectly.  
 
I chose an ivory card stock, soft grey text color and French Script font.
 
Bridal shower gift wrap
 
Since the cards were fold overs, I cut the cards on the folded lines and separated them where they were perforated.
 
Next, I cut the corners, punched holes and looped natural jute through the holes for the ties.
 
Bridal shower gift wrap
 
The flowers were fun to make but took some time.  Cutting the ‘fringe’ looks tedious but it’s not if you fold the strip a couple times over and cut through multiple layers of paper. 
 
Bridal shower gift wrap
 
After wrapping the fringy strips around the wire, creating the center of the flower, petals are secured with glue or tape and wrapped with floral tape. 
 
Bridal shower gift wrap
 
What I really enjoyed about wrapping this gift was thinking about my god daughter the entire time with all the hopes and dreams a new bride brings in her heart on her wedding day. 
 
Bridal shower gift wrap
 
To unwrap…
“Begin with No. 1 until you’re done!”
 
Bridal shower gift wrap
 
1. & 2. Setting the Table
3.  Appetizers
4. Main Course
5. Dessert
And since a certain bride-to-be registered for a tart dish and with desserts being my specialty, and after nearly thirty years of being most happily married, I thought I’d hand down one of my husband’s favorite recipes that every new bride should keep on hand…
 
2 tarts
 
… live happily ever after.
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11 comments:

Lily Lemontree said...

WOW! I wish you were my fairy godmother! What a beautiful job of wrapping, I would hate to tear it apart (but you know I would, love nothing more than the excitement of opening a present!!)

The enchanted home said...

This belongs in a magazine, Martha eat your heart out. You are one talented lady!!

Trevor Sis Boom said...

What a lovely fairy godmother you are! And talented! I bet opening this thoughtful treat was a real highlight for the bride and something she will remember forever.

Skeller said...

gorgeous! I love your flare for decor (food and otherwise!). Of course, making a gift package this beautiful makes it feel like a crime to unwrap it!

Karen at Home Sweet Hollywood said...

This is so stinking cute, thoughtful, creative and a million other sweet adjectives. LOVE it and the heartfelt sentiment. :)

Katie Clooney said...

Wow... just found your blog and have fallen in love. What incredible ideas you have!!! Love them.

Leslie said...

I wish I had an ounce of your creativity! Who wouldn't absolutely love something that's wrapped like this? So sweet and you did an exceptional job. Enjoy your weekend.

xxleslie

Stitchfork said...

That is one lucky godaughter! Love your idea of numbered gifts! And they look mah-veh-lous!
xo
Cathy

LPC said...

I am in awe. I couldn't do this if you paid me. Your lucky family. I love a good gift wrap.

thefarmfiles said...

This is so wonderful and SO thoughtful! What a perfect gift for her. Love, love, love everything about this. As a bride-to-be, I am jealous...ha!

Thanks for sharing.
Emily

Vicki said...

Adorable ideas. I adore the packages wrapped so beautifully.

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