Hi Everyone! We are super excited because today we have a little DIY on how to wrap wine bottles from our good friend and lifestyle blogger Anne Sage of The City Sage. Anne was nice enough to do a little guest post for us and we LOVE what she has come up with! Aren’t these wine bottles beautiful!
This is such an easy and stunning way to wrap wine bottles. I think we all have the same issue when it comes to wrapping wine bottles and that is what the heck do you do when you get to the top? It’s a totally different size than the base, and I know we all just end up scrunching the wrapping paper around the top and slapping a bow on it. So I am super excited to let Anne show you how she makes her wine bottles look so awesome. Messy wrapping paper no more! :)
Here are the super simple directions:
1. Position bottle flat on paper with about one inch overhang on the bottom and at least 8 inches overhang at the top.
2. Secure vertical edge of paper to the side of the bottle with tape, roll bottle in paper until covered, tape closed.
3. To close paper at the bottom of the bottle, tuck overhang down in triangular segments as you rotate the bottle. Secure with tape.
4. For the fan effect, press the top overhang of paper into a single flat panel and crease both sides. Starting at the top edge, fold down in segments, alternating fold direction as you would a paper fan. When you reach the neck of the bottle, secure center of fan with tape.
5. Open fan out from the sides to create a single arc. Optionally at this point you can add ribbon along length of bottle and tie it where the fan arc meets, or simply seal arc with tape along the center fold. Add desired bow or ribbon flourish and gift away!
For this gift topper DIY, I decided not to tie it off to cover the floral wire because the Rosemary I got was very bushy and it was easy to hide the wire under the leaves. I then printed out to and from’s on regular letter sized paper on my printer (I used the font “Frosted”). You totally don’t have to print them out, but I did because my handwriting is really terrible and it looks like what I imagine an insane persons handwriting would be like. After I printed the to and from’s out I just took the wreath I planned to use and kind of loosely traced it lightly on the paper so I knew where to cut. I just cut the paper to the size of the circle and stuck it to the package using double sided tape. I used red bakers twine to tie the wreath to the package but you can use any ribbon. If you loop it around either side of the wreath and then tie it at the bottom of the package I think that looks best.
The best thing about this DIY is that if the box your gift came in is kind of nice, you don’t need to wrap it, you can just do this instead. I plan to make a bunch of these wreaths and wrap presents as little as possible this year. ☺
Every year we anxiously anticipate the release of all the amazing cookbooks by some of our favorite chefs, authors, etc. We get particularly excited about this time of year because we get to gift some of our favorite cookbooks to some of the people nearest and dearest to us. We really, really love cookbooks, but doesn’t everyone? I feel like even people who don’t cook appreciate a well put together cookbook, even if just for the pretty pictures of mouthwatering dishes that burst though the pages of every book.
Today we’re so excited because we’re giving away 6 of our current, favorite cookbooks!
The Slanted Door by Charles Phan: I love a great story about a small family business that turned into a major success. The Slanted Door paints this picture beautifully. Originally a small family run business, The Slanted Door restaurant first opened its doors in SF in 1995. Charles Phan wanted to bring the city his take on family-style Vietnamese dishes, in a slightly modern setting. Well he did just that, VERY successfully. The best part about his business is that throughout the years they have maintained the genuine quality feel of their overall practice and food. The Slanted Door is Chef Phan’s second book that focuses on a slightly more modern approach to Vietnamese cooking, which is a change up from his first award-winning book Vietnamese Home Cooking, a more technique driven book. Even if you’re not familiar with Chef Phan and his incredible restaurants, you should get this book. It’s extremely personal and most importantly, completely and unapologetically mouthwatering. Heritage by Sean Brock: There’s just SO much to say about Chef Sean Brock and this cookbook, but to prevent myself from going on and on and ON about his and its magnificences, I will just say a couple things. This book is extremely thoughtful and personal. Not only does he dive deep into the dishes he grew up with and how they inspire him in the kitchen today, but he also goes into the importance and his appreciation for the amazing purveyors that provide him with fresh, local ingredients to use in his restaurant. It’s difficult to not fall in love with this seemly sweet and gentle chef who can totally tear it up in the kitchen. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi: Do I even need to get into this book?! If you’re a fan of Yotam Ottolenghi or have read/own his other two cookbooks then you will undoubtedly love this one. It pretty much reads as a continuation of his first book Plenty, but don’t think that means you’ll get bored…if anything you won’t be able to put the book down! Chef Ottolenghi never ceases to amaze me; his use of fresh and seasonal produce seems so simple (at times), but tend to produce the most flavor-packed dishes. Oh and did I mention that the book itself and all of its amazing photography is quite the stunner? Because it totally IS!! Sweet & Vicious by Libbie Summers: If everyone doesn’t own this cookbook, they should. Libbie Summers is a food stylist, recipe writer, production designer, and runs her own lifestyle brand. Seriously, this lady’s resume even includes being a personal chef on a yacht years ago; she has really done it all! Above all, Libbie is extremely creative and doesn’t seem to take herself too seriously. Her style and personality totally come through in her cookbooks and Sweet and Vicious is no different! (Be prepared to be in a very good mood while thumbing through this amazing piece of work. She’s funny, witty and a great story teller.) When I was just an aspiring food stylist myself a handful of years ago, she’s one of the greats I looked up to. He style is so playful, yet she still creates such stunning work . Pitt Cue Co The Cookbook: This book is by the chefs and owners of the Pitt Cue Co. in London. Yep that’s right, bbq in London. I haven’t been to London in years and haven’t yet had an opportunity to dine on any of their delicious looking food, but man these guys are neat! They’re not only cooking up traditional cuts of bbq in their book (like their famed pulled pork shoulder), they’re also cooking such inventive dishes like smoked ox cheek toasts served with pickled walnuts and sticky bourbon & cola pudding. This book is also visually stunning and exciting, so be prepared to have your stomach screaming at you while you flip through every.single.page. L.A. Son by Roi Choi: I’ve often spoke of my fascination (because fascination is a less scary word to use then OBSESSION) with LA native, Chef Roy Choi. Not only did he begin the food truck revolution with his Korean-Mexican fusion tacos, but has since opened up a number of establishments all across Los Angeles. My favorite part about his cookbook (aside from the the incredibly thoughtful dishes that burst through the pages) is that it reads like a memoir, stuffed with recipes. We get to learn the ins and outs of Roy Choi as a person and how he began his career and what inspires him everyday. He comes off as very real and humble and it’s totally an exciting read…plus how do you not love a chef who says his culinary inspiration all began with milkshakes!
If you want to win all of these amazing cookbooks (which would make such great gifts!!), leave us a comment below letting us know what inspires you in the kitchen, during the holidays. Don’t forget to leave your email address so we can contact you for your address, if you win! Shipping only to USA. The giveaway will end on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014 @ 12pm/pst. Thanks, guys and Enjoy! xx, Jenny
This year I decided to make some holiday gift tags that were more about stuff we both love. I decided to make food gift tags. You may remember years past we made these, these or these, so this year, it’s all about food. I made a hot dog gift tags with ketchup and relish (red and green!) and doughnuts with the same color combo, as well as bagels with cream cheese. YUM. So you can download these little designs I created right here: BAGEL,HOT DOG,DOUGHTNUT.
I printed the bagel and hot dog tags on this paper, and used these labels for the doughnuts. You could easily use the bagel design as labels as well. In fact, you can scale these designs to fit really any size or application you want. I used scissors to cut out the hot dog and bagel shapes, but you don’t have to. It’s really up to you!
I also printed text on some of the designs for the to and from bit because my hand writing is terrible, but I bet yours is nice so you should write on them. ☺ I hope you guys enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them!