A Fun Gift Wrap Game for Holiday Parties

giftwrap holiday game

Do you have some holiday parties coming up? Do you need some fun games or activities for your party guests? Lucky for you, I’ve got a really cool game that my family has been playing at our holiday parties for years. When I was younger I really thought everyone played this game, but I recently found out from friends that that’s not the case. So anyway – here’s the game. My family just calls it “the gift wrap game.” It’s really fun and people get really into it. I’d love to hear if you have any fun games for holiday parties like this!

DIY Gift Wrap Party Game – what you need:

  • a small prize like a Hershey kiss
  • gift boxes of varying sizes
  • gift wrap
  • tissue paper
  • a few different kinds of tape
  • scissors
  • dice
  • a mitten or heavy-duty glove

gift wrap diy game

gift wrap game

How to prep the boxes

First, you need to choose a small prize. This can be a piece of candy like a Hershey kiss or a small Reese’s cup, or really anything about that size. The object of the game is for someone to reach that item inside the smallest box. So wrap that item in some tissue paper and put it in your smallest box. Wrap that box and place it in a larger box. Then wrap that box and place it in a larger box. Continue that process until you have used up all of your boxes. I usually use about 6-8 boxes – that should give each person a chance to play. If you have more than about 10 people though, you should consider adding more boxes or just putting together two different sets of boxes. You can wrap the boxes normally, or make it a little more challenging in some places by using more heavy-duty tape.

giftwrap game

How to play the game

Once you have the box all set up, it’s time to play! Have everyone at your party sit around in a circle with the box in the center. The person who is “it” has to put a glove or mitten on their non-dominant hand and keep their dominant hand behind their back. They can use the gloved hand or any other body part to try and unwrap the box and make it to the next one. You can stomp on it, elbow it, bite it, whatever. While they are attacking the box, the person next to them is rolling a die. When they roll a 1 (or whatever number you choose), it becomes their turn. Continue this around the circle until someone gets to the prize in the smallest box.

Here’s a video of the game in action. I hope some of you decide to play it! It can be so much fun if you really get into it.

DIY Holiday Ornaments

diy ornaments

It’s almost Christmas! You probably all have your trees and decorations up already (if you’re the holiday decorating type, that is). But that doesn’t mean you can’t add a few last-minute touches. I found a few cool DIY ornaments over the past month. And I’m here to share my favorites with you!

Wrap Your Gifts With Polka Dots and Glitter

glitter polka dot gift wrap

Wrapping gifts is honestly one of my favorite parts of this season. I know that’s kind of weird though, and lots of people dread having to wrap up all of their holiday gifts. So I figured maybe if people could add some creativity (and glitter) into the process it might be more fun. Because who doesn’t have more fun when there’s glitter around (whoever has to vacuum it up HA HA HA). But I digress….

DIY Glitter Polka Dot Gift Wrap – what you need: 

  • plain (not shiny) wrapping paper
  • white glue
  • pencil with eraser or other circular item to use as a stencil
  • glitter

wrapping paper diy

polka dot wrapping paper diy

glitter wrapping paper diy

glitter polka dot wrapping paper

Step 1: Wrap your gift

The first step here is just to wrap your gift as you normally would. But instead of going out and getting some cheesy foil paper with dogs wearing Santa hats or whatever (I just need to mention that I have no problem with cheesy wrapping paper, I actually love it most of the time) you can just use plain paper for this. In fact, you should stay away from shiny type wrapping paper for this project because the glue tends to not stick as well.

Step 2: Add the polka dots

Then you’ll need to add some glue polka dots to the top of your gift. Here, I just cut off a big piece of the tip of the glue bottle so that it would come out in a pretty decent sized circle for each dot. But a better method would probably be to put some glue on a paper plate and dip a pencil eraser into it to apply the glue to the wrapping paper. Add a few rows of dots until the top of the gift is pretty evenly covered.

Step 3: Cover with glitter

Right away after you’ve added the glue, you’ll need to cover the whole top of the gift in glitter. Do this over a big trash can!!! Make sure every single dot is covered and then kind of shake the glitter around the top of the gift for a minute.

Step 4: Shake off all the glitter over a trash can for a year

When all of the glue is covered with glitter, you can dump all of the excess out in a trash can. But when you think it’s all gone, just keep shaking it. More glitter will fall. You could keep doing it for your whole life and there would somehow always be glitter falling. So just do it for a few minutes and then try to keep it in a place where you don’t mind a little glitter lying around. When you’re done with this step, you might need to clean up your dots a little bit still. Just use a pencil or your fingernails to make sure the edges are even and then it should be ready to give to your glitter-loving friends!

polka dot glitter gift wrap

Cranberry Orange Cocktail Recipe

cranberry orange cocktail

I had a lot of fun playing around with cocktail recipes before our annual Friendsgiving celebration this year. This was my favorite creation of the day. I’m not sure if it has a real name or not, but I was calling it “cranberry orange thing” all night. Regardless, it was really delicious and easy and you should definitely make it for your next gathering.

Cranberry Orange Cocktail (makes one serving) – ingredients:

  • gin
  • prosecco (or other sparkling wine)
  • cranberry juice
  • orange zest
  • orange slice for garnish
  • cranberries for garnish

cranberry orange cocktail

cranberry orange drink recipe

Okay, here are my less-than-technical instructions. Add about an ounce of gin and 2 ounces of cranberry juice to a champagne flute. fill the rest of it with prosecco. Then add a dash of orange zest, an orange slice, and 3-4 cranberries for garnish. Stir and enjoy!

cocktail recipe orange cranberry

Make an Easy Ornament from Your Instagram Photos

instagram christmas ornament

Every year, I look forward to unwrapping all of my Christmas tree ornaments because they hold so many memories. But during the rest of the year, I basically only record memories using one thing – Instagram. So I thought it would be cool to kind of fuse these two concepts together and make an ornament using Instagram photos. This project is so incredibly easy, so I think it would be fun to make a whole bunch of them and fill a little tree with them. It would be like a photo album on display for the whole season. So here it is…

DIY Instagram Ornaments – what you need:

  • photo printer or two printed Instagram photos
  • a cereal box or piece of thin cardboard
  • scissors
  • mod podge
  • paintbrush
  • twine

diy instagram ornament

instagram ornament tutorial

Step 1: Select your photos

If you’re making one ornament, you need two photos of the same size, one for each side of the ornament. You can either print these out on your own or order them from a service like Printstagram.

Step 2: Cut and attach to cardboard

Once you have both of your photos, you’ll need to cut out a piece of thin cardboard (like that from a cereal box), that is the exact same size as the photos. Take your paintbrush and cover one side of the cardboard with mod podge. Apply one of your Instagram photos. Then do the same with the other side of the ornament.

Step 3: Add the twine

Cut a small hole in the top corner of the photo and string a small piece of twine (about 4 inches long) through it. Tie a small bow or knot at the ends of the twine. Then hang up the ornament on your tree and enjoy looking at it throughout the season!

instagram handmade ornament

Mini Whiskey Apple Pies

mini whiskey apple pie

Here’s a recipe that combines a few of my favorite things: apple pie, whiskey, and miniature versions of things. I used some mini pie pans that had cute little stencil tops, which made it pretty easy. But you could really easily use this recipe to make a normal sized pie if you’d prefer. Anyway, here it is.

Mini Whiskey Apple Pies – ingredients:

for the crust

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup water

for the filling

  • 4 granny smith apples
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp whiskey

whiskey apple pie

mini pies recipe

Step 1: Prepare the crust

Cut the butter into pieces that are about 1/2 inch thick and freeze them for about an hour. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a food processor. Then add the frozen butter gradually, pulsing until it’s mixed in with the flour (there should be very small clumps of butter in the mixture). Add 1/8 a cup of very cold water and pulse a couple times, then add another 1/8 cup of cold water and do the same. At this point, the dough should stick together when you squeeze it (if not, add just a tsp or two of ice water at a time until it does). Knead it into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for an hour.

Note: if you don’t have a food processor, I’ve had success before using a potato masher to combine the ingredients. However, it will take a lot longer and is a really great arm workout.

Step 2: Prepare the filling

Peel each of the apples and cut into small slices about 1/4 of an inch thick. In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together. Then add the sliced apples and mix until they’re coated with the sugar mixture.

Step 3: Combine the ingredients

Once the dough has been in the fridge for at least an hour, remove it and spread it over your counter with a rolling pin. Then use pie cutters or a knife to cut out bottom and top crusts for your pies. Place the bottom crusts in your pie pan. Then add the apple filling. Melt a tbsp of butter and pour it over the filling. Then pour the whiskey over that. Add the top pie crusts and press down along the edge of each pie.

Step 4: Bake

Place the pies in an oven preheated to 425 degrees. After 10 minutes, adjust the heat to 350 degrees. Bake for another 30 minutes and then pull them out of the oven. Let them cool, cut each mini pie in half, add a scoop of ice cream if you so choose (you should definitely do this), and enjoy!

mini whiskey apple pie recipe

Holiday Entertaining DIY Projects

holiday entertaining diy projects

It’s about that time when people are getting ready to host their holiday parties. If you’re doing the same, then you might just be looking around for some DIY projects to spruce up your party decor and such. That’s what I’ve been doing. And I included some of my favorites below. Enjoy!

Gifts for Pet Lovers

gifts for pet lovers

Here’s another gift guide for you. You know those people who are obsessed with their pets? (Guilty). Well there are a lot of really awesome cat or dog themed gifts out there that I’m sure they’d love. Here are a few that I think are cool. Enjoy.

My Winter Tablescape

winter tablescape

Decorating for the holidays is seriously one of my favorite things ever. So when I heard about Modani and its winter tablescape promotion, I was really excited. I put together this idea for a winter themed table using Modani’s White Dining Philippe Table. I love the idea of having a plain white backdrop for a bunch of colorful decorations, but still having some interesting charm and character in the table itself. The rest of the details for the tablescape are included below. What would your ideal winter table look like?

Gifts for Feminists

gifts for feminists

Here’s my second gift guide of the season – gifts for feminists. Feminism has been getting a little bit of a bad rap lately and I think that’s pretty lame. I know a lot of really great feminist minded ladies and I know there are a lot of us out there. So if you have a proud feminist on your shopping list this year, consider one of these items.