Real-Life Gifting : Mindy's Bridal Shower

By jamie May 4, 2012.

mindy's bridal shower gift

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Happy Friday! I'm so happy to share another Real-Life Gifting project with you! This time I was invited to a bridal shower for Mindy, one of my book club friends. I chose our Clematis Vines wrap and gussied it up with a pretty purple tissue topper. Read on for the details!

mindy's bridal shower gift

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So Mindy had registered for a cookbook/recipe holder and I was compelled to add to it; a cookbook seemed like a logical choice. :) I decided to wrap each gift separately and stack them. I chose a lovely garden green grosgrain ribbon and a few different shades of purple tissue paper to complement the Clematis wrap.

mindy's bridal shower gift

Aimee is always creating pretty paper projects! I've seen the many tissue paper flowers she has done for our catalog and for our booth at the Stationery Show and I wanted to learn how to make them, too. Aimee gave me a quickie tutorial and it went a little something like this: 1) Stack ten 6-by-8-inch sheets of tissue. Make 1 1/2-inch-wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold. 2) Fold your accordion in half and crease so you'll know where the center is. 3) This is an Aimee-exclusive tip: cut a little notch on both sides of the center crease. She says it's not necessary, but it makes things a little bit neater. 4) Tie an 8-inch piece of curling ribbon into a knot around the center. You'll use the excess to secure the flower to your box. You can add interest by shaping the ends with a pair of scissors or an X-Acto knife. I rounded mine, but you can also make the ends pointy. 5) Set the tissue down like in the photo above. 6) Carefully separate the layers, pulling up and away from the center one at a time until you have the desired flower shape you're looking for. Super easy, right?

mindy's briday shower gift

The

A little confession: I bought this book solely on the fact that I LOVE that scripty font. Yep, I'm one of those people (dozens of paper towel brands to choose from, I will pick the one with the best graphic design, anyone else?). This is a case where you can judge a book by it's beautiful cover – it's a wonderful cookbook from beginning to end! I kinda want one for myself, even though I'm not a newlywed anymore. ;)

mindy's briday shower gift

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I've been really interested in calligraphy and hand-lettering lately, so I took this opportunity to pen a pretty inscription for the bride and groom-to-be.

mindy's briday shower gift

Topping

Back to the gift-wrapping! I wrapped the grosgrain around the gifts and secured with tape, no trade secrets there. To attach the flower, I used the excess curling ribbon to tie onto the grosgrain. That's pretty much it!

mindy's briday shower gift

Ready

By the way, this was the first gift unwrapped amongst the mountain of presents Mindy got to open. I'll chalk this up as another successful TGWC wrapping effort. :)

Congratulations and best wishes, Mindy!

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