The Gifted Blog

July 27, 2009

Wrap Story: A Package for S & W

This Wrap Story is part of a mini-series, documenting every present I’ve wrapped since the launch of The Gifted Blog. Click here for the whole series!

Greg's cousin S. (at right) was married to W. in the spring of 2008 in Monrovia Canyon Park. S. and W.'s story is a unique one - their wedding united not only themselves, but nine children total from previous marriages. It takes a special commitment to blend families like that! It was fitting that the wedding itself was unconventional. The ceremony was held in a small cabin, and the reception was a was in a friend's backyard afterward, catered by the In-n-Out truck!

The couple was registered at Sur la Table, so we went in with Greg's parents to get them a joint gift. We settled on a steak knife set and a bright oilcloth tablecloth, thinking they might be able to use both for an outdoor meal.

The tablecloth was so pretty that I decided to use it to wrap the knife set. It took a few tries to get the knife box positioned in the right place. Since the tablecloth material was stiff, I wrapped a band of kraft paper around the middle to keep the ends in place and tied a bright blue ribbon around the package. A little polka-dot card in a glassine envelope finished it off.

I was afraid it would look a little out of place amongst the other gifts, but knowing a little of S. and W.'s story made me feel more comfortable with playing around. In the end I think it made for a festive and untraditional-looking wedding present!

This idea could be used in other circumstances - wrapping a blanket around a baby's gift, for example. Is this something you've tried? Let me know in the comments!


  1. This is a little late, but my family has a tradition of always wrapping bridal shower gifts in tea towels. Tad sexist, and probably not a unique tradition, but I do enjoy a fresh tea towel :)

  2. That's such a fun and practical tradition. Who do you think started it?


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