Today's post is written with my friend Pat~the author of GYPSY HEART~in mind. She has made several comments regarding packaging of things...so, I thought I would make a little post out of it.
Anybody can make anything look nice!!! It is pretty simple if you keep a few things close by and in one spot so that you can "pretty up" something within minutes.
Growing up in Europe was a wonderful thing...and their packaging was simple and beautiful. Stopping by the bakery on the way to school and occasionally the candy store was a treat, but I was always impressed by how the smallest of items purchased were packaged. Even a pretzel was tucked into a small paper bag! Candy and sugared nuts were placed into floral paper cones and sealed with a sticker. Talking about attention to detail. If they could take the time to wrap flowers with cellophane and twine with a line out the door, I certainly could take a few extra minutes to make my goods look a bit prettier with keeping a few essentials on hand.
My father-in-law used to always remind me that white is the absence of COLOR. I think he was afraid that our home was turning into a sterile-looking hospital ward. The fact that I painted over the solid oak kitchen cabinets and the faux rock around our fireplace was more than he could handle. Anyhoo, he loves me despite my love for all.things.white!
But, truth be told, white goes with everything unless you are into goth. It is easiest to go with white or the KRAFT color when it comes to packaging kitchen treats...and the best thing about white is that your treats look even more delicious because the color of what you made just POPS! OH.YES! Even plain ol' oatmeal raisin cookies packaged in a white sandwich bag or small cookie box look lovely! Just imagine how M&M Monster cookies would look!
You can use anything really to keep your supplies in, but if you have no idea where to start, I suggest getting a caady that you can use. They are in season now and you can usually find them in with the bbq and picnic things. You may even find one on clearance now.
Here are a few ideas to keep on hand. Keep it SIMPLE with very few choices so that it is do-able and not overwhelming. This is supposed to be fun and practical. Too many choices will take TIME which we are trying to save on.
*paper sandwich bags
*small white paper bags
*small, sharp scissors and a few paper punches
*stick glue and tape
*plain kitchen twine, a spool of colored twine and a fun ribbon or two. When certain holidays approach, you may want to add a festive twine that goes along with the holiday you are celebrating. Then, when it is past, pack it away until the following year. If you want to keep it super duper easy red and white twine goes perfectly with most holidays...the 4th of July, Labor Day, Christmas, Valentines Day etc.
I hope this gives you a few ideas. Have fun with it and I would love to hear YOUR ideas!
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