A Theme For Holiday Decorating

Hey out there in Bloggerland! Hope all is well. I just came back from a whirlwind shopping excursion. In just 1 1/2 hours, I went to 4 stores, including Target. But, before I get to the shopping details, I want to tell you about the awesome dinner I had…

11.18 Spinach Risotto 1

Scott made mesquite-rubbed chicken with crisp green beans. But, the real star of the show was the spinach risotto! He browned the rice just right which gave the whole dish a ton of flavor, plus adding spinach was a great way to get more veggies into the meal, and add a little color to the risotto. As far as the recipe, we just follow the recipe on the box – but when sauteing the rice, we add some onion; then we add spinach at the very end. Perfect!

11.18 spinach risotto 2

Now, back to shopping! Around this time of year, I start thinking about Christmas presents -who to buy for, what to buy, and what paper to wrap the gifts in. You may think it’s a little early to buy wrapping paper. However, in the past, when I’ve waited until after Thanksgiving to buy my paper, I’m left with a bunch of crap not-so-nice paper that just screams Black Friday leftovers.

Each year, I try to go with a different theme for wrapping paper, such s Toile, whimsical, Victorian, etc. Some years, I even try to match my decorations (tree, table, etc.) with my wrapping paper – that’s when we’re not in a recession of course! But, for my wrapping paper this year, I chose….woodsy!

Christmas wrapping 1

I almost always buy my Christmas wrapping from Hobby Lobby, but tonight I arrived at the store later than expected (20 minutes before they closed), so I started grabbing every roll that I liked, with no theming strategy al all. But then, I finally listened to my inner voice telling me to put everything back and just come another day when I had more time to really think about my theme.

Then, it was on to Target to pick up a few essentials – LUNA bars etc. Since I was already there, I just so happened to mosey over to the wrapping paper section. That’s when I saw all of the outdoor/tree/pine cone themed paper. I knew instantly, that was the theme for me!

Christmas wrapping 2

It’s kind of odd that I should choose to go with a woodsy/outdoor theme. I don’t like camping, hunting, or fishing, but I do love me a good pine cone! Now, all I need is some matching ribbon or twine and I’ll be all set!

So, I just have to ask – Do any of you go with a theme for your holiday wrapping? And/Or, Do you go with a particular theme for your decor or tree ornaments? If so, what themes have you done in the past and what are you going with this year?

I’m starting to fall asleep as I type, which is a very good sign I need to get to bed, don’t ya think?

Have a great night everyone!


  1. I don’t usually go with a theme, because my husband likes to wrap each present with a different wrap (almost)! I would like to one time though ­čÖé My aunt and uncle always wrap their presents in brown packing paper and tie them with hemp string. They look really cool!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I don’t think you have to wait for someone to send the survey to you … I didn’t!

    That risotto looks awesome! I am happy to see you are already in the Christmas mood – me too!!!

  2. Jennifer, Thanks for visiting my blog! I loved Chicago- what a great city! We really enjoyed our time there.
    Your dinner looks fantastic- your husband sounds like a talented cook!
    Look forward to reading more :).

  3. I noticed this post is rather old, but I do themed wrapping every year. I think it looks beautiful under the tree on Christmas. Themes we’ve done have included modern jewel tones (bright pinks, blues, greens, etc.), we’ve also done Silver and Gold, White Christmas, Blue hues, Red hues and this year we are doing “Brown paper packages, tied up with string” – We are doing traditional brown packages with natural trimmings like pine cones, pine needles, etc. The brown sounds a little boring, but with the trimmings, I really think it will turn out really beautiful