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All Wrapped Up in Christmas '16 by Julia Walck

Last weekend we threw our 2nd annual Christmas party with the theme of "All Wrapped Up in Christmas". We didn't tell anyone that the theme meant we were wrapping the walls of our entire living and dining room area in wrapping paper.

To top it off, we replaced all framed photos in the apartment with vintage Christmas cards that we found... and more wrapping paper.

In total, wrapping the walls took 17 rolls of wrapping paper, 9 rolls of double sided tape and 10 and 1/2 hours of work! It was 100% worth it!

FOR DRINKS

We set up a table area with 5 pre-made cocktails and the recipes to go along with them. All were de-lic-ious.

Give 'em a whirl yourself! Here's the recipe links for you to try: (L to R below) Pomegranate Orange Punch, *Black Cherry Bittered Sling, Christmas Cookie Cocktail, and Holiday Sangria. Not pictured: Spiked Hot Cocoa

*From the book, Craft Cocktails

FOR FUN

I made a massive tinsel photo backdrop in our studio space. It entailed 90ft of tinsel and some packing tape. It was easily the quickest photo backdrop I've ever made.

I found a terrifying Santa piñata head in the piñata district a few weeks back and I knew I had to get him as a prop for this. We also had some antlers, santa hats, candy canes and Rudolph noses.

The night ended with a really intense game of White Elephant. I "won" (note those quotation marks) a WWE action figure that had a pack of croutons taped to the side. Yeah I don't understand it either. And no I did not eat the croutons.

Some people stuck around and we played some drinking games and then had a huge brunch the next day.

The Monday following the party was my first holiday vacation day off from work. I looked around and realized we had so much wrapping paper left, and had a genius idea. While Jack was gone at work, I spent my first day off by wrapping all of our furniture in wrapping paper.

Under all those polka dots on the TV stand are 110 individually wrapped DVDs. I'm like REALLY good at wrapping presents now, guys.

I have no idea what we're going to do next year to top this... but I think we should start planning now.

Recently, in Summer by Julia Walck

Summer nights (and days) are really amazing. The sun might be hot in the daytime, but it's always worth it when you can kick back and relax in the warm summer nights. 

PS: "kick back" reminds me... We heard the song "Can I Kick It?" on Thursday, Friday, AND Saturday while we were out.  

Here's what I've been up to this past week:

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

  • Ate at Border Grill downtown
  • Accidentally showed up 2 hours early at the Bootleg thanks to the wrong set time in an email (8:30 is the same as 10:30, right?)
  • Ubered over to Mohawk Bend for drinks and photo-booth-ing
  • Walked across the street to Bar Bandini to kill some more time
  • Headed to the Bootleg for real this time to see Kyle Craft, which was the BEST $9 show of my life

SATURDAY

  • Let's just say Saturday morning was a bit of a struggle, which consisted of watching A LOT of Game of Thrones... with the blinds shut and all of the lights off
  • Late afternoon, we went over to the Annenberg for the KCRW Sound in Focus concert with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Got a Dogtown Dog and some "ice cream of the future" from food trucks
  • Edward Sharpe wasn't super sharp that night and we went home before he even played it

SUNDAY

  • Stood in line at Eggslut, and the payoff was delicious
  • Shopped around at Renegade Craft Fair and snagged a sweet ampersand pin from a fellow ampersister, Katie Wilson of The Good Twin
  • Found out that pear sorbet ice cream is a thing and Jeni's makes it