Gifts in a Hurry

Here's an answer to that question, "What should I bring to the party?"
Sara Anderson
Gifts in a Hurry
Jean Allsopp/ Styling: Alan Henderson

If the holiday invites are piling up and you're planning on making many appearances, why not get creative with what you bring to the hostess? You can turn any bottle of wine into a cute-as-can-be present.

1. leaves from your backyard or houseplants
2. bottles of wine
3. masking tape
4. ribbon
5. tea towel
6. buttons
7. cording
8. colored paper
9. double-stick tape
10. gift tag

Large Leaf Wrap
Wrap a large leaf around a wine bottle. We used a leaf from a cast-iron plant ( Aspidistra elatior); a corn plant ( Dracaena draco) leaf would also work. Hold the leaf in place with masking tape while you tie a ribbon around the middle. We found a fun fringy gold ribbon at a party store.

Tea Time
Place a tea towel on a flat surface. Fold over one long edge of the towel a few inches. Place a wine bottle at one end of the towel, and roll it up. Thread a large button through a piece of cording, and tie it around the wine bottle's neck.