Every year during the holidays, my husband and I get invited to a last-minute get-together or dinner party and scramble to find a thoughtful gift to take to the hostess.
Usually, we prefer to take a bottle of our favorite wine. I like to present St. Nick wine during Christmas. My husband also selects his favorite red wines for these occasions. Often we choose a bottle from a local winery.
We think we have it all figured out, and then right before it’s time to leave for the party I realize I don’t have anything to wrap the wine in to present it to the hostess. I start looking around the house for wrapping that doesn’t look like we just left the liquor store.
With time constraints, I usually grab a decorative gift bag someone gave us when we hosted our previous dinner party. This provides a solution, but also the awkward chance that I might be re-gifting the bag to someone who gave me the same bag a few weeks ago.
In addition, most of the time the color is wrong. Who wants to receive wine in a Halloween black-and-orange package at Christmas time?
This year I have solved the problem by sewing and knitting a variety of wine bottle covers.
I got inspired after I was invited to my neighbor’s house for dessert. A bottle of wine on her bar caught my attention. It was displayed in a decorative fabric bag I had made and given to her months ago! It felt good to know that the gift was practical, attractive, appreciated and actually being used.
Coming up with new designs is a lot of fun.
Most of the knitted covers are made with 100 percent acrylic yarn. I use sea shells as embellishments on some and knitted designs or a rose pin to decorate others. The covers come in different sizes and in complementary colors, so the bottles look nice displayed together.
The fabric covers come without embellishments but boast a variety of colorful and pleasing designs.
For a special touch this Christmas, my mom made cute Santa apron covers for her wine bottles. The whimsical covers also are a perfect presentation for gifts of sparkling cider, dish soap, olive oil or whatever bottle you would like to dress up during the holidays.
My New Year’s resolution is to keep a small stash of wine bottle covers in a basket in my pantry. When a party invitation arrives, I can quickly dress up my hostess gift and then concentrate on what I’m going to wear.