Have you been busy holiday shopping only to find yourself now staring at a pile of unwrapped presents? Why not invite over a few friends for a gift wrapping party! Here are some suggestions for turning this holiday chore into a fun day of catching up with friends while you check one more thing off your to-do list!
It’s best to limit your guest list for a gift wrapping party to 2-3 friends so that everyone has room to spread out and get creative. Consider using a free online invitation such as this one, available from Evite.com.
On your invitation, ask each guest to bring their gifts to be wrapped, along with 3 rolls of wrapping paper, 1 roll of tape, 1 pair of scissors, 2+ varieties of ribbon, and any other fun decorative items they may have to contribute.
The Set Up:
This party is about wrapping, chatting, nibbling, and getting into the holiday mood. Here’s how to set thing up…
Start by creating a festive atmosphere in your home. Light a fire or some holiday scented candles, and play some classic holiday music to get everyone in the spirit of the season.
Set your wrappping stations up in a room with a big table (or a cleared floor area) so that everyone can spread out a bit. On a side table, create a gift wrap supply station with all of your supplies, such as:
- A variety of wrapping paper
- Tape (you might include some colored tape or even duct tape)
- Scissors (or pinking shears)
- Ribbon (twine and raffia also work well)
- Colored pens
- Decorative tags
- Ink stamps
- Any other embellishments you might have, such as small bells, pine cones, candy canes, or whatever strikes your fancy.
In the kitchen, create a buffet table with a few of your favorite nibbles and drinks. It’s a good idea to keep the food mostly separate from the wrapping to avoid spills. Here are a few easy menu suggestions:
- Small sandwiches
- A fruit or veggie tray
- Cheese and crackers
- An assortment of your favorite Christmas cookies
- Mulled white wine
- Champagne cocktails
- Hot cocoa
As everyone completes their wrapping, assign them an area to stack up their gifts. Then at the end of the day everything will be organized and ready to go.