Here at Living in Yellow, we’ve been intentional about setting aside time with our girlfriends either monthly or quarterly. Between kids, work, significant others, and running a household, our schedules can get so busy that sometimes we find it’s been months since we’ve had some dedicated girlfriend time. With the holiday craziness making our schedules extra tight, we loved the idea of making this season’s party also a productive time spent together! That’s why we chose a gift wrapping party! Most of us have gifts to wrap in time for the big day, so why not get together with your girlfriends, sip a few cocktails, nibble on some appetizers, and get those gifts wrapped while catching up on what’s new with your friends! It’s not too late to get together for this this year, so we’ll walk you through how to host your own, step by step!
PS if you haven’t checked out our other girlfriend parties, check these posts out for a ton of ideas on things to do with your gal pals, from bouquet making parties to cocktail tastings!
First things first, you’ll want to get a date on the calendar, sooner than later! As we all know, our holiday schedules fill up quickly! Once you’ve set aside an hour or two of uninterrupted girl time, let your friends know what to bring!
- As the host, you should plan to provide the tape, bows, any fun add-ons, and to/from labels [your guests can also bring their own, especially if they’re going to be wrapping a LOT of gifts]! If you have several pairs of scissors, you could provide these, but we’d suggest having each person bring their own as it could get costly for you to buy several pairs!
- Your guests will each bring their own wrapping paper for their gifts. Let your guests know the color scheme of bows/accessories that you’ll be providing [red and gold, for example] so that they can match their wrapping paper or bring their own accessories if needed.
- Once the date has been set and the wrapping items are lined up, you’ll want to make sure you have a bit of nourishment for your guests to get through the *grueling* wrapping process. I think cocktails work best for this 😉 We went with a Holiday Mule for our party, which you can find in last year’s LIY Christmas Cookbook [click here to have it sent to you right away!], but a simple bottle of wine works too! Light snacks or appetizers are also great to have on hand [a few ideas can be found here!].
- As your guests arrive, have them place their own gifts separate from one anothers [no need to mix up the five Elsa Dolls or four yummy candles!]. Once everyone has grabbed a beverage, show everyone where you’ve set out the wrapping supplies, and get to work, you little elves!
- Washi tape and velvet ribbon are fun ways to add in a little extra color to your wrapping, while staying on theme!
- You’ll want to label an area for each of your guests to set their things aside. As your guests finish wrapping each of their presents, they can then pile their gifts under their name. With all the cute wrapping paper out there at stores like Target, don’t be surprised if guests bring the same paper! Having everyone set their gifts aside separately once wrapped will reduce any confusions between several “To: Mom, From: Your Daughter” labels.
- At the end of the night, you’ve not only had a chance to catch up with all your girlfriends, you’ve also knocked out all of your gift wrapping! Happy wrapping!
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