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Holiday wrap ’n’ yap
Host a Christmas party that works
By Jeannie Hund
Here’s an easy Christmas party idea that actually takes some stress out of the holiday season: Turn wrapping gifts into a social event with a "wrap ’n’ yap." Just pick a date, gather a few gift-wrapping supplies and invite the girls to bring over the holiday gifts they need to wrap. Time will fly. Stacks of beautifully wrapped packages will pile up. And by party’s end, the happy girlfriend gaggle will leave with a holiday to-do checked off their lists—and feeling great about the whole shebang.
What You’ll Need:
Ample work space (folding tables are great, just be sure to leave space to walk between them)
Rolls of wrapping paper (kid-themed, masculine, traditional, modern...the more variety the better)
Multicolored yarn, twine, ribbons and bows
Pens and markers
Fun, inexpensive gift trims: ornaments, snowflakes, bells, silk flowers, etc.
Several pairs of scissors
Many small dispensers of tape
Hostess tip: Collect holiday wrapping paper in advance. Take advantage of early- and late-season sales. Focus on small rolls for more variety. (If you prefer, you can ask each guest to bring a roll to share.)
What to Do:
Don’t clean house beforehand. A workshop is a casual environment!
Set out a few simple snacks (a hunk of cheese on the cutting board, a basket of crackers, a bowl of grapes and bottles of water are good).