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Host a Christmas party that works
Here’s an easy Christmas party idea that actually takes some stress out of the holiday season: turn wrapping gifts into a social event. 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
For an ultra-successful wrap ’n yap, here are some important tips:
Don’t clean house beforehand. A workshop is a casual environment!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.)Tie up the details. Visit the yarn aisle at a discount store for a skein or two of inexpensive, variegated yarn to use instead of ribbon. Twine and string are also fun and go a long way. Watch for unexpected “trims” on the ornament, notions and sale aisles—your friends will have fun with that pack of glittery silver snowflakes!Always, always, always have gift tags handy. And make sure people put them on right away! You will be sorry if you break this rule.
What to do