Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon

I went to the same party three times this past week! 
First, I went on a Sunday evening while Little went to her small group meeting down the street.  Little and I went together on Tuesday night while the Mister and Middle were at Boy Scouts.  Then, on Thursday, I attended again with a friend right after lunch.  So, what kind of party starts at one o’clock on a Sunday afternoon and continues from nine in the morning until nine in the evening  Monday through Friday, and then, finally, wraps up on Saturday?  A wrapping party, of course!  And it’s one of my favorite parties of the year. IMG_2854 Our hostess, C, is in my Tuesday morning Bible study group, and this was the second year I was blessed enough to be invited.  C has kind of a thing for wrapping paper.  And ribbon.  She has been collecting it for years.  And she’s extremely organized, storing the paper in her attic by color.  Seriously. IMG_2857C also enjoys her girlfriends—from the neighborhood, from church, from her PTA days.  I doubt she has ever met a stranger!  About four years ago, she found herself wrapping presents in a back bedroom while her sons and husband were enjoying the ambience of their beautifully decorated tree in the family room.  She figured if she was wrapping in a secluded fashion then her friends might be, too, and that’s how the idea for the wrapping party was born.  I’m sure it didn’t hurt that she had so much paper!IMG_2856 So, early in December, C sent invitations to about 150 of her closest friends.  And she invited them to bring friends as well.  Then, she bought some wine, and she made some cider and some iced tea.  And some white chicken chili.  And what is known around here as PTA Pasta Salad.   And some spinach dip.  Oh, and some cookies.  C tends to be fairly energetic.  I think she’s probably been described as a fireball once or twice.IMG_2858 She stocked up on scissors and tape—the shiny kind and the matte kind.  (And she will not let you use the matte kind on foil paper or the shiny kind on kraft paper.  She’s particular--in a good way.)  She rearranged her living room and dining room furniture to accommodate her friends, and she set up tables for wrapping.IMG_2859 Her ribbon is organized by color, also; although here it is a bit of a jumble because many hands had been plowing through it minutes before I took these photos.  C likes helping everyone find the ribbon that suits the paper best.IMG_2860 All the girls, as we optimistically call ourselves, bring our gifts to wrap and our own boxes.   Someone asked C if she’d thought of having a “men’s night” for wrapping, to which she replied that she just wasn’t interested in having a bunch of men in her house on Christmas Eve!
IMG_2896 I used to try to coordinate all my papers each year, but I’ve loosened up a bit (still no stick-on bows—not now, not ever!) and this year I just chose papers I liked.  And I like red.  I love the plaids and the retro Santa paper, too.IMG_2900 I don’t usually go for modern, but Little really liked these fun prints.  IMG_2901 And for Miss Little, I sneakily chose a few girly papers and ribbons for her gifts.IMG_2904 It is such a great feeling to know that ninety percent of the wrapping is finished, and wrapping presents with C and friends was such fun!IMG_2861This year’s party was a bit bittersweet because C and her husband are moving to Dallas in a few months.  She will be terribly missed, and I think her new guest room is already booked for the first year!  Thankfully, she and her husband have family in our area, including two sons, so I am sure she will be back to visit often.  In the meantime, I’ve heard that several of her closest friends are considering making next year’s party the Wrapping Road Trip!
  Now, wouldn’t that be something?


Thanks, C, for including me and inspiring me this season!  Merry Christmas!

18 comments:

  1. What a wonderfully FUN idea!!! How sweet and organized does someone have to be to pull off that kind of party ~ I'm afraid my friends would be in total shock if I tried something like that; but, ohhhhh, how I love the idea and the friendship and laughter that has to abound while wrapping! Love your wrapping papers and your tree is just gorgeous!! Merry Christmas and May God richly bless you and your family in 2011!

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  2. Oh sweet baby jesus wrapping gifts sends me into a frenzy. I just cannot do it! I am the WORST at it. Pass me a bag and that is as good as you will get from me.

    The hubs on the other hand...is the family wrapper.

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  3. What a great idea. Looks like a lot of fun. Merry Christmas!

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  4. What a great idea for a party - get your wrapping done while spending time with friends. May have to borrow this for next year!

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  5. Oh what a great post! That is such a wonderul idea. I love people who can be so organized, it takes some of the pressue off of me lol. Thank you for sharing this. Merry Christmas. You have a very nice blog by the way.

    Cheryl

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  6. What a wonderful idea! She sounds like a generous and creative person. I admire her organization and attention to detail. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. That was a fun post and Reggie is jealous that you "girls" have all the fun. He also relents, and agrees that there are some times when red is the way to go at Christmas! Thanks, Reggie

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  8. That looks like so much fun. Love her home, too.

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  9. Oh, how fun!! I know I would enjoy wrapping that much more if I could do it with friends. You must feel like a bunch of merry elves!:)

    H.H.

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  10. Sounds like fun! I can't imagine being that organized - color coordinated - that's impressive! I haven't started my wrapping yet because once I do the room stays a disaster until Christmas so I've been waiting til I just can't any more - might just be tomorrow!

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  11. That is a GREAT idea! I think I may try this next year. Would you mind emailing me when she had the party?

    I am wrapping tomorrow as I will be all alone with my fire, tree, and Christmas music. Time for me!

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  12. I am just amazed by all of her organization and the quantities of her wrapping supplies! How fun!

    I have a New Giveaway from My Sparrow, do come and enter!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  13. That tree is fabulous. It all looks so festive
    xoxo
    SC

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  14. Oh darling, I simply adore your tree, a woman after my own heart! And the wrapping ....so lovely, I think I am going to adopt this idea for next year--just love it!

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  15. What a wonderful idea! I thought I was the only person who collected wrapping paper (an obsession that has taken the back seat in my life of late), but what a wonderful outlet to share it all. Good paper and ribbon should not stay hidden in the guest room closet!

    I'm inspired to start my collection again the day after Christmas and host a wrapping party next Christmas myself...... and perhaps serve cheese straws and G&T's?

    Such a lovely, lovely piece!

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  16. Well, avert your eyes TC Mom, when you open the box I just sent the kids presents in! ARG! I used stick on bows!!!! Horrah!! :)

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  17. This is a fabulously fun idea and I want to have one next Christmas; you have totally inspired me!! What a wonderful way to get things done while fellowshipping with great friends!! Love it!
    Katie Newman
    www.katienewmangiftsandhome.com
    www.sassyshops.com

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  18. OH my goodness this sounds like such a fun idea!!!! Your presents look too good to open (almost).

    BTW, I just found your blog and wanted to say hi from another SC blogger! Happy New Year!

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