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Wrapping Party
Elegant gifting starts with craft paper

Okay, we?re ready to make a promise: This is the year that we won't wait until December 24 at 2 a.m. to wrap all our presents.

We?re on a mission to turn this chore into a party. Gallery owner, blogger and table-linens designer Heather Taylor threw an epic wrapping party last year, so we asked her for some tips for hosting our own.  

Set the Scene: Invite about eight people (a large enough group to feel festive, small enough to be intimate and get stuff done). Clear off the coffee and side tables in your living room to make room for supplies, and invite everyone to sit on the floor to wrap.

Go Natural: Taylor, a gallerist when she?s not hosting wrapping parties, likes using brown kraft paper (figure a roll per guest) as a blank canvas to decorate. (Don't forget the gift tags!) She forgoes ribbon for sisal, baker?s twine or yarn. Instead of bows, she tops packages with foraged fresh eucalyptus, olive tree branches or pinecones.  

Or Go Garish: A few rolls of glitter-encrusted paper are great to wrap small gifts. And bright tapes in geometric patterns make fun ribbon substitutes. 

Provide Sustenance: Mulled wine makes the house smell great, and flutes of Prosecco are festive. Serve a meal that guests can eat in their laps like a lamb stew or a vegetarian option.

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