Miss Party knows there are very few of us who aren’t a wee bit stressed out through the holidays. Goodness knows, “KEEP CALM and CARRY ON” (or do a take-off of that saying, “KEEP CALM AND WRAP ON”) is the PERFECT message for everyone this time of year! And, could the vivid red and white color scheme be any more adorable for a festive ‘Christmas tea & gift wrapping party’?
Spend a fun morning or afternoon commiserating (and de-stressing) with friends AND getting some holiday gift wrapping done at the same time. The goal of this party is to have a little fun, NOT to add more stress! So, Miss Party is giving you a bare minimum party prep plan.
The key to throwing this fun, little party is for you to KEEP CALM and SIMPLIFY!
1) Decide on a date and time that DOES NOT crossover a mealtime –keep it a simple daytime ‘tea/coffee and pastry’ kind of thing. Remember you’re trying NOT to make this more complicated for yourself. If evening is the way to go, ditch the ‘tea party’ concept and make it a simple ‘wine and cheese’ or ‘coffee and dessert’.
Email a cute e-invitation to a handful of friends. Let them know to bring along their unwrapped gifts and you’ll have all the wrapping supplies ready. Also, remind them this is a ‘no kids allowed’ party, due to the secretive work of Santa’s Elves.
2) Purchase and/or get out holiday wrapping supplies: wrapping paper; tissue paper; ribbons and bows; gift tags; scissors, tape (several of each) and writing pens.
3) For a little fun, purchase a couple of ‘Keep Calm’ items to carry your ‘theme’, they are pretty easy to locate. (The Paper Source (www.paper-source.com) carries quite a few things printed with the ‘Keep Calm’ expression: paper napkins; case of pencils; rubber stamp; boxed Christmas cards; Christmas ornament; gift bags; wrapping paper; tin cup and a travel mug.)
4) Consider how you can set up 3 wrapping stations, one large table for wrapping the gifts and one or two smaller tables for ‘accessorizing’ the gifts with ribbons, bows, tags, etc.
5) 1-2 days before your tea party:
– get out teacups, saucers, teapot (white, if possible) small plates (paper?) and paper napkins
– set up your wrapping and accessorizing stations with all the supplies needed
– set up a coffee/tea station with everything needed for guests to help themselves
– get out or borrow 2 hot beverage dispensers
– purchase a plate full of delicious baked goods from a good bakery (add your own holiday goodies?), get coffee/tea supplies
– tidy house
6) Day of your party:
– Make a pot of coffee and hot water, put in hot beverage dispensers if you have them
– Platter baked goods, cover with plastic wrap
– Put on Christmas music
It’s really this easy! Your house will already be in some stage of holiday decor when the gathering occurs so there is no need for more to be done in that area. Keep calm, wrap gifts, have fun!
* If you have a bit of time and interest, Miss Party made all the ‘KEEP CALM…’ tags in the images above with a rubber stamp, a ‘clear’ embossing pad, white embossing powder and a heat gun.
The Paper Source: All ‘Keep Calm…’ items, card stock, rubber stamp, embossing supplies
Home Goods: white china teacups and saucers, teapots and cake plate
Marshall’s: white picture frame
JoAnn Fabrics: polka dot fabric