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RL Entertaining: Gift-Wrapping Party

Think wrapping gifts is a bore? Make this holiday chore fun by inviting friends over for a gift wrapping dinner!

Photography: Ocs Alvarez Styling: Issa Villar

While some people relish the thought of wrapping gifts, others see it as just another source of holiday stress. On top of shopping for presents, braving the mad traffic, and entertaining balikbayans, who has time for putting gifts in fancy packages?

Instead of viewing it as a task, you can turn it into an enjoyable get-together with friends. Invite your barkada over one afternoon for a wrap party, where you'll trade stories while wrapping boxes and tying ribbons. Before you know it, you'll have all your Christmas presents prepped -- all while spending quality time with your friends!

Read the original article ("It's A Wrap!") in the November 2008  issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

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Your dining area. It's the best place to hold the wrap party, it has a table that's big enough to accommodate a few people, plus enough space to lay out boxes, wrappers, and other wrapping implements.

Create a Wrapping Station

Don't you envy those department-store wrapping stations that are so organized and efficient? You can mimic this in your dining area to make this year's gift-wrapping a fuss-free activity!

Clear your dining table of tableware, tablecloth, and existing centerpieces. Bring out your wrapping paper, tape, and other gift-wrapping essentials.

Place an array of gift wrappers on a nearby handrail, or a metal laundry drying rack, then simply unroll and cut as needed. Or screw on old curtain rods to a discreet spot on a wall (which you can quickly unscrew after the party).

Put rolls of ribbon in a box right by the gift wrappers or on an upright paper towel holder for easy access.

Designate an area on the table for each guest to make sure each person has enough space.

Prepare a "wrap basket" for each of your guests: In a small basket, place scissors, tape, glue, gift cards, and little ornaments that they could use to prettify their wrapped gifts. This way, you won't have to constantly pass around wrapping tools.

Put up a checklist to keep track of the gifts you've wrapped.

The Food

Serve cookies that you could pop in the oven in between wrapping presents. There's nothing like a freshly made home-baked cookie to make your guests feel warm all over-it's enough to bring on all the good Christmas feelings, and keep the stressful part of the holidays at bay!

You could even make this activity part of your party -- take a break from wrapping presents and have your guests help you whip up a batch of chocolate-chip cookies. 


Make your party invite look like a little present that your guests have to "unwrap." Take an elegantly patterned gift wrapper and cut to the desired size. Fold it up and seal it using a delicate organza ribbon.


Send guests home with a container full of your just-baked goodies. The best part is that they could use the containers over and over again!

You can also provide them with big canvas totes which they could use to carry all their wrapped presents-another souvenir that they could re-use.


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