Welcome to Day 2 of our 12 Days of Holiday #HostfulHacks! If you’re joining us for the first time, be sure to read this post first.
Now, let’s dive into Day 2 with Parties with a Cause!
Who is Parties with a Cause?
Bri is the dreamer and creative director behind Parties with a Cause. She is a commercial interior designer by profession and a party planner by passion! Her mission is to bring classy back to children’s parties one birthday at a time. Her goal is to make your life easier, your parties classier, and your budget more reasonable.
Bri began her blog to share her love of parties, in an effort to encourage and support parents. She blogs because if she doesn’t get her creative thoughts out of her head, she’d never be able to sleep! But mostly, she blogs to share her failures and successes with a community of like-minded individuals so others can learn from her mistakes and benefit from her finds.
Day 2 – Holiday #HostfulHack: Designating a Space for Holiday Prep, Gifts & Gift Wrap
If your holiday prep is anything like ours then you can relate to the house quickly filling with special gifts and festive gift wrap in addition to the seasonal decor. This is not always conducive or ideal when you’re expecting guests, and we quickly learned from Mimi just how important it is to designate a space in our homes for all things holiday including gifts and gift wrap. Ideally, it is a space that can be closed off (i.e. by shutting a door) and not one guests can easily stumble upon (i.e. a space upstairs or tucked away at the back of the house). This way you do not have to worry about how messy it gets and all of your holiday items can be found in one place.
Parties with a Cause’s Designating a Space for Holiday Prep, Gifts & Gift Wrap #HostfulHacks
First, get it all in ONE place! Set up a rolling cart, laundry basket, or even a cardboard box with all your gift wrapping items:– scissors– tape and more tape– wrapping paper– tags– tissue paper– gift bags
Guest room: If you have a guest room this is the first place to stash everything with gift wrapping areas on the bed and floor. Store unwrapped gifts under the bed and LOCK the door to keep them out of reach! No guest room? No problem.
Extra table: Set up a folding table in the basement, your bedroom, or any empty corner to get a little extra surface area. BUT since it may be less secure, only wrap AFTER the kids have gone to school or bed. No room for anything extra? I get it.
Rolling cart: If you can get a rolling cart, you’ll be ready to go ANYWHERE to take a minute and wrap. Kitchen table? Boom. Desk? Done. Living room floor? Bingo! The trick is to start early and do a little each week so you’re not up all night on Christmas Eve.
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Bri Adams says
This article really helped me think through the project of gift wrapping and storage and organization. Thank you for the chance to share what I have learned over the years. I hope it’s helpful for others too!
Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us and for the wonderful #HostfulHacks to implement this season!