i gotta say, one of the smartest decisions i’ve made is moving into a bigger studio. (besides painting it white!) i’ve already been able to use numerous times, i feel inspired, clear-headed and happy! something that made me very very happy was inviting a bunch of my friends over to my studio last weekend for a wrapping paper party. working with epson was a real dream, they let us all be creative and added a really unique twist on the event.

you can watch the video that arian created first. i love it so much! such good memories with my friends. and somehow the music makes me kinda teary eyed. maybe it’s PMS? regardless, it’s awesome.

my assistant joanie is always telling me i need to go way less overboard when it comes to these events. i try really hard, i do. but i fail every time. i guess i’m like my mother after all. i hired my best friend jen to do all of the styling. she was in charge of sourcing the supplies and setting them all up for the guests. i knew she would do an amazing job, and she definitely delivered.

jen hand painted a ton of white paper with black paint pens (turned out awesome!) and hung the designs all over the room for people to choose from. we also filled baskets with pretty paper from our friend’s urbanic paper shop. then we all just spread out and made a mess…

i handed out a labelworks printable ribbon kit to each of my friends when they arrived (just like a label maker but prints ribbons!) everyone got a kick out of writing funny phrases and quickly printing them.

yasmine made a green garland to decorate our brick wall and created a bunch of floral arrangements to make the space look festive. whoa nelly set up a beautiful brunch spread with yogurt parfaits, jam tarts, pastries and mini frittatas.

and of course the spiked coffee bar was a hit….


don’t you love my friend kristin’s huge bow? she wore it all day. and how about some gold foil wrapping paper for your presents this year? or hand making some like jen’s below…

i also asked my friends to bring some photos on their phone (with a buncha blogger friends that’s not a very difficult task. ha) the new epson printers can print photos right from your phone using wifi. so cool. we scanned a bunch of old photos and printed out instagrams to decorate our packages with. (win the printer, scanner and label maker below!)

we left out a bunch of scissors, tape, twine, stickers, ornaments, paint, pens etc…so everyone could just go crazy with their wrapping.

i mean, i knew my friends were creative but they seriously took it up a level for this. we had such a fun morning wrapping presents, drinking too many coffee/baileys concoctions, and catching up with each other. the holidays can be so busy for everyone, so it was nice to just relax.

luckily there’s still time to get all your friends together and throw one of these parties yourself. let me know if you do, okay? i always love seeing your photos & recreations. happy holidays! – bri

also, i hired asia to create some really adorable printable gift tags that we could use at the party and that you all can print off right here! enjoy. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD GIFT TAGS (5331 downloads)

photography: woodnote photography
art direction: bri emery
video by: modshift
florals by: yasmine floral design
styling by: jen gotch
gift tag design by: asia pietrzyk

a collaboration with epson. all opinions are my own

for day #4 of our 12 days of giveaways we are giving away a printer, scanner and ribbon maker to one winner! win it for yourself or for your sister in college, your grandpa who loves to scan his old photographs, or maybe your your crafty friend.


prize package includes…  Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One Printer | Epson Perfection V550 Photo Color ScannerLabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit

here’s how to win…  (CLOSED)

1) “like” the designlovefest facebook page.

2) go to the epson site and take a look around.

3) leave a comment below letting me know your favorite item. 

one winner will be chosen on thursday, december 12th at 10am PST. open to US readers only. the retail value of prize is $400+.  also! $20 off any purchase on www.epson.com/designlovefest with the code designlovefest through december 31st, 2013 (US only)

UPDATE: winner is #269, maggie!


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    The printable ribbon kit is such an innovative idea — must add that to my christmas list!

    KB Lor says:

    I’ve always wanted one the printers from Epson! The Epson Expression Premium XP-610 Small-in-One® Printer looks pretty sweet!

    rebecca says:

    I’m digging the Apple-compatible, Epson products – like the all in one printers. Could definitely use an upgrade from my prehistoric one I am currently using.

    megan says:

    what a fabulous giveaway! a photo printer would be so handy and that xp-610 looks like a perfect fit. thank you!

    katie lc says:

    I’d love that small-in-one printer! great giveaway 🙂

    Danielle W says:

    I definitely need a new printer and the small-in-one printer looks great!

    Eunice says:

    I would love any of the Epson Stylus Pros!

    Kari says:

    The Expression Premium XP-810 looks like everything we need around our house!

    shannon kirsten says:

    The photo color scanner looks amazing! I absolutely love all the wrapping ideas too!

    Jennifer L. says:

    The all in one printer would be a dream!

    Sarah F says:

    That ribbon printer is such a genius contraption, it would be such a useful tool for designing some cute additions to packages!

    gracie says:

    I’m in Ireland so I can’t win but this looks like so much fun! I think I’ll do it soon on my own though! Ha ha. Thanks for the gift tags! x

    Aurélie says:

    These pictures are amazing! Such a great post (and giveaway!). 🙂

    Ainsley says:

    I’d never heard of a ribbon printer. It would be so useful!

    Tiffany says:

    The Epson Expression Premium XP-610 Small-in-One Printer would be perfect for an informal ‘photobooth’ at my wedding!

    Being able to print the photos I take everyday would be amazing! My apartment would be filled with all of my friends.


    Ahh I love this! The photos look like so much fun. And I’ve gotta say, the small-in-one printer sounds pretty all-around amazing.

    I love the all in one printer. It would be so awesome to print instagram pics right from my phone! (But that ribbon printer is so clever! I think I would totally abuse it…)

    Dana Rudolph says:

    I’d love the WorkForce All-in-One Printer. Scanning and printing, hooray!

    Monica says:

    Oh, I do love that ribbon printer. What a cool idea! I would go nuts with it!
    P.S. You and your talented friends did some serious wrapping!

    Andrea Harvey says:

    I’ve been in serious need of a new scanner and the Epson Perfection V550 Photo Color Scanner looks great!


    katie says:

    I love the ribbon printer! 🙂 Great product.

    jaime says:

    the ribbon maker- love! so genius.
    what a fun party!

    Emily Love says:

    the ribbon printer oh my!

    Jamie says:

    The ribbon printer is amazing! It’s definitely going on my wishlist this year.

    Marnay says:

    The Epson Perfection V550 Photo Color Scanner sounds amazing! I would love to scan old childhood photos and send them to my family.

    Hollie says:

    I would definitely get the “Epson Perfection V550 Photo Color Scanner”. We recently bought a Polaroid Instamax camera and It’s quite lovely… but I still have a hankering to post some of them on Facebook!

    claire says:

    love that ribbon printer, so fun and personal!!

    Jody says:

    My daughters and I would have such fun with the printable ribbon maker!

    Catina C says:

    Ahhh the printable ribbon kit is GRAND! Love the party pics!

    Meegan says:

    I love the LabelWorks™ Printable Ribbon Kit! Talk about a great way to get organized for the holidays and 2014!

    Brianna says:

    I’m a teacher, so the EX5220 Wireless XGA 3LCD Projector is really appealing. It would be awesome to be able to connect wirelessly to a projector in the classroom, and it would be awesome to be able to watch movies on the big screen on weekends and snow days!

    Vane says:

    definitely love that ribbon maker!

    Sarah says:

    Oh this just looks magical! Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One® Printer

    Stefie says:

    In love with the LabelWorks printable ribbon kit — what a fantastic apparatus!

    Lisa M. says:

    Love the printable ribbon kit. It’s a must!

    KAIT says:

    LOVE the idea of incorporating photos into you wrapping projects 🙂 i’d really like any of the printers so i can start printing my own photos finally!

    Karen D says:

    Thanks for the totally rad gift tags!!

    I really love the ribbon maker 🙂

    Chelsea says:

    The ribbon printer is so cool! I’d definitely be tying bows around everything this year if that found its way to me. It looks like you had a blast Bri. Every single gift is fab!

    Joyce says:

    This looks like so much fun! I would LOVE this prize back – I think the printer would be my top choice because like most everyone else, I have a million photos on the computer and my phone but rarely print them out anymore!