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….
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 (299)
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 Scanner| LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit
here’s how to win…
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 wednesday, 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)