Friday, December 19, 2014

Gift Wrapping Workshop | Benetton

Gift Wrapping Workshop United Colors of Benetton
It is the season to be jolly (falalala la la la) and spend a shit-load of money on gifts for your family and friends. These gifts have to be wrapped and when it comes to gift wrapping.. I am no good. So when I was invited to partake in a gift wrapping workshop taught by Yvonne, from Yvestown, with beautiful products by United Colors of Benetton I knew it would be educational and fun! 

Yvonne is known for her books and many DIY projects, so I was very curious about what we would be learning. When I arrived there, I could see an overview of Benetton's different products. Did you know that besides producing clothing, they also sell accessories? It really varies as well: from hip headphones and smartphone covers to cute espresso coffee cups and pretty candle holders. One thing is certain, they are all colorful and perfect for a festive occasion! If you are still looking for the perfect gift or want more information on the several products be sure to check out the webshop

United Colors of Benetton Accessories

The workshop was held at Barnini's new coffee shop Kaffeenini in the nationalestraat in Antwerp. Definitely a place worth checking out! It is super cozy and offers a lot of different foods and (warm) drinks. I had some delicious bagels with smoked chicken filet, an avocado-mayonaise, lettuce and carrots. There is a wide variety of desserts for the sweet tooth, just check out the waffle-nutella cake below... and the coffees. Please do not get me started on the coffees. They are absolutely delicious and the designs are amazing. I recommend "Hot Fudge"!

Barnini Kaffeenini Coffee Shop

Back to the gift wrapping. The most important thing is that you buy beautiful gift wrapping paper. I think that if you have beautiful wrapping paper that it can make a world of difference and does not take up a lot of time if you have a lot of gifts to wrap. I am really loving the golden-cardboard colored wrapping papers. What also helps are cute little trinkets that add something special to the gift, such as stars, glitters and labels. You can make them as well with stencils, then all you will need it more paper! I also learned how to make my own flower from crêpe paper. It is a really neat trick, but it sure is exhausting. 

Gift Wrapping Workshop

Some nice ribbons and masking tapes with christmassy designs are also great to make your gifts look more unique. I think the key is to go for beautiful designs and to keep it simple. Less is more after all. Also, you can use unusual wrappings such as a Chinese food take-out box to put something cute in and make it prettier with the little trinkets. I had so much fun gift wrapping beautiful things that it almost feels like a pity to have them be unwrapped with Christmas. All that hard work you put in to it.. but oh well, it adds to the experience!

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Well, there you have it. I hope you found it informative. The quick lessons for gift wrapping that were taught to me were so useful and I sure am implementing them from now on. Investing in pretty papers or pretty trinkets when going for more sober-looking paper will make a world of difference! Are you any good at gift wrapping? How do you usually do it?



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  1. Little trinkets really do make a difference!

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  2. Hoe cool zeg :-) Ik ben echt een RAMP in het inpakken van cadeautjes... Ik kan het echt niet.

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  3. Oh het zag er super leuk uit! Ik ging eerst komen, maar na woensdag in de file te hebben gestaan, zag ik het niet meer zitten.
    Ik zou in feite meer tijd moeten besteden aan mijn cadeautjes inpakken, ze zien er dan zoveel mooier uit!

    Liefs
    Marlies - Golden Mirrors & Pink Bows

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    1. Aw, wat jammer nou, maar dat snap ik wel! Until next time :) xx

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  4. Oh ik en inpakken, dat is het beste dat dat niet gebeurd hahaha

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  5. Wat een mooi eindresultaat :) Leuk en handig artikel! Ik kan zo'n workshop wel gebruiken, want ben niet echt een ster in netjes cadeaus inpakken, haha.

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    1. Haha, jaa het heeft me wel goed geholpen! ^^

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  6. Hmmm al die eten ziet er zo heerlijk uit! Wat een leuk evenement!

    x Karen
    http://dressinginlabels.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh God, I really wish I had been invited because I am SO bad at wrapping presents! I have the stores do it when I can, but sometimes it's not a possibility so I have to do it myself *le sigh* I am almost done with my Christmas shopping now which is good, but thinking about having to wrap the presents make me want to weep!

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    1. Yeah, the stores can do it beautifully too! I tend to opt for the stores but every now and then I've some wrapping to do myself.. and this worked out great :)

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  8. ooh dit ziet er echt een super leuk event uit
    echt balen dat ik er ni kon bij zijn... wrm zijn die dingen altijd in de week :D

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    Karlien

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  9. Wat leuk zeg! En wat een mooie foto's heb je gemaakt. X

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  10. The food looks sooooo good. But of course the wrapping paper looks really nice too! I'm pretty terrible at wrapping gifts, it takes me a lot of time to make it look nice but I do enjoy doing it. The tags and decorations are sure to make any gift look cute!

    becky ♡ star violet

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    1. Haha, yeah. We shouldn't forget about the food.. it was delicious! Wrapping gifts does take a lot of time so after a while I am too tired and become grumpy haha :')

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  11. Wat een leuke foto's meis! Hmm.. Die broodjes zien er heerlijk uit.

    xoxo
    Dascha

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  12. Oooh, dat zag er leuk uit! Best grappig: ik heb mijn inpakpapier bij de Hema gehaald, en zie het écht bij superveel mensen onder de kerstboom liggen.

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    1. Oh, nu ben ik wel benieuwd naar hun inpakpapier. Ik had nog wat rollen liggen van vorig jaar, dus die heb ik opgemaakt :)

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  13. Some people don't realize this but wrapping gifts is an art form. An art in which I suck at. Great job!
    :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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  14. Wat ziet dat er allemaal gezellig en mooi uit! En wat zijn de pakjes mooi geworden! :)

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  15. Oh zo leuk, echt spijtig dat ik de late shift had :(
    Naomi, x

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  16. Het was zooo leuk! Hihi ja die Hot fudge ging er wel vlot in hé ^^

    En toch een beetje vereerd dat m'n wrapping skills je cover foto is :D

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    1. Oh yeah! Het was een mooie ingezoomde foto.. so I had to use it ^^ your gift wrapping skills are great! Haha, die hot fudges waren zeer lekker!

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  17. Ohh dit lijkt me zo leuk! Mooie pakketjes X

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