Two weekends ago I had my very first Christmas party. I invited my close friends and their children for a couple hours of fun. I am an avid reader of the blog Enjoying the Small things by Kelle Hampton and when I saw the adorable party she threw for her daughters I felt instantly inspired. I knew that this year I had to do something fun that would hopefully start a tradition. I planned and crafted til I could craft no more.
My two older nieces agreed to be my helpers at the party to assist with the activities. They had adorable Santa hats and they did a wonderful job. We had beautiful table settings for our cookies and milk.
A write a letter to Santa station, I enjoyed reading some of the letters that the kids had written. One from niece was especially touching and made me realize that far before high school the pressure to fit in can be intense. I know my sister struggled with her daughters wish but I know that my niece is wonderful and smart and I hope her Christmas wish comes true.
We had a decorate your own stocking station that included glitter and glue. Let me tell you about glitter and girls. By the end of the party it looked like a glitter bomb went off in our rec center and the place will never be the same. I saw some of our more creative guests leaving the party with their hands, hair and pant legs covered in glitter. Glitter is magic and those who say otherwise are missing out.
The next was my very favorite, it was the thing that inspired my Christmas spirit this year. It also inspired me to start making stuff in mason jars and this is my new obsession.
The Reindeer food bar
The Reindeer food bar was beautiful when I set it up and my little guests had such a fun time that the food bar looked disastrous at the end. A mess craft table is the sign of a good party. I also enjoyed that some of our smallest guests enjoyed snacking on the raisins meant for the Dasher. Here are the jars I created for the food. There are different snacks for each reindeer. You layer them in your jar and on Christmas Eve you have the kids pour the food onto your driveway so the Reindeers can snack while Santa delivers your gifts!
The labels compliments of www.kellehampton.com gave this the extra sweet touch that it needed..
Filling up the jars to put out for Christmas eve..(note the spilled glitter)
I also wanted to do a photo booth for my guests. I love pictures and for me it is how I capture my memories. My husband calls me the mom-arazzi but I wear this title proud. I ordered cutouts from the fabulous Etsy store Lemon squeeze designs. They had a wonderful Christmas set that I purchased for $8.99 and I have to say..I had the kids asking to take the cut-outs home. Once the photo booth was warmed up there was no stopping the posing. I downloaded 100 pictures and I loved them all. I can't wait to look back next year and see how everyone has changed. Here is my favorite pose from the party, my sweet girls!
I wanted to do something for all my wonderful friends. For the love the patience the advice and the constant friendship that keeps me going and gives me such joy. So for my friends I made home-made peppermint sugar scrubs.
Please note, this came in a mason jar. I LOVE MASON JARS!
I loved the party, I missed my friends and each year Christmas becomes more special. Having children gives more meaning to the Holidays. Only last year, I was pregnant with our second and last child. Imagining what it would be like to have two kids at Christmas. Now, in the blink of an eye it has been a year and my wished for baby is now 6 months old. I have my two girls this year and for everything we have been through I am feeling extra love and hope.
I believe in the magic of Christmas, the love of your friends and that if you make a jar of Reindeer food to pour on your driveway Christmas Eve that Santa will come... This year I wished for my friends to be together and my family to be healthy. I wanted to do the party to start a new tradition, to show my girls that celebrating with your friends is important and that it only takes a little glitter to create a memory!
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