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Today we feature a special Christmas party guest post from children’s party planner Jennifer Needham of Double The Fun Parties. Take a look at this adorable party that’s fun and easy to create:
I have always wanted to make writing my Christmas cards more fun. So I thought that being surrounded by friends, our kiddos and sweet treats would do the trick. Starting with traditional Christmas colors of bright red and green, I concentrated on using what I had to decorate my dining room. For place settings, I used my china, a red linen napkin, and a red placemat created from scrapbooking paper with scalloped edges that I punched. Each plate held our party favor, a decorated sugar cookie from Sugar & Flour in two designs: envelope and stamp (that matched the stamp from our invitation).
I decorated the center of our table with an embellished mailbox and two Santa mugs that held pens and pencils. Instead of fresh flowers, I added two rosemary trees, tied with red organza bows, and two flowering red plants that I replanted in green art pottery from my collection.
Sarah Brown of Brown Paper Goods offered the perfect party invitation. She also designed a complete party set for me to coordinate with her invitation: banner, bottle wrappers, food labels, cupcake toppers/favor tags, and most importantly, Official Letter to Santa stationery.
On the sweets table, we had cupcakes with custom toppers from Edible Details that mimicked our stamp and red envelope. To make a two-tier stand, I turned a green pottery planter upside down and added a white lunch plate. Other desserts included giant peppermint twists, peppermint bark, mint M&Ms, gum drops, and macaroons. The peppermint sticks are in a paper mache container that I covered with red wrapping paper and two bottle wrappers.
For drinks, I had pomegranate Izze for the moms and milk for the children. My blog includes a tutorial on turning Starbucks Frappuccino bottles into Christmas party bottles.
With treats in hand, we moved to the table. While moms wrote Christmas cards, our boys and girls wrote their letters to Santa. When the children finished their letters, they addressed their envelopes to “Santa, North Pole” and placed them in our special mailbox.
Once all letters were placed in the mailbox, the children opened their mini lunch boxes. (I altered these with scrapbooking paper, and then wrapped them in twine to attach a glitter pencil.) Inside the lunch boxes were all the supplies the children need to complete their foam crafts. They also each had a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer coloring book and a pack of crayons that I wrapped in more scrapbooking paper.
Please visit the Double The Fun Parties Etsy shop if you are thinking about hosting a Christmas card writing party of your own. Our shop features this entire party kit – including all of Sarah’s cute printables AND one dozen cupcake toppers from Edible Details. Or, you can purchase a 20-page party plan.
For more holiday party ideas and resources, stop by our Christmas party event planning section. Remember, if you are looking for Christmas entertainment we have everything from Christmas carolers to Santa Claus himself to entertain the kids! What do you think of this unique holiday party? Let us know in the comments below.
VENDORS: Photographer: Viridian Images Photography Printables: Brown Paper Goods Cupcake toppers: Edible Details Macaroons: Bokolette Sugar cookies: Sugar & Flour JOY embellished wooden letters: Dwelling Online