Christmas Craft Party!

Last weekend I lived out my dreams, Christmas crafting style! I had a bunch of gals over for a Christmas craft party/brunch. We had ourselves a grand ole time crafting & eating & preparing for the coming holiday season.

We made a total of 5 crafts & a sweet treat to take home. I did have everyone pitch in a little to help cover cost of supplies. You can always have a mini version though & do just 1 or 2 crafts. I kept all the projects super easy & simple to recreate for gifts to others.

Now, onto the 8.5436782 billion photos I took!

I used merry & bright decor & created a true “party” atmosphere with streamers galore.

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The backdrop behind our main work area made a huge pop. I started by hanging the lights first in strips using tacks. Next, I hung streamers over the lights using blue painter’s tape. I folded 2 black tablecloths in half longways & pinned it up to create a short curtain. This covered up the top of the lights/streamers & gave it all a uniformed look. Next I used tacks & pretty ribbons to hang tissue decor & mini disco balls.

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I used 3 placemats for a mini table runner. I love it & I think I’ll be able to use them on my Christmas dining table.

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I even added one of my merry & bright signs!

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I used some bright, sparkly decor mixed in with containers of craft supplies we’d be using for the centerpieces.

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Plus candy canes & meringues fro extra snacking, of course.

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Our first craft was to decorate our own set of ornaments which several people, myself included, ended up turning into garlands instead. They all came out lovely & were super easy to throw together. This would be a great kid’s craft too. I bought the sets of chalkboard wood slices in the Target One Spot/Bullseye’s Playground. I’ve seen them around craft stores as well. Then brought out paints, glitter & junk to top them with with. Some items I also found in the One Spot include wooden deer, chalkboard trees & sticky red bows. The deer & trees were attached to clothespins & I popped them right off for gluing onto the ornaments. At the Dollar Tree I found a huge sheet of sparkly foam pieces- deer, trees, snowmen, snowflakes & bows. These were also the perfect size to add to the ornaments & were already sticky on one side. We used rhinestones, buttons & jingle bells too. You can the full diy in this post!

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Each place setting included a plate with a super fancy Little Debbie snack cake. Unwrapping them makes a world of difference & it just isn’t Christmas without Little Debbie. I also found these super fun Santa beards with big lips & could not pass up the wonderful opportunity to get photos of people in these! Which I cannot subject to on my blog…sorry guys! Pretty paper napkins held bright, gold-rimmed glasses. Inside the glasses were a few fun items including a candy cane, paper straw with powdered donut, plastic beads & daffy taffy. Each person also got a blank ornament/ garland set to decorate & a cute bag to take it home in.  I really wanted to make this a fun, laid back experience where people could enjoy crafting & I did just that.

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One end of the table held a few hot glue guns in a tray & an abundance of hot glue sticks on another pretty tray.

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The other end held another one of our crafts,yarn tassels. We made garlands, pom poms & tassels to add to gift wrapping. Some santas & snowmen even snuck their way in. You can find tutorials for this all over Pinterest, so I won’t bore you with it!

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Next up is the food table! I used 3 colorful fleece scarves for the tablecloth. I think it worked really well & the colors went perfectly. I have a huge plaid blanket scarf on our kitchen table & now I think all my scarves will make the best tablecloths & runners…except then I’ll have non to wear!

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I put out a good spread of holiday brunch foods including a cinnamon coffee cake, more powdered donuts, pigs in a blanket, chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate dipped oreos, cheese cube & tomato tree, donut hole nacho tree, blueberry muffins, apples & caramel, chips & salsa & guacamole, cheese & crackers & candy. Plus tea & cherry limeade for drinking. Phew…food coma.

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These little guys disappeared pretty fast. To be honest, these were a last minute “I still have some chocolate left, what else can I cover?” decision & I think it was a very good one. I like using the mini vanilla cookies as opposed to the large chocolate ones. They are much easier to eat & not quite as sweet.

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Using varying heights in your food display really makes life easier. Your food looks 10x better & it’s easier for guests to grab things without getting their sleeves into soothing else. PS- The diy peppermint candy cane tray is right here! Unfortunately, I lost the top tier right before the party!

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Let me shout out this cherry limeade recipe real quick because it is the REAL DEAL! Tastes identical to Sonic’s & is simpler than syrup. Planning to make it again for Christmas. It’s basically red & green so it totally goes. Serve with a bowl of extra cherries & lime slices for garnishing.

Cherry Limeade
Author: Cathryne Mealey | Slice of Southern Pie
Ingredients
  • 1 liter lemon lime soda
  • 1 can frozen limeade
  • 1 can maraschino cherries
  • 2 limes (sliced)
Instructions
  1. Add lemon lime soda, frozen limeade & entire can of maraschino cherries, including juice, to serving container. Pour slowly to keep carbonation.
  2. Garnish with lime slices.
  3. Serve with extra cherries & limes.

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I ‘tried’ to turn my chocolate covered strawberries into Christmas lights. I think if you’re really interested in doing this though, you need a mold.Pull of the green tops & dip them in chocolate like normal. Cover with colored sugar sprinkles. Then melt a small amount of white chocolate in a plastic baggie in the microwave. Snip off the end & drizzle back & forth over the undipped tip & tada- Christmas lights. Stick in the fridge/freezer to harden.

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This little gal was the star of the show & of my heart! Donut hole nacho tree for the win. I covered a styrofoam tree in parchment paper & used toothpicks to insert donut holes. Just keep on going till it’s covered!

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For our baking segment we made Rolo pretzel delights. I provided bowls of various pretzels, candies for melting, M&M’s, pecans & sprinkles. Everyone got their own tray & went to town creating their own batch of holiday goodness. It was fun to see how everyone’s came out!

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We made peppermint bath bombs for everyone to take home too. I think I’ll be making several more for gifts! Here’s the recipe we used.

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I loved the snow globe making bar with a bottle brush tree dying station! This might very well be my favorite craft. I set out a collection of various jars, different sized bottlebrush trees, colored twines & epsom salt.

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I filled half the sink with bleach water & filled bowls with Rit dye/water. Guests used tongs to bleach & dye their trees. Then we let them dry a bit before gluing to the lid of the jar.

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Scoops of Epsom salt was added & beautiful snow globes were born!

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Another easy craft was these plaid cake stands. You can get the full instructions for the platters in this post.

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Can’t forget the swag bags! I tied on giant ornaments with a jingle bell & tag.

Thanks for coming by the party y’all! Hope you enjoyed & are planning your own Christmas craft party! Grab some friends, some good food & your hot glue guns!

Happy Christmas Crafting friends!

Cathryne

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