Thursday, January 15, 2015

North Pole Party

It's no secret that I love any reason for a party.  Birthdays? Party. Super Bowl? Party.  NFC Championship game? Party. Random Thursday and I feel like having a party? Party.  So when December rolled around and I finished up the candle light services and I had a second to plan, I knew I wanted to put together a little Christmas party. At first it was going to be a holiday potluck, but the ideas kept coming and I got more and more excited... And I transformed the reception room into the North Pole.  It was magical!  We've made a lot of new friends this year.  Through nursing support group, preschool, random hang outs at the park.  And we've formed a really fun group of friends.  There are about 6 families that get together and most of us have kids between 2 and 4 years old, and most of us also have a baby.  So we have lots of fun together and our kids have even more fun.  So I knew a Christmas party would be a blast.  Most of the parents wore ugly sweaters, and the kids all wore jammies.
I made two kinds of soup, salad, bread, jello, and mac n cheese for the kids. I made a couple desserts as well. 

The kids got to frost and decorate cookies.  I bought alphabet cookies from Trader Joe's and spelled each child's name out.  I got little paint trays in LA for sprinkle holders, and each kid had their own set. Each spot each had little cups of four colors of frosting as well. I love how this table turned out and the kids loved it as well.  And I felt that giving each kid their own set of everything contained germs too.  It was ok if they licked their fingers and knives because they weren't sharing anything.  I also had a craft table set up.  Strips of paper on a piece of wood to make a tree, pine cones and pom poms, and thumb print reindeer on pieces of mini tree branch stumps.  The moms got into the crafts too.


I also made a reindeer food bar.  This was a HUGE hit! Each kid got to make their own mix of food in a jar to sprinkle on their driveway for the deer on Christmas eve. Oats, Cocoa, cookie crumbs, confetti sprinkles, colored sugar, and white glitter sugar.  The amount of glitter and sprinkles we swept from the floor the next morning was astounding.

We also had north pole ring toss and a decked out roller coaster set up for the kids.

It was all so much fun.  The kids left with boxes of cookies.  The moms left with keepsake ornaments.  Everyone left with full stomachs and leftover desserts. I'm so excited about this tradition, and hope to keep it up every year even as our families evolve.  It was maybe my favorite part of the season.

1 comment:

megantonesforever said...

That looks like so much fun Andrea! How awesome you have a mind for doing that stuff. I wish I lived in California!