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I have always wanted to have a Christmas party. We always hosted Christmas at my parent’s house, but never had a “party.” So I decided that Miss O had reached an age where having a big party wouldn’t be too much for me to handle… and I went for it!
My first stop when planning anything is, of course, Pinterest. I compiled a board with a bunch of cool ideas and inspirations. I didn’t use everything, but I think as years go by and the party grows I’ll keep adding. Here are a few things that really got my creative juices flowing:
You can see my inspiration board here.
I don’t know why the idea of a bonfire stuck in my head and wouldn’t go away – I’m not an outdoorsy person – but there it was, creeping its way into my thoughts. The next thing I thought of was Christmas carols. They’re one of my favorite things about the holidays and singing is one of my favorite things about life in general, so that was a natural fit, and the rest fell into place.
We put out a spread of cookies, snacks, and hot cocoa (recipes to follow). I got the table dressing at a fabric store where Christmas fabric was half off and the trays at the dollar store. At a party with lots of kids I didn’t want to put out anything I would be upset over losing.
Chocolate chips – thank you Pillsbury
Michigan Rock cookies. These are a tradition in Mr. O’s family and I always make a double batch at Christmas. They’re a not-too-sweet cookie with walnuts and dates and they’re to die for. They’re also great to dip in tea or coffee for breakfast. Click here for the recipe!
I printed up carol books. These were just printed from various websites, but next year I’ll make my own – of course I’ll share the printable!
Mr. O had the brilliant idea to fill the drink tub with snow. I married a genius.
I put out some wine and lit the outside tables with a simple strand of lights.
There was a roaring fire.
Once it got dark, and everyone had consumed enough wine to willingly sing, we headed out for some carols.
And before everyone headed out we asked a friend to take a picture of the 3 of us. Miss O was on quite a sugar high, but having us all in one shot is so rare, I was happy.
Overall the evening was a huge success. I must admit there’s always a sneaky fear that I’ll throw a party and no one will show up, but I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case. Everyone had a great time and I’m already making plans for next year!