Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Eve Party Ideas

The day is finally here, December 24th! Our tradition is to have friends and family over for a good meal and fun and laughter. We usually break open a piƱata, but this year it rained and it was pretty muddy out so we'll have to invite friends over later on to break it open :D Hey, another reason to party. So anyway, I stayed up really late making up a fun new banner, some appetizers and a cool cupcake holder.
So here they are {you can probably do these with your kids for new year's eve}
You'll need :
foam cones
gummy candies
Basically you take the foam cone and wrap it in lettuce leaves (washed and dried). You simply stick the lettuce leaves with toothpicks. Then you can put grapes and other fruits and cheeses with toothpicks onto the foam cone. Continue until you cover the entire toothpick. My little guy did not do that, and that's ok, but on the cheese and fruit tree I made sure to cover the entire pick with cheeses. The idea is to somewhat make it look like a Christmas tree. With the candy, I did not wrap it in lettuce. I just started sticking gummy candies here and there with the toothpicks. I had a little helper :)
I did not remove the plastic cover from the foam cone. I thought I could reuse it if I wanted to for another project ;) But you can cover it in foil or other decorative paper.
I provided small appetizer tongs so my guests could remove the fruit, cheeses and gummies from the trees. We even cut a star out of cheese for our tree :D

                                                {My crafty helper}

It's fun and easy and can be done for New Year's Eve with your kiddos.
Another thing I did was take an old three tier server that had seen better days. I simply spray painted it white and painted some red swirls and polka dots. I used it as a cupcake tower :)
I also made another banner out of felt (I am really LOVING felt and ric rac) and my Mighty Mend It glue!! This fabric glue holds and sticks quickly so you don't have to use so much. Felt is so inexpensive and easy to work with. I simply cut out the words Merry & Bright with my Cricut out of cardstock. So easy and I can use it again next year. The same can be done for New Year's :) {to see the tutorial go here.}

Two pieces of the three tier server. Here's the finished product holding cupcakes.

 UGH, it came out fuzzy b/c I had it on the wrong setting again but you get the idea.

 Sergio made some salsa and we packaged it up for our neighbors and his good clients. I found a free .svg file of this cute western boot and I cut it with my Cricut and Sure Cutz a lot software (I LUV IT)
We had so much fun getting ready for our Christmas Eve party. Now only the guests are needed ;)

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  1. LOVE!! Especially the cheese and olive tree - I have saved this idea to make next Christmas. Nice to meet you! I will be back.


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