Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Polar Express Party

 This year I was asked to help co-chair the Christmas party and we decided on the Polar Express theme. Thanks to the many, many, many... people who came to help us set up and for all those who came. It was a lot of fun but boy am I glad it is over. I was lucky to be paired with this fabulous lady who does musical theater for a local school so she already had some great stuff. In order I will break down the party...

When you walked into the front door you entered onto the polar express train track. You made a quick stop to enter your name on the nice list to see Santa and then proceeded to the Bishop aka the "Train Conductor" to punch your ticket.

Once inside, a young man dressed as a train worker directed you to your boxcar.

On the stage we had the polar express train displayed with fog billowing out looking as if it was actually moving. Also using white tissue table cloth I made icicles for the front of the stage. Super easy and cheap.

Next, and this is my favorite part. The Young women introduced the Hot Cocoa bar by singing the Hot, Hot, Hot Chocolate song from the Polar Express movie.

Thanks to Mimi's Dollhouse who made the printables for me.

Lastly we opened up the Sweet Shoppe where kids filled their pj clothed tummies will all sorts of goodies...

To entertain the little children we had polar express games on each table to keep them entertained until the program started.

The program started with a special elf reading the Polar Express book as the book was displayed for all to see.  After the book ended the Bishop "train conductor" shared his thoughts and tied the Spirit of Christmas with the true meaning of CHRISTmas! It was spiritual and great for the littles. Next the Train workers gathered the children and did a train through out all the tables and led them to line up to see Santa.

Using our "nice list" each family was directed to see Santa...

Jaxon told Santa he wants Mickey Mouse and Buzz for Christmas. He also told him a lot of other stuff that we have no idea what it meant but it sounded good!

As guest exited the event, each kid took away a wooden train whistle and each family took a "santa bell" off the tree.

Lets take a quick reminder of what the room usually looks like...

Yes a lot of work to get it transformed and back again to this in one night for Church the next day but thanks to so many willing to help it went by pretty fast!


  1. I love it! You are so talented. I think the Sweet Shope is my favorite.

  2. wow!! you really out-did yourself bridget! our christmas breakfast was put on by the high priests this year, so you can imagine what it looked like.... ;)

  3. HOLY COW!!! Will you PLEASE move to our ward to plan our ward party!!? This was AMAZING!! You've outdone every ward party EVER done!! Great job! I love EVERYTHING about it! AWESOME!!

  4. Bridget you are amazing! Seriously this looks like so much fun.

  5. Small world, Bridget! One of the elders I do believe is Elder Ensign from right here in my neighborhood in Bountiful!
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  14. Wow, what a wonderful and magical party!! Love all the details and I bet the kids had a blast.

  15. Cool party! I like the Christmas tree part where each kid took a whistle and each family a santa bell.


  16. I just LOVE this!!!! Is there any way I can get some more information on everything? I am in charge of our ward Christmas party this year and am a little overwhelmed. =) We are planning for 400 people! Wow! I know!
    Where did the women get their cute coordinating aprons? Where did the YW get their shimmery vests? Where did you find the activities for the children to do to stay busy and not bored?

    Sorry so many questions! This is seriously the most adorable thing! I totally need to copy this idea! What a fun idea! Thanks for posting and sharing with the rest of us.

    If you wouldn't mind getting back to me, I would love that! We are having a meeting on Sunday to go over everything!


  17. This party is EXACTLY what I was looking for! I actually have the same questions that Kristen before me had- and what did you use to project the book? Was it all digital? I'm not so smart with technical stuff! Ours will also be in line for about 400 people- so it should be a lot of fun. At first I was a little overwhelmed with all of the details- and how we could pull that off- but that's the beauty of delegating right?! :) Thank you so much for your help! racheljerickson at hotmail dot com

  18. This looks fantastic! Your attention to detail throughout was spectacular! I'm in charge of decorations for our ward Christmas party this year, and I was just wondering in what ballpark your budget was at, so I could get an idea of what I could accomplish. If you could get back to me that would be great! michaela.choppin@gmail.com

  19. Love this! You guys did a great job! We are also doing the bells as they exit, can you email me the file you used for the tags on the bells? ashleyllewis@gmail.com THANK YOU! :)

  20. That is such a great idea! I was getting teary just to see the pictures. It feels so Christmas like, made me feel a kid again!

  21. hey there! I am brand new in my ward for 5 months, and I am in charge of the xmas party. I too am wondering how you projected it. I was going to just scan the book, but it looks like u some how managed to get a still of the train from the movie and also used book pages (I havent seen the movie) but the pic of the boys room seems to be from the book, but you lightened it up some how. any advice on how to do this would be appreciated.


    Thanks in advance!! Sandra

  22. LOVE the inspiration I got from your blog. I'm new to our ward and we're in charge of our Christmas party with another couple. We took so many of your ideas, because they're awesome!!

  23. We also used so many of your ideas for our ward party here in Idaho. Thanks again for all your ideas and pictures.

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