Friday, December 20, 2013

Rustic Christmas Party

We watched Mormon messages based on Christmas

Rustic Christmas Centerpiece

How to: 

STEP 1. Be a creepy lady at your local home depot and as soon as the cut someones Christmas tree you ask ( or just act quickly) and take the tree trimmings and wood slices and RUN! Ha jk. They will give them to you for free so all you have to do is ask or dig through their trash ;) 

The larger pieces of wood came from my church parking lot. They happened to cut down a bunch of trees the week before and I was stumped (no pun intended) as to what to do for this Christmas party and when I saw these, it was my "ah- ha" moment! I then loaded up my truck and took them to a guy in my ward who cut them for me! The tree stumps and the burlap were my saving grace that tied this party all together! 

to see my whole rustic christmas party click here

STEP 2: Trim the tree to your desired size. and spray tiny areas of the tree branch with white spray paint. This is optional. I only did this to a few of the center pieces to tie in with my theme.

STEP 4: This is the big statement piece that everyone was asking how I did this. Super easy. Get a bag of fresh cranberries from Costco, Spray adhesive from your local craft store, and epsilon Salt ( in the pharmacy section at target is where I purchased it)

Lay the cranberries in box (also from Costco). Spray with adhesive and pour epsilon salt over until you have them covered to your liking.


Frost twig branches (tutorial HERE)

or you can buy a tall set from Michael's that are 11.99 but after you use a 50% off coupon that they usually have it may be worth your time. This time around that is what I did because I was lacking in time. I bought one tall twig set and just broke them up into small pieces. This was nice because I was able to use the original tall set for my first Christmas party this year  (the image below) and also for these center pieces

STEP 4: If you want, add some twine to a few of the glass bottles by hot gluing them. Next add wood chalk board signs that you can purchase at Michaels in their wedding decoration isle.

STEP 5: Finally just add the epsilon salt and cranberries in some of the jars, lay them on the wood, and sprinkle with some fake snow and BAM  you now have SUPER cheap, yet amazing center pieces. 

Total cost was around 25 dollars for ALL the supplies for 7 tables, but it cost me personally around 6 dollars because if you are a crafter or hoarder (there is a fine line between the both at my house ;) ) you probably already have white spray paint glitter laying around the house. :) 

I purchased my vintage milk bottles HERE. I literally use them ALL THE TIME! 
Mini Mason Jars purchased HERE. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Winter Wonderland Ward Party

Last night we had I had the fun opportunity to decorate the dessert table for my ward (church) Christmas party. We went with more of a winter wonderland theme and it turned out so cute. My cute friend Emily headed up the whole event. I have a thing or two to learn from this girl. She is great at delegating and giving everyone an opportunity to help with the party. I feel like when others are involved they get that much more excited about the party and it helps to make them feel included. We also lucked out because we shared the party with another ward and someone in that ward owns a party rental store so raise the roof and throw a fist bump in there because that means less work for us :). I ALWAYS suggest trying to share a party with another ward; they do breakfast and you do dinner! No need to go to all the work for just one party.

My favorite part of the party was the carnival for the kids. The young men and women put this on and it was SO cleaver! I wish I could take credit for some of these ideas but I cant but I will for sure be stealing some of these ideas ;)

Pin the star on the tree

Cookie Decorating

Candy Cane Fishing. HOW CUTE IS THAT!?

Christmas Tree bowling

Jaxon with his girl friends chatting over a cookie. So fun to listen to little kid's conversations. 

My favorite of the night!

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