One of my passions is coordinating themed events and parties. This is why I love planning my annual downline Christmas Party. This years theme was "Baby, its Cold Outside" which is hilarious because it's 80 degrees here but that didn't stop us from getting into the spirit and putting on our Holiday sweaters! We just had to crank up the AC in the house a little to create the right atmosphere.
My friend Pam joined me again this year as Co-host which always is a tremendous blessing.
Pam is extremely gifted as a party planner and has the best ideas to make everything extra special.
When our guests arrived we had a bunch of props they could play with and we took a photo of each person with an instant camera.
After they took a photo they went to a station in my stamp room and created a little momento for their scrapbook or to use as an ornament on their Christmas tree.
Look how cute Terry's card came out. Terry used lots of glitter washi tape and glimmer paper which perfectly coordinated with her sparkly nails and dazzling personality.
Everyone got creative using products from our Project Life collection as well as other supplies to make their cards unique and special.
As you can see above and below, everyone did a great job of capturing this fun moment from the party.
We did a similar project at last years party and I think I'm going to have to make it a tradition because its so much fun to see everyone's creativity and it also provides a fun momento for everyone to take home.
In the family room there was another make and take. A snowman pop made out of a peppermint patty candy on a stick. Here's a close up of this quick and simple project.
I purchased a chocolate covered peppermint candy from Walmart and then gently inserted a stick into it to create a candy on a stick. Then I just stamped, colored and punched circles that I adhered with glue dots to create this sweet project.
Then it was game time!
I divided everyone into groups by giving them a slip of paper with a name on it. There were Christmas Carolers, Abominable Snowmen, Salvation Army Bell Ringers, Santa Clauses and Scrooges. When I said "go", everyone acted like one of these characters until they could locate the rest of their group. It was funny to hear all the singing, growling, ringing, ho-ho-hoing and even a few bah-hum bugs while everyone found their teammates.
We played a game where everyone had one minute to list as many Christmas Carols as they could and then it was so fun to sit back and listen to each group sing. If another group sang a song you had written down you had to scratch it off your list.
The game ended when the last group still had a song to sing. This was a really fun game and one that filled my home with so many beautiful christmas melodies sung by these beautiful ladies.
Our next game was a snowman building contest. I gave every group a bag filled with toilet paper, tape, Stampin' Up! card stock and paper snips. I gave them 20 minutes to build a snowman and these were the results.
Jodi's group created a snowman family complete with a decorated tree.
Ann's group created this cute snow man with large eyes, a perfect nose and big square buttons.
Roxanne's group who were the winners of the song contest, created a themed snowman on a roll that used every single item that I gave them, including the plastic bag!
Ralene and Terry's group had the same idea to use one of the group members to create a snowman. Darlene and Zeny graciously volunteered and just look at the outcome.
It was so cute when these two walked into the room together. Aren't they the cutest snowmen!!!
After the game we awarded prizes and everyone won a Stampin' Up! Snowman sponge!
The sponge was created with punches that were held together with glue dots and placed onto a Stampin' Up! sponge. Here is a closer look.
The nose was made with the festive flower builder punch and the eyes and mouth with small circle punches.
The back was stamped with this cute sentiment from the My Hero stamp set and everything was tied together with some cute white pom pom trim.
While we were playing games, Craig was in the kitchen cooking up a delicious meal. He baked his famous rum cakes for dessert. Craig is such a blessing to us all.
After we gave thanks for the food, we all lined up to go through the buffet line to enjoy the delicious dinner Craig prepared.
Then we gathered outside under a tent on a table decked with white pineapples and snowmen friends.
After diner everyone headed to a fabulous dessert spread that Pam coordinated. My favorite part was the Chocolate Christmas mouse display complete with Stamped Artwork and yummy chocolate cherry kiss mice.
Pam also created these cute little packets that held a peppermint bark candy.
It was fun to see everyone's faces light up when they saw the cute display.
The party ended with a fabulous gift exchange. I have a bunch of photos to share with you from that but I'll save them for my next post. Until then, I hope you enjoyed hearing about all the adventures we shared at this years SWA Christmas party. It was a wonderful day filled with Christmas Cheer. From start to finish and it really was SNOW much fun!