SWA Annual Christmas Party

I love entertaining and having friends over during the holidays. Last week, I hosted my annual Stamped With Aloha Christmas Party at my home. We enjoyed dinner, some fun games and a hand stamped gift exchange.

Let me share a few highlights from the party.

Time for the party to begin

Time for the party to begin

Sometimes, I set up outdoors under a tent. This year, however, I kept everything indoors which made it a little more cozy.

Tiny Treat Box Favors

Tiny Treat Box Favors

At each person’s place setting. I had a little hand stamped favor made with one of our Clear Tiny Treat Boxes.

I got this favor idea from my friend Kim Williams. Kim had shared this idea with me last month when we were at the On Stage event in Florida.

Santa’s Workshop Tiny Treat Favor

Santa’s Workshop Tiny Treat Favor

Kim has an amazing blog and just yesterday she posted this project along with instructions on how to make it. If you’d like to learn how you can click here to go to Kim’s blog. You will enjoy seeing the adorable designs Kim came up with.

I am so thankful Kim shared this idea with me. These Clear Tiny Treat Boxes not only looked cute on the table but they were useful too! We opened them during a stampin’ bingo game to use the candy to mark our boards. I made sure to put extra candy so you could play and enjoy a sweet treat at the same time.

I always create a snowman ornament as a party favor. It’s a tradition! I knew exactly what I wanted to make this year. I was inspired by an idea that demonstrator Mary Polcin had created using a spoon. Mary told me to feel free and “case” (copy and share) her idea so I did.

Below you can see all the snowman spoon ornaments hanging on a tree where each guest could find one and take one home.

Party Favor Tree

Party Favor Tree

Here’s a close up of the spoon. I drilled a hole in the top of the spoon. I also dipped each spoon in Embossing Paste so it would look like snow.

Spoon Ornaments

Spoon Ornaments

Aren’t these spoon ornaments festive and fun?

Our Embossing Paste is really great to use on projects, especially during the holidays. I used Embossing Paste on the gift I created for the gift exchange at this party too.

Here is what I created using scraps from the Santa’s Workshop Memories and More kit.

Holiday House

Holiday House

Do you see the Embossing Paste “snow” on the roof? I even created a few icicles with it too!

The base of this house was made of metal. It was actually a metal lantern that I had purchased at Wal Mart.

Holiday House

Holiday House

This house had a hole in the bottom of it so I added a string of battery operated lights to go inside. I turned the lights on just before wrapping the gift so the recipient be surprised by the lights when she opened the box.

Holiday House

Holiday House

Rene was the recipient of this gift. Rene told me yesterday that she had planned on taking it to work but her husband liked it so much that he wanted to keep it as a decoration in their home, so they did.

Here are some of the amazing creations made by members of my downline. I wish I had photos of them all but I only captured photos of a few of them.

Jodi made this festive magnet board and matching set of cards. The little elf’s are magnets that can be repositioned.

magnet board

magnet board

Someone made this beautiful flower box.

paper poinsettia

paper poinsettia

Someone else created this fun advent calendar using a muffin tin.

Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

One of the traditional games we played was this funny reindeer building game with balloons and pantyhose. Just look at these DEER ladies!

Reindeer Games

Reindeer Games

I am so grateful for a fun gathering filled with inspiration, creativity and merriment!

SWA Holiday Party

SWA Holiday Party

This event is always a highlight and I will look forward to our next gathering where we can enjoy some more creative fun together during this very special time of year.

Merriest Wishes,

Cindy