Last week my home was filled with lots of love and laughter as I hosted my monthly bunco games. This month was extra special cause our theme was Christmas. I love this time of year and I really enjoy having people over for fellowship and fun.
People have enjoyed "dressing up" for Bunco so we discussed having a "Night Before Christmas Theme" but thinking that not everyone would be comfortable showing up in their pajamas, I told them to just come dressed festive.
On Sunday, I dressed up in a Holiday Sweater but when Olivia and Patti showed up in their matching Pajamas looking so cute, I had to run upstairs and change because they looked entirely too comfortable.
Just after everyone arrived imagine my surprise when I heard a "Clatter" at my door and suddenly Mrs. Claus was there smiling and ringing her jingle bells. Mrs. Claus was telling everyone "Merry Christmas" as she strolled through the room spreading Christmas Cheer.
Rosita looked so cute dressed as Mrs. Claus, she shared that she and her late husband used to dress up as Santa and Mrs. Claus for many Christmas Parties and even made an appearance in a Christmas parade. I was so honored that she took the time to continue this tradition at my home and continue to share the magic of Christmas.
The product I featured at this month's bunco was the Presents and Pinecones DSP and matching Washi Tape. For the favor I created a box of chocolate peppermint candies. I put the mints in our clear tiny treat boxes which are my favorite this holiday season. If you use a 2 inch punch you can fit exactly five peppermint candies in this box.
To tie in the Washi Tape I covered a piece of scrap paper with rows of washi and then punched it out with a circle punch to create a colorful backdrop for the top of the favor.
The mints were made by attaching punched circles that featured different patterns of the cute DSP.
At a recent Holiday Craft Fair I created this little santa box (below) where I created a wrap for a small peppermint bark bag of candy. I decided to copy my own idea for the Aloha prize but on a larger scale. Everyone loves peppermint bark and the larger package gave me more space to feature the cute DSP.
I added some Jingle Bells to the bow so that as everyone passed it around during the game it would add some christmas cheer to the room.
Both the Sunday and Monday games were filled with love, laughter and the spirit of giving. Rosita and Sarina made planners for everyone and gave everyone a cute favor made entirely out of candy.
Bea hand made these cute washcloths and everyone got to choose the one they liked. I was so touched by the kind hearts of these lovely friends.
It is so special to me to see how so many new friendships have been formed as we gather at my home.
Below is a photo of our Sunday group. Normally this group is a little more reserved than the Monday group but things were a little louder than usual this time around. It always make me laugh and smile when I hear others having fun.
The winner of the Aloha prize on Sunday was Shelly who took home not only the Aloha Prize but other fun product goodies as well.
I love to see the happy faces of the Aloha prize winners!
On Monday night, we were doubly blessed because Mrs. Claus came again but this time she had a big surprise! She brought Santa with her.
Words can not express my gratitude towards Santa and Mrs. Claus (Sarina and Rosita) and the joy they have brought into my life over the past few months that they have been stamping with me. They have such giving hearts and everyone has been so blessed to come to know them and enjoy having them with us each month.
Here is our Monday group just before we hugged and wished each other a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Our next Bunco is scheduled for Sunday, January 8th and Monday, January 9th. The Sunday game is already full but I have a few spots open for Monday night at 7pm. This will be a Saleabration Bunco and will feature new products from our new Occasions catalog that will be released at the start of the new year.
As we celebrate the end of this year, I want to say a special MAHALO to all of the wonderful people who have come over to play Bunco. There have been wives, sisters, grandmas, daughters, sons, brothers, grandpas, boyfriends, girlfriends, aunties, uncles, and best friends, all who have come together to play a fun game and enjoy a great time of fellowship and fun.
I look forward to sharing a new Season of Bunco with all of you in 2017.