I must say that this party could not have been done with out my parents help. My parents not only baked the cookies (all of them!) but helped take care of the kids while I set up. They helped fund the event and do a lot of the grunt work (like clean up...) It was as much hosted by The Evaniskos as it was The O'Regans!
The party was from 2-4 pm on Sunday, December 9th, and because of the mid-afternoon time frame we only had a bit of food. My mom made her famous Hambuns, we had a pizza roll tray and veggie tray from Publix, and some chocolate cupcakes made by Ronnie's Bakery. I set up a food table with some Christmas tree decorations and created a stocking banner to make things look extra festive.
This banner was super easy since I purchased the pre-made stockings. I spray painted clothes pins red, and I stamped the white stockings with 4 different stamps from U.B.U. Peppermint Swing and U.B.U. Mrs. Claus. I chose a stamp to represent each of the 4 members of our family.
Molly and I made this reindeer decoration. I purchased the die cut reindeer, we painted them red and green, and then added googly eyes and pom-poms for noses.
Here she was painting them!
I made easy cupcake toppers with my 1.5" inch and 2"inch round punches. I stamped all 18 stamps from U.B.U. Mrs. Claus and U.B.U. Peppermint Swing using hunter and red ink in my stamper. I just switched out the middle and kept the candy cane outer border.
The cookie decorating stations were set up on three long tables (we had 20 kids, afterall!) I had signs that said "please take 8 cookies each" so everyone knew how many to decorate.
Cookie decorating was a lot of fun - Molly, my daughter just loved it!
Of course many of the kids also ate the cookies they were decorating...
Santa arrived around 3 pm. There was some mixed excitement with the kids - some very enthusiastic, others didn't care, a few were scared of him!
Connor woke up just in time to meet Santa, too! (And he was a little red nosed from his nap!)
It was a great afternoon and a fun party!