Looking for kids Christmas party ideas that don’t involve Santa or gifts? Here are three party ideas that will keep little hands busy.
Cookie baking or decorating party
Christmas baking is a lot more fun when you have a lot of hands helping. Why not invite your kids’ friends over for a party to help? They can help decorate gingerbread houses or cut-out cookies that you bake ahead of time, such as gingerbread or sugar cookie cut-outs. Or you can have a cookie baking party and let the kids help you make any kind of cookies you like!
Our Gleeful Gingerbread Kids Christmas Party Invitations or our Gingerbread Lane Kids Christmas Party Invitations are the perfect choice for this Christmas party idea!
Before the party begins, have all of your ingredients whether for baking or decorating ready to go, and set up several stations with supplies so the kids each have a place to work. Things may get messy when the kids dig in to help, but that’s half the fun. And, of course, each guest gets to take home a sampling of cookies.
We have put together 3 of our most popular Christmas party ideas. These themes can be really fun for both guests and hosts. Let us know which is your favorite or what type of themed party you are hosting this year by commenting below.
1. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Idea
Use our Particular Pattern Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Invitations to set the stage for this party. Overuse the colors red and green and make sure you have lots of old patterns and fabric throughout the party to reinforce that ugly sweater theme. This is a delightfully tacky party that everyone enjoys. You can even have a contest for people to vote on the ugliest sweater. See more ugly sweater Christmas party ideas on our Pinterest board.
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Most of us put far more thought into planning a party than we do into choosing the invitation. But holiday party invitation wording is important. It lets your guests know what to expect, how to dress, and what, if anything, to bring. Is it a formal dinner or a kid-friendly sledding party? Your invitation sets the stage and communicates all the details.
First, the details. Have you ever sent out party invitations and realized, too late, that you forgot to request a response? Or got your own address wrong? It happens all the time here at Pear Tree! Here’s a checklist of 9 things not to forget (and to double check before sending).
Our new favorite resource for creative ideas is Pinterest.com. Whether you’re planning a holiday party, a wedding or a kitchen renovation, it makes browsing the Internet for ideas much easier and a lot more fun.
Instead of bookmarking, or worse, printing the ideas you love, you can ‘pin’ them to virtual bulletin boards on Pinterest.com. You can organize ideas by event, style, theme, or project, quickly go back to the source pages for recipes or how-tos, and even share all your ideas with friends. This makes it super easy to plan a party!
To show you how fun it is, we created a Pinboard to help us plan a holiday party using our Sketched Pinecones Holiday Party Invitations for inspiration. First we logged in to our Pinterest account and searched for “pinecone holiday décor” to find decorating ideas other people might have pinned. We re-pinned any images we liked, adding them to our Pinecone Party Pinboard.
Adding the “Pin It” tool to our toolbar allowed us to widen our search beyond Pinterest.com and pin images wherever we found them, crediting our sources and linking back to the details as we went. Quickly the theme began to come together, incorporating the cool aqua color, white feathers and pinecones in different ways. We found lots of DIY decorating ideas we loved, then searched for winter party food and beverage ideas, and pinned those, too.
Now that we have our party all planned, we can share the link with friends. If you have an account, you can follow our Pinboards at pinterest.com/peartreegrtngs and make comments, as well as create your own boards. If you like it, pin it. It’s that easy!
Last year, when we were decorating our Christmas tree, I noticed that our ornament collection was looking a little sad. Several were chipped or broken. The once shiny metal ones were tarnished, and the glass bulbs were cloudy. The collection has gotten smaller, as broken ornaments were not replaced. The ones that survived the toddler years are, for the most part, made of felt, metal or plastic.
Of course we have added quite a few beloved ones: the plaster-of-Paris snowman that weighs about three pounds and makes the tree lean to whichever side it’s on. The thumbprints that say, “Thumbunny loves me,” made in preschool, and the “My first Christmas” ornaments, to name a few. Still, it might be time to add to the collection.
I’ve always wanted to have an ornament exchange party. Pear Tree has the cutest tree-shaped, die-cut Christmas party invitations that would be perfect for an ornament exchange. Or maybe I’ll suggest it to my girlfriends when we’re talking about gift exchange party ideas this year.
I’ve never been one for themed Christmas trees, with matching ornaments and trendy color schemes. Christmas ornaments just don’t have much meaning when you buy a dozen at a time. I love walking into a store that has thousands of ornaments and walking out with just one—the perfect one, carefully chosen for the friend who will think of me every time she hangs it on her tree.
Most of us have done it, but we’re not proud to admit it. Forgetting to RSVP is a social no-no and we all know it. From the French Répondez s’il vous plait, which means “please respond,” these four letters on a holiday party invitation usually means the host or hostess needs to know if you’re coming. Seriously.
For the host, not hearing back from you can be a vexing problem, particularly if it’s a smaller gathering. If you’re not sure you can come, or will be late, most hostesses would prefer you tell them that rather than not responding at all.
If you’re planning a party and wondering whether or not to include an RSVP request on your invitation, it is completely optional. Certainly for a formal dinner you will want to know how many places to set. In contrast, an RSVP might not be necessary for an open house, since people will be coming and going throughout and food is usually more casual.
Seasoned hostesses are good at estimating quantities and are always prepared for surprises. As a general rule of thumb, however, it’s a good idea NOT to be the one to surprise her!
It’s hard to use the words “financially responsible” and “holiday party” in the same sentence, but, there, I’ll come out and say it. Like it or not, people just aren’t throwing big, glamorous parties the way they used to. Many of us are choosing simpler, smaller affairs with our close friends, relatives and neighbors. These get-togethers are not only easier to plan and less expensive, they can also be a lot of fun.
We had budget-friendly gatherings in mind when we developed our line of Christmas Party Invitation ideas. Cookie exchange parties, tree-trimming gatherings, gingerbread decorating parties and spill-the-wine parties don’t have to be expensive.
One of our customers hosts an annual snowball fight in her backyard. Treats include hot cocoa with marshmallows and cinnamon rolls. Formal attire is not required. Your presence is requested because you are loved (and because it will be a hoot and you won’t want to miss it). Sure, we love the formality of a sit-down multi-course dinner, complete with place cards, champagne and catered hors d’oeuvres. But sometimes the simple gatherings are the most memorable.
One of my favorite parts of the week is when my son (age 5) wakes up and calls me from his bed to cuddle (yes, he actually calls before getting out of bed and jumping into the day). A few weeks ago during this time, he mentioned that he wanted to invite his new friends in our new neighborhood to have a gingerbread house-making contest. I thought this was a wonderful way to get to know the neighborhood kids and their parents, since we are new to the area. Sounded great – gingerbread houses for the kids, wine and cheese for the parents – and not too much work to put together. Brilliant idea, I thought! And I knew just the design team to create a wonderful invitation! So this is the Gingerbread party invitations
the team came up with… cute, cute, cute.
It turns out that this wonderful idea was a 5-year old’s ploy. At the end of the conversation, my son declared that the winner of the gingerbread making contest would win Legos, so really it was about How Do I Get More Legos? No matter, we are still having the party and looking forward to it!
The holidays are coming. Whether you’re ready or not, the holiday music is playing in the stores, the lights are going up in the neighborhood, the stores have their full assortment of decorations, gift wrap and stockings on the shelves and the ads have definitely started to take over my Sunday paper.
What else does this mean? Your calendar is soon to be booked with holiday parties. Weekends in December seem to disappear. But that’s okay, right? Because it’s the season to get together, surround yourself with people that make you smile, make you laugh. However, we recognize that it costs money to host parties and you just might be in saving mode right now.
That’s why we’re so proud of our 2009 collection of Holiday party invitations. They’re stylish. Whether you’re looking for a chic holiday party invitation or as specific as a gingerbread house making party invitation, our talented designers have created a truly unique, stylish invitation for your event. And the best part? We sell them in quantities as low as 8. Maybe only a few neighbors in your neighborhood make you smile or maybe can only handle 8 crazy, talk-non-stop five year old children in the house at one time. For $10, you can brighten someone’s day with one of our holiday party invitations and give them something to look forward to this holiday season.
Because that’s what it should be about, making spirits bright!
Here are a few of my favorites.
Simply Merry – Aqua Holiday Party Invitation
Tree Trimming – Holiday Party Invitation
Chandelier Chic Holiday Party Invitation