For a few weeks now, I have been planning a small Christmas party for some friends of mine that I haven't seen in a long time. I was really excited to have all of us girls together in one room again! We even set up a "Secret Santa" which was really fun because I haven't done that since like grade school! A potluck was in order as well. I chose to bring some desserts (Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks, Rasberry Strudles, & German Chocolate Cookies) and an appetizer (A Tangy Lemon and White Bean Dip on French Bread with Havarti Dill Cheese on top!). We also had some homemade mac n' cheese, some homemade spinach dip, hot wings, potato salad, and a glass of Stella Pink ! Yummies!
I wish I had taken a photo of the rest of the delicious food when it arrived but I forgot. :-/
After we ate and mingled, we played the game, "Things" which gave us some SERIOUS laughs! One of the best games EVER! :)
After, a couple hours, we all opened our gifts. So many sweet gifts were given and you know what I got? I received some goodies from Starbucks which is like my favorite-favorite place! :D Thanks again Steph!
As you can probably tell, it turned out to be such a great night! So much fun!
As for the party planning, (this is what I LOVE to do!) I made some invites for starters and chose the color palette of gold, silver, pink, and blue hues and went with that! Afterwards, it was a matter of getting items together-old and new to create the decor. If I didn't already have something, I made it-and most things were made from items I found in a dollar bin somewhere (I'm a sucker for those)!
Here are some of the photos I took before the girls arrived (as you can tell because there isn't much food on the "food table" below-lol).
You might remember this stand from this post? It has been transformed! :)
Add some glitter to mini clothespins and instant "prettiness!"
Remember the movie "Elf?" Well, then you may remember the quote that's in the frame! :)
"I thought maybe we could make gingerbread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating, and maybe even hold hands."
See these cute little silver acorns pinecones with glitter on them? Dollar bin at Michaels!
This hanging ornament chandelier is made with an embroidery hoop, ribbon and various ornaments! In the clear ornaments, I added some silver and gold glitter inside to give them a bit of sparkle.
Lovely, I must say!
I created a diy tutorial of this little tree centerpiece right here.
For the runner, I just took some lace that I had and layed strips of it across the table.
Thanks to the girls for coming to our first Christmas get-together! It was great to see you all again and to share stories! Some great laughs were had and I can't wait to see you all again!