Christmas Craft Party: ideas for a girl friend get together with decorations, drinks, appetizers, sweet table, and ornament making craft.
I had a little Christmas craft party on the weekend….I know you’re thinking it’s a little early. I’m not even going to try and deny it. But, I heard someone say years ago that November should be for getting ready for Christmas and December for celebrating it. I like that. So this was a getting ready for Christmas kind of a party. I got together with some girl friends for some great food, conversation and Christmas ornament making. It was a really lovely evening and I’m excited to share all the pretty details with you.
Christmas Craft Party Decorations
Let’s start out with all the pretty party decor. I worked all week on getting my Christmas decorations up on the main floor. This year I decided to go with a vintage theme for my Christmas decor -see my Christmas Home Tour here. I found the perfect party decor from Minted. We used their Elegant Joy Party Decor collection. The pink, blue and grey colour scheme looked great with all my own vintage inspired Christmas decor.
When guests arrived the dining room was all set up for our crafting activity and with a pretty dessert buffet for snacking.
The pretty paper fans, paper confetti for the table, and fun circle bunting were really great additions.
The Buffet Decorations
I dressed up the buffet area with a few fun touches. I wrote out the lyrics of “Have a Holly, Jolly, Christmas” on the chalkboard. My favourite easy addition for this Christmas was printing a few vintage Christmas card prints I found for free on-line and putting them in these simple white frames.
Craft Party Drink Station
Every fun party needs some fun drinks. I set up the drinks station in the kitchen, on my kitchen table. Not the greatest for photos on the blog, but really practical in real life, since you can set up so guests can serve them selves from each side, depending on what they’re having.
I started out by placing a pretty wooden sleigh on the table. I thought it would be a fun Christmas-y piece to use, a bit different, and since it’s nice and flat, it worked great as an elevated serving piece -different heights always add interest to a buffet. 😉
Christmas Craft Party Centre Piece
On the sleigh, I set up several cloches as a centre piece, and the gumball machine snow globe that I made here.
I wanted to offer my guests a few cold drink options. The cranberry-raspberry punch is made from juice and ginger ale, and I set-up some champagne glasses with pretty stripped paper straws and straw labels.
I also offered some wine, and water to guests.
Hot Chocolate Bar
The star of the show was the hot chocolate bar. I made homemade hot chocolate, using this crock pot recipe. It was very chocolaty, maybe even a little too chocolaty for me -although admittedly I’m not the biggest chocolate fan, and you could certainly just increase the milk.
Since my crock pot was busy making pulled pork -more details on the food to come, I made the hot chocolate on the stove, and when it was ready put it into a large thermos for serving. This worked great, since it stayed really hot, and I didn’t have to even think about it all night. Along with the hot chocolate, I put out some Irish Cream, and some Kahlua -in case any of my guests wanted to make their hot chocolate a bit special. 😉 There was also some caramels that could be added in, and some whipped cream. Yum.
I also offered some cinnamon sticks for stirring, or for those who can’t get enough chocolate -chocolate spoons! I picked them up at the dollar store, each package had a few milk and a few dark chocolate spoons. These were a big hit. I also put out some candy canes for stirring, in a pretty mason jar.
Flavoured Homemade Marshmallows
The highlight of the hot chocolate bar was the homemade marshmallows. I made three kinds -vanilla, chocolate, and Baileys. I have to say they were so yummy. You can find my flavoured marshmallow recipe here.
I set up the dining room table with all kinds of great craft supplies and invited my friends to each bring some clear glass, or plastic ornaments that we could fill together as the craft for our Christmas craft party.
Ornament Making Supplies
I used my milk glass collection to house all the little craft supplies for the evening. This worked great to keep everything organized and still make it look pretty. 😉 The milk glass worked great with our vintage Christmas theme too.
I had a few ideas of what the fillers could be, and even checked in with my peeps to hear what some of their Christmas colour schemes were this year, so we could have some options that would work for everyone. After the party I took a few pics of some of my favs to share with you.
If you’re thinking of setting up an evening like this, here’s a few ideas of what you might want to include. One friend was working on a woodland, and nature theme, so I found some simple birch bark, tiny cedar pinecones, and white feathers. Everyone liked the idea of snow globes, so I put out some faux snow and a few fun options for fillers. There were twigs to decorate, little mini white Christmas trees, and few deer too.
My sister picked up some plastic balls that split in half to fill. These worked the best for the snow globes and allowed her to make some snow globes with some little toy animals. They turned out so cute. Another friend is planning to pick some up and put some lego men in for her little boys this year -such a great idea.
I also had some letter beads. Some people used them to spell out some ones name. I glued the letters together to write the word “snow” and added some faux snow. So cute and so simple.
I had also picked up some rhinestone buckles, and a little black velvet ribbon. We used these to make a cute Santa ornament, with some simple red tinsel inside.
We also used lots of glitter, sequins, beads, paint, music sheets, and ribbons. The possibilities are really endless.
- birch bark
- tiny pinecones
- faux snow
- mini trees
- mini deer
- letter beads
- rhinestone buckles
- black velvet ribbon
- music sheets
You can see from the smiles on the faces of my friends that we had a great time together -eating, drinking, crafting, laughing, and connecting.
Christmas Craft Party Food
For this party I made a few hot and cold appetizers as well as a fun dessert table. You can read all about how I did all the food and drinks for the party for around $100 here if you’re interested in party food on a budget.
Crockpot Pulled Pork Sliders
I started out with the pulled pork sliders. This was my main hot item for the party. I found a good crock pot recipe here, which also meant it could be made ahead.
I served the pork with a homemade coleslaw on slider buns, that were the perfect size.
For a vegetarian hot option I served perogies. They were simple frozen ones, garnished with a little sour cream and some fresh chives. They looked great, and were super easy. Simple food dressed up with a garnish and served individually is always a hit.
We also had human and pita chips, veggies and dip, and potato chips for nibbling.
The Sweet Table
I made really simple vanilla cupcakes and they looked so cute. The cupcake toppers were ornaments from the dollar store that I added a tooth pick to, and they we adorable for our vintage Christmas theme.
I also made some mini cheesecakes -see my recipe here. These were easy to serve and perfect for our retro theme.
For some healthy options we served some dates stuffed with walnuts and a fresh berry tray.
This get together was so much fun. It was so fun to spend the evening crafting and eating great food with girl friends and get us all into the Christmas spirit.
With a Christmas craft party to enjoy with friends, life really is a party!
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