Christmas Party Ideas

CHRISTMAS PARTY IDEAS & WINTER CUPCAKE RECIPE

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Did you survive the Black Friday sales?  I don’t know about you – but I ignored my cell phone and tablet for much of the Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with friends and loved ones over the holiday and to focus on what is important.  So, this morning I opened my email in-box to find over 80 plus sales and marketing emails from the weekend. Ugh!

It was a bit excessive to say the least and annoying! Delete, delete, delete!  I really wish retailers would recognize the difference between successful email marketing and spam, because, even if you do opt in for a retailer’s marketing emails. . .  too much – IS SPAM!

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Seriously, some of these online retail websites emailed me 6 times in one day- and on Thanksgiving?? All in an effort to promote the Black Friday sales.  I have unsubscribed to several email lists, as of this morning.

I promise to offer some holiday inspiration over the next few weeks, instead of a  “buy this, sale, shop now, hurry before the sale ends!”, type blog posts.   I know how stressful the holidays can be as it is- so I want to inspire you this Christmas, offer some quick diy projects, decorating tips, and holiday recipes here at the Party Fetti blog to make it more enjoyable and not use my blog solely as a marketing platform.  Although I do email my subscribers with a sale promo about once every two to three months, in addition to my regular blog posts here – generally with links to my Etsy shops at the end of many of my posts , such as today’s post- still, my priority is to help you to throw the best celebration!  I started this blog to inspire my followers to offer tips for party and holiday decorating and I will continue to offer plenty of holiday ideas over the next few weeks.

So, let’s get to it!  Below I am sharing a quick recipe for Snowball Mini Cupcakes – scroll down for the recipe.  

However, first, here are a few quick decorating tips for a Christmas party or for any winter event or winter birthday party-

Onederland Party

Use what you have! Pull items from your Christmas decorations, such as feather trees, snowflake ornaments, large glass containers, and a simple cupcake stand, like this set up shown above, for a 1st birthday as a Winter Onederland party.  Love the pink for the little girl too!

Winter Birthday Party

Set up a wintry scene with fake snow, white trees, pine cones, and snowmen.

This works for an adult holiday party or for a children’s birthday party.  A color palette of white, grey, silver, and blue ties it all together – but don’t be afraid to go with pinks and neon colors for a more contemporary winter color scheme!   Cover all your candy and wine bottles (or soda bottles for the kids) with coordinating printable labels.  You can find many complete printable party kits on Etsy – if you are a diy’er and don’t mind a few hours of cutting with scissors- this is a huge money saver for any party.  You just need a good quality home color printer.  A straight cutter (a paper cutting tool that many scrapbookers use) will save you time on the cutting too.

Wine Labels

Be creative with your signage and use a play on words, like this clever party sign below, and so easy to print and frame-

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If you don’t have hours to cook- that is Okay! Get creative with your packaging of store bought foods, like these labeled and packaged marshmallows for a hot cocoa bar –

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Now for the Snowball Mini Cupcakes Recipe

Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients:
  1. 1 (15.25-ounce) box devil’s food cake mix
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
  4. 3 large eggs
  5. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  6. 1 (3.4-ounce) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  7. 1 cup chopped flaked coconut
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 2 (24-cup) mini muffin pans with baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, milk, oil, and eggs with a mixer at medium speed until moistened, about 2 minutes. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 12 minutes. Let cool in pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat cream and pudding mix at high speed until fluffy. Spoon mixture into a piping bag fitted with a small round tip.
  4. Make a small incision in the bottom of cupcakes, and pipe 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla mixture into centers. Pipe vanilla mixture over tops of cupcakes; sprinkle with coconut. Serve immediately.

Stop by any of my Etsy shops for some quick holiday decorations and gift ideas if you don’t have much time to do it yourself this month-

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Come back to the blog all this month for more holiday inspiration!

Have a great week!

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FALL DIY FARMHOUSE MASON LIGHTS

FALL DIY FARMHOUSE MASON LIGHTS TUTORIAL 
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Just in time for the cooler weather and the earlier sun down of fall evenings.  These glittery, twinkling lighted jars are perfect on the front porch during this time of year. . . and leave them out until after Christmas. They transition perfectly from fall decor to winter Christmas decor as well.  They are also an easy diy project which makes them so affordable!
Mason Jar Craft Tutorial
MATERIALS NEEDED: 
Mason Jars or any small glass vessels or candle holders
Loose glitter (gold, silver, or white-optional)
liquid glue/spray adhesive/spray enamel (I used Mod Podge, but you can use any glue that dries clear)
Ribbon or 18 gauge wire (optional)
Battery powered string lights
HOW TO MAKE YOUR GLITTER LIGHTED JARS:
Start with one mason jar.

Shown here are two different versions in silver glitter and white glitter. You can use gold glitter as well.  The gold would look great for fall and would carry over well for Christmas.

Next, make a special mix of your glue and glitter in a disposable cup.  Add enough glitter so that it is chunky.  Mix well.  Using an old brush, coat the inside of your glass jar with your glitter mix.  Let that coat dry completely (a few hours) and then apply a second coat.

Here are the jars after one thick coat of the glitter mix.  They are still slightly damp, so they have not become completely translucent yet.

The jars should look like this after two coats and when they are completely  dry.

Once the jars are completely dry, you are ready to add the battery powered lights.  Open your package of lights and unravel the strand and then carefully insert them into the jar.  Try not to scrap the edges of your jar, or you will remove the glitter coating.  Its best to start with the end of your strand of lights at the bottom of the jar and add the lights in a circular spiral around the edges and up to the top with your battery pack at the top- this way you can easily add new batteries when needed.  You can also use LED lights, if you can find strands small enough or you can even add in fancy twinkling mini lights that can be found a local craft stores.

Here are the jars, both with white and silver glitter, with the lights turned on and lit up!

They even glow in the daylight!

You can add a finish to the top with either a tied ribbon bow, fall or Christmas style ribbon or even burlap would be great or if you want to create a farmhouse style lantern, add wire handles to the top.  Simply cut a long strand of wire and make a circular ring with it around the top of your jar. Cut another long piece of wire, about 8 to 10 inches long, depending on how long you want your handle, and bend it in the middle to make a loop at the top for the handle (as shown), then, take each end, about an inch and loop it under the ring and up around the handle.

There you have it, your very own fall farmhouse style mason lights.

By the way, I survived the move to the new house and all my shops are now back open for business.
I will be busy adding new fall and Christmas decor over the next few months.
Be sure to visit any of my shops below-

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Frozen Party DIY Hanging Decor

DIY FROZEN THEMED PARTY DECORATION

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Happy Monday!  Today I am sharing a quick and super easy DIY for creating some beautiful decorations for a Disney Frozen themed party or any winter themed event!  Perfect for a Winter Wonderland party too! It’s so easy, just follow the visual How To tutorial below.  For larger hanging table backdrop snowflakes, just increase the size by double or triple for each of the cut pieces. You can cut your rolled cones larger for the snowflakes by turning your letterhead page to profile, instead of landscape, and cut each one larger, one to a page.  Or simply use 12″ x 12″ cardstock in solid colors of shades of blue or scrapbooking pattern paper.

Before we get to the visual tutorial, in case I forgot to tell my regular followers-

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MAY YOUR YEAR BE FILLED WITH HEALTH & HAPPINESS!  

Thank you for following the Party Fetti blog through 2015 and we hope you will subscribe and stay with me throughout 2016!  I am thrilled to say, that I’ve been designing and make party decor and sharing my designs here on the blog for over 5 years!  I’ll be sharing my annual wedding trends for this coming year soon and so many stunning party ideas to help you get ready for your next party, celebration and event this coming year.  Everything from cake recipes, easy DIY party decorations, designer party tablescapes to inspire you and popular themed parties for 2016.   Stay tuned with me and definitely subscribe to our weekly emailed blog posts.

Now for the HANGING SNOWFLAKE DIY

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Feel free to post comments or questions, if you are unsure about one of the steps above.  Happy to help.

Be sure to stop by any of our shops too for some VALENTINE’S DAY decorations for your upcoming celebration of LOVE!

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