Finally! Here is Part One of Mia’s Winter One-derland Party...Be sure to check out my sneak peek and inspiration board too. I know most of us are SO over winter as we thaw out of the blizzard, but check it out and let me know what you think! A lot of the party concepts can be used for other themes simply by switching the colors of cardstock, yarn, branches, floral picks, etc.
Being busy as hostess, I wasn’t part of every conversation, but I do recall hearing lots of laughter and moans from tummies being so full. And to me, that is a successful party. Oh and the birthday girl was happily awake for a majority of the time. J
*All photos by me and Frances*
Mantle– Purchased wooden letters from Michael’s and painted with acrylic paint. The letters were resting against cheap frames lined with glittery wrapping paper. The 3 candleholders are from Michael's too.
Sweater Pillows & Vases – I asked my friends for sweaters they don’t plan on wearing and made pillows out of them. I also snipped sweater sleeves and wrapped them around glass vases which eliminated the need for fillers.
Dot/51 Weekly Pictures Garlands – I took a picture of Mia every week to document how she’s grown and changed throughout the year. Using ribbon, I taped the pictures and circles punched out of cardstock to create a backdrop for the entry way, kitchen and family room. My sister in law will be putting them in a scrapbook for me J Thanks Liza!
Crepe Paper Rosette Wreath – This cost less than $3 to make because I made my own wreath form. I took a wrapping paper roll that was unraveling and taped the ends together. Then I wrapped the loose form with brown paper bags taping where ever necessary to give the wreath more bulk.
Kids - I found a polar bear book in the $1 bin at Target which fit perfectly with the winter theme! I also nabbed some mittens from the $1 bin. I punched out circles to use as gift tags.
Adults – When I was a kid, I remember coming inside to have hot chocolate after playing in the snow. So I made dry hot chocolate mix for everyone to take home from the Winter One-derland J I saved baby food jars months in advance and used Martha’s hot chocolate mix, but added Hazelnut Coffee-mate Creamer to change it up a bit. I also put mini marshmallows in the jars, just like when I was a kid. Using MS word, I printed a thank you message on one side of cardstock and instructions on the other. I punched them out and attached them to the jars with yarn.
Candelabra Centerpiece – Inspired by this centerpiece from Thrifty Decor Chick and this candelabra from Hostess with the Mostess, I covered the edges of a cheap mirror with ribbon, topped it with cardstock circles, Ikea vases filled with holiday picks from Michael’s, and a cupcake topped candelabra (also from Michael’s).
Home Videos (not pictured) – I went through our videos for the year and set a laptop on the end table. The videos were on repeat for guests to watch while hanging out in the living room.