I did a fabulous youth group Christmas party this past weekend! The theme was lumberjack Christmas. I had such a fun time brainstorming ideas! Buffalo plaid everything was a must! I decided to build a small scene for the tablescape! I wanted to have the illusion of being in a forest, so I used a bunch of small fake trees and garland in the background. I layered it with fake snow, and some fun miniature lumberjack characters and woodland creatures. The truck with the christmas tree really added a nice touch. To pull the whole theme together I did a simple background of hanging buffalo plaid deer cut outs and an adorable deer garland. The wood slices were used for food display and made the perfect last addition to the table! Check out some of the pictures below!
1. Serve homemade cookies, scones, and mini cupcakes on tiered platters — you can make your own serving tiers if you don’t have one. This vertical arrangement opens the table for more guests (and more treats).
2. Pull out your fanciest china for this party!
3. Instead of one floral centerpiece, decorate the table with small flower arrangements using a surprising mix of vessels such as juice glasses, tea pots, or mason jars.
4. Cover your serving table with white tablecloth or sheet; this helps to make your color scheme really pop!
5. Place pots of hot water around the table, along with a box of assorted tea bags, for guests to customize their own cups.
6. Use cubed sugar instead of the ordinary loose variety, and you’re sure to see pinkies up!
7. Hand out scarves and hats to guests for fun photo opps!
- Plan ahead. Easter morning is typically jam-packed with activities, so you need to make sure your brunch fits seamlessly with your family and friends’ other plans. Talk with your loved ones to create a morning schedule. Do you plan to attend religious services, and if so, at what time? Do you hope to hunt for Easter eggs at sunrise or in the afternoon?
- Make a guest list. Give some thought to how many people you want in your house on Easter morning. Make your life a little easier by sending an Evite — many classy options are now available — rather than snail mail invitations at least two weeks in advance. Preparing food and beverages for your family is more than enough work, but you can certainly extend your guest list to include friends. Just keep in mind that most people consider Easter a family-oriented holiday, so friends may have plans with their own families.
- Create your menu. Once you have RSVPs for your brunch, sit down and create a menu and grocery list. Your life will be much easier if you choose several menu items that you can make ahead and reheat for brunch, since you don’t want to feel rushed on Easter morning.
- Plan crafts for kids. Even a delightful brunch will only delight the kids for a max of 30 minutes, unfortunately. Make sure you’ve prepared a few activities to keep the children occupied. Save a few hard-boiled eggs for the kids to decorate on Easter morning, or help them make these adorable little acorn people, since nothing says spring quite like a nutty craft.
- Decorate the night before. Once you’ve bought the groceries, preprepared your menu items and set aside craft supplies, it’s time to decorate. Bring out your nice china, silverware and cloth napkins, and put placards at each table setting. Place fresh Easter lilies or tulips on your table as a centerpiece. It’s also a great idea to place bowls of assorted fresh fruit on the table (although you won’t want to set them out until Easter morning).
With a little planning, it’s possible to wake up on Easter morning and partake in the festivities with your family instead of slaving away in the kitchen. All that’s left is to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of doing a sweet sixteen! It was such a blast – there was a DJ, Photo Booth, and a fabulous candy bar to name a few! The party was at Hubbard Hall on the TWU Campus. Such a lovely venue! The birthday girl wanted gold and pinks accents for all the decor. I decorated the tables with gold glitter chargers and table runners, and brought out the pink with some pink and white roses that sat upon every table. The cake table and candy bar had a fabulous pink glitter cloth draped over with an assortment of pink candy and the ultimate prize… the cake! I wanted the backdrop to make a statement for pictures, so I chose to do a pipe and drape backdrop with twinkle lights. Gold balloons topped off the backdrop perfectly! Check out some pictures below!