I did it! 12 parties in 12 months!
Without further ado, here are all the pictures and crafty goodness from the final party of this year.
Becca graciously lent us her house for this occasion. Look at how great her front door wrapped as a gift looks! The secret was packing tape on the part of the door that sits in the frame, and minimal opening and closing once it was wrapped. Snowflakes in the trees are from the dollar store.
We strung twinkle lights above the couches, which made the sitting room feel so cozy. That blank wall in the back is where we set up the photo booth.
The front room was craft central. We had one table - closest to the kitchen - for sugar cookie decorating. We covered a folding table with wrapping paper that was like a giant holiday coloring page.
We configured two six foot tables into a T shape for the other activities. On one, all the DIY wrapping paper supplies: stamps, ink pads, sharpies, and pre-cut paper. On the other side, the ceramic plates and oil-based sharpies for DIY-painted Santa plates. We covered those tables in black tablecloths from the dollar store and placed all the folding chairs we could find around them.
The kitchen was for the yummy food and drinks! We had two crockpots on the counter: one for apple cider, and another for hot cocoa (with flavored mixers like caramel vodka, Fireball whiskey and peppermint Schnapps). We covered the island and high top table with all the potluck goodies guests brought! Lastly, there was wine, champs and Lisa Vanderpump brand sangria. I made those festive wine tags for the occasion with stamps and kraft paper.
Look at all those beautiful faces MAKING! My DIY heart was so happy to just sit back and watch my friends create. Throwing a party with a bunch of ladies - many who didn't know each other previously - was the dream that served as a catalyst to start Year of Parties. We did it!
I'm obsessed with how these plates turned out. I called them "take and bake plates", because we decorated all together, and instructed guests to bake later on at home. Becca and I scoured the web for a while, to find the right way to bring the ever popular "Sharpie decorated mugs in the oven" pin to life. This explanation was what we finally landed on for our guide. Becca came up with the idea to use plates over mugs, that could serve as Christmas Eve milk and cookie Santa plates.
We bought nearly 20 plates from IKEA (bigger surface area than anything we found at the dollar store) and a bunch of oil based Sharpies from Michaels. (Nancy brought some too! Thanks Nancy!) I didn't give many instructions other than to beware of how the colors might change after baking. And look how stinkin' creative my friends are!
The sugar cookies were easy peasy and classically Christmas. We originally planned for graham cracker/gingerbread houses, but decided to try sugar cookies because they were budget friendly, and required less intense prep ahead of time. Becca and I made the cookies together the night before and she did a great job on the frosting. The best part: they were really yummy, and guests kept asking what recipe we used. (A store-bought mix, of course.)
Special thanks to Becca for being my co-planner on this one. She prepped and shopped and opened up her home for Party No. 12, and it made the process all the more special. Thanks to those who drove from far away, Melissa and Kristan! Thanks to Lydia for always offering to do any and everything, and being a clean up master. Thanks to Nancy for bringing so many craft supplies, including just a few of her sharpies. Thanks to Anna and Christina, Meredith and Linsey, Anne and Tina for indulging me in my craft party dreams. Thanks to Rachel for bringing baby Kengo and letting us all get a healthy dose of infant loving by passing him around for us to hold.
One of my favorite memories from the night was when Lili came home after most of the guests left, and entertained us all with her wild antics and ever increasing vocabulary. Lili is the biggest party animal I know, and I love that about her.
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and are enjoying some down time before NYE. Speaking of New Year's Eve, check out Party No. 1 for some seriously sparkly party inspiration. Can't believe it was a year ago already! <3