Every year I host an elegant Christmas dinner in early December for my closest girl friends. I started it when I first moved to Boston, and now it has become a cherished tradition. I thought it would be fun to start a similar tradition with your kids. Pick 6-8 of their closest friends and plan a special afternoon party.
Christmas has become crazy commercial, so why not embrace a classic? The theme of the party is "Twas the Night Before Christmas".
Online invites are so elegant now and I would suggest this invite from Paperless Post. I love this classic look (used it for my own holiday party) and it is perfect with the theme.
Since the party is about embracing classic fun, why not have the kids make their own snow globes with trees and reindeer? Visit Martha Stewart HERE for the "how tos".
Since it is an afternoon party, the table will serve as a buffet. Maker your own centerpieces with festive amaryllis. This would be simple and youthful enough for kids. Go HERE to Martha Stewart for the directions.
Mercury Votives add holiday sparkle. You can find a set like the one shown below HERE.
Music sets the tone for any party. Create a custom play list with kid-friendly tunes from Charlie Brown Christmas, The Grinch, etc.
Mini burgers are a guaranteed hit with the kids, RECIPE.
Along with mini grilled cheese, RECIPE
Hot chocolate with home made marsh mellows, and sparkling apple cider in plastic champagne flutes are additional party necessities.
Peppermint Patties, RECIPE
Red & White Meringues, RECIPE
How adorable are these cupcakes from Bakerella? You could have your local bakery reproduce them.
I always send guests home with a gift over the holidays. How about a copy of the book that inspired the theme? You can find a copy HERE and wrap it in festive paper.