Christmas Crafts Party'
a Craft-making Theme Party
are some ideas for a Christmas or Holiday Crafts-making party. Check
out the Theme Party overview page for
tips on invitations, decorations, and more. Don't be shy - keep the young
ones busy with making their own decorations while the grownups do their
"adult" thing! Get the older teens and those who are
artistically adept involved in supervising the children's efforts.
These ideas also work well for brownie and cub scout troops and in the
classroom, as well as with your Sunday School classes and community center
First pick a date. You
can have a holiday party from the beginning of December till the middle of
January. Check out the invitations page
for more ideas! The time you chose will depend on the
"theme". For this project it is always nice if you have a
teenager or two to supervise. Remember, it's a family thing.
Remember if kids have a project they are happy. and they do love making
If it is before
Christmas, you may want a craft corner for the kids. They can make
ornaments for trees, gifts for teachers, family and friends, food for
Ask parents to bring
part of the craft involved so that each child has enough to work with.
For example: Santa Clause made from stick clothes pins are easy
and not a real messy project. Or try toy soldiers, angels, or
the parent you have bringing the clothes pins is willing to paint
them first, then ask them to paint the top half of the soldier pin
red (shirt), the bottom half black, and add eyes, nose and mouth
on knobby top for face. For Santa, go with all red, and add the
face on knobby top (maybe a slight black bottom for boots).
bring colored construction paper, and you will also need:
hair, beards, trim)
or felt material for hat on the soldier
lace paper doilies work nicely.
You can also use
scraps of fabric, lace and pompom trims to dress the clothespin
Glue gold or
silver craft string on top to hang ornaments.
For angels, cut
paper plate into 8 wedges and trim off points of each wedge. For
halo use milk cap and trace around on yellow construction paper.
trace around a roll of masking tape, or something of similar
size for wings then cut this circle in 1/2. Now glue the
halo onto the large end of the wooden spoon, glue wings onto
back of the plate wedges. Glue body onto spoon, then glue the
angel onto clothes pin.
the construction paper or fabric scraps into all shapes and forms for
the "clothing" on the clothes pins ornaments. You can trace
from any picture you chose.
Craft stores already
have great patterns too! Get patterns for the gardener, the
fisherman, hunter, biker, hiker, etc. let the kids decorate how they
wish and maybe add a pic of them to it for Christmas 2002, Happy
Just ask everyone to get
involved with the food - and it can become a wonderful tradition. Who's
house next year?
can decorate cupcakes or cookies
make up to a
dozen or so for each child,
set up a table
with icing, sprinkles, glitter and let 'em go
Meanwhile adults are
enjoying the evening with friends and family.
Each guest has
brought a favorite holiday dish and the food is spread out so
everyone can help themselves as they choose.
has prepared a nice easy dish, a turkey or ham, lasagna or chili,
maybe soup or beef stew anything goes. Just keep it simple - this
is all about the company.
Kids love hot
dogs, macaroni and cheese, and ravioli
no children are going to be attending (or in out of the way area) a
fun thing to do:
set up a bar with
only a few types of alcohol and mixers
at the bar list
the "how to make" recipes of some of your favorite
drinks and let the guests be their own bartender. It is a great
way to bring people together. This goes for any party. Play some
games and enjoy. But remember stay safe.
1/2 gallon orange
2 liters 7 up or
fruit punch (if
pour soda and
punch into large bowl put scoops of sherbet on top - add
weenies or pigs on blanket:
crescent dough, lay flat and cut in half to make triangles,
and then cut in half again to make smaller triangles
wrap weenies from
corner to corner and bake at 350 degrees till dough is golden
'horseysauce' (mayo-horseradish mix to your liking) or mustards
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