I absolutely love the tradition of sending out and receiving holiday cards. The popularity of family photo cards has made the receiving part even more exciting for me. Sometimes sending cards out has been a bit of a challenge for me though. The holiday season is such a busy time for everyone and sometimes December flies by so quickly that there is no time to get a card ordered and mailed out by Christmas. We sent New Years cards out one year and last year I never got a card out to friends and family at all.
My Holiday Preparation Party is all about putting the fun back into getting ready for the holidays. Tasks like the aforementioned holiday cards don’t have to be stressful. Gather a few friends and get to work early before the holidays get a jump on you. This year the Christmas cards will actually be addressed and mailed in time, the advent calendar will be ready on December 1st, and I’ll even have a few crafts completed for our home décor. The best part is that I got it all done while having fun with friends!
We kept the event small so that we’d have the time and space to get everything accomplished without it becoming too chaotic. I’d recommend inviting 2-4 of your close friends or family members. Tell them to bring along their holiday cards, address list, advent calendar supplies, and anything else they need to work on to prepare for the upcoming season. When you send out your invitations, you can also send a reminder to order holiday cards so that they’ll arrive in time for your party.
Projects that we worked on during the party include:
- Assembling and Addressing Holiday Cards: The envelope liners have been inserted, the cards have been stuffed, and the envelopes have been addressed and stamped! I had supplies on hand for everyone to use including fun pens, stamps, envelope sealers, foil seals, and extra postage stamps. It’s such a relief to have all of this done ahead of time this year.
- Advent Calendar Prep: Our family has a Christmas book advent calendar where my daughter will unwrap a book each day that we then read together. Over the past few years I’ve collected 24 holiday-themed books from library book sales, thrift stores, and even some leftover from my childhood. Now they are all wrapped and ready to pull out when December rolls around. The personalized wrapping paper is optional, but such a nice touch.
- Holiday Tassel Garlands: The Flair Exchange has ready-to-assemble tassel garland kits that are perfect for the holidays. Even your less-than-crafty friends can easily make a beautiful garland for their fireplace mantle or wall.
- Easy Ornament Craft: Stuffing sparkly craft pom-poms into clear glass ball ornaments is a quick way to make a beautiful bauble for your tree. This is also an excellent craft to keep little ones busy if they’ll be around.
While we worked, we snacked on some easy-to-prepare appetizers, beautiful cookies, and gingerbread donuts. Sips included sparkling wine and a hot cocoa bar complete with sprinkle-rimmed cups.
It’s hard to pick favorites, but some of my favorite details were:
- The Merry and Bright canvas studded with tiny white twinkle lights
- Gorgeous flowers with painted gold succulent detail
- Balloon-dipped champagne glasses
- Garlands! The 3D globe and Christmas bulb garlands are such a great way to bring color into your décor for the holidays.
I hope you enjoy browsing through the merry and bright details below.
I provided canvas bags for guests to take home their cards and crafts. What a fantastic start to the most wonderful time of the year!
Styling and Printable Designs: Party a la Mo | Photography: Maria Healey Photography | Event Space: The Bash! Boutique | Floral Design: Dinah’s Floral Studio | Tassel Garlands and Confetti: The Flair Exchange | Holiday Cards and Home Décor: Tiny Prints | Cookies: Sugar Cravings | Custom Plates: Create UR Plate | 3D Pom Pom Paper Garland: Scissor Belle Garland | Makeup: Tres Belle