Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Day 16 - Christmas Gift Wrapping Party


Meri Meri "Tis the Season" Christmas Gift Tags, on Amazon

CHRISTMAS PARTY ACTIVITY:


Invite four or five women friends over to keep each other company as you wrap gifts. Encourage friends to bring their gifts, paper and supplies; but also provide some pretty paper, ribbons, bows, tape and scissors for guests. Snack and nibble as you all spread out on your dining room table or in your living room. Play festive Christmas music or a holiday movie in the background to entertain you as you work and chat.

CHRISTMAS PARTY DECORATIONS:



Santa Cookie Jar, from Pier 1 Imports


Christmas Gift Appetizer Plates, from Pier 1 Imports


Dasher Candle Holder, from Crate and Barrel


Red and Gold Snowflake Candles, from Pier 1

CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING PARTY INSPIRATION:



Santa's Sweet Shop, at Hostess With the Mostess

Gift Wrapping with Fabric, from The Party Dress

CHRISTMAS PARTY MUSIC:


"All I Want for Christmas" by the Puppini Sisters, on YouTube

Buy "All I Want for Christmas" MP3 by the Puppini Sisters on Amazon for 99 Cents

Buy Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" MP3 on Amazon


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, by Andy Williams, on YouTube

Buy Andy Williams' "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" MP3 on Amazon

CHRISTMAS PARTY APPETIZERS:

Spinach Dip Wreath Recipe, from Betty Crocker

CHRISTMAS PARTY BEVERAGES:


Rosy Cranberry Cider Recipe, from Martha Stewart


Pear Tree Punch, from The Hip Stir


Candy Cane Milkshake Recipe, from Dashing Dish

CHRISTMAS PARTY ENTREES:

Holiday Beans and Cranberries Recipe, from Betty Crocker


Serve something hot and filling, such as a homemade minestrone soup, or a hearty potato leek soup.

CHRISTMAS PARTY DESSERTS:



Peppermint Mocha Blossom Cookies Recipe, from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody


Peppermint Ice Cream Cake Recipe, from Hostess With the Mostess

Christmas Present Box Macarons, from Raspberri Cupcakes


Eggnog Panna Cotta with Sugared Cranberries, from Linguine and Dirty Martinis

BOOKS FOR PARTY PLANNING:



The Art of Gift Wrapping, on Amazon

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Day 15 - Retro Vintage Style Old Fashioned Christmas Party


Holiday Poinsettia Apron, at Sur la Table


Aluminum Tumblers, at Sur la Table

CHRISTMAS PARTY ACTIVITY:


Invite ten to twenty adults over for a retro-styled Christmas cocktail party. Encourage guests to dress in vintage 1940s or 1950s costumes if you're into that sort of fun. Serve retro themed foods, play vintage Christmas songs, and offer a couple retro activities (stringing popcorn for the tree for example).


Joy Apron, from Crate and Barrel

RETRO CHRISTMAS PARTY DECORATIONS:



Meri Meri "The Nutcracker" Christmas Centerpiece, on Amazon


Metallic Icicle Ornaments, from Crate and Barrel


Poinsettia Ball Candle, from Crate and Barrel


Joy Potholder, from Crate and Barrel


Joy Dish Towel, from Crate and Barrel


Santa and His Reindeer Towels, from Williams-Sonoma

RETRO CHRISTMAS PARTY MUSIC:



"Santa Claus is Comin to Town" by Bing Crosby, on YouTube

Buy Bing Crosby's "Santa Claus is Comin to Town" MP3 on Amazon

Buy Andy Williams' "Happy Holiday" MP3 on Amazon

Buy "Blue Christmas" MP3 by Elvis Presley on Amazon

CHRISTMAS PARTY APPETIZERS:



Spicy Sausage and Fresh Herb-Stuffed Mushroom Caps Recipe, from The Luna Cafe

CHRISTMAS PARTY BEVERAGES:



Apple Pie Spiced Cider Recipe, from Martha Stewart


Poinsettia Punch, from The Hip Stir

CHRISTMAS PARTY ENTREES:



Goat Cheese and Rosemary Fondue Recipe, from Heather Christo

CHRISTMAS PARTY DESSERTS:



Butterscotch Gingerbread Recipe, from Distracted Homemaker


Lime-Glazed Coconut Snowball Cookies, from Sweet Pea's Kitchen


Candy Cane Cake Recipe, from MyRecipes

Santa Hat Cupcakes Recipe, from With Sprinkles on Top

BOOKS FOR PARTY PLANNING:



Have Yourself A Very Vintage Christmas, on Amazon

RELATED LINKS:


3 Vintage Aluminum Christmas Trees (Retro Renovation)

Vintage Christmas LPs for Your Holiday Party (Modern Retro Woman)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Day 14 - Christmas Book Club Party


Moonstruck Chocolate Holiday Truffle Collection, on Amazon

CHRISTMAS PARTY ACTIVITY:


Invite your book club over for a festive holiday party and your regular monthly book club discussion. Light a fire, make sure your home is cozy and smells wonderfully fragrant, and offer a delicious hot meal.

CHRISTMAS PARTY DECORATIONS:



Apple Crisp Twist Pillar Candles, from Pier 1 Imports


Amaryllis Wreath, from Crate and Barrel


Christmas Carols Towels, from Williams-Sonoma

CHRISTMAS PARTY MUSIC:



Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, by Frank Sinatra, on YouTube

Buy "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" MP3 by Frank Sinatra on Amazon for 99 Cents

Buy "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" MP3 by Bing Crosby on Amazon

Buy The Pretenders' "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" MP3 on Amazon


"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," by Tori Amos, on YouTube

Watch "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Judy Garland on YouTube


"I’ll Be Home for Christmas" by Bing Crosby, on YouTube

Buy "I'll be Home for Christmas" MP3 by Bing Crosby on Amazon


"I'll be Home for Christmas" by Frank Sinatra on YouTube

Buy Frank Sinatra's "I'll be Home for Christmas" MP3 on Amazon

CHRISTMAS PARTY APPETIZERS:



Lentil Almond Dip Recipe, from Don't White Sugar Coat It


Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe, from Sweet Beginnings


Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus with Prosciutto, from Daily Homemade

CHRISTMAS PARTY BEVERAGES:



Blackberry Hot Toddy Recipe, from Driscolls

CHRISTMAS PARTY ENTREES:



Christmas Ravioli Recipe, from Pasta Princess

CHRISTMAS PARTY DESSERTS:



Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies, from My Baking Addiction


Red Velvet Shortbread Fireplace Cookies, from Diamonds for Dessert


Sugared Cranberry Vanilla Cupcakes, from Sugar and Charm Blog

BOOKS FOR PARTY PLANNING:



Chronicle Books' "Book Club Organizer" on Amazon


The Book Club Cookbook, on Amazon

PARTY INSPIRATION:


Merry and Bright Holiday Party, from Annie's Eats