Saturday, December 10, 2011

First Annual Christmas Tea Party & Ornament Swap

Mary Ella hosted her very first (and hopefully the first of many) Christmas ornament swap today. We called it a Christmas Tea Party on the invitation, although technically we did not serve any tea. :)


We decided to do the Christmas party because this past year, she hosted what I thought would be her first annual spring tea party; but knowing that her baby brother/sister is due around the first week of April, I knew the chance of having a spring tea party would be slim. I'd love to be able to do it, just don't know if I can pull it off at 9 months preggo. We'll see! But if we continue the ornament swap I'll be just as happy, because it was so much fun. Here is the invitation we made:

We invited all the little girls from our neighborhood and almost everyone was able to come. Addie Jane also joined us for the fun. We are so blessed to live in a neighborhood with so many sweet kiddos running around! And the girls far outnumber the boys so far. Check out this picture from Madalyn's princess party from September of 2010:


Never a shortage of princesses around here. They all look like such babies compared to now. So much changes in a year's time.

We started off with brunch! I made an egg-less breakfast casserole which was SO good (thanks, Courtney), cheese grits, cinnamon and orange rolls (thank you Pillsbury), fruit and some cookies. I also made the CrockPot Hot Chocolate that I found on Pinterest, and let me tell you, BEST HOT CHOCOLATE EVER! It is SO yummy and was a hit with the girls and the mamas alike. We paired it with some store bought peppermint marshmallows. (I have included both recipes at the bottom of this post.)

Excuse my wrinkled tablecloth; I'm sure my monkey had been reaching for the cookies.





After eating we moved on to crafts, or as Mary Ella calls them, "crafties."
I had intended for us to make these cute pine cone trees with pom pom ornaments, but all of the pine cones we found were nearly closed and so that didn't work out. Instead, I cut holes in the middle of some small paper plates, spray painted the backs green, and they glued the pom pom balls onto them and made wreaths.




We also made candy canes with red and white beads and pipe cleaners, which I forgot to take a picture of. Then we moved on to the favorite craft of the day, the ice cream cone Christmas trees. I put the cones on the plates and 'attached' them with icing the night before so they wouldn't move all over the plates. Then the girls spread green icing all over them and decorated the cones with M&M's. They definitely enjoyed this craft, as it was a little more messy and of course edible.  :)





Our last activity was the ornament swap. I didn't go the "Dirty Santa" route, fearing that having an ornament 'stolen' might bring about some tears, so instead we sat in a circle and passed the wrapped ornaments around while listening to some Justin Bieber and Britney Spears Christmas songs, and when the music finally stopped we let them take turns opening the ornament that had ended up in their laps.








Here's our group photo, which I hope becomes a tradition! I went to a Christmas party similar to this with my church friends growing up, and we always took a picture on the stairs every year.



Egg-Less Breakfast Casserole: 
(adapted from AllRecipes)

1 32-oz bag frozen hashbrowns
2 cans cream of potato soup (condensed soup)
1 16oz sour cream
1 tube sausage, cooked and crumbled
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Cook sausage and drain. Break apart your frozen hash browns in a large mixing bowl. Add the soup, sour cream, sausage and cheese in large mixing bowl. Bake at 375 for 1 hour or until bubbly.

CrockPot Hot Chocolate:

Combine the following in a crock pot, cook on low for 2 hours:

6 cups milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1.5 cups heavy cream
2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

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Kristy said...

This is adorable. I love all of it!

jessica said...

cutest christmas party ever. i want to be like you when i grow up!

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