The Christmas party season is now in full swing. While your weekends may be filled with a festive nightlife, cookie exchange get-together and strolls through decked out winter wonderlands, you can’t forget about the average weekday with the kids! Consider hosting a crafty afternoon – or a crafternoon, if you will, with your child’s best friends! Help these cuties craft up adorable reindeer headbands or necklaces, give them all the tools to create custom ornaments to don their Christmas tree and finish the afternoon with sugar-filled edible Christmas tree crafts that are sure to both amaze and amuse these sticky fingers!
This crafty post was written, styled and shot by Tara at Spot of Tea Designs. Stop by her blog to see all her creative tips and tricks for living your best family life around the holidays… and all year long!
As chances are you aren’t hosting a large bash for an event like this, you can put more effort into the select few crafty playdate invitations you send to guests.
Upgrade the basic polka dot invite with some festive Christmas stickers and decorative ribbons found at your local scrapbooking aisle. Tip: If you plan to do any messier crafts, encourage your guests to bring a smock!
Dress a mini kids’ table in this palette, staging it in front of a faux brick wall setter for adorable photos of your kids getting crafty! No room for a table runner? Lay some snowflake die cuts down the middle of the table to add some character to this small space.
First things first, make sure everyone looks the part for your Christmas crafternoon! Lay out the materials to let everyone make their own reindeer necklace or antler craft.
Now that everyone is in the Christmas spirit, craft up some decorations that will look great on their tree!
- Use mismatched puzzle pieces to create fun candy cane and wreath ornaments.
- Turn ordinary popsicle sticks into cute geometric characters for your tree.
- Take leftover paper straws from the last party and turn them into mini tree ornaments
A big sit down meal isn’t needed for this crafternoon. Consider a few easy to grab snacks, like snowman string cheese and Grinch kabobs to satisfy their tummies and avoid the “hangry” zone. Your little ones can down these bites with some nice cold milk from vintage milk bottles, sipped from Santa mustache straws!
Instead of a big production of a meal, make the food part of the craft and decorate some festive cone crafts!
Lay out an assortment of decorative materials, like M&Ms, chocolate chips, marshmallows and star sprinkles and red and green icing in clear containers for easy seeing and reaching.
Give each child an upside down sugar cone and encourage them to make Christmas trees or Santa hats!
Stage a cake stand in the center of your table to put all the finished creations on spotlight!
Everyone loves to get a little memento of the fun time had with friends. Send guests home with a wood ornament kit topped with a personalized candy wrapper turned favor bag topper (also seen in this ADORABLE Peanuts themed party) and a personalized coloring book so they can keep the craftiness going even when they’re home.
Remind them to take home that lightbulb necklace that was donning their chair upon arriving and light up their way home!