Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Favorite Things Craft Party

This year, instead of buying gifts for each other, my partner in crime, (my best friend Randi), and I decided do something a little bit different.  This has been the CRAFTIEST year of all time for us, so what better way to celebrate than by having a fun and girly craft party with our friends!  And instead of buying each other gifts this year, we did a gift exchange of our favorite things!  It was such a success,  we have already decided to do another one in February, and I just had to share it with you!

Here we are, the hostesses with the mostesses!!! Getting ready to set up for the big party.
We decided to do 3 crafts.  Each craft was easy, and fun, so that way we could still enjoy a glass of wine and socialize while we were working.  We asked each person to put in $10 for all of the supplies, and each craft we chose was something you could give as a gift, or keep for yourself!

We divided the crafts into three stations:
First we had the station for our Peppermint Infused Vodka.  We had a variety of different ornate bottles to which we added vodka, and crushed peppermints.  We topped it off  with red and white bakers twine and cute little labels that we made. 

The hardest part was getting the peppermints into the bottle, I think candy canes would have been a little easier!!

Then we had our cookies in a jar station!!

These cute little jars had ribbons and labels on them, and came with a tag that had the instructions for assembling the cookies.  We went down the line and neatly stacked each ingredient to make pretty layers of color in each jar.

We had so much fun!  And what girly party would be complete with out desserts and a champagne punch?

Our final craft was a felt flower that could be used as a hair clip or brooch!  So easy, but so pretty!

There were several colors of felt for each person to choose from, and we had pre-cut patterns for everyone to use as a guide.  Then you just roll and glue! 

Even using right handed scissors, Ashley got quite of few of these cut out and finished. (She's left-handed.) 
Here's a look at our finished products:

Once we were finished up, we moved on to our favorite things gift exchange!!  Each person brought 5 of the same item, one of their favorite things.  It had to be $5 or less, so each person only had to spend $20-$25.  We drew 5 names each, and it could not be yourself, and no one could have doubles.  Each person then talked about their favorite thing that they brought and gave one to each person whose name they had drawn.  

We each had bags with our names on it to put all of our gifts that we made and our 5 favorite things to take home!

Can't wait for February!!!


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