This past weekend, Colleen and I had an Ornament Decorating Party. We started out with the intention of getting some close girl friends together for some girly crafting and gossip time. The list of attendees was small to begin with. It was to be Colleen and I along with 5 of our friends. Last week, one of our friend’s grandmothers passed away (We love you Katie) so she was going to be unable to attend. Then, a few hours before the party was going to start we had 2 more cancellations due to sickness and scheduling conflicts. Colleen and I felt like we were 5 again and no one was coming to our birthday party. But instead of crying in our cookies, we decided to call in reinforcements. Our cousin Bill (Sir Billiam) and his roommate were lured by the promise of free food and another friend talked her husband into coming. Despite it not being what we had intended, it was still a really fun night and everyone got into ornament decorating (including the dudes :)).
We always like to do at least a few special things when having people over. We added to my regular Christmas decor by creating a shimmery snowfall over my kitchen peninsula and pimping out my chandelier. Colleen and I have already crafted ornaments this year and we had a really big problem finding a way for our ornaments to dry without getting messed up. We came up with this…
We hung silver twine and beads around my chandelier along with some ribbon and ornaments I already had for decoration. Then we hung all the empty ornaments from hooks on each loop of twine. This way, to get a new ornament, we only had to reach up and grab another, and when we were finished, we hung it back on its loop to dry.
I also took the time the night before to craft some smaller ornaments of my own to give people some ideas of things they could do. I hung these in the middle of the chandelier so they could also be on display.
We had a 3 tier stand full of Martha goodness (she should really give us some of her billions for this advertising) in the middle of the table including different colors of glitter, Martha’s new multi-surface paint (love), sequins, newspaper strips, and different colors and patterns of small circles to make the scalloped ornaments. I even had a Martha glue gun. Did you hear that Martha???
Of course, we also made cookies for the occasion. I made fudge and pink frosted chewy gingerbread men. Colleen made raspberry chocolate bars and almond bon bons.
For those who are interested, I used this recipe for my gingerbread. They turned out yummy, soft, and chewy. I just covered them in royal icing.
Here are some pictures of our Christmas crafters.
And some of the finished products hanging to dry.
And so goes the story of our ornament crafting affair. If anyone would like a DIY on some of the ornaments that we crafted, just let us know.