Winter Party Decorations

snowman centerpiece square edit

 
I had fun playing with the Holiday effects on Picnik for these birthday party posts.  I hope it doesn’t bother you!
Last year, we waited until after my son’s December birthday to put up our Christmas goodies, but it was a bummer to have to wait so long to put up all our favorite decorations.  This year we decided on a birthday party theme that was a win-win for everyone.
 
My son LOVES Christmas and snow and Christmas lights and Christmas music and Christmas treats and….  So, I decided to embrace his close-to-Christmas birthday with a Winter Birthday Party!  I pulled together a party with a traditional red, white and green color scheme and candy canes and snowmen galore! 
 
punchbowl invite
 
I sent this invitation from Punchbowl to all the guests.  Punchbowl, like Evite, is a fun online way to send out invitations, but the Punchbowl invites are animated and come with their own virtual envelope!  Punchbowl also offers more in terms of customization: fonts, envelope liners, etc.

christmas tree edit

I was glad to be able to put the Christmas tree up early again this year, since technically we could count it as part of the party decorations. 

wrapped pictures in hallway edit

I wrapped up some of the pictures around the house in peppermint-themed wrapping paper from Dollar Tree.  The sparkly ornament on the middle present is also from DT.

kitchen chandelier decorated for Christmas edit

I spruced up (Get it?) our ugly kitchen light fixture with some greenery and more wrapping paper.  I just removed the glass shades, traced them onto wrapper paper, taped the paper on, and hung them back up.  I like the change the paper made so much, I may swap out the Christmas paper for something else after the season is done.
 

vintage christmas mugs edit

When my mom offered me some of my grandmother’s old Christmas decorations, I was stoked to find these adorable mugs in a box.  They aren’t safe to drink out of, but they are super cute, and the right colors, to display on my baker’s rack.

party decor edit

The baker’s rack held decorations and spare sweet treats for the birthday party.  My Snarky Christmas Canisters fit right in with the party décor too!

pop bottle cozies edit

To make the pop bottles a little more festive, I cut the feet off of a pair of Christmas socks I bought at Dollar Tree and slipped them over the bottles.  I think this would be a cute way to gift a bottle of wine this Christmas too.

paper snowflakes on the window edit

My son and I had fun cutting snowflakes out of coffee filters to hang on the windows in the kitchen and his toy room.  He is still working on his scissor skills, but I was impressed at how well he did on his (these aren’t his Smile with tongue out).
 
And, yes, we did get dumped on with snow right before his party, but it is all melted now.

table edit

For the food table, I bought a cheap plastic tablecloth from GFS and then made a “table runner” of candy-striped wrapping paper.  I scattered some tiny glittery snowman from DT around the bowls and the centerpiece.
 
I made the snowman centerpiece from two foam balls and a white mixing bowl.  There are tons of tutorials on how to make something similar floating around Pinterest right now, so I won’t bother with the details. 
 
The plates were also from Dollar Tree and the napkins I picked up at IKEA a month or two ago. 
 

signage edit

The Easy Food Signs I made tied in both the red and green colors and the snowman theme.

snowman shirts

Finally, I decorated my little elves in snowman turtlenecks made with freezer paper stencils.  The shirts were so quick and easy to make and very cute!

Come back later this week to hear all about the delicious, themed party food!
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