Monday, December 16, 2013

{Holiday Party} Christmas Wishes with Oriental Trading

Christmas Wishes

I was so happy when I opened up a big old box of happy from Oriental Trading Company a few weeks ago. As part of their Blogger Community, I'm lucky enough to get some products to showcase and feature in my parties.  I was planning a Christmas Wishes Theme this year and found the perfect items right on the Oriental Trading site.    

As you know, I also am the party planner over at MG Party Impressions and I styled this party just for their site.  Here are the details that I shared with their reader, at the end of this post, you can find a link to the printables used in this party and another link to the post on MG Party Impressions which includes even more photos and ideas for creating your own fun filled Christmas Wishes celebration!

I created festive holiday tags, signs and ornaments using the Santa's Here Background papers and Stamps from Santa by Jessica Weible for this party set up.  I had an idea to do a Christmas Wishes theme for a holiday party and wanted the feel of the party to be Santa's Workshop, meets gift packaging meets a happy child on Christmas morning - I know that's a lot, but in my head, it makes a ton of sense.

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The color scheme I chose to work with was silver, red and the neutral brown that is found in burlap and kraft paper.  I loved mixing the glitter and sparkle of a festive occasion with a basic material like kraft paper, natural twine and burlap.  With a little help from the good folks at Oriental Trading, I was able to score some pretty sweet items that went perfectly with my Christmas Wishes theme.

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For the sweets table, I knew I wanted lots of sugary peppermint incorporated into it.  The pattern I used for the printables was my inspiration.  I filled a few apothecary glass jars with nostalgic candy like rock candy, peppermint sticks and gumballs.   I added a printable party dot onto some of the jars for decoration.  On the table where some of the sweets were displayed I added a 'Christmas Wishes' banner.

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My dear sweet party friend, Kylie Jenkins of Made by A Princess sent me her lovely sparkle sticks and I used them to make these star shaped candy lollipops.  I displayed them on a white platter and used red Sixlets as a base to lay place them on.

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Delicious Christmas cookies are a must at a holiday party.  I purchased store bought cookies, and placed them on a two-tiered stand.  If you're not in the mood for cookies, any treat will do, I think Old Fashioned Ribbon candy would be a perfect substitute!

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For the tree, I purchased inexpensive ornaments and bows from the dollar store.  Then, I created a few rosette ornaments using the same candy striped patterned paper as the other printables.  For fun, I added mini silver gift boxes filled with candy and tied up with one of Oriental Trading's new products red and white baker's twine to the tree.  Guests can find an extra special surprise when they open the box!

To keep the whole gift packing theme going, I placed vintage packing tags and cards onto the tree, as well.  I love a bow as a tree topper and made a huge one from burlap ribbon.  At the base of the tree, I used burlap I had on hand and created a makeshift tree skirt.  I also added faux presents - wrapped boxes and cake forms with printable tags that I designed using the clip art and background paper.  You could of course add real presents under the tree and I'm sure NO ONE would complain.

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I utilized and old corner bookcase to display other sweets and favors. I added gift wrap to the back of the bookcase because there's a huge ugly post that  holds the unit to the wall.  For the top of the case I added a bouquet of candy swirled lollipops into a Blumebox.  The lollipops were held into place with a cube of Styrofoam and topped with shredded sizzle paper - a little natural twine pulls it altogether with the overall design.  I placed store bought cupcakes onto a glass cake plate and topped each one with a pillow peppermint.  Then I cut Peppermint bark into chunks and placed them in red polka dot nut cups and displayed those on a domed cheese platter.  A few presents and hanging red stars served as my backdrop.

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Also on my shelf were red and white candy stripe paper bags that I tied with natural twine and added a tag that was adhered to the bag with silver washi tape.  I placed all the treat bags into a basket and put it on the first shelf.  My second and third shelves just served as decoration.

I once heard from a well-established event designer that your party space should have one eye catching decorative focal piece that wows everyone.  In my opinion, this adorable vintage pedal car Fire Engine is the creme de la creme!  I got it on loan from my neighbors and filled it with faux presents.  Can you imagine a little boy waking up to this on Christmas morning - that would certainly be a wish fulfilled.

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To see more photos from this Christmas Wishes party head over to MG Party Impressions to view the full gallery

You can find the Christmas Wishes printables in my Etsy Shop!

Items from Oriental Trading were provided free of charge by the company. Any opinions about the products are my own.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product(s) listed above.  No other type of compensation was received.


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