Easy Christmas Breakfast

We have a little tradition in our family that my kids look forward to each holiday. It has become known by my girls as a “special breakfast”.  With Christmas around the corner I wanted to share the breakfast they woke up to last Christmas morning.  For this breakfast, I chose a turquoise and red color scheme and used paper plates for easy clean-up (and because I don’t own red plates).  I had some paper doilies on hand and used those as placemats.  The breakfast itself is super easy to put together and super cute. All you need is a box of Entenmann’s Pop’ems powdered donuts (any brand will do, but that is what I used).  Using three powdered donuts, stack them on top of one another on a plate to make a snowman.  Chocolate chips were used to make the eyes, a slice of the end of a baby carrot became the nose, and a small tube of black frosting was used to draw a smile.  For snow, I used shredded coconut.  I sprinkled the plate with some blue sugar crystals to add a little sparkle. I always like to serve fruit with breakfast, so I made a candy cane out of sliced strawberries and bananas.  Recycled Starbucks Frappuccino bottles make great milk bottles.  I topped mine with another donut which I bedazzled with blue sugar crystals and stuck a striped paper straw through the hole.  The kids absolutely loved this breakfast!  They’ve already asked if I can make it again this year.  We shall see…whatever I come up with this year, I can’t wait to see them smile on Christmas morning.  Happy Holidays all!  

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A Nightmare Before Christmas Party

I threw this party for my nephew when he was turning 4.  When he told me he wanted a Nightmare Before Christmas party, I was stumped.  I had never seen a party with this theme on any of the blogs I read and I had never seen the movie, so I had no clue how I was going to pull it off.  But I wanted to make him happy so I set off to research A Nightmare Before Christmas.  I chose the main character, Jack Skellington as the focal point and the colors black, white and orange.  Now, this party was in May…springtime…so not much out there that time of year to do with skeltons and pumpkins.  Come to think of it, this would make a great theme for a Halloween Party as well.  I found a few things on ebay and created most of the party decorations myself.  Here is how it all turned out.

The invitation.

The sign welcoming guests to the party. 

I put some decorations in the plant next to the door.

The main attraction…the dessert table.  All of the treats were either black, white or orange to match the theme.

The dessert table included…

 Cupcakes

Clementines, Orange Twizzlers, and Mini Oreos

Apricots, mini-marshmallows and black M&Ms

Airheads (because skeletons have nothing but air up there) wrapped to match the decor.

I made cones to hold popcorn.  The kids loved these, when they were empty the would re-fill them with other treats from the table.

And last but not least an ice cream cake from Carvel (nephew’s request) that my husband decorated to look like Jack Skellington.  I think he did a great job!  Thanks babe!

Hanging above the dessert table were three white paper party lanterns from Party City that I decorated with black scrapbook paper and double sided tape to look like Jack Skellington’s head.

Favors for the guests were black and white cookies…from the Italian bakery in town.

Digging in…

Drinks were black and orange too…rootbeer and orange cream soda.  I also had orange mango fruit juice for the kids.

The table centerpieces…

I won an 8 pack Nightmare Before Christmas party set on Ebay.  These were perfect for the kid’s table.

The adult table place settings…

Everything gets decorated…even the utensils.

Blowing out his candles.

The birthday boy on his special day.  I hope you had a wonderful 4th birthday, Julian.

XOXO,

Aunt Shannon

Snowflake Holiday Party on a Budget

Another budget friendly party…this time for the Holiday Season.  Like the Halloween Party I posted about, this one was for the Newcomers and Neighbors Club I am in.  There is really little to no money to put toward these events and the bulk of the money goes toward the entertainers or activities the kids are doing.  I wanted to try to dress up the party a little bit so it looked festive but also couldn’t spend much money on food/drinks and decor. 

I went with a red and light blue color scheme  for this event.  It was held in mid December so a snowflake theme seemed fitting.  I had these snowflake photo holders at home so brought them along to hold some of the signs.

A table was set up for the food and drinks.  We served Winter Oreos (they have red filling instead of the traditional white) and Water.  We also had powdered donut holes which we named “snowballs” and candy canes.  I brought in a box of ornaments from home which I kept in the package they came in and dressed it up with a ribbon. They added some height to the “snowball” dishes. 

The Winter Oreos were placed on a cupcake stand that I trimmed with ribbon and bows.  The cookies were placed inside the cutest little cupcake wrappers found at Michaels.  They were red and white polka dot and blue and white polka dot which coordianted perfectly.

I created matching labels for the water bottles.  These labels are just printed on regular paper and taped around the water bottle.  We used the cheapest water we could find and removed the labels replacing them with these.  The labels cannot be placed in coolers of ice or the ink will run, I just refrigerated the labeled bottles prior ato the party so they would be a little cold.

I placed the Candy Canes in a glass vase that I trimmed with ribbon and a little party circle.

The “snowballs” are white powdered Munchkins from Dunkin Donuts! YUM! 

I had signs at the tables with directions for each of the crafts.  We ordered holiday frames and winter sticker scenes from Oriental Trading for the kids to create.   

After the craft and snack the kids enjoyed a holiday concert by children’s entertainer Zev Haber.  He was very fun and entertaining and did a fantastic job keeping the attention of the children.

Hopefully you’ll see some ideas in here that you can use to host your own kids holiday party.  Remember: Cheap doesn’t equal UNSTYLISH!  It doesn’t necessarily need to cost a ton to host a stylish little get together.