This past weekend we hosted a Secret Santa party with our neighbors! It was filled with lots of fun for both the kids and Moms! I want to share with you some ideas for holiday parties. I am sorry I am so late to post this but as you know the holidays are so crazy!
The kids table was filled with lots of goodies for the kids to take home with them including a Santa hat, Reindeer Food, and a cookie from our favorite cookie shop!
If you are local to Pittsburgh you MUST go to GIVE MIA COOKIE for all of your custom cookies! I get them for all of our parties and they make great favors and sweet additions to the dessert table!
Magical Reindeer Food
The Magical Reindeer Food is something fun for the kids to look forward to on Christmas Eve. They just sprinkle the magical food outside and it helps to guide Santa and the Reindeer to your house!
- 2 Cups Old Fashion Oatmeal
- 2 Tablespoons Sprinkles
*Mix together the oatmeal and sprinkles and place in decorative bag with instructions!
I also had kid friendly food including these cute Grinch fruit Kabobs which were a hit!
Grinch Kabobs Recipe
- Green Grapes
- Kabob Skewers
*Place 1 grape, 1 banana slice, 1 strawberry, and 2 marshmallows on a skewer
Hot Chocolate Bar
We also had a hot chocolate bar which would be great for any winter party! Plus it is very easy to put together and was a hit with the kids and adults! I made homemade hot chocolate which was very simple but you can always use pre-mixed hot chocolate as well.
Our bar was filled with marshmallows, vanilla wafer sticks, candy canes, and gingerbread cookies! I had all of the Christmas mugs and bowls already as well as the galvanized metal tins from previous parties. All I added to make it more festive was fresh pine from Trader Joes!
Hot Chocolate Recipe (I doubled this recipe)
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream or half & half
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- Dash of salt
- 6 oz. chocolate morsels
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*On stove top mix milk, cream, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium saucepan
*Cook over medium heat and whisk until sugar and cocoa are dissolved (steam mixture, do not boil)
*Once steaming whisk in chocolate morsels until mixture is smooth
*Remove from heat and stir in vanilla
The Moms received treats to take home with them as well including a wine glass, homemade potpourri, and a cookie from Give Mia Cookie
Growing up my Mom always had a similar potpourri mixture on the stove and it filled our house with the wonderful smell of Christmas! You can customize your potpourri with any scent that you would like.
- 1 Orange
- 1 Cup Fresh Cranberries
- 2-3 Sprigs of Pine or Rosemary
- 1 Tablespoon Cloves
- 2-4 Cinnamon Sticks
*Slice orange and place in a medium saucepan with cranberries, pine, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and 2 cups of water
*Simmer mixture and turn heat to low. Your house will then smell amazing!
My centerpieces were fresh pine and holiday greenery including holly and berries from Trader Joe’s. I made them into my own with vases I had on hand. I also had Poinsettia’s that I added to the middle of the table as well. This tablescape was very inexpensive. I love getting fresh flowers from Trader Joe’s and turning them into my own centerpieces plus not to mention they are inexpensive and they last a long time.