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Friday, December 2, 2011

Party on

Happy Friday everyone!

We have been busy working on getting ready for a Christmas party each of the girls are going to have for their friends.  It has been a bit of added stress during a busy time but I admit that it was my idea.  We did this a few years ago when we lived in Carmel.  I would really like to get to know the girls' friends better and this is the perfect way.  K is quite busy with soccer practices several nights a week, play practice and piano so she really doesn't have a lot of time to have friends over.   I have actually MET all of the girls that are going to be coming to the party (many of them at church-LOVE THAT) but it has been in passing with most of them.  So K's party is tomorrow and L's is next Saturday.  I know her friends a little bit better but it will still be fun to see them in this environment.  You learn a lot about girls when they are in a group, that is for sure!

Anyway, I thought I would share a few of the ideas I found with all of you.  The girls and I made small gifts for each of their friends that will be here.  I found this recipe for creating your own lip gloss.  We used the first recipe but tried the last one.  Because it is mostly petroleum jelly, we felt it was too slimy. We actually cut the petroleum jelly back to 1/2 tsp. in the recipe.  You can find the paraffin wax and coconut oil at the grocery store. I found some small containers at Amazon and then we added labels to the top.  

We are also making necklaces out of decorative stones I spray painted white. The girls are then going to paint them to look like peppermint candies. We are going to wrap them and then attach them to a black cord necklace.  I will take a picture as soon as I can.  My sample turned out looking pretty cute.  Then we are going to have a hot cocoa bar (add your own cinnamon candies, marshmallows, sprinkles, etc) while they do a small gift exchange. We end the party with the movie Elf or a game if they want instead.

My sweet friend Audrey is the master of holiday decorating and always shares pictures of her home all decorated for the holidays (and I am not talking JUST Christmas!)  She suggested I take some pictures so I thought I would share a couple with you. Our mantle decked out for the holidays.  I would really love something more Christmas-y  to replace my Greek map during the holidays. Mmmm...may need that to my list. :)

And then there is my table in the entry. That bowl of pine cones provides a wonderful cinnamon smell as you walk into our house.

Of course I can't leave without sharing a project.  If you are not too swamped with Christmas preparations, we would love for you to join us for the newest challenge over at Challenge Me Happy!  You could win a great prize from Artfull Crafts.  Make sure to stop by and check out the awesome color combination Annelie gave us for this challenge and the wonderful layouts by all the other designers.  I have to say I am absolutely thrilled about how this photo of K and my mom turned out.  We were at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago waiting to get into one of the programs when I snapped this photo.  The lighting was terrible and the resulting photo was not great.  There was this awful yellow glow over them.  But thanks to my amazing Adobe Photoshop program I was able to really fix it up.  So here is my layout for the challenge.

Have a wonderful week and thank you so much for stopping by!!!!


BabyBokChoy said...

It's so wonderful that you can create your own fun gifts, lipgloss, wow, they look so cute! :) And good job at decorating, can you do mine? :) Happy Friday and weekend!!!

Audrey Pettit said...

OMGosh, I could not get over here fast enough when I saw your comment, Lisa!! I had even checked your blog earlier this morning, so thanks for leaving me a comment. And thanks so much for sharing your awesome holiday home photos! Your mantel is gorgeous!! So sweet. And how awesome that you are doing holiday parties for the girls. Those lip glosses turned out fabulous. Can't wait to see the necklaces, too. Totally gorgeous layout, also. That photo is priceless.
Thanks for sharing this happy post. Makes my day!

Blessed so much said...

You are the creative mommy of the year, for sure, Lisa! That is so sweet of you to do all this for your girls. Love reading your blog, Lisa.


Connie Mercer said...

those are great ideas~love the lip gloss. Love the mantle too but your LO is the sweetest!!!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Lots of fun stuff. Thanks for sharing! One way for changing out your map, and making it fun for the holidays, is to wrap it in wrapping paper and tie it up with some pretty, coordinating ribbon. :)

April D said...

I love your layout - it's simply beautiful! I have an 8 year old daughter and I think she would love love love to try making that lip gloss - thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa! Parties sound great! Love all the ideas. Talk soon! Busy, busy, CRAZY busy

Patty O'Malley said...

Your holiday home photos are beautiful! I've heard some people say they cover art on the wall with wrapping paper for the holidays. Just a thought for your map. The party sounds like so much fun. Hope you'll share those photos, too! BTW, the layout is so sweet!

alexandra s.m. said...

Hello Lisa,

Thank you so much for leaving such a sweet comment at Scrap RDV. Love your post and your girls are very lucky to have such a fun creative Mommy like you!

Love the pictures and that layout is fabulous!

Greetings from Chicago~

Pamela said...

What a great idea to have a party for each of them! And the party favors sound awesome! Love the layout!! :)

Suzanne B. Webb said...

It looks like your girls are going to have a ball at their parties with those fun projects! Your Holiday decorating is beautiful as well, and I adore that layout!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love love your decorations and your lo is just GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeeeee the ribbon! :):):):):):):):):):):)