Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ornament Painting Playdate

To start the Holiday season off right, I decided to surprise my kiddos and niece with an ornament painting playdate. In our home, I have an "adult" tree, and a "kids" tree where I hang all their handmade ornaments. It gives me the best of both worlds. My purty grown-up tree, where most everything coordinates, and details are to my liking, and may change year to year, and a place to see and cherish everything my 3 loves have created :) 

Each year I let the kids either pick out, or make a new ornament for their special tree.

Some time to paint and munch on a few sugary treats, made for a fun Sunday afternoon.

I covered our kitchen table with kraft paper, which is a must-have for any crafty project.
Each of the kids started with their first name initial, and then I provided other Christmas symbols to choose, from the center of the table. They were all wooden.
I bought a pack of 6 cardboard cake platters from Michaels to serve as place mats,
and a splash zone ;)

Seeing as this was a creative adventure, I didn't want to OVER decorate the table and take up too much space from our budding artists. I found a $1 pack of foam snowflakes which coordinated with the Sugar Plum Forest Collection, that I used as a runner of sorts. I also picked up a few bigger felt snowflake ornaments from Target. I wanted simple and fun, and the snowflakes were just enough to dress up the table. My teeny white serving dish covered with the additional wooden ornaments was an obvious and practical centerpiece.

For the sweets I had peppermint marshmallow pops (adorned with the adorable D&P flags) and yogurt covered snowflake pretzels snuggled inside the kraft popcorn boxes. I wanted a few simple treats that the kids could grab easily while they painted and chatted. They were both a hit!
In the gable boxes I included mint truffle and candy cane Hershey kisses. I LOVE favors, so, of course, my kids love them too :) I'm probably a bad influence!

Oh, but I couldn't pass up these brightly colored candy canes!

This was such an easy way to kick off the month of December. I encourage you at home, to come up with some fun activities for your kids to celebrate this year!


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