Adult Christmas Party Ideas

The holidays are exciting for a handful of reasons — the lights! the presents! the cookies! — but​ there’s one thing in particular that ​everyone​ looks forward to: all the epic parties. It’s never too early to start planning a festive get-together, and these themes will leave your guests wishing the celebration lasted all year long.

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6 Bridal Shower Party Ideas

My recent trip to the east coast included more on the agenda than just visiting family – it was also to throw a bridal shower for my little brother’s bride-to-be! I’m a bridesmaid in their wedding next month, and I flew in to help celebrate with a bridal shower surprise.

L to R: My sister-in-law Jamie, my sister Kelsey, me, my soon to be sister-in-law Desiree, and my mom

I had fun planning out all of the decorations and little details that went along with their springtime wedding pastel color theme, and today I thought I’d share a few of the fun party ideas that I implemented with the other bridesmaids and my mom.


1.) Photo Balloons.
I absolutely love doing photo projects, and I know that my soon to be sister-in-law Dez also digs them too… so making photo balloons was one of my first ideas for the party. The basic gist is to attach a photo to each balloon and have memories floating around the party all day for guests to check out.

My brother Danny and Dez have a 3-year old boy, so it was fun going back a couple years and including photos from when he was just a baby. I also included shots from when the two of them had just started dating in college, along with some of their first photos as a family.

To do this, I ordered 35 photos, hole punched each one, then knotted the balloon strings around each photo. A few of the balloons started sagging, so I had to cut some of the photos to make them a tad bit lighter to fly free. I decided to go with a mix of gold + white balloons, which wound up looking really pretty.

I also ordered a couple of weighted balloon bouquets to place around the room, including a champagne balloon that we put near the alcohol and an engagement room balloon bouquet that we placed near the present table.

2.) Mimosa Bar. I had seen mimosa bars online of other bridal showers, and was happy to finally have the chance to do my own mimosa bar!

For the mimosa bar, you need a.) champagne, b.) different kinds of juices, c.) a couple of different kinds of fruit. I also bought a ‘Bubbly Bar’ banner online to hang on the front of the table, along with a large chalkboard sign for a festive bar note + smaller chalkboard signs to label the juices.

The mimosa bar was a total hit, and I think we went through 5 double bottles of champagne with 40 guests (+ 3 double bottles of white & red wine!).

3.) ‘Recipe for a Great Marriage’ Activity. I found this idea on Sweet C’s Designs and immediately loved it. Instead of just doing a typical advice book for the bride, you ask guests to write marriage advice on wooden spoons. You gather the spoons up in mason jars, and the bride can take her advice spoons home as fun kitchen decor or to keep elsewhere in her home.

For this activity, you need: a.) bulk wooden spoons – I ordered them on Amazon, b.) a couple of markers, c.) mason jars – I ordered ones with hearts on them on Amazon, then tied ribbon around them to dress it up, d.) signage with directions on what you’d like your guests to do. I used another large chalkboard sign to write instructions on. We also had a large box to keep the blank spoons in.

4.) Dress Up the Bride’s Chair. Why not make your guest of honor’s chair look pretty? I ordered a ‘Mrs.’ chair sign on Beau Coup, and we tied it to the back on her chair with ribbon. The maid of honor bought a ‘Future Mrs. Hansen’ sash for Dez to wear that we put on her place setting, and we tied a balloon bouquet to her chair.


5.) Wedding dress cookie favors. My mom ordered these pretty wedding dress cookies as favors. They were made by a local baker, and were not only cute, they were yummy too!

6.) A Party Snapchat Filter. The maid of honor bought a customized Snapchat filter for the bridal shower, which popped up anytime anyone went to post a photo from the party on Snapchat.

Overall the party went very well, and now we’re onto the wedding in just a couple of weeks!

Tell me… Have you ever thrown a bridal shower? When was the last time you were in a wedding?

Our pick of the best last-minute Manchester Christmas party ideas

Attending an office Christmas is inevitable. And getting drinks on the company dime is always great. Watching your boss stumble through Last Christmas on a makeshift karaoke machine is priceless and stuffing your face with festive grub always makes for a good time. But we’ve all been to some awful Christmas get-togethers. Boring buffets. Cheap wine. Three-course meals with service slower than The Mancunian Way during rush hour.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

We’ve put together a selection of cracking places and offers from drinking dens and bar space to full-on three course meals to help you with your search. Places that are sure to impress, whether you’re booking a workplace get-together, somewhere for a family meal, an intimate dinner or a proper knees-up.

Sam’s Chop House

Sam’s Chop House

If you’re looking to book a Christmas Party that’s slightly less formal, why not book your Christmas party at Sam’s Chop House in the raised bar area which will be sectioned off and act as your own private party area. For £20pp your Christmas party will include a festive buffet and a Chop House Christmas classic dessert. You can view the full Christmas menu here.

Victoria Warehouse

Whatever your party size, there’s event space at Victoria Warehouse to suit your private night of indulgence and festivities. Packages let you to take an individual approach. Choose canapés, a buffet menu or a more formal sit down meal to meet your requirements.  Add your own mix of entertainment and you’ll end up with the ultimate Manchester Christmas party. The venue also hosts shared spectaculars for smaller groups so you and your guests can enjoy a mixed group atmosphere, a truly unique and glamorous affair where any hassle is taken out of the equation. To find out more email christmas@victoriawarehouse.com

Mr Thomas’s Chop House

This year, Mr Thomas’s would like to invite you to join them to celebrate the festive season in style. As the city comes to life with the German markets, what better way to celebrate your Christmas lunches and dinners than in the midst of it all, close to St Ann’s Square. The Christmas party menu here has been specially created to combine the best of British cuisine including all the traditional Christmas delights. Click here to book in. Rumour has it that mulled gin is now being served at this cosy 150 year old Manchester pub, along with Grandad’s sausages. If cider can be mulled, then why can’t gin join the party too?

Albert Square Chop House

Enjoy a Christmas get-together in a truly iconic Manchester location – the Albert Square Chop House, a place of Victorian splendour near the town hall with a function suite bookable for your event. Party planners get treated with a sliding scale of rewards depending on the size of the group, from a free bottle of wine to a complimentary meal in January. Christmas Day options are also available.

Mr Cooper’s Christmas

Whether you’re looking to lunch with colleagues, have drinks with friends or dine with family, with its multitude of different settings under one roof, Mr Cooper’s is the perfect place for your Christmas get together. The festive menu has been carefully created to offer only the best seasonal flavours. Dishes include turkey breast with apricot and sage stuffing, dripping potatoes, root vegetable mash and red currant sauce, and chocolate, salted caramel slice with crème fraîche. Mr Cooper’s festive menu is available Monday – Saturday for lunch and dinner from 30th November to 24th December 2017. Prices start from just £22 for two courses. Click here for more. Book now by telephone on 0161 235 4781 or email info@mrcoopers.co.uk

The Corn Exchange Christmas

Now is the perfect time of year for you to plan your Christmas Party. Whether it’s a private event or an office party, the Corn Exchange is the perfect location. With a variety of restaurants to suit everybody’s taste, the Corn Exchange’s spacious atrium will be decorated and looking suitably festive for your Christmas Party in Manchester. Book in now. You won’t be disappointed.

Malmaison

Nowhere parties like Malmaison. These guys are famous for it and their Christmas parties turn things up a notch. It all begins sensibly enough, with arrival drinks and pleasantries. Then, the wine starts flowing as you enjoy Malmaison’s Celebrations Menu, bubbles and party favours, and, before you know it, the DJ is playing your favourite tune and your legs are doing funny things on the dance floor. Click here to book in.

Great John Street Hotel

Enjoy your Christmas party in an elegant building in central Manchester steeped in history. The Great John Street Hotel is sure to impress, and you can pick from two shared Christmas party themes from as little as £25 + VAT per person. With Masquerade, you get to be part of a beautiful masked ball. If you prefer to roll with the beats, Motown comes complete with a live soul and funk band. Both parties include a full three course Christmas meal.

Grafene

This innovative British restaurant close to King Street will serve you festive food like you’ve never tasted before. Enjoy the Christmas menu at £34 for two courses and £39 for three, including the likes of smoked ham loin, proper bronze turkey with a special sourdough bread sauce and iced Christmas pudding parfait. They serve a separate menu on Christmas day too. Fine dining meets festive season.

Macdonald Manchester

This year the guys at Macdonald will be throwing some of the most fabulous Christmas parties in Manchester, sparkling with festive cheer and providing a great festive night to remember. With a range of exciting options to suit your requirements as well as your budget, you’re sure to find a Christmas package to light up your festive season. From party nights to Manchester Christmas Markets and luxurious overnight stay deals, Macdonald Manchester is a great Christmas option. To book in, click here.

The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel

Dine in an elegant elevated restaurant overlooking the River Irwell at the River Restaurant inside the five-star Lowry Hotel.  Christmas menus for lunch, dinner and afternoon tea are available every day throughout December. Prices start from £25 per person for lunch or £29.50 per person for dinner and include festive crackers and novelties on the table. For all bookings of 10 or more booked before 31st August 2017, the organiser will receive a voucher for a meal for two from the Chef’s Choice Menu throughout January.

Don Giovanni

Celebrate the festive season Italian style with Don Giovanni– Manchester’s oldest independently owned Italian restaurant. They are pulling out all the stops with 3 course Christmas party menus starting at £32.95 per person, rare vintage boutique wines, Michelin star dishes from celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli – and they are even open on Christmas Day with a special menu. Parties here are sure to be well catered for. Not only do they have a private dining room for up to 50 people and a show-stopping cocktail menu, but party planners get rewarded too. There’s a £25 gift voucher for the organiser of every party over 8 people and a £50 gift voucher for the organiser of every party over 12 people.

The Laundrette

This welcoming bar and kitchen serves up first-class indulgence on First Street– and they’ve put together a lush menu and a great selection of really naughty treats. The Laundrette is also brilliant value, with festive lunch available at 2 courses for £18 and 3 for £22. Festive dinner will also be served at £25 per person, and there are plenty of drinks options to enjoy well into the evening. Book your Christmas party on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday in December and they’ll give you a £50 voucher to use at any time in February and March.  Capable of catering for up to 200 people, this place is sure to have you sorted.

Junkyard Golf

Time to get your Christmas balls out with brilliant games, bars and beats. Looking to par-tee with your colleagues Junkyard style?  This big entertainment, drinking and dining destination on First Street has a variety of golf puttin’ packages available from November to late December – including games of their American-inspired golf with great food and drink added in. Ideal for high-adrenaline fun. And if you fancy exclusive course hire and zero queues to get your bookings, be sure to email bookingsmcr@junkyardgolfclub.co.uk in advance.

Bierkeller

Celebrate Christmas in a great big Bavarian-style beer hall beneath The Printworks – which is actually three fantastic bars in one venue. The Bierkeller entertainment complex comprises the Bierkeller itself, the travel-themed Around The World Bar and Shooters Bar, famous for its shorts, shots and top sports coverage. They are pulling out all the stops for your Christmas parties with a package to suit you. At Bierkeller, Christmas packages include the opportunity to have a hog roast, help-yourself hotdogs and even an oompah band. At Around The World Bar, there’s alcohol served by the suitcase, whilst at Shooters there’s brilliant bite-size food you can enjoy while you watch the game.

The Milton Club

Exclusive hire and sharer parties are available at this stylish bar on Deansgate. The Milton Club is one of the most glamorous venues in town with gorgeous interiors and Christmas cocktails a-plenty. Make the most of the Early Bird booking deals – a complimentary prosecco reception when you book a booth, and free venue hire and complimentary prosecco for 100 guests if you book the whole venue. Simply quote XMAS DEAL for it to apply.

The Hilton Manchester

Create your own bespoke, private Christmas party for up to 550 people or, for smaller groups of 20 or under, choose from plenty of options. Festive Party Nights are the perfect mix of good food, wine, company and entertainment. Enjoy a three-course meal with freshly brewed coffee and mince pies, followed by an interactive DJ until 1am. Disco Party Nights are the ideal choice if you fancy a night filled with indulgent food,music and dancing this festive season. From 7pm enjoy a sparkling drinks reception followed by a three course meal and an interactive DJ. On Friday 22nd December, Key 103 DJ Mike Toolan is performing an extra special set at the event for one night only. For a more traditional option, choose one of the Podium Party Nights, a fun and relaxed evening centred around delicious food and drink. Come as you are, dressed up, or in your favourite Christmas knitwear, and enjoy a three course meal containing a choice of sirloin steak, lobster thermidor or a delicious mushroom ravioli.

Dive NQ

Enjoy a Christmas party in this massive underground bar beneath the Northern Quarter. Dive Bar can cater for groups from as few as five people all the way up to 600 – so get inviting. They offer a range of options to suit your party requirements including a unique Dive bite buffet, exclusive hire if needed, sharer parties, Christmas-themed cocktails and two special games – beer pong and prosecco pong! The venue is available for exclusive hire from Sunday – Wednesday with sections available to book 7 days a week. Even better, the first 5 bookings will receive free venue hire and/or round of beer pong with beer included – and there are freebies when booking for big groups too. Quote DIVE XMAS DEAL when booking to benefit from brilliant offers.

Thaikhun

Give your Christmas party celebrations a Thai twist at this vibrant Spinningfields restaurant. The bright and bustling interior of Thaikhun adds to the atmosphere of festive fun, along with food that pops with flavour. Forget monotonous Xmas meals, Thaikhun brings a buzz to its Christmas menu and is great value at £19.95 for three courses. So for less than twenty quid you can enjoy authentic Thai dining.

Asha’s

The award-winning Indian restaurant Asha’s on Peter Street is a stylish venue for your festive celebration, serving food renowned for its authenticity. And be sure to check out the Bolli Bar brimming with brilliant drinks and glamour.

King Street Casino Dinner

Book the unique First Floor Small and Large Hub complete with its own private bar, dark wood parquet flooring, panelled walls and mood lighting to enjoy a festive party experience in a sophisticated setting. After dinner, head into the gambling den and try your luck on blackjack or roulette or simply dance the night away. A full casino package starts from £75 per person based on minimum 40 guests (includes arrival drink, three course meal, casino hire and reduced room hire for limited dates).

Artisan

This Spinningfields restaurant in a 12,000 square foot semi-industrial space with a massive 20ft bar combines the best of Manchester’s heritage with innovative cooking. Expect traditional flavours elevated with flair at Artisan. The Christmas party menus will be served throughout December with lunch available throughout the week at £24.95, and dinner available Sunday to Wednesday at £29.95. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays it’s £34.95 and comes with added Xmas sparkle, so prepare to be surprised.

George’s Dining Room and Bar

Have a traditional Christmas meal to remember at George’s Dining Room and Bar in Worsley. If proper food with all the trimmings and desserts to indulge in are your thing, then this is your place.  Here you will get home comfort combined with restaurant sophistication, with no stress at all. Whether you want an intimate meal for two or are looking to feed a big party, George’s will have you sorted. They offer 2 and 3 course party menus at £18.95 for a 3-course lunch and £24.95 for 3-course dinner. Brilliant value for beautiful food. They also take Christmas Day bookings and there’s a range of entertainment throughout the festive season, including live singers and DJs, Xmas Eve dining and a Boxing Day Happy Hour which lasts all day.

Breakout

Fed up with the same old sitdown meal? Breakout is the ultimate escape room challenge, a popular team building activity and big enough for 65 participants an hour.  There’s sure to be lots of laughs and some great memories if you pick this as your workplace party activity. Gift vouchers are also available – it makes an ideal present for those hard-to-buy-for people.

Zouk

Enjoy award-winning Indian and Pakistani cuisine in this contemporary restaurant over the Christmas period. Zouk’s famous lunchtime Christmas Tiffin is full of festive treats and is returning for the month of December by popular demand from 12pm-4pm. Even better, an updated Christmas version (£10.95) is available including Samosa Chaat, Butter Chicken and Lamb Laziz for meat eaters, and Palak Tikka, Tarka Dal and Milli Juli Sabzi for vegetarians. If you’re looking for a party try Zouk’s Christmas Party Banquet, with menus stating at £18 per head. Drinks packages are also available, like fizz for your evening with a prosecco reception at just £4.50 per person and plenty more options too. Zouk is also known for its gift vouchers – so you can give the gift of great food.

Walkabout

Celebrate Christmas right in the heart of the city with top tunes, great drinks deals and plenty of fun at Printworks party place Walkabout. This Oz-themed bar is buzzing in the run-up to Christmas, with retro games and quizzes galore. Christmas packages include food and booze options with a three-course meal just £14.95 and drinks packages including spirit sharers and beer by the bucket. Buy five and you get the sixth free.

Wood

Simon Wood

Treat yourself to a Christmas meal cooked in the First Street restaurant of Masterchef champion Simon Wood. Christmas lunch and dinner menus are available, with lunch £25 for three courses and dinner £30 for three courses.

The Alchemist NYS

Enjoy a Christmas meal inside the bar and kitchen known for its innovation and flair –The Alchemist on New York Street. It’s sure to impress. The Christmas menu is £28 a head for three fabulous courses, including beautiful bang bang tiger prawns, fresh turkey roulade, sirloin steak and desserts to-die-for. It’s not just a cocktail bar but be sure to sample a signature drink – or several.

Chaophraya

This elegant restaurant on Chapel Walks promises classic and contemporary dishes inspired by the tastes of Thailand with menus starting at £30 per person. Guests are sure to be impressed with the seasonal banquet menu, opulent decor and friendly Thai hospitality.

Street on 1st

This contemporary restaurant in the luxurious Innside Hotel on First Street has a real cosmopolitan feel and festive menus start at £30. From finger buffets to fabulous sit-down meals, there’s an option to suit you. Follow their hashtag #festivefillers on social media and you’ll be sure to find a treat.

Hard Rock Café

Have the coolest Christmas celebrations ever at one of the city’s most iconic eateries. The Christmas party nights are ideal as a workplace treat. Dining options include a festive menu of 3 courses, complete with a welcome glass of prosecco for £26.95 per person, followed by a live acoustic set. And there’s something for all the family, as the ever-popular ‘breakfast with Santa’ is back on 23 and 24 December too.

Tiger Tiger

Tiger Tiger brings you a Christmas party experience in the Printworks guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. From light-up dance floors to opulent party areas, there’s something for groups of all sizes. Enjoy a relaxed Christmas dinner, night out with friends or your own private event in one of the most popular party venues in Manchester, as well as a variety of live entertainment and themed party packages. Reserve space and choose from a range of exciting dining and buffet options. It’s a Christmas experience like no other and for every enquiry through this preview, Tiger Tiger will offer a complementary prosecco reception.

Manchester 235

For a truly grown-up occasion, have your Christmas party at one of the city’s most luxurious casinos. There will be Christmas Sharer parties every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the private events suite from the 30th November – ideal for a big workplace get-together. Packages start at £40 per person and include an arrival glass of bubbly, learn-to-play sessions on blackjack or roulette, a three-course meal, free bet, live party band and DJ. What a line-up!

The Refinery

Fill yourself with festive cheer in the splendour of The Refinery bar and restaurant in Spinningfields. It’s an ideal place to relax this Christmas with a range of festive menus which will have you sorted at every stage of the day, from Merry Morning at £18.95 per person, Seasonal Feast at £32 – plus many more packages available for the biggest appetites.

Favelas

Party at Favelas this festive season. This bar and cantina in the Northern Quarter creatively combines Manchester’s industrial heritage with South American influences, an eclectic menu and plenty of music too. Their cocktails and rum selection is sure to have your celebrations off to a good start.

James Martin Restaurant

One of Manchester’s top restaurants, named in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants 2015 , James Martin Manchester serves stylish, modern British food, combining classic favourites with exciting new dishes. A festive menu will be available from 1-23 December, featuring plenty of classic favourites cooked with flair. On Monday to Thursday it is £30 for 2 courses and £35 for 3 courses, Friday to Saturday £40 for 2 courses, £45 for 3 courses.

Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini is one of the latest cocktail bars to launch in the city – just in time for Christmas. It offers an array of features to make it the perfect party location – glamorous interiors, beautiful banquettes, late night party DJs and plenty of food and drink. And forget generic bar snacks. This place is set to impress with Christmas food platters as well as set menus and brilliant ‘bowl food’ bringing together bites such as cranberry and brie wontons, beef and cheese with Bloody Mary ketchup. There’s plenty for vegetarians too. Fabulous Christmas cocktails will be available from 20th November. The venue has a capacity of 400 with VIP areas able to cater for up to 120 people.

Ring in the new year with festive party ideas

Cheers to the new year as we welcome 2018! I’m so ready to celebrate another year with a festive party alongside friends and family. Do you enjoy a BIG party, or would you rather stay in? However you celebrate, we have some festive ideas that will have you saying, ‘Happy New Year’!
Set the party vibe by creating a fun party atmosphere! It’s a lot easier than you think and has a great selection of NYE decor! Start by hanging a where you’ll be setting up your main party table. For a more solid look, attach some or a behind the metallic curtain. This limits any of your wall showing through the curtain. 
Elevate your party decor with a ! It is easy to assemble and adds so much shimmer to your party area. Don’t forget the balloons! Add a champagne bottle balloon, along with a few solid and some ! 
Create a party table that will make your guests feel welcomed! I love to see my guests happy and enjoying themselves so I try to make my party table fun and inviting. Add shimmer and shine with a sparkly ! Set out , and that are perfect for that New Year’s toast! 
Toss a little confetti with and a set out a festive . 
Make the most out of our NYE wearables and noisemakers by doubling them as table decor! Display NYE party hats, horns and other noisemakers on your table. Take a and distribute some of the items across your table – it’s that easy! 
 Take party hats from the and add a feathery touch with some . You can also add some feathers to your glitter party horns! 
More noisemakers and tiaras can be added to a for a quick and festive party favor! Add that say: ‘Midnight Party Kit’ to finish off your party in a pail! 
Party clothes aren’t just for you and your guests, dress up your cupcakes for the occasion! are the perfect touch. Top the cupcakes with a ! Set them out on a mini dessert stand and embellish it with a . Not only do the headbands add a festive touch to your table and , they’re easy to grab for those spur-of-the-moment photo opps! 
Are you ready to start planning your New Year’s Eve party?! I hope my easy tips and festive ideas will make your party planning that much easier. Head over to Shindigz and start shopping for your celebration. Cheers!

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Lobster boil party ideas with Shindigz

Lobster boil party ideas with Shindigz

We’re sharing our ideas and tips for creating a lobster boil that will work perfectly for entertaining at your family reunion or next gathering! 

Choose your color palette, create a stellar menu, organize some friendly competition, and finish off the evening with a S’mores station under the stars! 

See the for ALL the details, product links, and decor ideas for a super cool lobster boil, right on the beach! 

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29 Despicable Me 3 Party Ideas

I’m so excited! Despicable Me 3 is coming to cinemas. Are you excited? I love the Despicable Me series. I know I’m an adult, but those minions are so funny and to be fair my little boy loves them too and he really isn’t a movie fan, so it’s quite a big deal. I think I must have the strangest child ever. He isn’t keen on movies at all.

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Unique Halloween Pop Culture Party Ideas!

Unique Halloween Pop Culture Party Ideas!

This Halloween, don’t be basic and go as something like Belle from Beauty & the Beast or even a Presidential Halloween party. Buzz60’s Nathan Smith has seveal ways to amplify the best pop culture of the year.

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19 Winter Themed Party Ideas

Have a birthday when the snowflakes are falling? Check out these 19 Winter Birthday Party Ideas!

Is there a more magical time of year than winter?  Create your own with these 19 themed ideas and surprise guests with a snowball cake or polar bear cookies.  Whip up a batch of polar bear hot chocolate. Decorate with a DIY snowball garland or make your own snow globe balloons. Paper icicles hanging from the ceiling? Cool!

The ideas in this post include:

  • Winter party decorations perfect for kids having their birthday party in December, January and February.
  • Themed ideas like snowflakes, penguins, polar bears, snowmen and more.
  • Ideas and party supplies for adults celebrating winter birthday parties.

winter themed birthday party ideas for boys


See Also

  • It’s the perfect time of year for a Winter White Dinner Party.
  • Have a winter birthday to celebrate? Don’t miss this Boy’s Winter Themed 7th Birthday Party.

Winter Birthday Party Ideas We Love

Snowman Cupcakes

1. Snowman Cupcakes :: One Little Project
Transform an ordinary cupcake into an adorable edible snowman. It’s easier than you think with mini chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and white crystallized decorating sugar.

Polar Bear Cookies

2. Polar Bear Cookies :: Everyday Dishes
This easy-to-make polar bear cookies recipe may just make you the queen of the cookie exchange party. Create a den of these adorable bears by dunking chocolate sandwich cookies in white chocolate and decorating.

Polar Bear Hot Chocolate

3. Polar Bear Hot Chocolate ::  Mom Endeavors
Hot chocolate just got even better with the addition of these adorable marshmallow polar bears! So easy to make, this polar bear hot chocolate may just become your family’s new go-to winter beverage, perfect for serving at winter themed parties.

DIY Snowy Pinecone Candle Jars

4. DIY Snowy Pinecone Candle Jars :: Crafts by Amanda
Snow texture paint helps give the look of freshly fallen snow on these DIY snowy pinecone candle jars. A few simple steps and you’ll end up with great winter decorations for your winter themed party.

DIY Paper Isicles

5.  DIY Paper Icicles :: Instructibles
Made from paper and tape, these DIY paper icicles will transform any party space into a winter wonderland.

white Chocolate Polar Bear Pretzels

6. White Chocolate Polar Bear Pretzel Pops :: Hungry Happenings
Pretzel rods pair with modeling chocolate to make the cutest polar bear pretzel pops your winter parties have ever seen.

DIY Sparkle Snow

7. DIY Sparkle Snow :: Growing a Jeweled Rose
Bring the magic of snow to your winter party this year with this fun homemade sparkle snow tutorial. A few simple supplies later and little guests will be in love with the sensory experience.

DIY Centerpieces

8. DIY Centerpieces :: Aesthetic Nest 
Add a frosted wintertime look to your holiday party decorations by dusting fallen branches, pinecones and acorns from your yard with white paint and arranging them in different glass containers for a beautiful monochromatic look.

Snow Globe Cookies

9. Snow Globe Cookies :: Wilton
Sparkling snow globes scream winter! These snow globe cookies bring the beauty and magic and beauty of winter indoors. Serve them up to wow guests, or set up a cookie decorating station for a fun party activity.

Jack Frost Cocktail

10. Jack Frost Cocktail :: Homemade Hooplah
Mix up a winter cocktail full of wintry flavor. This Jack Frost cocktail recipe is a festive version of the piña colada.

DIY Snowflake Cookies

11. DIY Snowflake Cookies :: Pear Salad
These DIY snowflake cookies are quick and easy and only require a semi-steady hand. Plus, you don’t need a special snowflake cookie cutter—a circle shape is perfect.

Gingerbread Cake

12. Gingerbread Cake :: Call Me Cupcake
This cake is so simple, but breathtakingly beautiful with sugared cranberries and the tiniest bit of winter greenery to make your winter dreams come true. On a winter party dessert table, this cake would definitely steal the show!

Hot Chocolate Bar

13. Hot Chocolate Bar :: Pen ‘N Paper Flowers
A hot chocolate bar is a fabulous way to welcome in winter and treat guests at a winter party. Get inspiration for setting up your own, including ideas for flavored syrups and toppings and cute printable accents and décor.

Snowball cake

14. Snowball Cake :: Paging Supermom 
Bring the look of a pile of freshly made snowballs to your dessert table by recreating this simple and beautiful snowball cake made easily with powdered donut holes.

DIY Penguin and Polar Bear Balloons

15. DIY Penguin and Polar Bear Balloons :: Hostess with the Mostess
Just cut and tape these adorable free printable penguin and polar bear faces to balloons for an impressive accent for any winter themed party.

DIY Snowball Garland

16. DIY Snowball Garland :: IdeasforClass.com
Cotton balls strung on fishing lines make this DIY snowball garland a magical addition to any winter party. What a fun backdrop for a photo booth too!

Snow Globe Balloons

17. Snow Globe Balloons :: Val Event Gal
Pure genius! These DIY snow globes make for a fun winter party craft, party favor or table centerpiece! I can’t believe the simple materials they are made from—clear white balloons, plastic cups, glitter and faux snow/tissue paper.

DIY Marshmallow Snowflakes

18. DIY Marshmallow Snowflakes :: Martha Stewart
Homemade marshmallows cut into a mixture of beautiful snowflakes using cookie cutters will be the perfect toppings for a winter party hot cocoa or dessert bar.

Melted Snowman Cookies

19. :: DIY Cozy Home
Nobody likes a melted snowman, unless it is in adorable cookie form. Icing and marshmallows make this cookie easy to make and oh-so-cute!

Plan your next winter wonderland party with these great ideas gathered by the team at Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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Valentine’s Day Party Ideas with Pottery Barn

Valentine’s day is one of my most-cherished holidays and for fabulous reason — it’s just so darn honest & sweet. As a little girl the hours leading up to the red letter day were so exciting. The best part of the celebration? Heart shaped cookies, chocolates, school parties, roses, teddy bears, pretty ribbon, fancy cards and secret crushes, if you ask me. I’m not embarrassed to tell you, Tristan is my go-to when it comes to making things easy on your wallet and gorgeous at the same time. “In my family, we love to make every single thing pretty, important, and useful,” she blurted out as she opened her home to reveal her secrets to us – newborn baby Oliver in arm and her mom (who was laughing in agreement!) right beside them.

Surprise deliveries from mom, dad and boyfriends fill my elementary and high school memories. Then those years in my early twenties well, the whole day was pretty lonely because it never failed I was single throughout the celebration (this was year after year since I’m being honest!). About that time I decided to go ahead and embrace the fondness I have for my family, friends and even my dog.  There’s nothing to get the fun going like coming up with creative ways to say, “hello there, thank you for being fabulous!”

We are from all walks of life – college age sorority woman, stay at home wife, retiree, beach combers and a beautiful single mom, we giggled in ways that play out like a fairytale. Over coffee and wine, together we came up with five fresh ways to arrange flowers for our true love, whether it’s romantic roses effortlessly grouped in a statement container, a mix of gathered blooms that can be left on a table, or a small jar to place on a night stand, they’re so easy that you can give them to everyone this Valentine’s Day, even yourself!

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