Christmas decorations & party themes
Party theme: white christmas
Play Bing Crosby's 1942 classic as everyone savors starters in a frosty wonderland.
Origami bird ornament
- White scrapbook paper or lightweight card stock, 8 1/2" x 11"
- Double-sided tape
Print out pattern and trace onto white paper. Cut out head, body, wings, and tail as shown. Where pattern indicates, fold pieces and cut small slits on wings and tail. Slip tail into slit in body (slit allows you to angle tail upward). Using double-sided tape, adhere tail to underside of body. Next, position wings on top of body. Make the V folds in middle of wings as pattern indicates (this allows wings to rest on back of body). Put a small piece of tape under V fold in wings, then adhere wings to body. Tape head into place on body, in front of wings.
Pinecone tree topper
- 8 pinecones (about 4" long)
- 1 small round pinecone for center
- 4"-diameter cardboard circle
- Wood stick or skewer, 10" long
- Hot glue
- Artificial snow spray
Spray all pinecones with snow spray; let dry. Hot-glue stick to back of cardboard circle (it will anchor topper to tree; use twist ties if needed). Turn over and hot-glue small round pinecone to center of cardboard. Glue long pinecones around center cone to form star.
Video: New Christmas tree trend
Set the scene with potted paperwhites wrapped in birch bark and snow-spritzed pinecones.
- Birch bark (from craft store)
- Potted paperwhites
Wrap birch bark around pots. Secure with rubber bands. Cover bands with ribbon or twine; tie to secure.
Party theme: we three kings
All things regal reign at this opulent party, which combines metallics with sapphire and amethyst hues.
Bing: Themed Christmas trees
- Colored ball ornaments in different sizes
- Self-adhesive jewels (from craft store)
Stick jewels onto balls, as shown.
Candy-filled paper cones are ornaments now, party favors later.
- Gold origami paper (squares, approx. 6")
- Posterboard (it will show inside the cone; we used purple and teal)
- Spray adhesive glue
- 1/2"-wide velvet ribbon or ribbon of choice (about 6" per ornament, plus enough for desired hanging-loop length)
- Compass or pencil and ruler
- Hot glue
In a well-ventilated area, working over newspaper, adhere gold origami squares to posterboard with adhesive spray. Use scissors to cut out posterboard squares along edge of gold paper. On each square, create a 6" cone shape with a compass. (Or, use a pencil and ruler: Align ruler along one side, making a dot at the 6" point with pencil. With end of ruler still in place, angle ruler about an inch into square and make another dot. Continue this process until you've created an arch of dots; connect dots with pencil. Cut along the arched line.) Slowly bend paper into cone shape, taking care not to crease cone; hot-glue sides together to secure. Cut ribbon to fit around top edge of cone and adhere with a glue gun, adding a spot of glue every inch. Glue ends of a ribbon to both sides of cone's interior so it can be hung.
Ribbon star tree topper
- Eight 10" wooden skewers
- 2"-diameter Styrofoam ball, cut in half
- 1/2"-wide gold wired ribbon (about 68" total)
- 2"-diameter gold button
- Hot glue
Cut 4 wooden skewers down to 8" and other 4 into 5" pieces. Cut four 10" and four 7" pieces of ribbon so that ends are angled. Insert the 4 longer skewers into Styrofoam ball half, one on each "side," as shown, to create a cross. Insert each smaller skewer at an angle between two longer skewers. Starting at base of Styrofoam ball, round side up, and working outward, glue ribbon to front of each skewer with small dots of hot glue spaced 1 1/2 inches apart, lifting ribbon between glue dots so there is some slack; this will create a wave or ripple effect. Glue button to center of Styrofoam ball (flat side) to finish. Attach to tree with twist ties.
Fancy buttons and ribbon embellish glass candleholders.
- Glass candleholders indifferent sizes
- Variety of velvety fabrics
- Lacy gold ribbon
- Jeweled buttons
Cut bands of velvety fabric to desired size (we used 3"-wide strips) and wrap around center of glass container. Use hot glue or other adhesive to secure at back of container. Layer gold ribbon (we used 2"-wide ribbon) over velvet and glue to back of container. Finish by gluing a button to center of ribbon at front.
Bing: Holiday candles
Party theme: Santa Claus is coming to town
Exchange sweets -- and celebrate St. Nick -- at this casual cookie swap. The jolly, festive touches: a keep-the-faith mantel banner, a sled turned dessert-server, and a red and white color scheme punctuated with hits of green.