Can you believe it? Christmas is right around the corner, y’all! BUT, there is still plenty of time and lots of fun to be had! Jennifer from The Pear Events was so kind to send this “Santa’s Little Helper” playdate our way and we are SO excited to share it with you! From the jingle bells on the juice bottles to the snow bunnies skiing down the donut slopes, it’s hard to pick a favorite element, BUT I think mine has to be the fact that the ornaments the children painted were donated to families that might not have ornaments to put on their own trees! How sweet? Christmas is such a magical time and I love that these kids were having fun while thinking of others! Read on as Jennifer gives you a little more detail on the party!
“The change in weather recently inspired me to make the next playdate we hosted a Christmas themed playdate. The children always have a blast painting and so I was thrilled when Joella Gilmond, owner of Artist for a Day, said we could come in and paint. We called the playdate “Santa’s Little Helpers” because the children would be painting ornaments to donate to families that may not have ornatments to put on their trees, as well as ornaments they would be able to put on their own tree.
I wanted the dessert table to feel like they just arrived at the North Pole. The backdrop of a star-filled night sky and snow covered trees had a magical feel. The table was set with elves sledding down mountains of donuts and oreo truffles (I mean I cannot imagine the mountians at the North Pole only having snow on them – they have to be sweet!) A sorting station area for “The Naughty List” held Coal (brownie bites) and for “The Nice List” held gifts (assorted sugar cookies).
The Polar Express had just pulled in with visitors and Santa’s gingerbread house looked as sweet as it does in our dreams. Naturally, Santa and his Reindeer were the center of attention sitting a top sweet vanilla bean cupcakes.
The painting area would be dubbed “Santa’s Workshop” and since I imagined it had to be merry and bright, each table had a different theme. There was Santa’s Sweets, the Gingerbread House and the Nutcracker. Each place setting was set with a jingle belled martinelli apple juice, a boxed lunch of tea sandwiches, and each child received a memory game set with their name on top.
The memory game was personalized with an named elf for each child at the playdate. This was actually one of their favorite items; they loved seeing themselves as an elf. At each chair hung a “Santa’s Little Helper” apron and after they ate and enjoyed sweet treats they painted away. They each chose an ornament to donate to a locale family of either a candy cane or a gingerbread man. I wasn’t surprised at all, but it was sweet to see each one of them excited to do something for someone else. After they painted, each child was given a bag to hold their goodies and inside of each was a box that said “Believe” and inside of that box, a bell, to remember their great trip to the North Pole!” – Jennifer of The Pear Events
CREDITS & RESOURCES
Event Planning, Styling & Photography – The Pear Events
Venue – Artist for a Day
Invitation, Gingerbread Men, North Pole Sign, Believe Favor Tags – Palm Beach Polkadots
Personalized Memory Game and Elf Leg Toppers- Sirius Fun
Edible Christmas Present Toppers & North Pole Sign – Studio Kat
Fondant Santa, Elves & Reindeer Cupcake Toppers – Sugar and Stripes Co
Sugar Cookies – A Cookie Jar
Backdrop – Painted by That’s A Good Sign
Sledder Silhouettes – Mary Had A Little Party
Candy Stripe Baking Tray – The TomKat Studio