Bells and Nature Themed Christmas Party Decorations

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We host a Christmas Party every year and I like to pick a different theme each time on which the decorations, food, etc, are based on.  As always I like to go eco-friendly with the decorations, reusing and repurposing things I have. So a few weeks before Christmas when I had gone to the park with the kids, and they were picking pine cones and twigs, I decided to use them as decor. We also happened to watch the movie “Polar Express” and together came about the theme “Bells and Nature”.

I gave an old pinecone candle holder, that I had, a coat of glitter paint and placed it on a silver tray with some bells around. Some more candles were added to make the entry way cozy. The leaf balls hanging from the sconces, and the leaf paintings were what I had made previously.

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The banner was made using the Rice bag that our sonamasoori rice comes in.

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Painting the pinecones the kids had collected with gold glitter paint and placing them on silver looked elegant – at no cost! I had picked up this bell at Netherlands, years ago during my travels.

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We had a bunch of wine corks collected. I made a sort of wreath gluing the cork and some bells on a cardboard packaging box (from a recent purchase of clock from Ikea).

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As I was pulling out my Christmas decorations from the garage, I noticed that a couple of boxes were missing. It had a lot of string lights and some decorations I had made. I was so bummed since I had been planning to use them. But in the process, I found a big bag of wooden chopsticks my husband had collected from all the take out during his bachelor years!

Kids and I painted them in gold and glued them on cardboard cut in rounds and painted, to make these sunburst wall hangings. We also made the hanging paper ornaments – easy, fast and all we needed were a couple of scrapbook paper.

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I have these tall candle holder vases which are so versatile – I have filled them with different things (colored water, sea salt, etc) and this time I placed some ornaments and snowflakes.

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I hung a couple of long twigs the kids had collected at the park on the back wall, and hung several bells, painted pine cones and ornaments on them.

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This was another new decoration – I made cutouts of Santa sitting on his sleigh, pulled by his reindeer and flying through the clouds, bringing presents for kids.

I used the tiny twigs from park for reindeer antlers and cotton balls from previous year for clouds.

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We had a ton of food and drinks.

I decorated these little gingerbread boys and girls for the kids and made these fun candy treats.

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Hot Chocolate for kids..

and Marshmellows dipped in Chocolate and sprinkled with Candycane, stuck to candycane ends to stir into their hot chocolate.

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And hot apple cider and wine for adults. I used bells with a name tag as wine glass charms. It was so fun and festive as the bells were jingling the whole time 🙂

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I made these cheese balls in the shape of pinecones to go with the theme, it was a hit.

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And some warm winter salad using the butternut squash from our garden.

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We always get busy during the party and forget to take pictures of the food. There was a lot of it, these are just leftovers..

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It was a great party. Lots of fun, a visit from Santa to give all the kids a present, some good laughs during the white elephant game for adults, food, drinks, music, .. merry!

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I spend quite a bit of time on making the decorations and preparing food. But I enjoy doing it, especially because I barely spend any money. Its a challenge I put to myself on how I will use the different things I have and transform them into something beautiful, while saving the planet and saving the wallet. I think the only thing I bought for this party, for decorations, was bells.

 

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