Saturday, December 3, 2011

Party at the North Pole

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It was magical. More than I ever could have imagined. I cried last night watching all these wide-eyed little girls take it all in, and then I cried all over again this morning looking back at it all. Because I'm kind of a crier...and I'm okay with it.

It really felt like the North Pole.

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I took a few pictures during the day before the girls got there...

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...but the magic unfolded about a billion fold once the stars came out.

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And then little girls, dressed in their jammies, began to arrive and the rest was history.
It all started with the Reindeer Food Bar--a buffet of reindeer treats for the girls to choose from to make their own special blends for Christmas Eve (a tradition--you sprinkle it in your driveway Christmas Eve to lure the reindeer, and then they have something to munch on while Santa's in your house). Oats and raisins, bread crumbs and cocoa...and special ingredients like glitter and flying powder.

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And then a letter from Santa. He told the girls he had lost some things in our neighborhood and needed some help finding them.

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The girls were happy to help, eagerly assembling into a long train. They set out with flashlights, scouring trees and lawns and sidewalks for Santa's cocoa mug, his pocketwatch, Rudolf's collar, Mrs. Clause's cookie sprinkles and a long list of other lost goods. Santa's so irresponsible.

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Found his cocoa mug!

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And that pocketwatch.

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Somewhere between the end of our driveway and the first lost treasure, the crowd errupted into excited squeals. They spotted an elf, running fast across the street, diving into bushes with a jingle. My cheeks were aching--I laughed, I cried, I couldn't stand it. I wasn't sure how the elf would go over--there was the small chance of the Traumatic Christmas Party Bust of 2012 that sent kids screaming and crying back home--but I couldn't have asked for a better response. They went bananas--the lose-your-breath kind. They smiled, they pointed, they excitedly screamed. I teared up when I saw one of the girls run, beaming, to her mom. "I saw him! I saw him! I saw a real elf! I really did." I knew they'd probably never forget that moment. We never saw that elf's face, but he was with us, zig-zagging quickly a couple driveways ahead and suddenly disappearing.

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We returned home for milk & cookies.

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There was music playing, mamas smiling, little girls trading cookies, and the entire time, I kept thinking...today is absolutely my favorite day.

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It's not a Christmas party until someone reads "'Twas the Night Before Christmas..." (thank you, Dad, for adding so much magic to our party).

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And the girls each brought a gift to exchange.

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Party favors: Homemade Pillow Spray. I found several recipes online and ended up using water, 12-15 drops each of Spearmint (I liked it better than the peppermint) and Eucalyptus essential oils and a tiny bit of alcohol (vodka works) to keep the water and oil from separating. I found the spritzer bottles in the travel sized toiletries at Walmart.

We finished the night shimmying and shakin' our groove thang to Christmas carols in the driveway. Past our bedtime, just the way it's supposed to go.

I've been smiling ever since.

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"He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed." ~Albert Einstein
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Friday Photo Dump:

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Chris Schuette CD winners:

#33, Alisha: Oh man, those kissy sisters are too cute! What gorgeous little ladies. I love love love the photos.

#221, Melissa: Never, ever, ever enough kisses in a home. Way to go Hamptons...kiss away, kiss away, kiss away all!

#4, Courtney: Aw, I love that you commented about loving that picture so much your heart hurts. I tell my lidos tht as I'm rocking them to bed some nights . . .'i love you all the way to the moon and back 600 million times, I love you do much my heart hurts so good with love'.

#181, Meredith: Love the bit about the eggs and red glitter...so my world right now!!

#71, Jen: Maybe I'm immature, but your comment when Nella was showing Laynie her food made me laugh out loud. They are SO cute

#267, Sara: Love your blog; have been distracted with life and haven't read in a while! So refreshing to be back! Love the "sea food" pic :)

#153, Kathleen: Reading your blog makes me want to live in Florida. Thanks for sharing.

#11, Katy: This post made me laugh. Thank you it was very much needed today. Love the pictures. :)

#241, Susan: What a special treat to be able to savor those moments with your girls! I also love to find new musicians. Thanks!

#43, Michelle: How cute! I love Florida in winter for the simple fact that days like that can still happen. Nothing beats a cold beach day playing in the sand. And the kissing pictures are the cutest!!


Congratulations, Winners. Please e-mail your contact info with subject CD GIVEAWAY WINNER to kellehamptonblog@comcast.net.

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Returning sponsor, Every Scrap Countz (maker of those adorable crocheted headbands) has something new in her shop, and we are loving it, especially since it comes at an appropriate time when our temperatures are finally dropping enough to allow cute head wear.

Enter the owl hat.

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Lord have mercy, I love my girls in hats, and this one is especially lovely with its colors, its braided ties and those cute pointy ears.

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Use Code KELLE for 15% off, and one comment will be randomly selected from this post to win a free owl hat, courtesy of Every Scrap Countz.

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Have a great rest of the weekend.

ADDENDUM: Party Details if you'd like to recreate some magic.

Invite--I designed it and had it printed at WHCC. Girls were asked to bring a flashlight and a $10 gift to exchange.

Milk Bottles--Starbucks Bottled Coffee drinks like this one. Available at grocery stores. I just saved the bottles, removed labels (use a little Goof Off), and washed.

Retro Straws--my favorite Etsy party novelty shop, Hey Yo Yo. I order stuff from them for all my parties. Their shop is loaded with inexpensive adorable retro treats.

Christmas Baker's Twine--It's actually fine yarn. You can get a huge skein at Joanns that will last for 10 years.

Red labels on Milk Bottles and Reindeer Food Jars: THESE ONES from Martha Stewart Crafts (available at Michaels and Joanns).

Invite, Signs and Food Tags--I designed and printed myself. If anyone can tell me how to share printables and where to put them, I'd be happy to share.

Party Favors--Pillow Mist made with travel size mister bottles I bought at Walmart (in trial sized toiletry section). I mixed water with 10 drops each of spearmint and eucalyptus essential oils, plus about a teaspoon of vodka (to keep the water and oil from separating). I also found peppermint lipgloss in Target dollar section.

Peppermint "Red Carpet" leading into house--one roll of Christmas wrapping paper, secured to cement with duct tape

Christmas decor--Small Christmas village trees (I got mine for 79 cents a piece at Walmart), tealights, wood slabs (Brett cut from a fallen branch), a bag of fake snow, leftover white "fur" fabric from Lainey's ballet recital costume, paper snowflakes we cut out ourselves (free!). The rest was pulled from Christmas decorations in our attic.

Santa Hats--Oriental Trading.

Reindeer Food--We used disposable bread tins, measuring cups and the following choices: oats, raisins, bread crumbs, crushed potato chips, cocoa, flying powder (flour), red and silver glitter. The girls created their concoctions in Ball jam jars.

Scavenger Hunt--Santa left the following things along a path in our neighborhood: his sleigh key, a cocoa cup, Rudolf's collar, Mrs. Clause's cookie sprinkles, a large candy cane, his white glove, his hat, special greens the reindeer eat (a bunch of parsley), an ornament, his driver's license, his pocket watch

Food: Snickerdoodles, sugar cookies and my favorite candy cane cookies. And milk. Easy and inexpensive.

Elf: Talk to Santa. He controls them, and I have nothing to do with it.

The rest of it? When in doubt, hang more white lights. And then more. And then one more strand.
The key to the ambience at any party lies in a simple recipe: low lighting, candles and music. Crank up those Christmas carols, Baby.

472 comments:

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Debbie said...

Amazing. Beautiful. All of those adorable little faces will never forget this night. What memories!!! Love all of the details and I am definitely borrowing the reindeer food one this year! Thanks for another wonderful window into your world.

What the Hoot Designs said...

Wow! What an inspirational party. I love it!!!!

I just love that your dad read Twas the night before Christmas. That might be my favorite part. :)

Natalia Jean Sansosti said...

Oh my goodness - I am tearing up, too!!! What an incredible party... what an incredible gift to those girls (and their mamas)! I'm in awe...

Melissa said...

Oh so fun and what joy!
We are having a milk and cookies party next Sunday. It'll be little and sweet. My daughter can't wait and the Dollar Tree is calling my name :) Merry Christmas

Kindergarten Team said...

You are such an inspiration to moms around the world! My daughter would LOVE this and so would her friends! This time of year is so sentimental and I would love to start a new tradition for her. Such a great idea!

Caroline said...

I so wish I was still five years old and lived in your neighborhood! It all just looks so...magical.

Tina said...

Love, Love, Love!!

Tina J

Love is all you need said...

This is my favorite post ever!!! I cannot wait to recreate this magic next year!!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Well, it's official. You've now thrown the best party in the history of history, and it's going to be impossible to beat! I loved it all, every single detail.

What, oh what will you do next? :)

kalah said...

you never cease to amaze me. fabulous memory making. you just gave me all the inspiration i need to get through christmas this year, next year, and the year after!

Jennette said...

Thanks for listing your party supply "sources." I was thinking your party looked so expensive, but now I know I could afford to do it -- I just don't have the TIME to do it. ;) Seriously beautiful!!

lovejoy_31 said...

absolutely adorable party idea. Love the owl hat too!!!

megatron! said...

I WANT to come to your house on party day so I can't imagine how the girls feel! ;)
You're one amazing Mama! <3

Deanna said...

This is the cutest thing ever. I hardly comment on your posts, but couldn't hold back today. WOW! Just curious, did Nella "get it"? Addison is Nella's age (with ds as well) and I want to make Christmas special for her, but I'm just not sure how much she'll understand.

Rachel said...

How absolutely precious - what a FUN party! The scavenger hunt is a great idea, I love it.

Emma said...

Kelle what a fabulous idea. You are creating such fantastic memories for those girls of yours. Just too cute xx

Alicia said...

OMG this has to be the cutest party idea ever! It makes me want to have a little girl one day to do this with. Its just awesome. And all the details you put into it make the holiday's all that more magical for your girls. Kudos!!

J, T and Theo B. said...

cleverest idea EVER. love it!!! so adorable and so well-done!!! thanks for sharing all the details, too! cheers--

andrea said...

I CRIED TOO AND I WASNT EVEN THERE LOL:)

Katie said...

Oh my goodness this is the most precious party I have ever seen! so creative!

Carrie said...

thank you. i am inspired:)

Summit of Glory said...

Cute cute adorable cute awesome details...did I mention the details were cute? Lovely party, great execution. The elf pushes this one into the super fab category! Somebody needs to throw YOU a fab party.

Carrie said...

Oh, Kelle! This is beyond adorable!!! I wish we were friends.

Just Glory said...

What an amazing idea for a Christmas party! I am inspired.

motherhoodandotheradventures said...

Best. Idea. Ever.

Dara said...

WOW!!! I want to do that for my girls!!! Thanks for sharing and giving us creatively challenged mama's some awesome ideas :)

Courtney said...

This was just beautiful. I could almost feel the magic all the way here in Illinois! That will definitely be a day that the girls will remember forever!

Claire @ Scissors Paper Rock said...

You're friggen amazing Kelle! That's all I can say right now :) YOU ROCK! xx

Stunningly Sweet said...

This makes me giddy and teary at the same time! I love a good party and will definitely have to borrow this party in a couple years for my girls!

Emily said...

Love this!! Totally "borrowing" this party idea's. Thanks for another great memory-making opportunity...

Midwestgirl said...

Where did you get the photo if Santa and Mrs. Clause?! It's so cute! And will you be my mama and do parties like this for me? It looked so wonderfully magical.

April Vernon said...

What a magical night!! Wonderful!

Louise said...

O...M...G! You put on one hell of a party! And I cried when I saw your elf too...hormonal! I LOVE the reindeer food idea :)

Alzbeta said...

Your children are going to grow up with such magical memories!

Jessica said...

That elf looked like an older brother, was it? What an awesome older brother.

Jenty said...

Oh wow so magical!! Love the ideas!

Jeanie said...

What fantastic memories you made for those little girls. They'll talk about the party for years to come. I think you're the most clever thing ever!

Stephanie said...

Oh sweet heavens those owl hats are adorable!!!

Jose and Candice said...

Every time you throw an awesome party and post about it, I have to call my sister-in-law and say "SERIOUSLY! Did you see Kelle's post?!? She outdid herself, I need to have a party." Yep, we refer to you like a sister.

Cheri said...

Kelle...... oh my goodness, you have my creative juices a flowing!!!! Reid's birthday is December 28th and to this date we have not really ever had a birthday with friends, just a family party, so JUST LAST NIGHT I was googling ideas for a "Snow Party" and was thinking of having snow brought in (from our local ice company) and dumped on our front yard here in southern CA... where the chances of it snowing on its own are zippo!! ;). But.... our preschool does this each year in Feb... so thought it is something we could probably swing.... but was not sure just what else I would do.... NOW I TOTALLY KNOW!!! :) I am sketching out places in my head even as I type for the Santa's reindeer food table.... lol!!!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU.... for sharing!!!!! I have always felt that the "date" of his birthday is such a hard time of the year to have a party.... but now I am so excited about it!!!!

Unknown said...

Best. Party. Ever!

Kristi said...

Coolest Party Ever! I cry too at this- it's holiday magic!

Ella said...

You and your beautiful girls always make me smile! I was blown away by the awesomeness of the North Pole, the smiles of your girls made my day! By the way, the elf was just the icing on the cake and pretty much the coolest most exciting thing to happen to me all weekend, and I wasn't even there!!! I'm going to have a great day at work today thinking of how cute your girls are and how inspiring you are!

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

i am so giddy... after reading this.. I wish we were real life neighbors....

Roksalanna said...

Oh Kelle what a magical, memorable night you created for the children! It was magical just reading about it! Such attention to detail and the Elf is delightful.
xo

womanwalkignupright said...

this was beautiful! thank u for sharing!

Christy said...

Honestly- I'm a bit misty eyed by this post. What a beautiful memory for your girls to cherish. I'm grateful for the heaping dose of inspiration this just was for me. Time to get crackin' on some special traditions/memories of our own.

Karyne said...

Just awesome. God bless you for these beautiful memories your girls will remember forever!!

If These Walls Spoke... said...

Get out of here and shut the front door, you've outdone yourself, Missy!

Cheryl said...

Wow what a great idea! I love it -all - My daughter would love this so much. What great magical memories you are making for your girls! I think we are going to make some reindeer food this year - some one gave us some last year and my daughter loved it! Where did you get the bottles for the milk? They are so cute!

Heather said...

This has to be my most favorite post that you have ever written! Loved the idea, loved all the "details", loved the photos that captured such an awesome evening! You created something those little girls will remember forever! Love that :)

Caroline said...

Perfection!! Love it! And can't wait to copy someday for my daughter! Oh happy days!

Shira said...

Cutest party ever and that owl hat is just as adorable!

Ashley said...

Wow! This looks like pure magic! I'm so totally in love with this post! :D

Wendy said...

Three words: you are amazing.

rachel b said...

love love love this!! what a great memorable night!!!!

Heatheroo said...

I can't even imagine what it would have felt like to be one of those lucky little girls... at that perfect age of innocence... surrounded by the magic you created....Bravo you!!

seh70 said...

Wow, this is one of those things that makes me miss the little ones I never had, with all my heart. Those little ones will never forget this because their mamas won't ever forget this.

Amy said...

I am in awe of the magic you create for your girls (both the littles and the mamas).

Christine said...

W o W!!!....How truly amazing...I wasn't even there and I am sitting here all teary eyed. I love the way you are always doing something amazing with your girls. What a wonderful night.

Stephanie said...

LOVE this idea! We had a Winter "One"derland for my daughter first birthday yesterday- so I tucked this away for another party idea! SO FUN!!

Stephanie
thegimlinfamily.blogspot.com

Debby said...

So magical. I loved it all. I had tears just looking at the pictures. Love that elf. What a cute idea.

Love love the owl hat. N
ella rocks that hat.

Jenny said...

Oh my goodness!!! Such a cute idea!! So creative!

jenniwaka said...

So glad I finally have time tomorrow to get STARTED with Christmas decorations. I'll never catch up!

Sammie said...

i want to come to your parties! that was probably the cutest thing i've ever seen....i'm sure the girls were absolutely entranced by their magical evening....everything looked so beautiful....i would love to come to the north pole at your house! :) brilliant ideas....

Mom said...

Kelle?????? If I knock 60 years off my age, will you be my Mommy??? Your posts are my all time favorites!! And YOU and your little girls are just amazing. I love you!!

beckm said...

You are amazing! You completely inspire me every time you post!

Meagan Francis said...

Seriously AMAZING, Kelle!

Michelle said...

Wow - Christmas spirit is contagious!!

Katie S said...

COOL Party!

Christian and Katie said...

Pure magic!

Sami said...

Amazing! I feel so inadequate! :)

Afton said...

I want an invite to the next party. I love love the whole entire thing...

vermonter said...

What more could a little girl want than an amazing Christmas party, and a real ELF... (I love it was the elf and not Santa). Everything looked magical...Even to me a grandmother.

Dave and Becky Hulke said...

You are truly an inspiration!! What an amazing mom you are, I would have loved to have had a mom like you growing up. Your girls will have such incredible stories to share as they get older. I am honored just to be able to read about it!! :)

Alicia said...

oh my gosh, are you kidding me!?!?!? awesome! adorable! love!

Angela Moreno said...

Kelle - you are my sista from anotha mutha. That is the party I've dreamt of throwing for my kids and their friends. You have inspired me....and by that I mean I'm totally stealing some of your magic.

Bri!!! said...

I want to come to that party!!! We adore owls around here. Would love to win one!

Kim said...

I have no words for this wonderful party idea - you are the best mom (and dad) and your kids will never, ever forget those magical moments. I wonder if my 15 yr. old twins, 18 and 21 yr. olds would like a party like that? Hmmmm.....

carrster said...

Oh my gosh - that is just about the most wonderful party I've ever seen/read about. How incredibly magical! What a fantastic gift to your girls & their friends (& their Mamas!) What an amazing evening! Thank you for sharing all your great ideas!

Lola said...

You are an artist!!! Creator of magic.
Your girls are very lucky!

Lacy Hope said...

This party just made you my hero! <3

Megan said...

I would like to recreate this party down to every last freakin' detail. Perfection!

Angela said...

WOW - amazing party... and all the details!!! Very inspiring and adorable!

LOVE The hats! I have a brand new nephew who would look adorable in an owl hat!:)

Merry, merry!

Lauren said...

Can you be my Momma? Seriously after a craptastic year I am seriously lacking in the Christmas spirt department. This changed that. Seeing the magic in all of those beautiful eyes made me realize that I am cheating my kid out of memories. She could care less about gifts but to hear her say it doesn't even feel like Christmas broke my heart. Thanks Kelli for the kick in the A@@. I will be flying my Christmas freak flag tomorrow. She is going to come home to a Christmas decorated house tomorrow come hell or high water.

ACE said...

Kelle, this party looks amazing! I will be recreating it in every detail when my little girl is old enough! love all of your ideas!

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Mamarazzioftwoboys said...

I want to be a lil kid again and be invited to your parties :o) They ALL look so fun and definitely memorable for all. I admire your creativity and how you are making so many fond memories for your family and friends.

My name is Sarah said...

What a fun party. I am so happy the girls all had fun.

theothermother said...

I smiled until it hurt too much and then I cried because the happiness just ooozed off the screen.

melissa said...

Love your party at the north pole and all the pics! Thanks for letting us in on the details...way, way cute! Usually not the party planner, you make me want to try this one.

Monique said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! You are simply the BEST!!! You really should have won that TV show on Oprah's OWN!! Magical memories for all those sweet little girls and their Mamas!! Thanks for sharing all your ideas with all of us!...more magical nights at the North Pole will most definitely be created!!!...I'm looking forward to creating one of my own to share with family and friends!! Your blog is such a blessing in so many magical ways!!!

My cheeks will too be hurting from all the smiling!!

Monique

Kristen said...

This looks like so much fun!!! I cannot wait til my little is a bit older to start some Christmas family traditions!!!!

Marie Rose said...

Kelle you are AWESOME! I can just feel the magic radiating through your post. You just gave me some AH-MAZING ideas for my christmas eve party with my family. You are a rock star! Love your style!

Dylan'sMommy316 said...

Wow! This is the coolest party!

Maureen said...

My heart goes out to little girls in animal hats!

hanguptheheels.com said...

I want my daughter to be friends with your girls so bad. I am so delighted by just seeing the images of this party, I can't even imagine how amazing it must have been to watch all of your girls just soak in all that magic.

Betsy Black said...

What a fun party! I LOVE that an actual elf made an appearance!

amber said...

Your party actually brought happy tears to my eyes. What a magical memory you created!

Jenn-Neal said...

You are the best. mom. ever!!!
What amazing memories you are creating for your family. They are so blessed to have you.
(that looked like a ton of work...and a ton of fun!)

Jannice said...

What a special night! I'd like to borrow your creative mind for a few days! You are adorable Kelle!

Rachel said...

Wonderful! You are a good mommy!

Lindsey said...

Ok, that was the cutest, happiest party ever! I would be smiling all day, too!

thethinkingmom said...

Wow! This is amazing. I just showed my mom & sister too, we are all loving it! You are such an inspiring party planner!

Sapphire said...

What an awesome, exciting, wonderful party! I so wish I was there! It made be all giddy and want to have a North Pole party next year with my kids! How fun! You are so creative and build the most awesome, amazing memories with your kids. That's the kind of mom I inspire to be. Thanks for being someone I can look up to. Merry Christmas!! :)

Amy said...

I don't know if my comment went through? Argh... Anyway, if it didn't... I LOVE IT!!! Can't wait to do this next year!

Jenny said...

wow, that was such a great post. love it!!

Mary said...

I love Santa Claus/North Pole stuff! How awesome are you Kelle?! I want to be this cool mama and create awesome memories like this... wow! :) I wish I was invited! ;)

Liz said...

Who needs Martha Stewart, HGTV or Pinterest? They can just come to your blog instead! :) I freakin' loveeee you, girl! Loveeee your blog.

Laura said...

You fabulous woman!!!!!

I love that all your special moments rely more on cheap basic supplie and atmosphere than expensive doodads and designer items!

Heidi said...

What a magical night! Thanks for sharing it and taking us there with you to experience it vicariously!

The Gibson's said...

You are an inspiration lady! My goodness is all I have to say! Those girls are some lucky ones to have a mama with so much talent!

Lovely Love said...

That was so incredibly cute! Just today (sunday) we through a winter wonder land bbq for my friend who's bday is on tuesday. me and my friend went to the 99 cent store and bought a bunch of fun decorations and decorated her back yard as a surprise! we closed her eyes and took her outside! she loved it! it made us so happy!!!! the best part of it all was these little snowmen who light up in crazy bright colors hee hee! that and my son sneaking his own "present" into the bday girls bag of presents. we gave her a pretty shall and a sweater and in the bottom of the bag she sees something, she pulls it out and in her hand she holds a small rock and a plastic outlet cover! lol! i never saw my son do that! he's two! and he snuck those in while i wasn't looking! he did keep telling me "mama, that's rita's present birthday" and i kept saying "yes, yes, don't mess with it okay?" it was so sweet! especially since he wasn't at the bbq. my friend rita said that was the best part of the whole day! this was a really good weekend :)

Megan said...

You rock.

Molly306 said...

oh my goodness, that is one fantastic party! just amazing.

heather said...

I can see why you are still smiling! That’s not just for your girls. That’s for the mamas too! This post made me wish I had been at the party looking for Santa’s lost treasures. You were born to party!

xo

P.S. Can I borrow a few teaspoons of vodka?

SanFranciscoMomsDealFinder said...

I love this! You are amazing! Thank you!

Christina said...

I love that your girls is a few years older than mine because I really cannot wait to do something like this. Thank you for being my crafty mama inspiration!

PS - definitely love that I actually had my volume up tonight because I am TOTALLY enjoying this Sufjan Stevens rendition of "Joy to the World" - I feel like you've just pulled me out of my Christmas music funk!

Melina said...

My favorite part of the post was this one:

Elf: Talk to Santa. He controls them, and I have nothing to do with it.

love it, Kelle! That was so much to read!
xo
Melina

Dina said...

Amazing!! My inner child is green with envy that I wasn't invited! You're so creative!

Sophie said...

What an amazing party, I would so love to recreate this, so thank you for all the links to suppliers. I love your unique form of creativity, you are truly special xxx

Aimee aka "Mommy" who writes our family blog said...

Love. It. I cried :)

Nic said...

This is just fabulous!! The memories you are making for your girls are amazing!!

Jules said...

What a wonderful night! Makes me want to be a kid again.

You are a truly inspirational Mama!

Diana said...

Magical...absolutely Magical.

Those gorgeous girls will have this memory for ever...

How much happiness you bring Kelly.

Wonderful

Diana

Kathleen said...

Wow. You can tell that you put a tremendous amount of effort into that party. Lainey for sure felt so loved and it looks like she adored and appreciated every moment of it. Magical.

Barb said...

What a wonderful party! I'm full of smiles and tears as I view all the photos. Great job, Kelle!

PhotoPuddle said...

Oh wow, so magical. You actually brought a tear to my soppy old eye!

keri said...

This looks like such a blast!!!!!!

Jenn said...

What a wonderful memory for your girls. It brought tears to my eyes.

Crystal Renee said...

You are an awesome mom! This looks like so much fun. I am going to try this next year. Amazing, I will tell you that. You should be very proud of yourself :)

Amelia said...

Kelle, what an amazing party! Lainey and Nella are so blessed to have you. I'm sure Lainey will remember this night always and forever. I can't wait to do something like this for my little kiddo when she gets a little older!

Britt Emmons Ricardo said...

What a beautiful party! Wow, I wish I create such a masterpiece with my son and his friends! We're definitely going to try and make the reindeer food, how fun! Oh and the song brought tears to my eyes. It's my favorite Christmas song. Have you seen Meet Me In St. Louis? It's in that movie...a tear jerker! Thanks for the fabulous post!

Silly Saskatchewan said...

Amazing!!! Seriously that party was above and beyond fantastic. Oh such memories and you have captured them beautifully.

Beans said...

Oh COME ON!!!!! That's the cutest thing I have ever seen. I can barely get my tree decorated-let alone even begin to THINK about having a party of that caliber. What an awesome idea and memories created. You seriously rock.

morrest1101 said...

Unbelievable! What a super cool momma you are! Loved it all, but my favorite was that elf!

Justin, Chandra, Madelyn, Catharine and Elizabeth Martin said...

I was giddy with excitement reading this post! That has to be the best Christmas party/event I've ever seen in my life! God has truly gifted you with creative talent, my friend! Thank you for sharing! It was a joy to share!!!

Karen said...

Holy Crap!!! What an awesome idea (I am a little jealous I wasn't invited :). I love the reindeer food idea and will be stealing that one.

Ashlea said...

Wow-I can't believe all the work you put into that party to make it so magical! I bet those girls won't ever forget about it!

c064eb8a-1f53-11e1-814b-000f20980440 said...

You are an amazing mama!!!

I am sure, without a doubt that these beauties will Never forget this night!!!

Since I don't have a creative bone in my body I can only hope that my little ones remeber all the memories that we try to make for them!!!

The Simplest of Pleasures said...

The smile on all their little face's says it all. Bless your heart for helping them make such a great memory.

Marianne said...

You will be the coolest room mom ever!!

Marianne

Kerry said...

That is the cutest thing I have ever seen. You are the best mommy in the universe!

Alexis said...

Incredible. There is no other word for it. That was a beautiful party. Thank you for the ideas! The peppermint pillow spray might just end up as a stocking stuffer this year.

Crystal said...

This party looks so magically. What a wonder memory you gave those girls! Thanks for sharing!

WhatDoesTheFutureHold said...

O my goodness What an awesome idea. Something each one of those girls will be talking about for a lifetime :)

Have a great week!

Melissa

joeltrista said...

Three words...YOU.ARE.AWESOME!

Sarah said...

I loved this post so much I almost started crying! Your kids are some of the most beautiful little girls I have ever seen! I love your blog!
I can't wait to have children of my own, and try this one day!

Dawn said...

I absolutely love this idea of a party. You always seem to have the best time with all your friends and their girls who are close in age with Lainey and Nella. I have to admit....I'm a little jealous that we don't have more friends that have children our kids age so we can do more fun things like this.

Andrea said...

What a magical childhood you are giving your babies. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. And I love the random photo dump that usually contains pics of the places Nella can fall asleep. Girl is amazing.

Talia said...

Cute overload! Absolutely THE cutest thing I've ever seen. You are creating warm fuzzies your girls will never forget.

Well done!

The Westby's said...

I just emailed my husband a link to your post and told him we are doing this when our boys are older...or maybe I'll do it for our 13 year old girl this year! So FUN!

Denise said...

What a special night for the girls (and Mommy's). I love it.

Kelly Cach said...

Lost my comment. Went something like this:

You outdid yourself, AGAIN!
So magical--every bit of it!
My Eli turns 8 on Saturday.
I think I still have time to pull off the reindeer food, at least.
He still believes...thank goodness :)

LOVED THIS!
Kelly

Jessie said...

My jaw just dropped looking at those pictures. You are such an amazing mom, party planner, Santa's helper, etc! How freaking special was that?! Your house was gorgeous! And the elf?! What an ingenious touch! You are my constant mommy inspiration!

Audrey said...

Wow Kelle, What a fan-freakin-tastic party! You are so creative. Thanks so much for sharing!

Colleen said...

This post was just amazing!!!! I hope I can do something like this for my future children.

Michelle said...

OMG, I am in love with all of it! You are so creative, it was all adorable! I dream of these times when I eventually have kids...I will have to save this for my someday file!

NeeNee said...

You're freak'in amazing girl! What a wonderful idea and I'm sure you're creating memories your girls will treasure and talk about for a lifetime.

Shannon said...

Oh my goodness! I got a little teary just reading this post! I can't wait until my little one (she's 6 months) is old enough to enjoy these kinds of wonderful nights.

Abbie Johnson said...

I LOVE this idea! How creative. The little Elf running across the street, reindeer food, Santa's note. Everything is perfect!!

Ali C said...

O.M.G that was the cutest little party ever! What a great idea. My daughter would absolutely love something like that! thanks for the inspiration. I love reading your posts and photos!

Anne said...

I just love the picture of Nella sticking out her tongue.... she's just so sassy (all in a good way)!!

Julie O said...

Kelle, this post made me cry...it was so beautiful! And thank you for bringing back your music, I've missed it so!

You are so amazing...

Randolpha said...

obviously the elf was my favorite part. How magical. such a blessing for those girls! Merry Christmas!

Andrea said...

What a beautiful little party! Looks like such a magical night.

Reenie said...

Absolutely magical....and adorable.

Chavala Orlando said...

How precious! I cannot wait to have kids and put together something like this for them! You have such a sweet spirit and beautiful imagination! LOVE it!

Ellen Colberg said...

Oh my goodness! That is the cutest and most creative party I have ever seen. Wow, it looks so magical and the girls look thrilled. The elf darting by must have been the best...sounds like a little girls dream party!

Camila said...

Oh wow wow wow!! This is such a wonderful idea!! Already planning to do this next year!

APL Photography said...

Cutest party EVER!
Love it!

Hidalina said...

One of my favorite post Kelly.....Not only you made those little girls a night to always remember and talk about for life...you also made my day...i felt part of the party the cool thing I was in my jammy when I read and was drinking coffee too!!!! Definitely a white xmas Florida style!

The Mommy Therapy said...

Fabulous! Makes me want to run out and plan a kid Christmas party. Too cute!

Looks like a HUGE success!

Thanks for sharing.

Gretchen said...

Pure magic!

nikki_j04 said...

Seriously in tears over here too!! Just the pictures come to life so well. You are such an amazing mother who does so much for your girls. I am in awe of how amazing that little party was. I think we are going to use the reindeer food idea for my kids this year. Thanks!

Kalee said...

Aaahhhh-mazing! What a great day!

Jennifer said...

What an awesome idea!!! I would love to steal this idea for when my daughter gets a little but older but it looks like they had so much fun!!

Mrs Scratch said...

What a great idea. Can't wait til my daughter is older and we can do this. Fun times ahead, I feel it.

genderist said...

How fun. Will definitely steal the idea for the reindeer in the driveway-- great idea!

Pinky said...

Everything about your party was/is absolutely fabulous.

Laura Anne said...

Kelle, I found myself wishing I was at this party too. You are such an awesome Mom! Your girls and their friends will forever remeber this!

phollowa said...

Is the house next door for sale? :)

Emma Krueger said...

What a fun idea!!!! I am sure all the girls had so much fun and will remember it for a very long time!

Small Town Wisconsin Girl said...

Love the Party Idea! Oh, and the walk around the neighborhood oh and the elf!! My favorite post of yours, so far!! Merry Christmas to you and all of yours!!

Feisty Mama said...

Oh my gosh love the elf idea and the bottles of spray that is the cutest idea and I would have never thought to make it myself. Thank you for all the inspiration.

Genia & Shaylon said...

Oh the memories you are creating. I love it and want to do some of it for my babies. Merry Christmas.

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

What a beautiful, fun party! You did a great job. I love that idea!

Christa Forsythe said...

You sure know how to create magic and child-like wonder... don't know how you do it all... amazing...!

Lisa @ Heaven Sent said...

You.Are.Awesome. That is all! (I'm sobbing over here...)

sukyee28 said...

You have inspired me to get baking with my son.

Rojas Family said...

That is the cutest thing I have ever seen. So, so creative and imaginative. I am so lovin' it.

The elf just put it over the top for me. When I saw the picture and read that part of the story, I said out loud, "That is so cute!" My 4 yr old runs over asking what was cute. I showed him the elf and told him someone caught a elf on camera. His comment? "Who is wearing the elf costume?" Too smart for his own good. lol I need to be more convincing I guess.

♥Jess said...

This is truely amazing, I can't even begin who much this excites me. Absoutely over the top, amazing!!! You are awesome!!!!

The Holt's said...

What a beautiful memory made for these girls!!

JennaLynn said...

this is the cutest little idea i've ever seen! :)

My Secret Rooms said...

My hat is totally off: what a marvel you created, what love it shows!
That's just plain wonderful of you and I'm impressed and inspired, as always.
You are a great mother Kelle.
Really great, in every way!

stardustdawn said...

I love those candy cane cookies. I make the same ones. Sometimes, though, don't have the patience to wrap the two colors together just to have them break, so sometimes I roll the two colors together, a la play doh snakes, and get almost a tie dye looking candy cane. It's all good- because they are sooooo dang good!

I would love to figure out how to print labels so I can make those adorable pillow sprays. Printer technology and I don't get along.

Merry Christmas from a fellow former Michigander!

Beth S. said...

Wow... Your posts never cease to amaze me. The Christmas party is great beyond words... So cute, fun, nostalgic, you name it. I love reading your blog. It always makes me sigh with happiness and it leaves you with a "warm fuzzy" feeling. Kudos. :-)

TRB Holt said...

You Ms Hampton are too much! Love this!

xoxo,
Bug & Ruby's Gram

Carol said...

That was to cute. I know your daughter will remember that for many years to come! Where was the hubby?

Sunny said...

Now THAT is some serious Christmas magic!! :)

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