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.

473 comments:

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Wendy said...

What a beautiful night of memories that you have made for all of those little girls.
I'm hoping to start some memorable traditions with my little girl who just turned one.
Can't wait for this Christmas.

xo.
-Wendy

Nanette said...

I can't even handle all this cuteness right now!

Amazing!

Little For A Little While said...

Oh my Kelle, you really outdid yourself with this one. What a magical night for all those little girls. You truly have some special gifts, magic being one of them. Merry Christmas!

Stacey said...

Adorable! I'm not even 4 and I want to come to this party!

Megan said...

Such a magical, special night for everyone involved. I can't even imagine the memories that were created! Your creativity never fails to astound me!

mrszimm said...

AH-DORABLE!! What a fun time y'all must've had!!

Lauren said...

you are seriously one of the most creative people in the world. did you go to school for education? because you would be one HELL of a teacher! :)

Hazel said...

Oh Kelle every little thing is perfect! My goodness you are a wonder!! Not one of those girls will forget that ever. I love the Santa treasure hunt, with the mystery elf, I've got the silliest grin on my face just picturing it! You are the queen of flying the holiday freak flag, and I mean that in a totally amazed and you-go-girl way. Wonder if the owl hats can be delivered to oz, I know my little niece would look cute in one.

Sara said...

I think you get the coolest mom award!!! What a fun party!! And that hat couldnt look cuter on anyone else!!! Nella is ROCKIN it!

K8 said...

Utterly epic. What a wonderful memory this will make!

Defreckled said...

Beyond adorable! How on Earth do you get it all done? Seriously, how many hours do you sleep at night?

Dani said...

OH.MY.GOODNESS.....AMAZING. This made me cry! I either want to be a kid all over again or can not wait until my little one is old enough to do this!!! Thanks as always for being for creative, inspiring and kind in letting as all in!!!

xo,

Dani

Shannon said...

You are truly the best mom ever! How creative and fun for all of the girls, I'm sure you created some amazing memories that night :)

clare said...

awwww, you made me cry mama! x

The Rigolosos said...

What a great party!

My childhood memories are quite magical. I so look forward to doing this with my own littles one day.

Happy Holidays to you and yours, Kelle!

Erin said...

Don't ya just love making memories. We have a whole bunch of little ones coming over next Saturday and rumour has it the big man in red is making an appearance. I can't wait!

Life As Wife said...

I'm dying at all the perfect details!! Can you come throw a North Pole party at my house!!

JennyCB said...

Kelle...
Thank you. Lila can't stop talking about the "magical night." You know I'm not a superfluous girl, and yet I'm going to say it again: THIS is what it's all about. You've outdone yourself. The party was not only a success, it was a memory. One of the best. One that I, and more importantly, one that Lila will carry forever as what Christmas is truly all about.
Love.
Jen

RD said...

What a great party! I felt the magic of the night just reading your post. I have a 10 month old son, but can't wait to host a party like this is a few years! Thanks for the inspiration :) Emily Davis

Katy said...

I love that party idea....whenever I have kids I will have to do this. YAY I won a CD! :) I'm going to give it to my mom for Christmas. She loves music like that! and I love those owl hats they are super cute

Heather Lindquist said...

Reading this and imagining it brought tears to my eyes! I love this time of year and hope to one day pass on some "magic" to my little ones! You sure are one amazing woman!

Ruth said...

In awe of your memory-making party! We are in love with owls over there, ever since I used them as the theme for my girl's 2nd birthday party.

princess said...

What a magical night! I'd love to enjoy this party! Merry Christmas Kelle! A "Princess" from Greece

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KS Photography said...

oh my GOOODDDDDDNESSSSSS~!!!! I wanna cry because of how much magic you managed to ooze through my computer screen! I LOVE IT ALL so much that I just might recreate this for my little girls and her friends. What a fab fab fab idea.

Kelli Diane said...

this is beautiful! I almost cried reading it! : ) I hope I remember to do this when I have kids!

Janice C. said...

Wow. I don't even know what to say. That night for girls must have been amazing. Thank you for the inspiration that you always give me..slow down and enjoy life. Thank you. I am so happy I found your blog. I just love it!

Dave and Stephanie said...

oh my goodness! how magical! this post is! i starred it so i can recreate it one day!

SD and EJ said...

If I didn't like my own mom so much, I would wish you were my mom! Seriously cool. Please share how you made the candy cane cookies!

Dalhiasky said...

I am in awe of your creativity, energy and zest for enjoying life and having fun! All the details that you put into this party are amazing!! While I may not ever be able to complete a party quite as cool as this one, I am definitely inspired to try!! Thank you SO much for sharing!

Jenny said...

I have said it before and will say it again. You row the best parties! What lucky kids you have!

FEAS613 said...

What a wonderful memory for all those girls!! I love your attention to detail! Definitely filed in my "some day" memory...
~Beth

Shelby Aleta M. said...

One of my favorite posts. Made my heart ache for my childhood years. I'm definitely going to be making some reindeer food this year after seeing your ideas. Merry Christmas!

Heather Bird said...

I am in tears, envy and serious planning trying to figure out how I can pull off this amazing idea before Christmas for my boys. You are awesome. I may have to wait until next year, but I AM doing this! Love, love, love it!

Piper said...

So many good ideas for when my baby is older! Love the owl hat !

Lesli Temple said...

Love Nella standing up backwards in the chair, sticking her tongue out:)

A and C said...

This party just melted me. What a wonderful idea! Looks like such a magical night :)

jaqy said...

What an amazing party! Can I move down the street so my kiddos can attend? Seriously looks like so much fun! BTW I love the mama that wore the matching pjs to her toddler! ADORABLE!

Zoey H said...

She looks so cute in her owl hat!!!

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sarah said...

you must be the most favorite mommy on the block!! this was fantastic!

Ellen said...

Oh my goodness. I am a crier too, so I obviously teared up while reading this post. You are incredible...I'm so impressed my all of the tiny, perfect details of that party. I'm taking notes for when I have kids...I hope I'm as fun as you!

KC said...

We have a Christmas tradition of reading The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve - 3 littles in their jammies, pillowcase stockings hung up in our fireplace. I sew a different Xmas thing made of felt onto the pillowcase each year, and this year it's going to be a robin, as we have a very friendly one in the veg patch! This year we are starting a new tradition of new jammies on Christmas Eve - even for Grandma!
Your posts help remind me to stand in awe and wonder, even when it feels like I have to hold on to something anchored down for fear of being blown away by all the busy-ness of our lives...so thankyou!
P.S I'm a crier too - one of my girls has taken to whispering "You're not going to cry, are you!?" when we settle down to watch a film!

Lindsay said...

Wow. So awesomely amazing! I'm going to try to do this for my girls next year... We'll bring the North Pole to CA! Really, amazing!

Caitlin Weaver said...

I would have looooooooved that party when I was a little girl and can't wait to make memories like that with my girls! You're an awesome mom!
cbakertroublemaker@hotmail.com

Jen said...

Embracing the magic and wonder of childhood. I love this post and always look forward to reading your blog. Thanks for all you do!

Mama Merr said...

Kelle, you are an amazing Mama! Those little girls are so lucky to have such a creative and imaginative Mommy like you! I love how high you fly your Christmas freak flag! What a magical night you created for those little girls and their Mama's!

meiejutud said...

Perfect party.
Just wondering, was this reindeer mix just for reindeers? So girls just took it home?

Emily Simmons said...

I want to be your kid!!!

jane said...

Good Lord woman do you ever sleep! ;) seriously talented fabulous stuff! Love it. reindeer flight path and all! One of my favourite memories of new years eve in Australia was being deliciously scared to death of a 'ghost' - our hosts' polish grandma in a sheet- come roaring out of the scrub in the dark corners the light from the bonfire couldn't reach. We all ran screaming. I still love to remember this.

Robyn said...

I love creating magical parties for my kids and this idea is right up my alley.. though I may have adjust for the fact it is summer here. Its on the list for next year!!!!

Erin said...

i am filing this idea away in the "i want to do this when im a mom someday!" you are way too cute, and so creative.
the way you enjoy little moments and describe them in every post makes me cry every time!

XO
erin

sweetnessitself.blogspot.com

Diana said...

I love the effort you put in to making this time magical and memorable for your kids. xoxo

Caro said...

That's the cutest most magical kid party ever! I just want to be 3 again to be part of it!! I'll take notes to throw such a great party for my girl in a couple of years. You have such an amazing way of creating unforgettable memories for your girls, such an inspiration.
XO, Caro

MsPIsMe said...

Kelle, you make my heart hurt w/ all the spirit & inspiration you bring to life ... oh & I'm a crier too .... that elf bit from your party got my water works going full steam - love it!

Team Lando said...

Oh my gosh, I love it. I want to be Lainey's friend so I can get an invite next year, and I need to somehow remember this for when Ellie is a bit older! I love the Reindeer Food Bar.

Eva said...

Wow! The party really looks magical! I'm really happy all your effort paid off - with interest! :-) I love all the little details you added and the elf is just too cute!!!

Sandryte said...

Your creativity is... well, superhuman! I just get sad that what we see is 10% of what you create everyday. How about 2 posts per day? :)

sheri said...

How wondrous! "Santa"'was ruined for me at the ripe old age of 3. I'm working overtime to make sure my littles believe until it's embarrassing. I'm definitely stealing this idea for next year! Thanks for contributing to the magic of Christmas!

Hayley said...

Oh wow...I seriously have no words...

One day when I have kids, I am so doing this....

Maria said...

FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC!!!! I am in awe.
Speechless!! Ever single detail (& I'm a stickler for details) =
perfection. What magic you create!
Really..there are tears in my eyes.
Amazing, amazing job!!

Janelle said...

I'm obsessed with owls this year!

Sian said...

wow! Kelle will you adopt me ;)

Inner Pickle said...

Lady you are INSPIRED!! This is totally awesome, what a fabulous execution of a fabulous idea. And your jars and bottles - perfect.

Michelle said...

I am going to HAVE to do this for my future children. What lucky girls to have a mama like you! These girls will remember this for the rest of their lives... talking about it when they are mamas themselves. Beautiful work Kelle!

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dkmissie said...

What a beautiful night and memories you made for your girls

DeAnn said...

Absolutely STUNNING!! You did an amazing job mama! This is a memory these girls are never going to forget <3 and what an amazing brother, err, elf, for stopping by to make such an exciting treasure hunt for the girls!
Have you thought about having an elf come and stay with the girls till Christmas? The Elf on the Shelf is gaining popularity, because it's so widely available, but the whole idea that the elf has come to spy on the kids for Santa didn't appeal to me, and then the kids are not supposed to touch it either. What fun is that? We chose to do the Elf Magic elves, where the children are encouraged to take the elves along on their daily adventures, and the elves come alive for their own adventures during the night. This is our 4th year doing this, and our children, enjoy it immensely! Lately our elves have had marshmallow fights in the living room, zip lined through the house decorating with tons of candy canes, went joyriding in our car and brought home doughnuts for everyone (the little stinkers took a tiny little bite out of every one of them first though!), and in the morning the kids will wake to find the elves have left a huge mess of tissue paper and gift bags around the living room while gift wraping themselves, and hiding somewhere in the mess. :-) http://www.elf-magic.com/ You can check their website to see if there are any "North Pole Supply Posts" near you where you can purchase the elves, you can read about many of the elves "Elfcapades". Also, a friend recently started a group on Facebook called Elfcapades-What our elves have done, for host families to share their adventures.

Sarah said...

You've reminded me of how special this time of year can truly be and how amazing my childhood Christmases really were. You're an inspiration and you make me want to be a mommy sooner rather than later!

Southern Gal said...

Oh, the sweet memories you're making.

medina family said...

How many of us want to throw a party just like that next weekend?!! I teared up when you described them seeing the elf. I believe!

Beth said...

what a great night to be a little girl. looks like so much fun. absolutely adoreable. love every minute of it. the photos. the desserts. the hunt. just perfect. you should be a party planner. i bet it is a party the girls will never forget. luv the pjs. hats. amazing. (:

Chanalesings said...

Super cute. I think we're gonna make Hadassa a Chanuka Pajama party inspired by this. so so cute!

Sandy said...

You are awesome! Can I move in?

Jessica Smith said...

Maybe it's the pregnancy hormones, but I totally teared up reading this post. I wanna come to your house for christmas!! LOL

Ella said...

Wow. Just wow. That party... seriously!? How do you come up with these sweet ideas?? I need to brush up on these things for my 2 year old's sake. Glad I found your blog!

Charlotte's Momma said...

Just wonderful!

Sandy said...

How creative, how delightful, how very winter-y, how very joyfilled!

And I love that at least one of the mamas wore pjs, too. She rocks.

Amy Cappelli said...

Oh wow! This is so wonderful, so magical!

cathy said...

Kelle
you created MAGIC!

xoxo
cathy

Allie said...

This has to be one of my favorite parties you have done!! I loved it all! Where did you get the jars for the milk?

I saved some left overs from those store bought Stackbucks frappes, they look pretty similar to yours, curious if there was an easier way to get them!! haha!!

XOXO

Kelle said...

Allie, that's exactly what mine are...ha. I've been buying them the past few weeks and making the boys drink them and save them for me.

Line said...

Wow, this is amazing!
Im a girl from Norway, and i just had to share your blog with all my norwegian readers. Hope that's ok :)

If not, let me know.
You can find my blogpost here, but its in norwegian:

www.lineogbjarte.blogg.no

Jessica said...

I cried and I wasn't even there. Thanks for sharing.... no really.... Thank You!

Tom and Emily said...

looked like such a fun party!

Amanda said...

Oh Kelle, this post just made my heart sing (and wish we lived closer to you so Everleigh could share in the magic). What a great idea, those girls looked in awe! (I especially loved the elf)

senoble said...

LOVE this idea! There is a North Pole party in our future some day. Love your creativity and spirit.

Carrie said...

Wow....wow....wow. Honestly, where do you come up with these ideas?! And not even just that, how do you find the time to do all of this?! The girls who came to the party are so lucky, and Lainey and Nella are even luckier to have such an amazing mama...what wonderful memories :)

J Scheppl said...

Oh my word!!! What a beautiful party!!!! What incredible memories your making!!

E va bene così... said...

I'm discovering you day by day. Don't even know how I found you, but I'll never leave you.
From Italy,
giuppy

Marisa said...

Love, love LOVE the North Pole party. I am in awe of your crafting ability!! What a wonderful memory for all those girls.

Cheryl said...

You amaze and inspire me!

Anke said...

Oh my goodness, what a magical night you created for your girls! Absolutely love all the little details and the elf showing up was the icing on the cake. You're such a good Mama!!

Tanya said...

Just amazing and what a memory for all those little girls and mamas too!

Kellie said...

um, perfection! seriously beautiful. love, love, love the activities. sweet and simple and awesome. magical.

tialee said...

Somewhere in the middle of the elf running around and those amazing milk jars you made I was waiting for the pic of the unicorn that flew over your house! WOW! What an amazing party and such great memories. When your girls are older and tell these childhood stories people are going to look at them with their jaws on the ground!

MDH said...

I love everything about this!!

Margaret B said...

WOW! what a great idea! love christmas parties!

Chantelle said...

OK,You are FREAKING AMAZING!!!! My heart is pounding through my chest. I am crying..happy tears for those children! The gift you give these children is just unreal..amazing..I have no words. Have a wonderful holiday season,friend in my head :) xoxo

Missy said...

I can't wait til next year!! I'm having a party like this:)

Maddie said...

I love that hat! It is so cute on Nella!

Jane MacDonald said...

Crying here in Nova Scotia. You are one incredible mama!

Jenny said...

Magical! Simply magical. Memories made for sure. Love all the ideas and not going to lie...might be borrowing quite a few. :)

Alissa said...

Wow.... Words can't describe how amazing that party was. Those girls will never forget that magical night!

Heather said...

Such a cute party idea!

Jennifer Hayes said...

Besides Nella's birth story - which got me hooked... This is my favorite post ever! I have slowly perused the pictures 3 times now, tearing up, just knowing what a bit of magic you have added to each of those little ones lives. And to their mamas. What precious precious memories! Merry Christmas!

Liane said...

This was amazing.. I felt like I was really there! How magical for all the children and I'm sure it's something that they will be telling their own babies in years to come :)

Barbara said...

Love pure and simple what a beautiful life you have

YeamieWaffles said...

Wow, it's actually amazing, absolutely amazing how much great fun that party seems like, you should be really proud of yourself guys, it seems like it was an absolutely wonderful time, honestly. Your ideas are so genius, I'd love to go to a party like this!

Mendie said...
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The Annessa Family said...

You give me SO many ideas for when we get our daughter home from Taiwan!

Brooke
www.TheAnnessaFamily.blogspot.com

Mendie said...

YOU, my friend, are the magic in magical! YOU ROCK!

lifeatthelane said...

YOU, my friend, are the magic in magical! YOU ROCK!

Heather (Live.Love.Laugh.) said...

What a wonderful night. The girls are going to have such magical memories of childhood Christmas'. How fun!

Danielle Pearson said...

I continue to be inspired by you! Thank you for sharing and reminding each one of us how important it is to create these memories for our friends and families! -Danielle

Shauna said...

What a wonderful party! That is the type of thing my mom did when I was a kid and I can't wait to do such things for my own girlies....they are just about old enough now :)

Ami said...

You are my idol.

MSLibLady said...

This is just amazing.

Farmgirl Paints said...

uh what in the world?? those girls are NEVER going to forget that precious memory. you totally rock this mommy thing!

Team Lando said...

PS. When I first saw this I was on my phone, and scrolling though pics, I seriously DID NOT recognize Nella. She is too cute and too OLD with those looong piggies!

Magnificent Adventures of Michelle & Mack said...

Whoa...it. was. magic. Waterworks, on! I am so doing this for my boys. You are brilliant, amazing, genius and inspired. I adore every single detail...Now, can you hire your dad out for book readings? XOXO..thanks for reminding me each week what IT is all about. Many blessings to you and some sleep, because given this magical memory, I know you have not had much in the last week...tending to the work of unicorns (and reindeer) happens best in the wee hours of the night, ya know?

Jorie said...

You seriously are an amazing mom! I was crying reading about how the girls reacted because it IS so magical! Your babies will forever remember what an awesome childhood they had and these memories will last forever!

Shannon said...

That party...wow...I am speechless. You are creating so many wonderful memories for your girls.

mary ann said...

oh my goodness. magical.

Shari said...

You are such an awesome Mom. Those girls memory books are going to so full of love and memories. I loved all the pictures. Have a great Sunday.

Megann said...

I bet your girls will remember that when they get older!! How cute! Nella in that hat is the cutest thing ever!

Catrina said...

So wonderful Kelle! You went all out. Those girls are going to remember that night for years to come.

Bonnie said...

I Love everything about this post! Squee!!!

dig this chick said...

Holy smokes! Your phone photos were awesome but don't hold a candle to the bright, awesomeness of that party! So fun and magical. I'd love to talk to Lainey about it. I bet she is over-the-moon giddy. xo

Stephanie Gallman said...

I. Am. Speechless. Your kids have hit the mom jackpot. Amazing. Have a wonderful holiday season -- it appears as though you are on your way!

Bikini By 30 said...

I just swooned over this party and made my husband look through every photo (and he swooned too). You're a magician. You seriously create magic. You need prop wand to carry around.

lovemy3 said...

All I can say is WOW! So glad the elf was welcomed...I could see how it could easily go either way!

Nella in that owl hat is absolutely priceless!

Joie said...

I'm not sure if it's the third trimester hormones, or just witnessing the love that you have for your family, but I've definitely got alligator tears rolling down my face. What an amazing night it looks to have been!

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful night for all those little girls. They will never forget that night, and neither will their moms.

Sarah said...

O. M. G. what a party. What wonderful, wonderful memories you created. You've inspired me!

PunkRockChic said...

You ROCK, plain and simple.

Michelle said...

Way to make some great memories! I wish I had some little ones to do this with RIGHT NOW!!!

Dianagoddess said...

A magical day...wish I were a kid again.

Ben and Jessica Buehner said...

Oh my gosh, I love the North Pole party idea. The elf had me cracking up :-)

Lisa said...

Will you be my Mommy?

Rach said...

I love this post! Pure magic.

irishtwinsmommababybook said...

Wow wow wow!!! Some pictures/moments made me tear up. What a magical and awesome tradition you have created there and prob to all your readers!!! I know I will!!! How fun!

lightkeepersdaughter said...

Oh.my.gosh!! :) Such magic you created for those little girls! Heck - at the ripe old age of 61, I'd have been so totally enthralled to be a guest! I can only imagine how excited your little guests must have been!

Thank-you for sharing a night of Christmas magic with us!............Rosemary

The Super Seven said...

Who needs the magic of Disney when they could come to your house?? What an awesome looking event....the hours and time you must have spent planning were lots but I'm sure it was just a magical evening!!!! Thanks for inspiring!!!

Lisa said...

Oh.My.Goodness. I am speechless!
Amazing!!!

Asia said...

Wow wow wow!! You are amazing!! What fun ideas for little ones. I wish I was that creative.

Jana said...

What a magical party! My cup of cheer runneth over just from reading this post!

The girls will be talking about this party for a long time!

Oh Happy Day!

karen said...

Wow!! What a magical experience for all those little girls! Kelle, you truly amaze me with your creativity, energy, and ability to DO IT ALL!! :)

Averyl Minori said...

You are making AMAZING memories for your kids! The elf might be my favorite part! I cannot wait to try that with my son!!!!!!!!!

Linda MG in Soquel, CA said...

W O W !!! How DO you do it all, seemingly? That party - it made me wish I was a little kid and was invited! I so envy this..You are so inspiring and awesome. I love that Papa Rik was there too. (lovin' Papa Rik)... It all looks so magical and just perfect! And the owl hat - oh my! my tiny granddaughter..well, her room and everything is done by her mommy in OWLS. She would look so cute in the hat! Just like Nella does.. love to you, Kelle, and all of your family, incl papa rik. Love from the Blog Mama~

Knowitall said...

Oh my word...what a magical party!! It made me cry!! I would love to do something like that to make myself slow down and enjoy! <3

Megs said...

Oh, oh oh the parties you throw...Can I please be your neighbour? I can't wait until my daughter is just a little bit older with some friends that we can throw some awesome parties like that. Amazing and magical...just like Christmas should be.

Claire {Beaktweets} said...

what a beautiful night you created for these girls. i'm sure they'll never forget it. you are such a great mama!

Sharmaine said...

you are amazing! your girls are so blessed to have you as their mom

Christina Golden said...

Omg you went over the top for the north pole party! It looked amazing! You are so unbelievablely crafty and one amazing momma. :)

Kelly said...

OH MY, how festive! I have NEVER seen such an awesome kiddo party :)

LeeAnn said...

This is one of the most incredible things I've ever seen!

Sasha Taylor said...

Oh my goodness - cutest party ever! What perfect memories you are creating for your girls :)

Natalie said...

you're the best mom EVER! looks like so much fun i wanna come!

Jen said...

Kelle, I wish that you had been my mother. Absolutely amazing.

Amanda Buck said...

WOW! You are by far thee most CREATIVE person I know. LOVE LOVE this post!

Cathy K. said...

You are incredible, Kelle. When I have my own children one day, I hope to be a supermom like you. You are making such beautiful memories for your kids and others. It's inspiring.

Tricia said...

You are amazing. I cannot put together a thought because I'm crying. You touched my heart as always. Such magical moments to remember for all time. You are special.

mistene said...

What an amazing party idea!!!! I can't wait to do things like this with my kids~

Elizabeth said...

That party looks like it came straight out of a storybook! You seriously need to write a book for other moms about how to put fun crafts and activities together. Lainey and Nella are so blessed to have you as their mom!

kajavian said...

How fun and beautiful! I am totally going to do something like this next year for my kiddos :) Awesome!

colby said...

What an amazing party- you always seem to come up with the most creative things!

I hope to be at least half as awesome a mom as you are when my little one gets here in May.

Nikki said...

My 2 year old daughter saw the pictures and said, "I want to go there!" Looks like a really magical party!

jen said...

what. fun. next year ... i'm totally copying you. just giving you a heads up, friend. unfortunately mine will have real snow & no pool.

Monkey Business said...

Wowser! We have 3 little kids with Birthdays just before Christmas...making the season a little more celebratory, but also crazy....anyway Im planning on borrowing some of these ideas for their party - just too cute & too special not to! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Yvonne said...

I doubt that you will have time to read these all but should you actually do so, might you comment message me on my blog WHERE you bought the labels that you wrote 'Milk' on?

Danielle said...

This party idea is fabulous! I am trying to glean from your ability/talent to make wonderful memories for your girls.

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

OMG - this party is AMAZING!!!! Do you do all the planning and prepping yourself? I cannot imagine how long it would have taken to put all of that together!!

Shannon said...

This post warmed my heart. I've been trying to get into the Christmas spirit, and this just kicked it into high gear. I may have to steal this idea and party with my nieces next year. Thanks for the lovely idea! Oh...and Merry Christmas! :)

Tina said...

Are you for real!? Seriously?!?!? You are the COOLEST MOM EVER. Can me and my girls PLEASE come to your North Pole Party next year?!?! lol. ;)

nicole gabrielle said...

Oh, Kelle... you had me in tears with your North Pole party! I truly hope that I one day live in a neighborhood like yours where we have such wonderful memories to make together... until then, I just rock it out with my little one!!

RaquelDoesLife said...

This is just...so fantastic. I cried while reading it. This is my first holiday season truly away from home in the Midwest (I'm in LA), and last night when I watched Elf it suddenly hit me: there will be no snow this year in the weeks leading up to December 25. Thankfully I'll be going home for five days for Christmas to celebrate, but until then, I'm stuck trying to make sense of the sunshine and warmth and trying to find a place for this whole holiday season to exist in harmony with them. Anyway. Your posts make me want a home, so thank you for giving me the inspiration to strive to get myself outta this apartment. Your blog is my favorite. Sending much love from California.

Sharon said...

OMG I almost cried this was so wonderful! I wish you were one of my best friends!! Thank you for adding more christmas magic to my life just by sharing your own!!!
xoxo

MG Atwood said...

Oh heavenly stars! this is so over the top, I can't quite grasp it all!! when your children are grown, you could open up your own Elf shop and entertain littles for week's before Christmas. Amazing!!

KWQR said...

Girl you make magic like no one else... love all of the little touches that add up to big memories. Well done!
xo
Kate

Annie said...

So Magical! your girls are lucky to have a mom with such an amazing imagination and desire to make such wonderful lasting memories!

Rhonda said...

I love everything about this idea. You are so creative and such a wonderful party hostess. I love planning the events, and I might have to tuck this idea away for next year when I'm not out of my mind from exhaustion. Corah Beth was born on November 21st, so I'm learning to juggle two children and sleep deprivation. Some days I soar and other days I crash.

MrsConos said...

This is so amazing!! What a beautiful gift to give those girls. Those memories will last a lifetime! So creative!!

Life with Kaishon said...

So beautiful.
It made me wish for a little girl more than anything : )

2raineys said...

I kind of check for blog updates daily from you. I did today thinking "Hmmm probably she hasn't updated yet" but here it was and oh what an awesome one at that!

I smiled, I teared up and I finally giggled at the sight of those little girls =) Then I called my husband in from the other room to show him and he also smiled and laughed and said "That's awesome"

I can only imagine those little girls talking excitedly about last night. What a night! You rock.

House 54 said...

This is the kind of memory that not only will be seared in your brain as one of your favorite days, but also a day those girls will never ever forget!

They will always remember Brett & Kelle (Mr. and Mrs. Clause) -- the two most AMAZING parents who put on the memory-making-parties & spread the Christmas Cheer!

You did such a wonderful job, Kelle! I love you and all your festive-spreading spirit! I was like a giddy little girl looking at all the pictures & all the special touches you put into your party.

P.S. Loved the special touch of the elf! :)

~Monica Utt~ Itty Bitty Land said...

I know I'm 48 years-old, but would you consider adopting me? :) Monica
p.s. I come with a husband and two 17-year-olds.

Catherine (WA in PA) said...

Someone give this woman a trophy! Amazing momma!

The Gustafsons said...

You are so creative! So fun!

Milo said...

Oh my goodness, that is the best idea I think I've ever seen! You are just a crafting genius! You inspire my own Christmas craze- I love it! This time if year is supposed to be magical. I know that if I had gone to one of those parties when I was little, I would never have forgotten it! They will forever remember that special night. I'm saving this as an idea for my own kids one day! :)

Jennifer said...

I cried reading that. So beautiful. What awesome memories!! Lainey will remember that elf FOREVER!!!!

- jen

Kelle said...

Just added party details addendum

Jessica said...

Ok so I cried just thinking about the excitement of these girls. Heck, I wish I could have come! Too freaking cute.

Inspiração Inesperada said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G :) In awe, in love :)

T. Nelson said...

Wow... I want to come next year! :) What a great party idea... love it!

Victoria said...

i was teary-eyed just reading and gazing at your amamzing photos of such a fun and memorable Christmasy evening!! what an incredible time it looks like! sounds like it was a big hit and will have to be a yearly tradition :)

christina said...

Amazing. Magical. Soooo, sooo wonderful in every way!!!! Your bleesings are many....

Lisa said...

LOVE IT! I have always wondered how to do printables as well, but just searched and you might try:
http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/www.google.com/en/us/google-d-s/docsQuickstartGuide.pdf

The Book Sylph said...

I absolutely love this party and I'm so inspired to do this for my daughter when she's older. I also love the one Mama who wore her jammies too!

Robin said...

OMG! Cuteness overload! I soooo wanna go to the North Pole right now! Seriously, your next book should be on how to throw children's parties...Martha Stewart eat your heart how...better yet...Martha who?
Let's take pre orders NOW!

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