I wanted to post some pictures of a Christmas party I was in charge of last weekend. It was a huge success and a lot of fun! We had a family party at my church and the theme was the "Polar Express!"
We covered the tables with white butcher paper and traced big trains for the kids to color as they came in.
The best part was that a neighbor of mine made a huge train out of PVC pipe and cardboard! It was so fun! He put a fog machine on the top so it looked like steam coming out and it even had a working spotlight! We would play train sound effects and with the steam it made it look real!
We covered the walls in black butcher paper and then we splatter painted silver stars on it to look like the night sky. We had both sides of the room covered with Christmas trees so it looked like we were in the forest.
We had a gentleman from our church be the Conductor and he walked around with his pocket watch and train whistle calling people all aboard and calling out when the train was going to depart! It was so cute! We had given gold tickets to the kids the week before in church and they would bring them up to him and he would punch holes in them!
I put together a 10 minute slide show of the Polar Express using the audio track of Liam Neeson reading it to clips of the movie. We put down to huge 8X10 carpets for the kids to sit on to watch.
When the slideshow was over, we had the kids sing Christmas Carols and when they sang "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," Santa came through the train and surprised the kids!
The kids (who we told to come dressed in their PJs) came up and had their picture taken with Santa and each received a bell. I had ribbon made that said "Polar Express 2008" tied to each bell.
While the kids waited for Santa, we had reindeer crafts for them to do! Click hereto download the directions for the craft.
For refreshments, we just served cookies and had a hot chocolate bar (that I forgot to get a picture of!) The whole night was so fun and magical! I loved watching the kids have so much fun!
I used a lot of templates for posters, tickets, and games from this website.
Ok, now that that's over, maybe I could decorate my tree today? We'll see...
One of my favorite movies ever is Auntie Mame because it reminds me of my Grandma Donna (who we called "GLAMMA") and her sisters. The address to Auntie Mame's apartment was 3 Beekman Place, where all the fabulous parties would take place. It was Auntie Mame who said, "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!' This is my attempt to do just that and gather great ideas to make life more delicious and live, live, live.