It's Elfmas Time!
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Last year our annual Christmas party theme was Elfmas and it was the most fun yet! Here we go!
“Then I traveled through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, past the sea of twirly-swirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.”
I decorated our porch to resemble the Candy Cane forest. I used these peppermint floor decals on the steps. Hobby Lobby has some cool candy cane sticks you can place in your grass or planters for some more candy cane decor. I then used a candy cane balloon garland similar to this one that was displayed immediately when they walked in the door.
Then I decorated my stairs to look like the sea of twirly-swirly gumdrops. For the gumdrops I purchased glitter foam and cut them out in the shape of gumdrops. I used this online printable template for the shape. Or you can buy these cute gumdrop ornaments and hang then from your doorway or ceiling. Hobby Lobby also carries jumbo gumdrop picks and ornaments or garland that would be absolutely perfect for this!
Every sea needs a narwhal, so I made one out of blue and white poster board. If you want to go a step further this wavy blue curtain would make a great sea backdrop. Place the gumdrops on it and put the narwhal at the bottom.
Lastly, I purchased this Lincoln Tunnel sign from Zazzle to display on my wall.
Now let's move on to the decor of the dining room which I transformed into Gimbels:
"Hey guys. Have you seen the place? It's pretty good. It's a little "too good".
One of my favorite parts of when Buddy decorate Gimbels is all the snowflakes. I bought this snowflake set from Amazon and hung them from the chandeliers and the ceiling. They were perfect!
Here are similar Elf Hanging Banners as the ones I used
Next I covered the table with Elf wrapping paper. (I like to do this because we also use this table for gingerbread house decorating later on).
Here are the list of all the table accessories I used:
Now for the treat table:
"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup."
What's more Elf than sweets, right? So we loaded this table up with them. My friend's daughter made the cutest spaghetti cupcakes. The flavor of the icing was maple syrup and they were delightful. Here's a recipe you can use.
Buddy loves Poptarts so don't forget to add those! They were placed in clear cellophane bags with Christmas tree stickers on them.
Buddy also loves coke. Glass bottled CocaCola makes for a great decoration (we drank them so don't worry).
For another beverage we made Elf Juice. You can watch the video here to see how it works.
“I thought maybe we could make ginger bread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating, and maybe even hold hands.”
Every year we do a gingerbread house decorating contest. I try to get houses that go with the party theme. Since Elf takes place in New York City, what better kit than to use row houses! I found this set at Target. Hopefully you can find them there again this year! Another option would be a North Pole themed one.
This year's craft was also brought to you by Target. In the dollar spot they had these cute snow globe kits. In the movie Buddy gets a snow globe of New York City. In order to make it similar I purchased these miniature wooden NYC skylines from Etsy. They were a little too long for the bulb so I had to cut them in half and use wooden markers to cover the sides.
You can glue the skyline to the base of the bulb. I would also add some glue to the bottom before sprinkling the snow so it stays, as the bulb is open. Then glue the bottom of the bulb to the wooden base.
One more option is to use this snow globe ornament from Dollar Tree! They even have mini wooden trees or gree, snowy trees you can add to the skyline. Here is a step by step of using this ornament to make a snowglobe: Elf Snowglobe Ornament
Our last activity was family games. Usually we do Family Feud but this year we used ths Elf Triva game. It was so much fun!
"Oh, it's not a costume. I'm an elf. Well, technically, I'm a human, but I was raised by elves."
Every year we like to dress the theme. This year we had shirts that all has different quotes from the movies. These ones from Jane.com are perfect!
Bella was dressed in this dog Elf costume and it was hilarious!
Of course I can't have the guests leave party without a chalkboard sign. What better quote than this one!