December 5, 2016

Christmas Cards and Cocktails

Gather friends for cards and cocktails. See the mini party fun at
Let's face it, filling out Christmas cards can seem like they take FORever to fill out. You sit at the table all by yourself filling out the cards because it's always the women who fill out the cards. Not the men. Am I right?

This year why not make it fun!  Gather your girlfriends for a Christmas cards, cupcakes and cocktails night.  Filling out cards with friends is way more fun then doing it alone.  Your house is probably already decorated for Christmas so this mini party won't cut into your Christmas budget.

For this mini party we sat at my dining room table to fill out the cards.  I wanted to make the area festive and fun so I splashed the wall with red and white snowflakes and fun tassel garland.   The table was left pretty bare of decor so we had room to write our our cards.

Easy decor for a girls night cards and cocktails night. See more at

When serving cocktails it's always a good idea to serve some food too.  If you're not serving a full meal, bread and dip is a good option.  It's easy to make, easy to eat while writing out cards, and everyone loves it. You could serve a couple different dips or just one like I did.  I chose Spinach Parmesan because it's

Serve up Spinach Artichoke dip at your  next party. Get more ideas at

Have some craft supplies on the table in case you have some crafty friends who want to do more then just write in their cards.  Glitter glues, stickers, stamps and ribbon are just a few things you could have on the table.

Gather friends for a Christmas card night. More ideas at

Embellishment's for Christmas card night. More ideas at

I just love these little reindeer pull back toys from Oriental Trading.  They add festiveness to the table and your guests can take them home to their kids.  They make great stocking stuffers too. Stockings were always my favorite part of Christmas.  They're packed full of fun little items.

Add some Christmas fun to your card night. Get ideas at

Stamps and stickers add fun to your Christmas cards. See the whole party at

Gather friends and embellish your Christmas cards. See the whole party at

These reindeer plates and napkins fit the party perfectly.  Festive, fun and cocktail in hand these reindeer are ready to get those Christmas cards done and sent out early.  My friends loved the napkins the best.  We talked about how they'd be great for a New Years party too.  A reindeer theme works for New Years, with Christmas over the reindeer are ready to relax and ring in the New Year. See, it works!

Girls night of cupcakes, cocktails and cards. See the whole party at

Drink stirrers aren't always necessary, it depends on the drink, but they sure are fun.  These drinks didn't need stirrers but they looked fun and I like adding little details that match the theme of the party I'm throwing.

Cocktails and cards. See the whole party at

We had a lot of cards to fill out so a sugar break was a must.  If you don't feel like baking cupcakes you can pick up store bought ones like I did here and embellish them with candy sprinkles.

Fuel your Christmas card night with cupcakes. See the whole party fun at

Filling out Christmas cards requires some sugar. More party fun at

Cheers! to getting our cards done early and having fun doing it too.

Cheers to getting the Christmas cards done with friends. Get the complete party details at

Before your guests head home with all their finished Christmas cards be sure to give them their party favor.  I always like to send my guests home with a little something.  I filled festive boxes with cookies for my guests to enjoy later or to share with their family.

Send guests home with yummy Loft House Cookies. See the full party at

Cookies are a great holiday party favor. See the party at

Are you ready to have more fun filling out your Christmas cards this year?

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Styling, concept and photography by:  Fizzy Party 
Backdrop decor, plates, napkins, drink stirrers, pull back reindeer, candy canes, cookie boxes: Oriental Trading 
Mini trees and mini disco balls: Target 
Stamps, ink pads, stickers:  Michaels 
Cookies: Loft House 
Cards: Shutterfly 

November 28, 2016

Surrounded by Plaid Among the Trees

Embracing the hot plaid trend at

Welcome back to part two of Embracing the plaid trend this holiday season.  I took the Christmas party outdoors this year and instead of having a Christmas Open House  party we went and hunted for the perfect tree.

 Plaid is SO hot during the holiday season and can be found every where right now.  And it looks fabulous among all the trees at the tree farm.  Whether you cut down a tree or go faux a hot chocolate bar is a must and so easy to do.
Hot cocoa bar for the perfect Christmas tree hunt at

Since we were out at a tree farm and there was just a small group of us I kept the hot cocoa bar simple.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at

I was blown away by the cookies Creating Awesomenessity  made.  When I placed my order I sent her my Pinterest inspiration board and this is what she created.  Aren't they just the cutest!!
Cookies by Creating Awesomenessity on

Hot cocoa and donuts just go together and fueled us before the hunt.  Even with a little rain, these mini donuts were still delicious.
Green Mountain Mini Baked donuts over on

Party tip: Save yourself some time and stress and buy store bought or bakery cupcakes.   Liners that match your theme, sprinkles and cupcake toppers dress up store bought cupcakes and give them the wow factor.
Dress up store bought donuts. Find out how over on

Dress up your hot cocoa with fun sprinkles and mini donuts and prepare for the hunt.
Must have's for a hot cocoa bar over on

Load up your thermos with hot cocoa to keep you warm as you walk the tree farm looking for the perfect tree.
Fill up with hot cocoa when out hunting for the perfect tree. Find more ideas over on

Have a little fun at the tree farm by bringing props to help your friends know that you've found the one.
Photo props help guests know which tree you're picking. More ideas can be found at

Found the perfect tree at Sleighbells Tree Farm in Sherwood, Oregon at

Walking around a tree farm to find the perfect tree can work up a thirst. Depending on how long it takes you to find the perfect tree.  Some people can pull up to a tree farm and pick out their tree within 5 minutes. Others need to take their time and walk all over the farm to be sure they don't leave the perfect one behind.
Plaid and Christmas just go together. More ideas over at

Fill up on Root Deer for the tree hunt. More inspiration at

Not all people like root beer but I do and thought it would be fun to create some tags to match the party theme. Root Deer anyone?  :) hee hee
Dress up your root beer with Root Deer tags from Small Moments. Find more plaid party inspiration at

Are you inspired?  I hope so!! If you are, shop this party here ⇩⇩

Styling, concept, and photography by Fizzy Party
Plaid pillow: Shutterfly 
Location: Sleighbells Gift Shop and Tree Farm 
Graphics: Small Moments 
White fur table runner: TJ Maxx
Plaid table linen: Joann Fabric and Craft 
Gold glitter box, truck with trees, glitter deer and black straws: Michaels
Buffalo check cups, mini wood trees, little trees and fur pillow: Target 
Tree and truck paper and felt banner: Inkberry 
Red cake plate: World Market 
Retro thermos: Suddenly Surrounded by Taxidermy
Cookies: Creating Awesomenessity 
Cupcake toppers: Fancy and Fold
Mini donuts: Green Mountain Mini Baked 
Green sugar, Mini candy cane sprinkles, holly sprinkles: Wilton 

November 21, 2016

Embracing the Plaid Trend This Holiday Season

Embracing the plaid trend over on

This season I wanted to take the party outdoors.   Instead of having friends over to the  house I thought it would be fun to go on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree.  This invitation was perfect for what I had planned.  The tree's on top the cars hint at the party to come.  I especially like that the car is red because my car is red.

Shutterfly Invitation. See the party inspiration at

Plaid is SO hot again this year and conjures up feelings of coziness and warmth.  I wanted to bring those feelings along with us as we hunted for the perfect tree.  I set up a little hot cocoa bar with treats to keep us fueled as we searched for and cut down the perfect tree.

Hot cocoa bar at Sleighbells Tree Farm. More inspiration at

Take the plaid trend outdoors with a cocoa bar. More inspiration at

Whipped cream, mini marshmallows and sprinkles are a must for hot cocoa.  I kept the topping choices limited because we were on location.  If I was setting up a hot cocoa bar at home I would go all out with the topping choices.
Cookies and cocoa a classic combination.

Cupcakes and cookies to enjoy with our hot cocoa before searching for our trees.  Plain store bought cupcakes can be easily dressed up with liners that match your party theme, sprinkles and toppers.
Cupcakes and cookies while hunting for the perfect tree. More inspiration at

Cupcakes on the tree farm.  Get more inspiration at

As you can see it rained as we looked for our trees.  Being from the Portland metro area though, we didn't let a little rain stop us. It's just runny snow ;)  hee hee

Serve up some mini donuts while looking for the perfect tree. More inspiration at

Plaid spotted everywhere this holiday season. See more inspiration at

Before heading off to find the perfect tree I'm warming up with some hot cocoa in my holiday mug I created.
Filling up on hot cocoa before looking for the perfect tree over on

When the perfect tree calls out to you, Pick me! Pick me! Photo props make hunting for the perfect tree fun.  Take some with you when you go looking for your tree this season.
Photo props to make your tree hunt more fun. More inspiration at

I just bagged the perfect tree!  See how fun photo props can be. You could even add the year to the prop.
Finding the perfect tree over at

Time to cut down this perfect tree I found.
Cutting down the perfect tree over at

A big thank you to Sleighbells Tree Farm and Gift Shop for letting me shoot this little party on their property.  My husband and I have been getting our Christmas tree here for years.
Sleighbells Christmas Tree Farm in Sherwood, Oregon

 More plaid and tree farm inspiration coming later this week.  So come on back and grab some ideas before you head out to find your perfect tree.

Now shop this party!
Style, Concept and photography: Fizzy Party
Invitation, mug and pillow: Shutterfly 
Location: Sleighbells Tree Farm and Gift Shop 
Graphics: Small Moments 
White fur table runner: TJ Maxx
Plaid table linen: Jo Ann Fabric and Craft 
Gold Glitter Box, Truck with trees and black straws: Michaels 
Buffalo check cups, mini wood trees, little trees and fur pillow: Target 
Tree and truck paper and felt banner: Inkberry 
Red cake plate: World Market 
Retro thermos: Suddenly Surrounded by Taxidermy
Cookies: Creating Awesomnessity
Cupcake Toppers: Fancy & Fold
Mini Donuts: Green Mountain Mini Baked