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Sparkles, Sweets and Spiked Cider

There’s a love/hate relationship I have with holiday parties. The love part comes in attending them. Who doesn’t like food buffets and a holiday-themed martini? But it seems Pinterest has really packed on the pressure to make even the smallest soiree a DIY stunner.

So, I appreciate when crafty ideas are easy to replicate. Not all of us have a glue gun at home. I enjoyed a weekend holiday party that entertained both toddlers and adults. The solution? Crafts stations, spiked cider and a photo booth. Here are a series of photos from the day, meant to inspire the craftsman in you. Or, at the very least, inspire you to make some spiced cider. It will make you feel like a better DIY’er.

Decorative tape and stencil designs make it easy to create custom ornaments

Decorative tape and stencil designs make it easy to create custom ornaments.
Photo by Hope Kauffman

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Ornaments can also be filled with festive confetti.
Photo by Hope Kauffman

... Or, why not glitter? Dab some glue in the ornament first, so sparkles will stick.

… Or, why not glitter? Dab some glue in the ornament first, so sparkles will stick.
Photo by Hope Kauffman

String together bells and pom-pom's for a creative garland

String together bells and pom-pom’s for a creative garland.
Photo by Hope Kauffman

Recruit friends or family to play Mr. and Mrs. Clause

Recruit friends or family to play Mr. and Mrs. Clause.
Photo by Hope Kauffman

... And then reward that friend with spiked cider or hot cocoa. Include candy canes or cinnamon sticks for flavor.

… And then reward the Clause’s with spiked cider or hot cocoa. Include candy canes or cinnamon sticks for flavor and presentation.
Photo by Hope Kauffman

Everyone loves a good photo booth. Create your own using a virtual background.

Everyone loves a good photo booth. Create your own using a virtual background.

Pine cones paired with food labels make even the simplest sandwiches appear festive

Pine cones paired with food labels make even the simplest sandwiches appear festive.
Photo by Hope Kauffman

Add holiday flare to pudding cups with shaved white chocolate and peppermint

Add holiday flare to traditional pudding cups with shaved white chocolate and peppermint.
Photo by Hope Kauffman

Finally, recruit a cute kid like my niece Colette, to channel your inner child and enjoy the fun with

Finally, recruit a cute kid like my niece Colette, to channel your inner child and enjoy the fun with.
Photo by Hope Kauffman