The following was provided by The Little Old House of Make Believe:
The winter holidays are a time for get together with friends and family to bask in laughter, fun and memories. Skip the regular ol’ cookie swap or Ugly Sweater party for a child-friendly celebration that will bring smiles to all faces, big and small.
A Cookies & Milk Party. Invite grown ups to bring their favorite cookie or forgo homemade cookies and use store-bought sugar cookies and lots of icings, gels edible glitters and sprinkles. Kids will have a great time decorating cookies to munch on while watching a holiday classic. Create a milk bar with lots of syrups to add to white milk--there are so many different flavors to pick from. Take pictures with kids doing their best milk mustache. For a craft children can decorate their own cups for milk or a plate for Santa.
A Nutcracker Tea Party. Tutus seem to be all the rage with little girls these days. So play off of the hype with a Nutcracker Tea Party. Read the story while making ballerina dolls of out clothespins and tulle. Craft necklaces out of sugary sweet gumdrops. Then plie, pirouette and pas de valse to dreamland.
A North Pole Brunch. Who doesn’t like breakfast? Especially if it involved red and white pancakes! snow- sugared donuts and more treats. Invite little (& big!) guests to come in their favorite pyjamas. A hot cocoa bar with lots of fixings (like different marshmallows, flavors of chocolate chips, flavors of syrups and more!) will be sure to be the highlight of the morning. Rent or DVR holiday cartoon favorites and let the kids decorate their own store-bought Santa hats.
Christmas Karaoke Party. Belting out a tune can be darn near thrilling--especially if wee little voices are involved. Invite the gang over for a holiday party--Karaoke style. Ask guests their favorite winter songs to make sure everyone’s favorite are on hand. Play Christmas Song Charades. Have a fun non-alcoholic Christmas punch. Then get your vocal chords ready for some Rockin-Around-the-Christmas-Tree fun! Just be sure to have your finger close to the record button on your camera.
A Favorite Things Party. While White Elephant and Pollyana parties are a time-honored tradition, this fresh take on a gift swap asks guests to bring a numerous amount of their “favorite thing” to swap with other party goers. Put a limit on spending (example: $5/gift) and get thinking of something clever. Do you have a favorite lip gloss from a local shop? A favorite book? A favorite snack? Stock up, wrap them up & get ready for some fun. You could also go a themed route with an idea like “Favorite Place,” “Favorite Food,” “Favorite Sports Team,” the ideas are endless.
If you like the idea of a holiday celebration, but would rather kick up your heels and allow someone else to organize it all, reach out to The Little Old House of Make Believe to ask about our holiday parties at our children’s celebration play space in Langhorne Borough.
And whether you have a big party or are looking for something magical to do on a winter evening, a restored and hand-crafted mid-century mail box outside of The Little Old House of Make Believe (140 East Richardson Avenue / Langhorne) will take letters to Santa straight to the North Pole. And letters that have an address and stamp will very likely hear back from Ol’ Saint Nick himself with a personalized letter. Signed, Sealed and Delivered to you & yours.