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Twinkle Twinkle Little Party Magazine Holiday DIY Recipes, Tutorials and Party Ideas

THE HOLIDAY Edition Issue 11

Merry & Bright

COOKIE SWAP PARTY

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PIN-WORTHY HOLIDAY PARTY IDEAS, RECIPES AND DIY TUTORIALS

DIY ADVENT CALENDAR PG. 16

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HOLIDAY CARDS sending joy to loved ones


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10 sugar plum birthday party 16 diy advent calendar 20 cookie swap party 26 creating joy in every day 30 christmas affair 36 christmas churros 38 a nutcracker birthday on the cover

Christmas Ornament Making Party 62

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48 ladies holiday movie night 52 sugared cranberries 54 curated holiday gift boxes 56 mommy & me craft party 70 editor's christmas pick 72 holiday photo cards 74 new year's eve champagne tasting party


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6 meet the contributors 8 letter from the editor 9 editor’s picks 76 shopping guide 46 diy goodie bags Twinkle Twinkle Little Party Magazine *

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Contributors

ALLI ROTH

Partyography by Alli

CRISTINA RICHES Bird's Party

MISHA PERRITT

A Lovely Design

AMY JOHNSTON

Johnston Style

DEANNA TALWAKAR

Mirabelle Creations

LORI HANREHAN

Giggle Living

ANNE KUO HYUN Black Twine

ELISE LANEY

Polka Dotted Blue Jay

SARAH KNEPP

Sarah Sofia Productions

BRIANNA ADAMS

Halfpint Design

JESSICA SALCEDA

J. Isabel Designs

TONI KRUCKEBERG

AK Party Studio

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CAROLINA VILLARREAL

Mint Event Design

JULIE VERVILLE

Crowning Details

YESSY HANDOKO

Berry Berry Sweet Designs


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letter from the editor

Hello, friends! I can't believe it's been over a year since Twinkle Twinkle Little Party released its last issue. I am SO excited to be back! I promise I won't be telling you here why I decided to take a break, but if you follow me on Instagram, you might have an idea why I needed to. I am so thrilled to share this Holiday Issue with you, my friends! Just in time to get you in the spirit to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! In this issue, you will find beautiful holiday party ideas for kids and adults. From a Cookie Swap Party to a magical Sugar Plum Nutcracker theme, we got you covered with amazing ideas you will surely get inspired to plan the most memorable events to celebrate with your loved ones this holiday season! I truly hope you enjoy this issue as much as I do. Love,

Andressa founder/creative director/editor-in-chief www.twinkletwinklelittleparty.com

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A Sugar Plum SOIREE

Get inspired by this sweet and magical birthday party inspired by the book Tallulah’s Nutcracker complete with adorable ballerina outfits, twinkling lights, a gorgeous dessert table filled with lots of sweet treats, and a real Sugar Plum Fairy! STYLING & PHOTOGRAPHY: A LOVELY DESIGN

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The magical scene was set starting with the dessert table as the focal point. With its backdrop made up of billowy white ruffles, and cascading tissue flowers in white, gold, red and varying shades of plum and a twinkling white Christmas tree placed just to the left. The table was filled with delightfully ruffled cupcakes, beautifully decorated floral sugar cookies, chocolate covered Oreos, and delectable chocolate covered strawberries. But the piece de resistance would definitely have to be the two-tiered cake overflowing in buttercream ruffles and adorned with beautiful red and plum blooms as well as the sweetest little angelic ballerinas and a glittery gold number six!

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TThe children’s party table was set by first draping

it in a white tablecloth and adding a beautiful gold sequined runner down the center. The centerpiece was a simple display of delicate white trees and white porcelain Nutcrackers. Each place setting was made up of a lovely square red plate topped with a whimsical pink striped plate and finished with one of my favorite details of the party, the sweetest party favor ever; a jar of “tutu fluff ” aka… cotton candy! The sweetest tutu inspired place card frames sat just above the plate and were paired with a darling little gold Nutcracker, and finally the cutest white ornament cup filled with pink lemonade sat neatly on a glittery gold snowflake coaster. As all the little guests arrived, they were escorted to the magical dress up station, where they were transformed into precious little ballerinas. Their eyes were wide with excitement as they were then greeted by the most beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy. Her dress was the perfect hue of pink and glistened with gorgeous golden details. It was such a treat for the girls to dance and play games with a real live ballerina. After dancing and playing to their hearts content, the little ballerinas couldn’t wait to sit at the magical party table and enjoy a sweet little lunch of berries and sandwiches. After lunch came “Happy Birthday” singing, treats, presents and of course more dancing!

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CREATING TRADITIONS

diyAdvent Calendar by BIRD'S PARTY

MATERIALS: * star-shaped paper machĂŠ boxes (I used 4 of 2 different sizes)

* colored cardstock (I used glitter copper, shiny gold, glitter pink and printable star-patterned

* small white match-boxes * paper envelopes or goodie bags * small pegs to match your color palette * craft knife * scissors * hole puncher * ornaments of choice

paper) * glue and 3-D foam stickers for the envelopes (optional) * cord for hanging the decor (I used copper colored and white) * printable advent calendar numbers. Click here for the free download.

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DIRECTIONS: First, cut and hang a piece of tree branch to your wall.

DIY ADVENT CALENDAR BOXES AND STAR BOXES

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1) For the boxes: start gluing strip of the cardstock on the front. You can cover the entire side or simply add vertical or horizontal strips to decorate and add interest. 2) Stick on the Advent Calendar numbers to the front each box. 3) Use a hole puncher to piece a hole on the top part of each box, and thread a length of cord through. Tie a knot on the cord to secure it inside the box.

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4) For the star boxes: Trace and cut a piece of cardstock to fit the lid of your boxes. 5) Glue the paper to the lid. You may want to also cover the sides of the boxes or even paint them, if you wish.

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6) Carefully pierce a hole on top of each box (not the lid!) with a craft knife, and shape the whole with a sharp object like an embroidery needle or BBQ stick. Add cord and tie a not on the inside to secure it.


Fill boxes with gifts, trinkets or candy, and hang them onto your branch. TIP: Hang the boxes in various orders and heights to add to the fun!

DIY ADVENT CALENDAR ENVELOPES 1) Simply punch out circle of colored cardstock and superimpose them, gluing an Advent Calendar number in the center. 2) Fill with whatever you wish, and seal with a small wooden peg. All that's left to do is to peg them to the cords already on your Advent Calendar. Finish decorating the calendar with decorative element like baubles and other shiny ornaments.

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ACookie HOLIDAY Swap Party Spread the joy and share the goodness this Holiday Season with a Christmas Cookie Swap! A festive way to bring friends together and plate up an assortment of pretty cookies to take home…or leave out for Santa! Styling & Photography by GIGGLE LIVING The holidays are upon us and that means it’s time to fire up the oven and begin baking! Christmas cookies are not only delicious but baking them is a much anticipated holiday tradition for many families! Cinnamon spice, gingerbread, and decorated sugar cookies have our heads swirling with sugary fun. “If you’re thinking of hosting a cookie swap, all you really need are some tables for sharing the baked goods and maybe a few extra nibbles for your guests," says Lori, of Giggle Living. If time permits, why not set up a separate dessert station to neatly display holiday inspired sweets, such as cupcakes topped with cookies to perfectly match the theme and holiday candies. Make the sweets station pretty and inviting by incorporating a fun backdrop and holiday decor, such as large snowflakes and brush trees to your table top.

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COOKIE LABELING STATION Little place cards are wonderful for guests to label the cookies they bring. This way everyone will know exactly what they’re getting!

PACKAGING When the table is filled with sugary goodness, each guest can box up a new assortment of their favorite sweets! Guests can add a festive touch to their boxes by attaching a holiday tag.

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WARM UP STATION Set out all the fixings for guests to help themselves to a toasty sip and embellish them how they please! Marshmallows, peppermint sticks, whipped cream and sprinkles can make a festive drink to toast the season!

A SWEET ‘THANK YOU’ Each guest can pick out a cookie cutter, sprinkle-filled ornament, and recipe card from a batter bowl - a fun and useful favor they can use to bake and decorate more treats, just in case their box doesn’t last too long!

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Creating Joy

MAKING MEMORIES

DEANNA TALWAKAR Mirabelle Creations

Ever since I was a child, Christmas morning was the most magical time of the year. It's filled with so much happiness and love - two things we could use more of all year long! This collection was created to capture those feelings and celebrate the days and weeks leading up to Christmas morning.

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in everyday... THIS YEAR’S CHRISTMAS COLLECTION WAS INSPIRED BY THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS MORNING. The colors include cranberry, holly red, ballet slipper, powder blue and cerulean. The color palette was also chosen to compliment the joyful nature of the hand lettered designs.

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Since Christmas morning is such a fun time, I set up a little Christmas breakfast that you can recreate in just minutes. With a powdered sugar donut cake, a tray of fruit and hot cocoa, this table can be set up quickly, so you can spend more time with family. To make the donut cake and fruit tray a little more festive, I tucked greenery and berries into the them. A few other sweet treats, like meringues and white chocolate covered pretzels, can be snacked on throughout the morning.

Deanna started Mirabelle Creations as a way to share personalized, thoughtful designs to help others celebrate life’s special occasions. To see more of Deanna’s work, please visit www.mirabellecreations.com

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THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: A MODERN VINTAGE

Christmas Affair Traditional Christmas colors abound in bursts, pops, and subtle hints, underscored by striking black-and-white checkered patterns that seamlessly blend vintage Christmas decor with a modern tone. STYLING: MINT EVENT DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH ROMOHR WRITTEN BY: JUDY TSUEI

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A As the holiday season is underway, it’s easy to

get lost in the hustle and bustle of family obligations, work parties, and overwhelming travel. Thankfully, if we remember why we’re doing this in the first place, then we might pause to enjoy the beautiful moments — after all, in the end, the holidays are all about celebration and connection with your loved ones. To bring people together, Carolina created an upbeat party for mothers to give themselves time to connect with friends and have their own kind of holiday fun by decorating gingerbread houses. Traditional Christmas colors abound in bursts, pops, and subtle hints, underscored by striking black-and-white checkered patterns that seamlessly blend vintage Christmas decor with a modern tone. Every detail was considered, from sweet treats and jubilant affirmations to symbols of the season. Given the hands-on experience of the party, oversized cooking utensils and hints of kitchen baking were used as decorations in the recessed shelves and built-in countertops.

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SWEETS Because not everyone’s taste preferences are the same, an array of dessert options were presented to guests, including mod cupcakes topped with cute paper trees, sugar cookies, spooned frozen treats, chocolate mousse, and decadent cakes, all around a 2’ tall tree made completely of Macarons, cookies and marshmallows that harken back to Christmas ornaments.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING Whether you were naughty or nice, every guest was given all the supplies needed to create a gingerbread house that suit each mom’s preferences, from a variety of colorful fondants and sugary spreads for rooftops to carefully thought out icing technique tips to create gingerbread house molding and design flourishes. SEE SHOPPING GUIDE PG.78

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An antique wooden rocking horse reminded the guests of childhood delights, as much as the delightful hot cocoa station that kept old and new memories brewing.

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BAKING

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CHRISTMAS Churros by: POLKA DOTTED BLUE JAY

Ingredients: 5 Tablespoons Butter 4 Teaspoons Packed Brown Sugar 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Pinch of Salt 1 Cup Water 1 Cup Flour 4 Eggs at Room Temperature Vegetable Oil – For Fying Cinnamon and Sugar Mixture Red and Green Melting Chocolate Sprinkles Supplies: Piping Bags Large Star Tip Sharp Knife Directions: Melt butter, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and water in a small pot. Bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and stir in flour. Set to the side and allow to cool. Mix in one egg at a time. Add the dough to a piping bag with the large star tip and allow to cool completely in the fridge (1-2 hours). Heat oil in an extra-large saucepan. Pipe 2 inches of dough into the oil, using a knife to cut the dough away from the bag. Rotate the churro when golden brown Remove from the oil and allow to dry on a piece of paper towel. Roll churro in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Garnish with melting chocolate and sprinkles for a festive Christmas treat.

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A NUTCRACKER n o i t a r b e l e Birthday C

T The Nutcracker is an iconic holiday tradition. The nutcracker ballet, originally scored Styling & Photography by CROWNING DETAILS

by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is a household tradition for many worldwide during the Christmas season. And with its popularity as with many theater performances and children’s books, it has become a popular party theme.

When working on this design concept, Julie wanted to create something with nods to some of the primary elements to the performance, while keeping it something easily to replicate at home. The unique backdrop was created using white floral petal sheeting that was attached to the wall using a staple gun. The centerpiece to the display was a 4-foot-tall alpine Christmas tree lit in white lights. To either side of the holiday tree, Julie displayed hand painted; hand cut wooden characters from her Nutcracker collection. Clara and the iconic nutcracker, with a few color twists, were proudly displayed as showpieces on the dessert table. To bring softness and a nod to ballet, she added a floor length pink skirt around the table anchored in a crisp white table linen. For sparkle and a nod to winter, gold glittered snowflakes were sprinkled across the tabletop.

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PARTY SWEETS A buttercream birthday cake was dressed up with colorful sprinkles around the base and a laser cut acrylic “Happy Birthday� cake topper designed from original hand lettering. Vanilla buttercream cupcakes topped with confetti sprinkles were elevated by placing them into gold confetti paper cups and by adding gold glitter ballerina toppers. An assortment of mini treats displayed in a gold three tiered server. Chocolate truffles and mini cupcakes were elevated by displaying them in handmade white lace wrappers.

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THEMED PARTY SUPPLIES Desserts were served on Crowning Details’ exclusive collection of Nutcracker paper plates, featuring a trio of the Christmas tree, Clara and the Nutcracker and then, the Nutcracker himself. The tabletop collection features two dessert plate designs, a dinner plate and paper cups, in a modern refreshed color palette.

FAVORS THAT DOUBLE AS PARTY DECOR During the holidays, Christmas ornaments are the perfect accessory to any dessert table. They also make the perfect take-home favors. Make them especial by attaching coordinating tags.

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DECORATING

PEACE ON EARTH TRY THESE BEAUTIFUL WOODLAND VIGNETTE IDEAS FOR DECKING YOUR HOME BY MIXING NATURAL FIR AND FLOCKED TREES TO EMBRACE SIMPLICITY AND PROMOTE PEACE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. Styling & Photography by HALFPINT DESIGN

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2. LESS IS MORE Less is more on these simple trees with strands of LED fairy lights, birch bark ribbon, and birds of different sizes. The larger the ornament the fewer required is a great rule of thumb. Investing in a handful of large-scale ornaments increases the overall impact of your tree while cutting down on the quantity of ornaments needed. Twinkle Twinkle Little Party Magazine *

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3. SHOW GRATITUDE In Brianna’s home the Prince of Peace and Santa both have their place during the holiday season and both are represented. Santa and the reindeer deserve gratitude for all their service with an upgrade to the standard milk and cookies. Fruit tarts, Martinelli’s, organic carrots, and goodie bag is sure to make the jolly old elf smile on Christmas Eve. SEE SHOPPING GUIDE PG.78

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CRAFTING

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POM POM GOODIE BAG

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Whether throwing parties or giving gifts, goodie bags are always a necessity, especially during the holidays! DIY these easy Christmas Tree goodie bags and send guests home with a little taste of holiday cheer! by PARTYOGRAPHY BY ALLI

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Cotton muslin pouches (I found mine on PaperMart.com) Green tassel trim Thin green ribbon 5 cm pom poms Hot glue Scissors DIRECTIONS: 1. Cut 2 pieces of green tassel trim to 3.5 inches Attach green tassel trim to the bottom of bag (front & back) using hot glue 2. Attach green ribbon to bag in a zig zag formation using hot glue 3. Glue pom poms onto green ribbon Fill with candy, cookies or any holiday themed goodies

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ENTERTAINING

Ladies Holiday Movie Night The most wonderful time of year can quickly turn into a crazy time of the year for most moms . So why not take a night with your closest friends to relax, laugh and enjoy the season? Styling & Photography by AK PARTY STUDIO


That’s what Toni of AK Party Studio did! She invited a few of her closest friends over for dinner and a holiday movie. “One of my favorite traditions of the holiday season is watching my selection of Christmas movies. I have my favorites that are watched each year, the classics and some new ones,” says Toni. Toni created a table in her living room by using wood pieces on a large ottoman, laid pillows out on the floor for each guest. The table was set next to the fire to create a cozy atmosphere where all the girls could get comfortable. She made sure to tell each lady to come in their cozy attire. Buffalo check wrapping paper turned into table runner. Toni clipped a few cedar, holly sprigs and laid them down in the center of the table. I love adding candles to any table setting, “I found these darling mini lanterns at the dollar store and they worked perfectly for this centerpiece. I love that you can use already existing holiday decorations to spruce up any party,” says Toni. “AFTER DINNER WE ALL FILLED OUR CUPS WITH A FESTIVE DRINK AND CURLED UP ON THE COUCH FOR THE MOVIE TIME. I MADE A BIG BATCH OF HOT CHOCOLATE WITH AN ADULT TWIST.”

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EACH GUEST RECEIVED A LITTLE GIFT BOX TO TAKE HOME, WHICH WAS FILLED WITH DELICIOUS CHOCOLATES, THEN TOPPED WITH A FUN GIFT TAG AND MINI WREATH.

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STYLING AND STORY BY JOHNSTON STYLE PHOTOGRAPHY COURTNEY JADE PHOTOGRAPHY

'Tis the season for all things sparkly. Don’t you just love it? And nothing’s prettier than these sugared cranberries. I have to admit that cranberries are not my favorite because of how tart they really are, but you know what? I can actually eat them all sugar coated like this. They're sweet and tangy, which make a surprising addition to your favorite apple pie recipe, cakes or baked brie and oh, so festive. If you don't have time to bake a cake but are wanting to make a spectacular presentation, head to your local Bakery and pick up a classic cake. Do the easy part, make the sugared cranberries and add them to the pre-made dessert. I clipped fresh greens from outside in my backyard adding to make it more festive. I believe semi-homemade is the way to go during such a busy season. This also gives you more time to decorate your home, shop and wrap your gifts. Most importantly, it allows you time to enjoy the season with your loved ones. 

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Sugared Cranberries These sparkling cranberries are incredibly simple to make and perfect for holiday snacking or dressing up desserts!

YIELD: 2 1/2 CUPS PREP TIME: 2 HOURS, 25 MINUTES COOK TIME: 5 MINUTESTOTAL TIME: 2 HOURS, 30 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups sugar 2 cups water 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries 1 cup fine sanding sugar DIRECTIONS: Combine 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in cranberries until well coated with syrup mix. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to wire rack; let dry for at least 1 hour. Working in batches, roll cranberries in 1 cup find sanding sugar until well coated; let dry for at least 1 hour.

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GIFTING

'Tis the season FOR CURATED GIFT BOXES

JESSICA SALCEDA J. Isabel Designs

Meet Jess, a passionate gift designer, photographer, Target lover, and the J behind J. Isabel Designs. J. Isabel Designs is a unique gifting and design company based out of Los Angeles, California. From lovingly curated gift boxes, to exciting photography, and a desire to spread happiness and positivity through gift exchange, J. Isabel Designs is a unique experience. Custom gifting is something that she was born to do. At an early age Jess learned that the details are what matter most. Learning from her grandmother, the ultimate gift giver, she was taught the art of tying beautiful bows, trimming wrapping paper to perfection, and most of all making sure that the gifts she shared made a lasting impact on the recipient.

"THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A CUSTOM GIFT BOX TO BRIGHTEN UP DAYS, BRING SMILES, AND TO SHORTEN THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOVED ONES. SHE BELIEVES A THOUGHTFUL GIFT IS MORE THAN A CARD, BETTER THAN A PHONE CALL, AND THE NEXT BEST THING TO ACTUALLY BEING THERE," SAYS JESS

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Christmas has never looked so cozy! This season’s greetings gift box includes the perfect mug for hot cocoa, a delicious chocolate treat, irresistible caramels, and the scent of the holidays burning brightly. Add your hand-written greeting to this festive card and spread the joy this holidays season!

Tis the season is the perfect host/hostess gift, thank you surprise, or gift exchange set! Say cheers to the holidays and the new year with a beautiful set of moscow mule mugs, yummy caramels, a moscow mule drink mix, and a gorgeous candle.

During the holidays, the best gifts are those that make you feel something. A gift that brings back memories, or has the ability to create new ones, is what the holidays are about. Feelings of warmth and joy, and spending quality time with loved ones. Gift the spirit of the holidays this year with this gorgeous gift box that can be shared!

The best gifts of the season are filled with holiday essentials for spending cozy nights with loved ones! This lovely gift box includes a seasonal candle, the most adorable gingerbread mug topper, peppermint bark, a festive bowl, and the coolest wood card!

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Mommy & Me

Christmas Craft Party

Event Design, Planning and Coordination SARAH SOFIA PRODUCTIONS Photography KATLYN MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Get in the Christmas spirit by hosting a Christmas Craft Party with your mom friends and your kids! It’s a festive way to bond with your children and create something together that you’ll be able to have for the holidays for years to come!

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CRAFTING Guests arrived and quickly found the wood sign they had picked out to design! First up was sanding all the wood pieces and picking out stains and paint colors. Kids and moms alike enjoyed painting their stenciled design onto the wood and putting the sign together as they sang along to Christmas music!

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MINGLING While waiting for the wood signs to dry, guests enjoyed milk and Christmas cookies Everyone was excited to rip the stencil off carefully and put the finishing touches on their custom Christmas wood signs to pose for a picture.

TAKE-HOME FAVORS In addition to making their custom Christmas wood sign, each guest received mini bell Christmas ornaments as a party favor.

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Ornament making CHRISTMAS PARTY

STYLING & PHOTOGRAPHY TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE PARTY

These DIY Ornament Making Party ideas are perfect to be recreated at home to keep the little guests engaged. Follow our easy ideas and have fun crafting with the litte ones this holiday season.

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Set the scene

Create a festive table by making available clear plastic ornaments in different sizes for the kids to choose from. Good news? They double as decor centerpiece! Set out dishes of mini pompoms, "snow", sequins, beads and other fun craft supplies.


easy creations

Using craft snow and a mini felt snowman, a 'Let it snow' inspired ornament can be easily created. For little ones under 4, they can simply insert as many pompoms as they wish into a clear ornament.

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warm up station

Store bought sweets, such as peppermint cookies, snowflakes chocolate covered pretzels and cupcakes you can easily decorate with seasonal candies can be the perfect choices to pair with some hot cocoa to keep the little crafters happy.

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Editor's Christmas' Pick

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'DEAR SANTA' LETTER KIT $12

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It includes 5x7 card with handpainted artwork, hand lettered red envelope, tiny red pencil and vintage post stamps. STYLING & PHOTOGRAPHY: TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE PARTY

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Spotlight on

HOLIDAY CARDS In a world of digital communication, sending out physical holiday cards is a delightful way to let people know that they are special to you. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with friends and family, especially those whom you don't get to see very often. Whether you choose a simple design that lets your photograph take center stage, a festive design with bright and cheerful colors, or a modern design with warm sentiments and fun typography, choosing your holiday cards can be a chance to have fun and get in the holiday spirit. Yessy Handoko Berry Berry Sweet Designs www.berryberrysweet.com

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A New Year’s Eve

Champagne Tasting Party Black Twine, a party platform for the modern host, shares their best tips for how to throw an easy champagne tasting party that will get everyone ready for the celebratory countdown to 2018.

New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse for a grown-ups’ night in with friends. While the holiday season is busy and can be overwhelming, this party is so easy that you won’t sweat the details. So put on your party dress and get ready to pop the bubbly!

TRY THESE IDEAS! 1. SET UP A CHAMPAGNE TASTING BAR AS

THE MAIN EVENT As guests come into the party, welcome them with a champagne glass and direct them to the champagne tasting bar. Set up three to four bottles of champagne and allow the guests to mingle and taste. Guests will naturally chat about their favorites and get into a celebratory mood as the bubbly starts to flow. 2. DECORATE WITH FESTIVE NEW YEAR’S EVE

THEMED BOTTLE LABELS For party decor, sticking to a color scheme keeps things simple and easy. Gold and black are glamorous, festive colors that are perfect for New Year’s Eve. Instead of going out and buying every New Year’s Eve themed party item that strikes your fancy, stick to a few key decor items, such as festive New Year’s themed bottle labels.

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3. USE OUR WINE CALCULATOR

AND NEVER RUN OUT OF WINE Fill in the champagne with inexpensive wine, and use our handy wine calculator to ensure that you have enough bottles for the guests. A general rule of thumb is about a half bottle to 1 bottle per guest, assuming each guest drinks about 3 glasses. 4. ONCE THE BUBBLY IS FLOWING,

USHER THE GUESTS INTO THE PHOTOBOOTH Everyone loves to document their New Year’s Eve celebration, so a do-it-yourself photo booth is ideal as you get ready for the midnight countdown! These days, setting up a photo booth couldn’t be easier with readily available kits. 5. COMPLEMENT THE BUBBLY WITH

A DIY BURGER BAR Satiate your guests’ midnight munchies with a doit-yourself burger bar, which is easy to prep or cater from your favorite burger place. If catering, just ask the restaurant to separate the buns, burgers, and accompaniments. Plate up on large white platters and allow your guests to serve themselves. To learn more about Black Twine, visit www.blacktwine.co and join the party!

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SHOPPING GUIDE PEACE ON EARTH VIGNETTE Peace on Earth Banner, Angel Wings: Halfpint Design Wood Slice platter: World Market Treat bag, napkin, straws: Paper Eskimo Peace: Target Faux Fur: JoAnn’s Owls, bird nests: Taipan Trading Alpine artificial Christmas Trees, Crown, small birds, Owls, Globes, LED fairy lights, Birch bark ribbon: Taiwan Imports, Murray, UT Fruit Tarts: Harmon’s Bakery, Salt Lake City, UT Antique Window: Country Prim, Grace, ID THE NUTCRACKER Truffle Wrappers: Truffilio Cake Topper: Ashley Lotecki Designs Cake & Cupcakes: HEB Handpainted Clara & Nutcracker: Created by Jackie Textured White Backdrop: Shindigz Alpine Tree & Ornaments: Hobby Lobby HOLIDAY COOKIE SWAP Bakers Party Shop: cookie cutters, sprinkles, recipes, cookie boxes, papers, chalk labels, & cocoa spoons Celebrate in Details: printables FestiveFetti: Custom confetti Two Chihuahua: banner Amalfi Décor: cake stands

A CHRISTMAS AFFAIR Venue: One Eleven East Hutto, Tx Tableware and Signage: Ship Party Return Cakes & Cookies: Latin Bakery Austin Dessert Tree: Polkadots Cupcake Factory Austin Gingerbread Houses: Rommy Cacho Santa Belts Macarons & Hot Cocoa Spoons: El Pan y La Sal LADIES HOLIDAY MOVIE NIGHT Bunting, Lanterns, Antlers, Cups, Favor Box Supplies: Oriental Trading Wrapping Paper Table Runner: Joann Fabrics A SUGAR PLUM SOIREE Place Card Tutu Frames + Snowflake Coasters + Red/white Striped Straws: Kate Aspen Ornament Cups + Square Red Plates + Favor Jars + Wooden Nutcrackers + Tissue Flowers: Oriental Trading Company Cotton Candy: Spun Light Cotton Candy Striped Dessert Plates: Hoopla Events Ballet Dresses and Shoes: Amazon Cupcake Toppers: Meri Meri Tissue Tassel Garland: Glam Fete Glitter Cake Topper: Sugar Parties LA

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MOMMY & ME CRAFT PARTY Venue and large wood signs: Anders Ruff Workshop Personalized napkins, and Christmas pillows: Shutterfly Christmas party décor and mini bell Christmas ornaments: Hobby Lobby Red Christmas house: Pottery Barn Kids Grand majestic garland: Front Gate French square milk glasses: Via Blossom Christmas Cookies : Amy Dong CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT MAKING PARTY Paper plates and cups: Crowing Details


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Twinkle Twinkle Little Party Holiday Issue 2017  

This issue is filled with gorgeous holiday party ideas for kids and adults. We are also sharing fun DIY tutorials, such as a dreamy Advent C...

Twinkle Twinkle Little Party Holiday Issue 2017  

This issue is filled with gorgeous holiday party ideas for kids and adults. We are also sharing fun DIY tutorials, such as a dreamy Advent C...

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