Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year: 2010 Hot Trends, What's coming in 2011?

To wrap up the year, I wanted to add my 2 cents about some trends I've been noticing-- would love to know your favorite things from this past year, and what you look forward to seeing in 2011!

As seen on the Modern Mom by John W Golden on Etsy
Move over Owl, Here Comes the Fox
Have you noticed that the fox is everywhere? First it was birds, then owls, and now the sly fox has seemed to have taken it's place. Although these cute little woodland creatures seem to co-mingle so well, I've definitely noticed that the fox is the hottest in the crowd! Let's see if he can stay on top in 2011.


Cake Pops on Amazon
Cake Pops are Hot!
Is the cupcake reign over? Some would argue yes, some would say no way... but let me tell you, any treat on a stick is just too cool. The cake pop phenomenon is just so great. Have you seen them yet? If not, you must check it out!



Photo Booth Props: Beyond the Mustache
Mustache props are so cute, but folks are definitely moving on... there are clown props on a stick, santa/christmas props on a stick.... and much more. I think we just love to put things on a stick and make funny faces! I wonder where this trend will lead? Perhaps it may lead back to just a good ol' dress up box next to the photo booth... like those shops at the amusement park where you can dress in western garb and get your photo taken. Who knows. But, for now, I expect to see many more props on a stick at parties for fun "candid" pics!


Woodland Fairy Cake Bunting by B.Nute productions
Cake Bunting is so Cute
Cupcakes have their fun with cute sticks to put in them, and now cakes can get that attention too! Aren't cake buntings the best? I just love anything "mini" and this is definitely one of those things that just make a cake. You can create a whole party on top of the cake now... the question is, who will want to eat it when it looks so cute? I look forward to more cake bunting in 2011, and can't wait to "miniaturize" more things to put around the party scene!

Wishing you a very Happy New Year. I look forward to plenty of parties, fun and many new trends in 2011!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Free Printable Thank You Cards for Anytime

Free Printable Thank You Cards from B.Nute productions
Here are some whimsical style Thank You cards just for you. These are perfect for writing all your notes from the Christmas present brigade, or any time of year you need to write a quick "thank you."

Free Printable Thank You Cards by B.Nute productions
Instructions for Thank You Cards
1. Select link above, and print out the cards on 8.5" x 11" card stock from your browser. I suggest using a heavier card stock to give the cards some weight. Print in landscape mode.
2. Cut out cards.
3. Fold in half, and write your greeting.
4. These cards fit A2 sized (4 3/8"x5 3/4") envelopes. 

Printable items are copyright protected, and provided free of charge by B.Nute productions for personal use only. B.Nute's printables can not be sold, altered, or provided for download on any other site. For questions or inquiries, please contact B.Nute productions.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Free Printable Thank You Cards for the Kids

Free Printable Thank You Cards by B.Nute productions
My mom was a stickler for writing Thank You cards! I remember distinctly her refusing to give us our Christmas check from our great aunt until we had our thank you notes written! I must admit, I am so thankful that she instilled this courtesy in me... I do think Thank You notes are important, and only hope my kids feel the same way some day as well!

To help out with the note writing, here are some fun Thank You card designs. They are great for kids, teens or adults... just click, print, cut, write and send! Thank you for appreciating a the art of a good thank you!

Free Printable Thank You Cards by B.Nute productions


Instructions for Thank You Cards
1. Select link above, and print out the cards on 8.5" x 11" card stock from your browser. I suggest using a heavier card stock to give the cards some weight. Print in landscape mode.
2. Cut out cards.
3. Fold in half, and write your greeting.
4. These cards fit A2 sized (4 3/8"x5 3/4") envelopes. 

Printable items are copyright protected, and provided free of charge by B.Nute productions for personal use only. B.Nute's printables can not be sold, altered, or provided for download on any other site. For questions or inquiries, please contact B.Nute productions.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Free Printable New Year's 2011 Banner

Free Printable 2011 New Year Banner by B.Nute productions
New Year's is approaching fast! Here's a festive banner, perfect to hang on the mantle, front door or where ever you'll be popping the champagne and celebrating.

Free Printable 2011 New Year's Banner by B.Nute productions (1 of 2)
Free Printable 2011 New Year's Banner by B.Nute productions (2 of 2)
Instructions for Making New Year's Banner
1. Select link above, and print out the pennants on 8.5" x 11" card stock from your browser. I suggest using a heavier card stock to give the cards some weight.
2. Cut out pennants.
3. Punch holes in the upper corners of the pennants and string together to make a banner!

Printable items are copyright protected, and provided free of charge by B.Nute productions for personal use only. B.Nute's printables can not be sold, altered, or provided for download on any other site. For questions or inquiries, please contact B.Nute productions.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Best Parties of the Year

1. Woodland Fairy Party Invitation by B.Nute productions
2. Nursery Rhyme Party Invitation by B.Nute productions
3. Mad Hatter Party Invitation by B.Nute productions
4. Mustache Bash Party Invitation by B.Nute productions
5. Wizard of Oz Party Invitation by B.Nute productions
It's been a banner year for B.Nute productions! I want to thank all my wonderful customers for keeping me busy and inspired all year round. Above are a few of my most popular invitations. I had so much fun creating them, and have been even happier that they have been so well received. I look forward to many more fun themes in 2011.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from B.Nute productions

My sister and I on Christmas morning with our Cathy Quick Curl dolls...
notice the Knit Magic machine and finger paints. A banner year!
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, and 
Santa treats you as well as he did for me in this photo!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Free Printable Holiday Activity Roundup

Free Printable Holiday Activities by B.Nute productions
I hope you things aren't too crazy at your house and you're taking some time to enjoy the holidays-- if you have last minute wrapping or shopping, or if you'd just like to sit, sip some cocoa, and catch up on some reading, here's a round up of activities from previous posts that are sure to keep all ages occupied for a little while! Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Free Holiday Printable Roundup

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tag Roundup by B.Nute productions


I don't know if you're like me right now, 
but I'm up to my eyeballs in wrapping! :)
Just in case you missed a past post, 
here's a roundup of the 
free holiday printables I've been posting... 
perfect during your wrapping frenzy!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Free Printable Christmas Bingo Cards

Free Printable Christmas Bingo Cards from B.Nute productions
Do you have a long road trip ahead this holiday? Heading to the mall to do some last minute shopping? How about driving around the neighborhood to see the lights and decorations? Here's a great Christmas Break Activity for you and the kids... Christmas Bingo Cards! Just print them out and take them along on your outing. First one to get a row, or even blackout wins!
Free Printable Christmas Bingo Cards from B.Nute productions
Instructions for Making Christmas Bingo Cards
1. Select link above, and print out the bingo cards on 8.5" x 11" card stock from your browser. I suggest using a heavier card stock to give the cards some weight. Print in landscape mode.
2. Cut out card.
3. Head out on your road trip or holiday excursion and bring the cards. Bring a pen to cross off the items that have been found. Be sure to print a couple extra if you want to play again!

Printable items are copyright protected, and provided free of charge by B.Nute productions for personal use only. B.Nute's printables can not be sold, altered, or provided for download on any other site. For questions or inquiries, please contact B.Nute productions.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Break Activity: Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments
The Perfect Christmas Break Activity for the Family
Christmas break is upon us! The kids are out of school, and ready for some holiday fun. I know, I know, there is still so much to do before the big day, but this year, I've tried to give myself a little break and enjoy the season.

Here is one of the activities I've done with my kids - making dough ornaments. Each stage -from playing with the dough to painting, was loads of fun, and now we have some great home made gifts to give family and friends. Below are instructions for your Christmas Break Activity.

How to Make Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments
Simple Salt Dough Recipe
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3 Tablespoons salt
1/3 cup water

Instructions
1. Mix the dough ingredients together, and set out on an area for kids (and you) to play! Roll, knead, and have fun.
2. After playing with the dough, get out your cookie cutters and begin to cut into your favorite holiday shapes.
3. Place the dough on cookie sheets to bake. Use a skewer to make a hole in the top so it can be strung with ribbon and put on a tree.
4. Bake in the oven at 250 degrees fahrenheit for about 1.5-2hours or until firm.
5. Once cooled, dust off any excess flour, and paint.
6. Seal the ornament with a clear acrylic like Mod Podge. We used Mod Podge Sparkle to add some glitter.
7. Almost there-- now string the ornaments with ribbon, and hang on your tree or give as presents!

Stay tuned this week for more Christmas Break fun!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Free Printable New Year's Flag

Free Printable New Year's Flags by B.Nute productions
Ring in 2011 with festive flair with your very own Happy New Year flag! Make a bunch, and hand out at your party or the New Year's Eve party your heading to. Everyone will love to wave it when the clock strikes midnight (that is, after they get their New Year's kiss!)
Free Printable New Year's 2011 Flags by B.Nute productions
Instructions for Making New Year's Flags
1. Select link above, and print out the flag on 8.5" x 11" card stock from your browser. I suggest using a heavier card stock to give the flags some weight. Print in landscape mode.
2. Cut out each flag and fold in half.
3. Wrap around a long dowel or barbecue skewer stick, and use double stick tape to stick the folded halves together.
4. Wave proudly when midnight strikes on New Year's Eve!

Printable items are copyright protected, and provided free of charge by B.Nute productions for personal use only. B.Nute's printables can not be sold, altered, or provided for download on any other site. For questions or inquiries, please contact B.Nute productions.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Free Printable Whimsical New Year's Drink and Dessert Flags

Free Printable New Years Drink and Dessert Flags by B.Nute productions
Ring in the New Year with whimsical flair with these free printable drink or dessert flags. Attach to straws for kids' drinks or to a plastic swizzle stick for cocktails. Everyone will love the festive fun! Another option is to decorate your desserts and cupcakes with these flags. Just attach them to a toothpick or small lollipop stick and put them on top.
Free Printable New Year's Drink or Dessert Flags by B.Nute productions

Instructions for Making New Year's Drink or Dessert Flags
1. Select link above, and print out the tags on 8.5" x 11" card stock from your browser. I suggest using a heavier card stock to give the flags some weight. 
2. Cut out each flag and fold in half.
3. Wrap around a straw, toothpick, swizzle stick or lollipop stick, and use double stick tape to stick the folded halves together.
4. Put in drinks or on desserts and ring in the New Year!
Printable items are copyright protected, and provided free of charge by B.Nute productions for personal use only. B.Nute's printables can not be sold, altered, or provided for download on any other site. For questions or inquiries, please contact B.Nute productions.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Years Eve Soirée Party Ideas, Decorations, Menu and More...

A New Years Eve Soirée Party Invitation by B.Nute productions on Etsy
10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1...
Happy New Year!!

Are you ready for the big night? Do you have plans to attend a gala affair? If not, why not throw your own little New Years Soirée. Whether you want a large party or a small intimate gathering, this elegant New Years Eve Soirée is the perfect party for you! Here are some ideas for your festive evening.

New Years Eve Soirée Inspiration Board

Decoration Ideas
Pick a Palette - How about silver and blue, or gold and black? An elegant, yet simple palette is perfect for a New Years gathering, just make sure there is some sparkle to go with the bubbles of the champagne. Use this palette in all your serving items and paper products- For instance, with a silver and ice blue palette, make sure to have a silver tray, a silver ice bucket, and some light blue napkins and small plates for nibbles.
 Photo by Collaging-Kristen
Clocks and Watch Faces - Time is of the essence on this night, so make a decoration wall of clocks, or use vintage watch faces as decoration on the buffet or bar to remind everyone to watch the clock!

Vintage Noise Makers - Get out the noisemakers; the rattles, the blowers, the bells-- and get ready for some noise! Vintage Noise Makers can add also be great decoration elements before the noise begins. Put a bunch of festive blowers in a low vase, scatter bells and rattles on a buffet table. Make sure to add some hats as well.
Balloon Ceiling Example from Starlight Balloon Co.
Balloon Ceiling - There's nothing more festive than a whole bunch of balloons dropping from the "sky" at midnight. Find a simple utilitarian netting, and drape across a large portion of the ceiling. Fill with balloons. (Use a pump to blow up the balloons to save your breathe!) At midnight, pull down 2 ends of the netting and let the balloons fall on all the guests!

Menu Ideas
Since the timing of the New Years Eve party is typically pretty late (so guests stay until midnight), why not instead of serving a full dinner meal, tailor your menu to a theme-- whether it be hearty foods or sweets, it's nice to have nibbles. Here are some possible menu themes:

  • Hearty Hors D'Oeuvres - Head to a store like Trader Joe's and pick through their wide variety of hors d'oeuvres. From quiches to kabobs, you're sure to find plenty of hearty nibbles for your crowd.
  • Dessert Bar - A heavenly dessert bar is a great way to ring in the new year... cupcakes, cookies, and lots of sweet treats are sure to please.
  • Champagne and Cupcakes - Instead of a wide selection of desserts, concentrate on just cupcakes and champagne. There are so many different flavors of cupcakes available these days, all your guests will be pleased.
  • Martinis Madness - Champagne is great at midnight, but why not keep your bar to only martinis? Add some matching sweet or savory nibbles along with each different martini recipe. For instance, serve some Lemon Bars with a Lemon Drop Martini, or chocolate candies with a Chocolate Martini Recipe.  
  • The Ritz: Cocktails and Caviar - Oo, la, la... serve only the best at your soirée, caviar and cocktails! 


Games for All
Resolution Jar - Have guests write down one of their resolutions on a slip of paper. At one point in the evening, read off the resolutions and guess who's they are. Another variation of this game is to have guests write 3 resolutions (2 they truly hope to do, and one that is made up.) Post the slips of paper on a wall and let guests read them, and decide which resolution is not true.

Time Capsule - Create a time capsule from the year. Have every guest bring something special, or memorable from the past year to include in the capsule. Perhaps it's an article from a newspaper of a newsworthy event, or maybe it's something more personal like a drawing from your child. Make sure to put their name on the item. Promise to open the capsule at a New Years party 5, 10 or 20 years later to see what everyone included!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Free Printable Father Christmas Tags and Simple DIY Christmas Crackers

Free Printable Father Christmas Tags by B.Nute productions
Dress up your holiday table with these free printable old fashioned Father Christmas tags and Christmas Crackers. Below are instructions on how to print the tags as well as make a simple cracker, perfect to dress up the holiday table at each guest's place.

How to Make a Simple Christmas Cracker
Here's a step by step guide to make Christmas crackers of your own. Although these ones won't "pop", they still will be quite entertaining, especially if you find nice goodies to put inside!
1. Gather your materials for this project. You'll need photocopies of old Christmas music, festive ribbon, empty toilet paper rolls, double sided tape, and printed Father Christmas tags (see below.)
2. Fill toilet paper roll with treats-- little candies, chocolate coins, candy canes, or even small toys will be perfect.
3. Roll toilet paper around photo copy of music. Use double stick tape to attach.
4. Tie festive ribbon on either end of the wrapped toilet paper roll.
5. Your cracker is almost complete...
6. Tape Father Christmas tag to front of cracker for a perfect holiday cracker.

Free Printable Father Christmas Tags by B.Nute productions
Instructions for Making Father Christmas Tags
1. Select link above, and print out the tags on 8.5" x 11" card stock from your browser. I suggest using a heavier card stock to give the tags some weight. 
2. Cut out each tag and punch a hole in the top.
3. String with festive ribbon and put on candy bags, gifts, or use as an ornament on the tree!

Printable items are copyright protected, and provided free of charge by B.Nute productions for personal use only. B.Nute's printables can not be sold, altered, or provided for download on any other site. For questions or inquiries, please contact B.Nute productions.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Victorian Christmas Party: Dickens' Inspired Old Fashioned Party Ideas, Decorations, Menu, Games and More...

Dickens' Old Fashioned Christmas Party Invitation by B.Nute productions on Etsy
Tis the season for merriment and mirth! Why not throw an old fashioned Christmas party this year filled with Dickens' inspired, Victorian charm. Below are ideas for your old fashioned gathering, sure to delight young and old.
A Victorian Christmas Inspiration Board


Decoration Ideas
Vintage Ornaments - A large bowl of vintage glass ornaments set on a table, vintage ornaments strung with ribbon from a window, or a tree filled with old tarnished ornaments.... any and all of these ideas are perfect for decorating your space.


Photo from Martha Stewart - Pin Up Holiday Wreath
Vintage Holiday Cards - Last year I spent hours in an antique store in Portland scouring through bins of vintage holiday cards... this year they are in prominent display! Whether you get your cards at an antique store, or at Dover Publishing, for their collection of Old Fashioned Christmas postcards, be sure to fill your space with these images for charm. Drape a ribbon garland over the mantle, and hang the cards from clothes pins across the garland, or set the cards on the mantle. Another alternative is to buy an inexpensive embroidery hoop. Then, simply pin the cards around the wreath.


12 Days of Christmas Party Crackers from Williams-Sonoma
Vintage Crackers - There's nothing more festive than a festive Christmas cracker set at each person's place at the Christmas table filled with little goodies! Many are available online, and/or if you're up for it, you can make your own!


Handknit Holiday Stockings by Sundance
Old Fashioned Stockings - Your fireplace won't be complete without some old fashioned hand knit stockings... long and lean with a stuffed animal or wood toy peaking out of the top!

Mistletoe
Find some mistletoe at your local florist and hang it in the front foyer for kisses all night long.


Bouche du Noel from Plaza Sweets
Yule Log, a Roasting Fire and a Buche du Noel
There is much history surrounding the Christmas Yule log, a tradition that started even before Christmas itself! Leave the hauling of a large log for another time, but make sure to have a roasting fire in the fire place throughout the party. If you'd like to add a little French flavor to your party, serve a Bouche de Noel for all to enjoy!


Father Christmas
Well before the legend of St. Nicholas hit the British Isles (St. Nicholas' legend came to Britain around 1066), the area was seeped with traditions of Father Christmas. The rituals of Father Christmas are many, but he became known as the bestower of blessings and bounty at winter time. It was thought if you showed him hospitality, the winter would be a little less harsh. By the time of the Vikings, the idea of secret visits from Father Christmas, leaving gifts, added to the mythology.

Father Christmas was banned when the Puritans came to power, and it wasn't until the Victorian era that Father Christmas made a comeback. He was prominently featured as the Ghost of Christmas Present in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Carry on the tradition at your party, and share a little history of Father Christmas. Fill your space with images of him (the man dressed in the long cloak), and give the "Ho Ho Ho" of Santa a rest for the evening!

Vintage Toys
Vintage Victorian toys set out on the buffet or bar can add old fashioned charm to the party.

Menu and Drinks
Christmas Pudding from www.britianonview.com
There are many traditional Christmas meals served in England, but the most well known is Minced Pies (meat pies), Mulled Wine, and Christmas Plum Pudding. Enjoy these links to some old fashioned Christmas dinner traditions:
Christmas Cooking in the UK - Traditional British Christmas Foods
Christmas Mince Pie Recipe
Traditional English Recipes - Christmas Food




Parlour Games
Entertaining your guests at parties with games is not something new! Many books have been written, even from long ago, to suggest party games that will prevent "long awkward pauses" during your party. Below are just a few summarized games from a wealth of ideas from the book "How to Entertain Your Guests - A 1911 Collection of Indoor Games."

Noah's Ark - This game is more of a way to have guest mingle and find their "dinner partner" or whom they will be sitting next to at dinner. The game suggests putting a small picture of an animal on the invitation that you send (or writing the word is fine too). Then, at the party, the person needs to find their "partner" or matching animal. The pair would then head off to the table to sit next to each other. You could also hand out the animal names at the party, and have folks find their partner right before dinner.

Labyrinth of Presents - This one is a little more elaborate to set up, but could make your guests feel like kids again! Tie the end of a very long string to the top of your guests "goodie bag" or small gift. Then begin to wrap the string around the room in a maze-- around chair legs, a table, etc. At the end of the string, put a tag with the guest's name. Now proceed to do this with all your guests' gifts. In the end, this will be a tangled maze of fun! (This may be best to do in a room not used for the party.)

Shadow Game - In the book "How to Entertain Your Guests - A 1911 Collection of Indoor Games," there were many shadow games suggested. One such game is much like making finger shadows and guessing what animal it is (i.e., making a crocodile with your fingers, and casting the shadow on a wall). This game suggested taking ornaments, and casting the shadow on a wall, then guests need to guess what the ornament is (tin soldier, drum, angel, etc.). Obviously, make sure they can't see you with the ornament. You could be behind a hung white sheet, and cast the shadow on to the sheet with the guests on the other side.
Who? from Napastyle.com

Who?
Recently, Napastyle.com began to sell a whole host of nostalgic games from Britain. The game "Who?" looks like a perfect game for this party! Be sure to see their site for more!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Free Printable Old Fashioned Christmas Tags

Free Printable Old Fashioned Christmas Tags by B.Nute productions

Here's a little old fashioned treat for you... some free vintage-style Christmas tags. Perfect for presents, or even an ornament on the tree!
Free Printable Old Fashioned Christmas Tags by B.Nute productions
Instructions for Making Old Fashioned Christmas Tags
1. Select link above, and print out the tags on 8.5" x 11" card stock from your browser. I suggest using a heavier card stock to give the tags some weight. 
2. Cut out each tag and punch a hole in the top.
3. String with festive ribbon and put on candy bags, gifts, or use as an ornament on the tree!

Printable items are copyright protected, and provided free of charge by B.Nute productions for personal use only. B.Nute's printables can not be sold, altered, or provided for download on any other site. For questions or inquiries, please contact B.Nute productions.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Peppermint Party Ideas- Decorations, Menu, Games and More

Personalized Peppermint Party Invitation by B.Nute productions on Etsy
Red and White reign in this party filled with peppermint delights! Below are links to free printable Peppermint Party items as well as loads of ideas for your festive gathering.

Peppermint Party Inspiration Board
Decoration Ideas
This party couldn't be simpler to decorate-- think ruby red and crisp white. A modern, clean and crisp look will make this a festive affair. Below are some red and white decoration ideas:

  • Red and White Crepe Paper - Drape red, then white crepe paper from the ceiling to form a "tented" ceiling. A festive and a colorful addition to the space.
  • Red and White Balloons - Have bunches of red and white balloons scattered throughout the party space, or lining the walkway to the front door.
  • Red and White Table Linens and Paperware - A crisp white table cloth, and red napkin will look sharp and colorful. Now add red and white paper plates, napkins, cups, etc. Stay clear of patterns, and let the bold solid colors stand out. In the center of the table, have jars of candy canes. The more the merrier!
  • Jars of Candy Canes and Peppermints - Jars of peppermints and vases of candy canes throughout the party space will add to the look. You could also have jars of solid colored candies sprinkled in with the candy canes and peppermints. For red candies use red hots, red licorice, red M&M's, for white candies use mini-marshmallows, white mints, white M&M's, etc.


Menu Ideas
Get some red and white foods-- then mix and match and have fun! Below is a list of red and white food ideas-  some on their own, and some mixed together:

  • red licorice
  • red hots
  • cherry tomatoes and fresh mozeralla balls
  • strawberries and cream
  • raspberries and cream
  • red macaroons and vanilla frosting
  • marshmallows
  • coconut balls
  • powdered sugar cookies

Art Activity Ideas
Peppermint Garland
Buy several large bags of peppermint candies and twist ties. Have them out in large bowls on a table. Use a twist tie to tie the ends of a peppermint together. Now continue tying peppermints to each end. You can substitute small pieces of white yarn for the twist ties, and just tie the ends of the peppermints together with the yarn.

Red and White Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes
Spread red and white pipe cleaners out on a craft table, and let kids twist together and bend at the top. Voila, a candy cane pipe cleaner.... perfect as an ornament for a tree, or to tie on to a present.

Peppermint Frame
Get your glue gun out (or heavy duty glue) and some plain white inexpensive frames, and have guests glue peppermint candies to the front of the frame. Once covered, apply a generous amount of Modge Podge or similar acrylic clear coating to seal the candies. Let dry, and give to the guest to take home at the end of the party.

Game Ideas
Candy Cane Wrap
This is a take on a Halloween game called the Mummy wrap. Instead of toilet paper to wrap a person, use red and white crepe paper, and wrap the person like a candy cane! To play, have a team of 2 people be the "wrappers" and one person be the candy cane. Give each wrapper a crepe paper roll, one red and one white. Have the candy cane stand still in the middle, and have the wrappers walk around the cane until he/she is all wrapped up. Make sure to have the camera ready for a picture before the cane "breaks" through of the stripes!

Candy Cane Hunt
This game is just like an Easter Egg Hunt at Easter time, but instead of eggs, use wrapped "mini" candy canes. Depending on the party time and age of guests, you can hide the candy canes before the party, or while they are doing another activity. Limit the hunt to a room or specific area. When ready, give each guest a white bag and let the hunt begin!

Printable Peppermint Party Good
Free Peppermint Party Printables by B.Nute productions
Make sure to print out free Peppermint Party invitations and matching Peppermint Party Printables (candy bag label, menu cards, and tags) from B.Nute productions to accessorize the party!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Free Peppermint Party Printables - Menu Cards, Tags, Candy Bag Labels

Free Peppermint Party Printables by B.Nute productions

Your Peppermint Party just got a little more complete with these free printables from B.Nute productions! Be sure to first print out the free printable Peppermint Party invitation, then print these matching accessories below-- perfect for menu cards to label your buffet, gift tags (tie to candy canes, or better yet, print on sticker paper), and candy bag labels.

Free Peppermint Party Printables from B.Nute productions


Instructions for Making Peppermint Party Printables
1. Select link above, and print out the party items on 8.5" x 11" card stock from your browser. (Print in landscape mode.) I suggest using a heavier card stock to give the invitations some weight.
2. Cut out each menu card, tag and candy bag label.
3. Fill with your party information, and put on candy bags, gift bags, party table and more!

Printable items are copyright protected, and provided free of charge by B.Nute productions for personal use only. B.Nute's printables can not be sold, altered, or provided for download on any other site. For questions or inquiries, please contact B.Nute productions.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Tacky Christmas Party - Invitations, Decorations, Food Ideas and More!

Tacky Christmas Party Invitation by B.Nute productions on Etsy
Get out your light up earrings, put on that sweater with Santa on it... it's time for a hilarious Tacky Xmas Party-- filled with nostalgic bites to eat, great photo opportunities, and lots of laughs! Below are some ideas to host a Tacky Xmas Party (a.k.a., Tacky Christmas Sweater Party)... but first, a little inspiration... Beware, you may have to squint your eyes with all the brightly colored, mismatch delights!

Tacky Christmas Party Inspiration

Decoration Ideas

  • Mismatched is It - Angels, Teddy Bears, Santas, Oh My! - Head out to the local dollar store and the like and find some paper decorations to fill your walls with mismatched winter wonders. The more they clash, the better. Remember, this party is all about going over board!
  • Terrific Trinkets - Santa soap dispensers, reindeer napkin holders, snowmen toothpick holders-- search high and low in thrift stores for those great holiday trinkets. Again, the more mismatched, the better.
  • Plastic Table Cloths and Plate Ware - Holly boughs, poinsettias, snowflakes, Santa and more... all put together it will make a tacky table galore!
  • Window Stickers - Holiday window stickers are plentiful this year, and great to hang everywhere... on your mirrors, doors, where ever folks will look-- put a little kitsch Christmas charm!
  • Tinseltown - Tinsel is the best, and at this affair, the more it glitters, the better.
  • Lights - Blinking, neon, old fashioned... whatever your delight, be sure to have at least a couple strands strung about the party space.
  • Your Tacky Outfit - The best part of this party is your outfit! Find those holiday sweaters with Rudolf on them, get the snowmen headband, the elf pants... and put them all together. Perfect!


Food and Drink Ideas


The Bar
This party must have a bar set up-- even if only non-alcoholic beverages are served. Get the cooler out, and fill it with all your favorites. Then put out some bottles of liquor, and sweet mixers just in case a guest would like to fill himself with holiday cheer!

  • Beer in a Can - A 12pack of cans is perfect for this party. We're not talking fancy, shmancy brew pub or holiday brews-- this party deserves just a good ol'fashioned beer in a can like a PBR or Budweiser.
  • Wine in a Box - Wine in a box comes in all shapes and sizes. Who knew! A small box, and mix of varieties, you decided.
  • Shots All Around - Some fun shot glasses, from various airports and travel destinations will be perfect next to the bottles.
  • Bar Accessories - Swizzle Sticks, Napkins, Beer Cozies - Don't forget the accessories. To keep your beer cool, all will love a Christmas Beer Cozie. How 'bout a swizzle stick or two? Always fun to have in your beverage.


The Food
Remember all those goodies that were set out at parties in the 60's and 70's? Perhaps your Mom made a delicious 80's dish? This party is all about nostalgic, and somewhat unhealthy dishes... but, boy, do they taste good!


  • Wieners or Vienna Sausages - Whether you want to wrap them in dough (pigs in blankets), or just serve them warmed with toothpicks, wieners are a must!
  • Ritz and Cheez Whiz - Mmmm, cheese from a can. Who ever thought of this was brilliant! Just spray some on some Ritz crackers and voila, a perfect hors d'oeuvres! Oh yeah, if you'd like, you can keep some Ritz without just in case someone doesn't like cheese from a can. (Could that be possible?!)
  • Sour Cream and Onion Dip & Potato Chips - Good ol'Lipton Soup Onion Mix is what we used to use when growing up... I'm sure there are many brands out there that will do just as well. An easy dip that tastes great!
  • Chex Mix - There are so many different types of cereal mix recipes online, that I'm sure at least 1 or 2 will please guests!
  • Meatballs - Warm meatballs in a Crockpot are another perfect appetizer all will love. Make sure to have some festive toothpicks ready to use!
  • Deviled Eggs - Deviled eggs always remind me of my grandmothers house... she made some tasty ones! For the holidays, be sure to serve with a little pimento and parsley for the green and red.
  • Other Delicacies: Twinkies, HoHos, Ding Dongs, Fiddle Faddle and More - Oh, how many horrible, I mean delicious treats are still out on the market, waiting to be served at your Tacky Christmas Party. The good news is if folks don't finish these off this year, you can always serve them next year, since I heard they have a long shelf life!


Party Games

White Elephant Gift Exchange
There's nothing like a White Elephant Gift Exchange at this party. Decide ahead of time if the gifts should be silly or "real", and then have a lot of fun! Above are some great presents that were exchanged at our Tacky Christmas Party - Finger lights (?), straw glasses to sip your drink from, and a Hooters wing gift set. These were well sought after!

Tacky Ornament Exchange
Why not exchange ornaments... but instead of a lovely vintage item, or delicate handmade number, find the tacky-est, cheesiest ornament out there, wrap it up, and the receiver will cherish it forever! An ornament exchange can be played just as a white elephant gift exchange, so just follow the same rules, but have all the presents be ornaments.



The Thorne Room
Don't forget the bathroom. This can be the best part of the party for your guests! There are loads of tacky Christmas bathroom accessories waiting to be purchased and put to good use! Above is a soft, plush Santa toilet seat cover... think of all the other items that can be put in this room for your guests entertainment... the possibilities are endless.