This picture looks much darker than the room actually was. But we did turn out most of the overhead lights.
Remember the strands of lights tied with tulle from LAST YEAR? We took the red tulle and reused them. It added so much to the ambiance. We also used wrapping paper (one roll cut in half) once again as a runner down the middle of the tables. It's such an easy inexpensive way to add color to the tables.
Julie found these darling plates, napkins and cups at Sam's Club and they were absolutely perfect.
Here is one of the centerpieces. VERY EASY to make. I got it all at Dollar Tree except for the ribbon which I got at Michael's and the rock salt that I got at the grocery store. First, There is a big dinner plate-sized snowflake laid flat on the table. On top of that is a 12" glass cylinder vase filled halfway with rock salt. Topped with a battery operated pillar candle (Yes, I got those at Dollar Tree.) A plastic snowflake hangs from snowflake ribbon tied around the vase. The candles are so pretty. They actually change colors. You can't see it in the pictures, but it shows in the video at the end of this post. There were 10 of these per table. We had 4 tables total each of which actually consisted of 5 long church tables.
We put about 4 of these little dishes of snow on each table. The snow is actually cotton candy. I bought the cotton candy at Walmart. I made the little "Let It Snow!" tags by printing out the tags below and cutting them out and then gluing a Popsicle stick to the back. I got the little blue snowflake dishes at Dollar Tree.
Print tags HERE.
You know how the kids eat so quickly and then get restless and start running around before the adults have a chance to finish? Dana had the brilliant idea of setting up a table with activities for the kids to do instead of running wild.
As far as the program goes, Dana passed around a sign up sheet asking for volunteers. It was a nice program and the food was delish! Julie was in charge of that. Yes, we had ham, but it was moist and yummy. The hams came from Sam's club and we had several volunteers warm them and bring them to the church warm. We also had volunteers bake potatoes. We had YUMMY salad (recipe below) and a potluck dessert table. I LOVE THE PEOPLE WHO STAYED AND CLEANED UP! Many hands really do make light work!!! So glad I was able to help with this and also very glad it's done and I can move on. :)
Here's the EASY and DELICIOUS salad recipe. It was a HUGE hit!
Bagged salad ( iceberg lettuce, purple cabbage, carrots)
canned mandarin oranges
poppy seed salad dressing
Toss together and serve.
Finally, Here is a little video I took. You can see the candle lights changing color.
Come back soon,