Let guests get creative at a table stocked with supplies for making ornaments. For a bit of wintry atmosphere, suspend a bare branch from the ceiling using strong fishing line. It's the perfect spot to show off favorite ornaments and newly crafted ones.
You will need: 1.4-inch plastic ball ornament, double-sided tape, yarn, 5-inch saucer, card stock or scrapbook paper, tacky glue, twine
You will need: tacky glue, 3-inch wooden disk (available at craft stores), tissue paper, thin ribbon, thick red and white yarn, tape, twine
You will need: 1.4-inch plastic ball ornament, 1/4-inch red pom-pom, twine, double-sided tape, fuzzy yarn, tacky glue, mini cupcake liner
These soft and fuzzy ornaments make great presents for parents and teachers alike.
To warm up the party, set out thermal pitchers of cocoa and a slew of toppings: colored sugars, cinnamon, whipped cream, crushed candies.
For fancy cocoa stirrers, spear marshmallows on peppermint sticks. Avoid mug mix-ups with removable chalkboard labels ($5.99 for 12, Martha Stewart Home Office With Avery).
Treat the merry makers to an appropriately ornamental dessert. Freeze ice-cream scoops on a baking sheet for at least 30 minutes. Make the hangers: use a small knife to poke holes in mini peanut-butter cups, then insert licorice lace (we used 2-inch pieces of Pull 'n' Peel Twizzlers). At serving time, top each scoop with sugar sprinkles and a hanger.
To catch this gingerbread guy, make cheese sandwiches on wheat bread, then grill them in melted butter. Let them cool slightly, then shape them with a cookie cutter. Add cheese buttons and eyes (we used a straw to cut out the dots) and a mouth. Garnish with cucumber (we shaped ours using a holly-leaf cookie cutter) and cherry tomatoes.
Have an assortment of gumdrops or other soft candy on hand and let kids string them into necklaces to take home. Use dental floss and a metal yarn needle.
To dress up your hot-cocoa bar, use a needle to string large and mini marshmallows on fishing line. Hang the strings with painter's tape or removable poster tack.