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November 2013

Christmas Crafts

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. November 27, 2013 431 Views No comments

Looking for the perfect crafts to get kids in the Christmas spirit? With many of us starting our Christmas shopping and preparing for the holidays, it is the perfect time to sit down with kids for some quality family time. One of the best ways to do this is by having a family craft night where you can make a variety of fun craft projects for decorating your house or making gifts. With all the great Christmas crafts available, you can easily spend multiple weekends creating the perfect Christmas crafts for everyone in your family!


Christmas Crafts: Ornaments
For many kids, nothing is more fun than making your own Christmas ornaments and then displaying them on the family Christmas tree. Making your own ornaments isnt only a fun Christmas craft, but gives parents a fun piece of their childrens childhood that they can displayer for many years to come. For younger children, you may want to consider making some magic Color Scratch ornaments, since these are fairly simple crafts that still allow children to get creative. All you need is a scratching tool and you can make a variety of fun ornaments shaped as angels, crosses, and a variety of other fun shapes. For older children, you may want to consider going with unpainted or make your own ornament sets since these are Christmas crafts that are a bit more involved. No matter what type of ornament you decide to make, kids will love displaying them on the tree and showing them off to friends.

 

Christmas Crafts: Jewelry
Many little girls love making jewelry, especially holiday themed jewelry that they can wear to school or at local Christmas parties. Some of the more popular Christmas jewelry crafts let kids make complicated beaded necklaces and charm bracelets. Our personal favorite are craft projects like snowman charm bracelets since they are perfect for Christmas parties that have children of various religions. They are also perfect for Christmas stockings since they can be worn throughout the winter, allowing kids to enjoy this Christmas craft project even after Christmas! Just make sure you pick jewelry kits that are age appropriate to make sure all the girls at your party have fun!

 

Christmas Crafts: Gifts
Even though many parents dont think about it, Christmas crafts are the perfect homemade Christmas gifts for parents to give out to friends and family. Most people love getting homemade gifts since they are a bit more personal. If you are making homemade gifts, make sure to pick craft projects that are easy to make but usable, such as decorative reusable bags, jewelry, or even painted jewelry boxes. While these gifts make take a bit more time for mom and dad, kids will love being able to give gifts that they made themselves. Best of all, these homemade gifts can even be packaged in reusable bags or Christmas bags that are designed to be colored by kids. With the right amount of time and preparation, its easy to keep kids busy throughout the holiday season with fun Christmas crafts!

Children's Christmas Party

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. November 27, 2013 359 Views No comments

Trying to plan the perfect Christmas party for your children? While many of us are used to planning office Christmas parties, very few of us know how to plan an appropriate Christmas party for kids that is not only fun, but captures the essence of a children's favorite holiday. Planning the perfect Christmas party for children is easy, as long as you are willing to be creative and bring out the true meaning of Christmas at your kid themed party!


Christmas Themes When many of us think of a children's Christmas party, we think of Santa Claus. While a Santa Claus themed party is very popular, there are other great themes available for a children's Christmas party. Over the past few years, parents have started being more creative when it comes to Christmas parties. Some of the most popular themes that are used for kids Christmas parities include:

  • Snowmen
  • Angel
  • Penguin
  • Nativity
  • Santa & His Elves

When planning for your Christmas party, make sure you pick a theme out first before you purchase anything. This will make sure you don't overspend for your party.


Christmas Tableware One area where many parents overspend when it comes to planning children's Christmas parties is tableware. We may be tempted to buy extravagant sets like we would for adults, but this really isn't necessary, especially if you are decorating the house with fun Christmas figures and Christmas decorations with your party theme. We recommend buying red or green tableware sets. This will help bring down your costs and allow you to spend more money on cute Christmas decorations.


Christmas Decorations When it comes to creating the perfect kids Christmas party, nothing is more fun than buying Christmas decorations. With so many different Christmas decorations available, it is fun to decorate your party with Christmas inflatables and Christmas stuffed animals with your parties theme. One way to give your party a unique feel is using Christmas lights and stockings as part of your decorations, especially if you use personalized stockings as goody bags! If you would like to add a fun twist to your Christmas party, you may also want to add Christmas themed costumes to your party. Kids love dressing up as angels, reindeer, or elves for Christmas parties. Encourage children to dress up by providing simple costumes for all of the children, including halos and angel wings. Not only will this look cute, but will give you cute picture moments with all the kids at your party!


Christmas Foods With all the different Christmas candy available today, it is easy to find candies that fit your party theme. Along with Christmas candies, you may also want to consider going with cool Christmas themed baking sets, including Christmas themed cupcakes and cookies. Making these cool treats is as simple as buying baking trays that are Christmas tree shaped. To add a cool look to all your treats for your children's Christmas party, don't forget cute Christmas themed cupcake skirts and Christmas food picks.

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Christmas Gift Crafts

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. November 27, 2013 352 Views No comments

Trying to find some cool crafts that your kids can give as gifts this Christmas season? While you can buy cheap gifts at most retail stores, these gifts are usually boring and leave many children feeling like they had no real part in purchasing gifts for their friends and family. One way that you can get children more involved in giving Christmas gifts is having them make their own gifts with cool craft projects designed just for kids!

Cool Christmas Crafts During the Christmas season, nothing is more fun than helping children create fun Christmas themed craft projects. While you can make fun Christmas ornaments for your own tree, these ornaments are perfect for kids to give to grandparents or other family members. When looking for craft ornaments to give as gifts, make sure you pick ones that are appropriate for the child's age range. Some children love magic scratch ornaments, while other kids love creating more detailed ornaments, which usually include a bit more fine detail. Some of the most popular of these ornaments include photo frame ornaments with a Christmas theme.

Along with Christmas ornaments, don't forget that there are always a large selection of Christmas themed jewelry available during the holiday season. Many of these craft projects are made to be given as gifts, coming with cute personal messages or Christmas sayings, making them the perfect gifts. Since many of these projects can be time consuming, we recommend that a parent be involved in any make your own craft projects that involves beads or intricate jewelry work.

Wooden Craft Projects Even though many parents don't think about it, some of the most precious Christmas gifts that kids can give family and friends are painted items. While many adults think of painting birdhouses and flower pots as spring crafts, they are the perfect Christmas gifts for family. Older kids especially love giving wooden jewelry boxes and other unique crafts, allowing them to personalize the project to make it the perfect gift. If you are giving a painted item, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to help your child design and paint the project to make sure it is finished in time for Christmas.

Design Your Own Gifts If there is one timeless craft project that nearly any family member loves to get for Christmas, it is special crafts designed just for them. Children love making their own mugs and photo frames for family members. For the Christmas season, it is best to go with Christmas or religious themed items, especially photo frames. Always make sure the craft project is something that your children will love to make, since this will guarantee it is appropriate for a child to give as a gift to a family member or friend.

With all the different craft projects available today for kids, there is no reason to purchase expensive Christmas presents for children to give as gifts. It doesn't matter if your child loves to paint or make jewelry, you can find the perfect projects for any child to give as a gift this holiday season.

Plan an Afternoon Christmas Tea Party

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. November 27, 2013 316 Views No comments

Everyone has a traditional Christmas party, so why not be different and host an afternoon Christmas tea party for a few of your closest friends. Three or four guests will be an intimate get-together but if you would prefer something larger you can plan on a buffet for the holiday treats.

When and Where to Have the Party

For a tea party that will be light a good time to start is around 3:30 or 4:00 in the afternoon. If you live in a cold weather climate find a cozy spot in your house where it will not be difficult to serve. If you have a fireplace, that will be ideal. A crackling fire will bring warmth and holiday cheer to each guest that attends. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can always set up your tea party next to your Christmas tree and be sure to have the lights twinkling for added ambiance.

Decorating for Your Afternoon Christmas Tea party

All your tables should be set with red, green or gold tablecloths. We have a lovely assortment of name holders such as our Silver Bell with Dangling Heart Charm that is perfect for the season. You can also decorate the table with our Perfect Heart Scented Rose Soaps as they are red and will fit the theme. As an added bonus, put our Pink Hot Chocolate Mix on the tables so that the ladies can have a hot cup of chocolate at home so that it brings to mind the lovely time they had at your party.

If you have Christmas themed tableware and linens, now would be the time to use them. You can even mix and match items that complement each other and try to use gold and silver so that they sparkle. As a centerpiece you can use fresh greenery such as pine cones and holly that can be made into a beautiful low lying display. Flickering candlelight will also add to the holiday mood so be sure to include one or two tea lights on each table. We have a nice assortment of tea lights from which to choose such as teacups and tea lights miniature porcelain tea light holders or Royal Jeweled Tea Lights.

You may want to give your guests favors for when they leave and we have a great selection of those from which to choose. A long Stem Red Rose Lollipop accompanied by a green Feather tea party hat may tickle the guests fancy as well as a red Feather Fan.

>Serve traditional Christmas cookies and candies and perhaps even offer some mulled cider. It is all up to you how fancy or how casual you want your Christmas tea party to be. As long as you have fun planning and executing the party that is what really matters. One thing is for certain, anyone that attends will be quite impressed with your choice of a holiday get-together and you may inspire your guests to try something like it during the next holiday season.

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Winter Crafts

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. November 26, 2013 391 Views No comments

Nothing is more boring for kids than being stuck at home doing nothing during Christmas vacation. For parents, Christmas vacation is the perfect time for family bonding and working together as a family by making fun craft projects. With Christmas being just around the corner, it is the perfect time to make winter themed crafts, or other fun craft projects that parents usually don't have time to make with their children. To make the most out of this time with your kids, here are some craft ideas that are guaranteed to be hits with children of all ages!

Christmas Crafts

With Christmas being just around the corner, this is the perfect time to make fun Christmas crafts as a family. Instead of buying pre-made ornaments, consider spending a weekend making fun, homemade ornaments as family. Kids love making cute ornaments, ranging from magic scratch ornaments to fun photo frame angel ornaments. Since these ornaments are made by your children, they can all be personalized to give your tree a unique look for the holiday season. Not only will kids love making ornaments and decorating the family tree, but you will be able to enjoy inexpensive Christmas decorations made from the heart.

Baking Crafts

Nothing is better than baking cookies or cupcakes on a cold winter day with Mommy, especially when you are decorating these foods with holiday kits. With all the different winter and Christmas themed food kits, kids can make just about any food they like feel like Christmas. For a fun weekend projects, make snowman shaped cookies or cupcakes and decorate them with cute Christmas themed cupcake skirts. Kids are guaranteed to love making and eating these cool winter treats! If you are unsure what type of sweet treats to make with your kids, look at different types of Christmas themed pans and other kits that are sold as kits. They are guaranteed to make your children smile this holiday season, as well as leaving your house smelling like Christmas!

Jewelry Making

During the holiday season, it is easy to find holiday themed jewelry. You can find just about any type of holiday charm, as well as special craft kits to make cross necklaces and nativity themed jewelry. Since jewelry making is very time consuming, the winter break is the perfect time to make some of these complicated jewelry projects. If your child loves to make jewelry, you may also want to consider making more traditional jewelry, such as beaded bracelets and friendship bracelets. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy making fun crafts with your daughter that you will both be able to enjoy all year long! Don't forget that most jewelry making crafts are also great Christmas gifts to give to friends and family.

Winter Hostess Gifts

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With Christmas right around the corner, many of us plan on spending the month of December going to numerous Christmas or New Years parties. Not only do you have to fit these parties into your busy schedule, but also take the time to find appropriate gifts to give your host or hostess. Even though some people say they are out of style, it is still considered good etiquette to give your hostess a gift - and will make sure they remember you for a long time to come! With so many different items available for the holidays, it is easy to find perfect, inexpensive winter hostess gifts for all of your favorite hosts and hostesses.


Winter Hostess Gifts - A Big Thank You
Traditionally, a hostess gift is a gift given to a host or hostess as a way to say "thank you" for inviting you to their party. This is a separate gift from a Christmas present and typically has a value of $30 or less. If you are actually staying with your host or hostess for multiple days, however, you may want to offer something more expensive, based on the amount of time you may be staying with them. Usually, a winter hostess gift is something as simple as a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates. If you are giving wine, make sure ahead of time that this is an appropriate gift based on your knowledge of the host. Try giving something that is a bit personal, but not overly so, just enough to say that you took the time to consider how much time and effort they put into organizing the party. Most of the time, a gift card is considered inappropriate since it is not a personal gift.

 

Unique Winter Hostess Gifts
One of the hardest things about giving winter hostess gifts during the holidays is finding inexpensive, nice gifts that are perfect for all of your hostesses. With many of us going to numerous parties during the holiday season, it is worth considering purchasing several of one item that is cute, appropriate for everyone and doesn't go against anyone's religious beliefs. For this reason, we love giving out Hatz figures during the holiday season. These fun, silly figures come in a variety of fun winter themes, including snowmen, elves, and, of course, Santa! Our personal favorite are the snowmen since they can be displayed throughout the winter season, allowing you to give your favorite host or hostess a gift that they are likely to cherish even after the holidays!

 

Winter Hostess Gifts: Wrapping
Just like any gift, it is important you spend some time finding the right gift wrapping for your winter hostess gift. Usually the wrapping is the sign people have of knowing if they are getting a good gift or something someone quickly picked up at the store. By putting a bit of extra attention into your gift, it shows that you truly care about the amount of time and effort they put into organizing the party. Also consider going with winter themed boxes and bags. Along with the right tissue paper and ribbons, your favorite hosts will not be able to wait to open your special hostess gift!

Perfect Stocking Stuffers

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. November 26, 2013 287 Views No comments

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffers for children in your family? With Christmas being right around the corner, its the perfect time to start looking for stocking stuffers. While children are obviously excited about being visited by Santa, that doesnt meant they arent excited to see what gifts may be hiding in their stockings. With all the different toys and candies on the market today, it is easy to find the perfect stocking stuffers for boys and girls alike. Just dont be surprised if you find yourself buying bigger stockings this year with all the cool treats available today!


Perfect Stocking Stuffers: Candy
When it comes to filling stockings, you cant forget Christmas candy! Kids love to dump their stocking to find a variety of fun yummy candies! No matter whom you ask, candy is really the perfect stocking stuffer for kids of all ages. We personally love Christmas character sucks and swirl lollipops. These classic candies are loved by kids of all ages and great filler for stockings. If you are filling stockings for older kids, you may also want to include some candy sticks. These swirl candies come in a variety of flavors, allowing kids who dont like peppermint to still enjoy some Christmas candy!

 

Perfect Stocking Stuffers: Jewelry
If you have girls in your family, jewelry is always a safe stocking stuffer. Girls of all ages love getting fun and unique jewelry in their stockings. While you can find fairly inexpensive jewelry, it is possible to get some nice jewelry for little girls without spending a fortune. One of the best ways to do this is buying Christmas charm bracelets or craft kits designed to let kids make their own jewelry. These kits are a great way to keep kids business after opening gifts and let kids have a nice piece of jewelry without you spending too much money. For girls, a fun jewelry crafts are the perfect stocking stuffers!

 

Perfect Stocking Stuffers: Stationary
While children many not want to think about school during Christmas break, that doesnt mean they dont love finding fun stationary and school supplies. Girls especially love to collect cute pencils and erasers, knowing that they can show them off when they go back to school. These are the perfect stocking stuffers since they are fairly small, inexpensive, and get a great deal of attention if you find unique stationary in themes kids love. Sometimes you can even find stationary in fun Christmas themes, such as snowmen. Just make sure to perfect items that you know kids will love showing off at school!


Perfect Stocking Stuffers: Toys
Of course, not stocking is complete without a variety of toys for your favorite children. With all the different toys available today, it is easy to find the perfect stocking stuffers when it comes to toys. Since most children are used to electronics, however, we highly recommend going with small, classic games, such as jacks or even marbles. Since kids arent exposed to many of these games anymore, they are both new and exciting, especially if they can play them with Mommy and Daddy. With the right amount of planning, it is easy to find the right gifts for everyone in your family!

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