I love throwing parties. I love making things. I love Christmas. Add all these ingredients together and you get… a Christmas Boutique.
In preparation for the party, I remind myself that it doesn’t have to be perfect. A few days before our party, we had gotten a lot of rain, and our playroom roof sprung a leak. The ceiling, one wall, and the carpet were all ruined. But the party must go on. 🙂 We put fans on the carpet and dried it out as best we could and decided to deal with it after the party.
I cannot throw parties without the help of my husband and the kids. Joey cleans, helps to set up, finishes projects… the kids clean their tushies off the day of the party. I don’t know what I would do without them. I told Joey, “I couldn’t throw these parties without you.” And he replied with a smile, “I wouldn’t throw these parties without you.” Poor guy… but he always helps cheerfully, without complaint.
We had decided that our proceeds would go to help a couple of families for Christmas, so the entire family (except my wee one) pitched in to help make items to sell. Joey was cutting live mistletoe and logs for trivets and coasters. The kids were collecting sticks and logs to make wooden star toppers and Christmas trees and pine-cones to make ornaments and hair wreaths. Sophia and I were busy crocheting chains and making pom poms for our anthropologie-inspired snowball garland.
Our Pinterst-inspired wooden Christmas tree
I invited friends and families and posted this invitation on Facebook along with a note asking if anyone was interested in selling items at the boutique.
Christmas boutique invitation. chalkboard art made by Kinderfarmhomeschool and picmonkey.com.
Eight other people were interested in selling their items, so it made for a very fun party with lots of beautiful things. They brought ribbon, handmade items such as gift tags, knitted sweaters, scarves, baby booties, washcloths, sachets, hair accessories, jewelry, lotions and body scrubs (and so much more…) We had young girls participating in the party as well who made breads, jams, dog and horse treats and peanut brittle. One friend brought hand-made nativity sets made by orphans in Haiti. The tables were over-flowing with beautiful things.
Some friends (thank you Kim family) fed and entertained my husband, boys and babe for the evening while Sophia and I hosted the party.
Here are pictures from the party…
Here are all of my goodies, along with one of the nativity sets shown above.
With the holiday season being as busy as it is, not all who wanted to come were able. But we had many who were able to come support with fellowship and buying gifts. Through their generosity, we made enough money to support two families for Christmas. It was a night full of fun and fellowship.
The day after, I was pretty tired. Remember, I’m an introvert and as much as I love parties, they take my energy instead of fill me with it. The day after parties you will find me staying at home all day, in my jammies, as alone as you can be with four littles, drinking a big cuppa comfort. But it’s always worth it, because I love having the parties.
It won’t be long and these two will be hosting the party…
Photo credit to Ayme Frykman
Sophia said the next day, “I wish it was yesterday again. Because then we would be almost ready for our Christmas Boutique.” Well my dear, the party might be over, but we can get ready for next year…
We’re finishing up orders people placed with us that night, and then we will already start making more for next year. I have a feeling this Christmas Boutique has become another one of our traditions…