Christmas Toy Drive Party

I am excited to share my latest holiday party with you! 
Theme: Christmas toy drive party ~Love~ Give~ Be sweet~
 
Christmas is the perfect season to give to others.  I am encouraged to teach my daughters that we are to love and share with others who are less fortunate.  Parties don’t need to be about them all the time.  I told them we were hosting a kids holiday party where their friends could come and donate a Christmas gift for other little kids who might not have parents, or might be sick in the hospital, etc.
They were excited!
 
My friend Lindi made the invitation, tags, and labels: Love the Day
Party styling and ideas: A to Zebra Celebrations
Thank you favors bags and paper straws:  Cakes and kids too
 
 
I am always looking for ways to throw a great party on a budget! I also like to reuse and recycle a lot of my decorations.  The backdrop behind the desserts table is scrapbook paper for $.16 cents a sheet at Michaels.  I spent less than $5 to put that together.  I have a basket with tons of Christmas ribbon so I added those bows on the paper to make it look like “gifts”.  The Christmas trees were cut at my local scrapbook store. 
 
 
I pulled out all of my Christmas decorations I have collected over the years.  I buy most of my decorations after Christmas when they are on sale for 75% off and even 90% off at Hobby Lobby.  I also shop at garage sales and Goodwill for jars, platters, tablecloths, etc.  You’d be amazed the treasures you can find!
 
 
I bought all the holiday candy with coupons and some at the Dollar Tree.  It was great to receive donations from some websites since this was a charity event.  The cute paper bags and white cupcake stands are from Cakesandkidstoo.  You could contact your local stores for donations as well. 
 
 
 
My friends were happy to help as well.  One of them made the cutest brownies in the shape of a Christmas tree! They were a hit!
 
Yummy delicious cupcakes from my friend, Courtney. She is local and has her own business, Buttercream Bling
 
 
Polka dot market was happy to donate plates, napkins, cups.  I made the table runners and ribbon garlands to dress up the table.  Green punch made with lime soda and lime sherbert, hot cocoa and bottled water. The kids loved it!
 
 
 
The kids enjoyed making Christmas crafts.  I got all the ideas from Pinterest.
 
 
I set up a table where all the kids put the gift they brought to donate.  I also made a “THANK YOU” banner with scrapbook paper.  
 
 
 
The girls received a cute Christmas clip from Masterpieces of Fun Art. They were adorable!
 
 
Here are all the happy kids!
 
 
 
Vendor credits:
Invitation, tags, party circles: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lovetheday
Paper straws, paper bags and cupcake stands: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CakesAndKidsToo
Banners, table runners and styling: http://www.etsy.com/shop/atozebracelebrations
 
I will be linking this party to Home Stories A2Z for her “tutorials & tips link party”
Linking to Savvy Southern Style as well.
Linking to Somewhat Simple

Thank you all for stopping by to read!
 
What was your favorite detail?
 

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