Christmas Cocktails & Crafts

It only took 10 months, but it was finally my turn to host Cocktails & Crafts again!  What is C & C, you ask?  Why, it’s only the greatest and most fun excuse to get together with friends and enjoy being creative while also enjoying a delicious beverage.  To see crafty ideas past, or to learn more about how you can start a C  & C group of your own, just click here.

So I lucked out and was happy to be able to share a few holiday-appropriate crafts with my friends, especially now that most of us have a slight reprieve from preschool, classes, and the like that usually make up our busy schedules.  With the holidays comes a little down time, and with down time comes anxiety: what the heck am I supposed to do with them all day?  Well here is one last-minute Christmas craft that will require only materials you probably have at home.  But before I get to that, let me set the scene:

I was a little better prepared than the last time I hosted; no major crafty disasters, no food that I couldn’t prepare.  Well, we did have a pizza that imploded in my new oven, but even that couldn’t slow me down.  Add some alcohol-included eggnog and some red wine, and we had a pretty awesome evening!

Okay, so back to the craft.  What was it?

Handprint Rudolph, of course!

I found this craft at Meet the Dubiens (as I find crafts almost daily–good thing I’m not on Pinterest yet because I would basically just pin the entire site).  The directions are pretty self-explanatory, but let me just give you a quick rundown of what you will need:

  • brown card stock for head
  • red card stock for nose
  • googly eyes
  • brown paint for handprint antlers
  • white card stock to glue finished product on
  • glue
  • scissors

I think the picture pretty much explains it.  Let me know if you need more direction.  Just copy my Rudolph and have fun!

If your kid is still too young to do proper handprints, consider choosing Stephanie’s option for young Porter, and just trace baby’s handprints and then cut them out of brown paper.

Then have a glass of eggnog, mingle with your friends, eat some delicious treats, and have a great time!

I still had leftover materials from the fingerprint Christmas trees we made earlier this week, so people had the option to also make those, or just to be as creative as they liked.  The kids played and the pizza had its issues, but at this point in the night we just had fun.

I think everyone had a great time, and there was so much crafting going on, with kids running around and having fun nonstop, that by the end the kids were a little punch drunk  and overstimulated.  Hence the belly comparison contest–who do you think is the winner: Stella, Em, or Jax?  Em wasn’t sure what the heck was going on, but she definitely wanted in!

I love that our Cocktails and Crafts group has already come full circle, and that I was able to get into more of the Christmas spirit by preparing my home and getting my craft on with others!  And I love that my friends have been willing to participate in something that started out as solely for the blog, but has since grown into a monthly tradition we all look forward to and enjoy!  Thank you, dear friends, as always!

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