Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Will Your Elf Be On The Shelf?

Once upon a time, a long time ago, Santa Claus sat in his workshop at the North Pole thinking. He knew he needed to get presents to all the good little boys and girls across the world, but how would he really know if they had been good or bad all year? One day, he had a wonderful idea. He gathered his elves around him and delivered an important message. He was going to send each of them to a home with young children, where they would live from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. Each night, the elves were to travel back to the North Pole and tell Santa everything the children had done had been good. Each morning, the elves would arrive back at the house before the children awoke so they could hid in a different place. The children would excitedly seek them out so they could whisper their Christmas wishes to the elves.
       So goes the story of a delightful children's book, written by a woman named, Carol Aebersold and her daughter, Chanda Bell. Since it's publication in 2005, The Elf on the Shelf has won multiple awards and inspired many families around the world to begin their own Elf on the Shelf Christmas traditions.
     Elf on the Shelf has become a wonderful source of inspiration for all of us at Ornaments for Keeps. We fell in love with the story the first time we heard it, and we have loved getting to participate in this adorable family tradition through the creation of our personalized elf ornaments.
     This year, we invite you and your family to join in the fun! Our customized elf Christmas ornaments make the perfect elves for your children to search the house for every morning. Though we live in an increasingly digital world, we don't want the next generation to grow up without the same sense of imagination and wonder that filled our hearts when we were young. It's through fanciful traditions like these that we help keep our children's imaginations alive.
     We hope you'll start a new family tradition this year by inviting the elves into your home, and we would be honored to get to be part of it!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Party Through the Holidays!

     The past several years, ever since the Ugly Sweater party was made popular, it seems like that's the theme of every holiday party I've attended. Don't get me wrong, this has made for some very fun nights but my creative mind started thinking there is so much about Christmas and everything to do with Christmas, surely there has to be something else...so here I go!
1. Pet Party
    Our pets have become part of the family. Why not have a party where they're invited too? Dress them up in their favorite Christmas outfit and have a parade with a contest at the end. Of course, you'll need pet friendly appetizers too:)
2. Charity Night
    Most of us are so blessed, why not give back a little at the holidays? With your invitation, send each guest a pick from the Angel tree. These can be found almost anywhere such as Church, stores and restaurants. Then, on the night of the party, have everyone bring their specially picked gifts for the family in need.

3. White Christmas
    I know this may be a little non-traditional considering most holiday wear revolves around red and green. But everyone dreams of a white Christmas so make it happen. Have all of your guests come dressed in white. Make it a chili night and do a white chicken chili and white cocktails like the White Lady. I could go on and on about all the ideas, this one would be really fun!
4. Ornament Making Party
    This one is right up our alley! Get a whole bunch of the clear ball ornaments found in any hobby store. Lay out paints, glitter, beads and glue and let your guests go to town! Not only will this be a blast but everyone can take home a memory of the night.
5. Elfin' Around
    Just like it sounds, this party will be all about the little guys that work at the North Pole. It would be great if you could get everyone to dress up, but if not, maybe just the host and hostess could be Santa's little helpers. Use elf themed d├ęcor and mini appetizers. I'd say mini cocktails but...nah:)

So I hope this helps give you some creative inspiration on getting out the rut of the same ole, same ole. Follow us for more great holiday ideas to come!

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