My Nephew's birthday is one week before Christmas. Since he was turning 4 last year, it was the first year he was totally excited about the magical notion of Santa Claus and his toy workshop, and so a Santa's Workshop party was born :-)
To have guests feel like they just stepped inside of Santa's workshop, I imagined the dessert table and sweets to resemble the Jolly Ol' Man's work table, and filled it with vintage toy themed desserts, and Mrs. Claus' famous goodies. A welcome sign displayed on the table was designed to look like an elves' workroom message board.
I designed a custom backdrop scene complete with a christmas tree, shelves filled with toys ready for Christmas Eve delivery, and a porthole window that gives you a glimpse of the snowy North Pole outside and Santa off on his yearly sleigh ride.
The invite informed little helpers that, "Time is running out! and Santa needs your help!" Inviting them to get on Santa's good list by coming to the North Pole to help get his deliveries out by Christmas.
Classic Toy inspired sweets included:
Gingerbread Jack-in-the-boxes, the most delicious and adorable gingerbread men s'mores, and jumbo marshmallow snowballs made by the talented baker at The Luscious Loaf Bakery (www.lusciousloafbakery.etsy.com).
Yo-Yo macarons made by Sweet Marie of The Splendid Sweet Shoppe (www.splendidsweetshoppe.etsy.com)
Rubik's cube rice krispy treats
White chocolate santa's tool box
Baby Doll Lollipops
Mrs. Claus' sugar cookies
North pole cupcakes
Jax bouncy ball gumballs
Holly Jolly Ranchers
Reindeer noses malt balls
Coal, chocolate donut holes, made an appearance on the table just in case anyone was naughty, and little helpers sipped on North Pole ice cold milk, and Radio Flyer Coca Cola!
Malik's super cute birthday cake was created to look like a steaming cup of hot cocoa, baked by a local Publix supermarket.
Activities at the party included wooden toy building kits, purchased at Micheal's. The kid's, oops I mean Santa's Helpers, had soooo much fun actually building and painting toys of their own. They truly felt like they were little elves. Each child also drew a name of another helper at the beginning of the party, and before they went home were able to wrap and present the toy they built to their secret
Santa. It was the sweetest little lesson on displaying that Christmas is about giving to others.
For all of their hard work helping Santa and the elves get their Christmas deliveries out in time, guests were given their own little package to take home. Small boxes were wrapped in shipping paper, tied with ribbon and embellished with an "Elf Post" letter sealed and stamped "Guaranteed Delivery Before Christmas". Favor tags read "Oh what fun we had! Thanks for coming!"
Inside they were excited to find mini versions of all classic games and toys, including keychain sized versions of battle ship, monopoly, twister, jacks etc. These were found and bought at our local 5 Below.
This party could be the perfect idea for a child who's birthday is close to Christmas, cookie exchange party, gingerbread decorating party, and so many other fun Holiday events.
All of the custom printables, and backdrop are all available in my shop, and go check out the fabulous bakers at The Luscious Loaf Bakery and The Splendid Sweet Shoppe for the edibl
What People Ate
Coal- Chocolate donut holes Radio Flyer Coca Cola Mrs. Claus' sugar cookies North pole cupcakes Baby Doll Lollipops Gingerbread jack-in-the-box- gingerbread cookies by www.lusciousloafbakery.etsy.com Gingerbread men smore's- www.lusciousloafbakery.etsy.com Jax bouncy ball gumballs Holly Jolly Ranchers North Pole ice cold milk Rubix cube rice krispy treats Reindeer noses malt balls Jumbo marshmallow snowballs- www.lusciousloafbakery.etsy.com White chocolate santa's tool box Yo-Yo macarons-www.splendidsweetshoppe.etsy.com
Elf post mini packages filled with mini classic toys
Activities / Games
Activities at the party included wooden toy building kits, purchased at Micheal's. The kid's, oops I mean Santa's Helpers, had soooo much fun actually building and painting toys of their own. They truly felt like they were little elves. Each child also drew a name of another helper at the beginning of the party, and before they went home were able to wrap and present the toy they built to their secret Santa. It was the sweetest little lesson on displaying that Christmas is about giving to others.