christmas dinner party box

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When I was growing up holiday dinners were a big thing at my grandmothers house. We had ornate Christmas displays, colourful Easter decorations, and frivolous little Halloween creatures. My grandmother’s tables are probably responsible for my party planning obsessions, actually. So it’s only fitting that following her lead, we were talking about how people entertain during the holidays. Christmas (and Thanksgiving for that matter, although some people have different traditions for the latter) is one of the primary holidays were people celebrate with family dinners. And dinner parties can seem hard to decorate. You don’t have the same “food table” that you usually have at other parties, and guests aren’t expecting much more in the way of decor other than a tree or so (or so, lol my childhood).

Luckily, no occasion (and I mean NO occasion, you should see my table right now) is celebrated without some little touch somewhere, so decorating for the seemingly-everyday is super fun for us! Creating the Christmas Dinner Party Box was a way to give people the gift of a simpler holiday. Think of what you could do with the time you’d save worrying over a centrepiece or all those dishes (that’s right, we found cute DISPOSABLE dishware for this one, my aunt’s genius trick) or how to give your guests little holiday tokens without breaking the bank?

We’ve got you covered.

holiday dinner party box table set up holiday dinner party box side viewAfter all, planning a party during the holidays can be stressful, and with all that pressure to throw Pinterest-worthy dinners, it can seem impossible! Our goal is to make your holidays seamless.

Think of the tag line as : “Make your table the belle of the Instagram-ball without lifting that manicured finger.”

We want to give you all the tools you need to host the ultimate Christmas dinner party, with the least amount of work. It’s a party delivered to your doorstep!

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What you get:

– 6 chargers (3 red, 3 green)
– 6 red premium plastic dinner plates
– 6 paper appetizer/dessert plates
– 12 paper straws
– 12 cocktail stirrers
– 6 ornament wine tags
– centrepiece (2 large red trees, 2 small gold trees and 2 holiday wreaths)
– 1 gold table runner
– 1 black tablecloth
– 6 snowflake placemats
– 6 ornament place card holders
– 6 custom place cards
– 1 customized invitation (available printed or digital, perfect for last minute, get the invite today and the box delivered just before your party!)
– 1 paper dot bunting
– 6 pre-wrapped (in gold boxes) mini “grow your own” spruce tree favours
– 24 gold foil cupcake liners
– 24 ornament cupcake toppers
– plus a special surprise from The Party Girl!

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We thought of a lot of little details that can make life a little easier on the average hostess (down to individually wrapped mini spruce trees for your guests) so not everything is pictured here. But we’ve got tons more, so leave us a comment if you want to see what else you get with this Party Box!

We’re here to make sure that the only thing you need to worry about this holiday season is when to bring out the bubbly. Order your Christmas Dinner party box today!

diy cone tray

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Okay so you may be asking, why would I ever make a cone tray. What exactly is the purpose of a cone tray? Where would you use a cone tray? These are valid questions. These are the same questions Justin asked when I informed him I wanted to make one. He still eyes it suspiciously, but I’m telling you once you have one it makes the world make sense.

In case you aren’t sold on why this diy is great, here are a few reasons why I think everybody needs a cone tray:

  1. If you ever are serving ice cream cones at a party or bbq and have to serve more than two. Actually more than one. What do you do with the first one while you scoop? Where should you put it? Where is the kid that asked for it? Where is the rest of the party helpers? Why are you alone hold a dripping ice cream cone and ruining your sundress by using your body as an extra hand while you scoop? This is a real life issue, and the cone tray solves everything. ca4395a57ebb51afd6526268d5a4a602
  2. Say you’re having a movie night and you want to serve popcorn. But you want everybody to have their own. But you don’t want to give everybody their own bowl (hello, who does those dishes after?) or make like 6 different bags of popcorn. It’s chaos. It’s anarchy. It’s why you need to learn how to make paper cones and serve popcorn in them – ON YOUR CONE TRAY.
  3. Say you want an adorable display of confetti throwing madness, so you make some pretty paper cones and put confetti in them but then want to serve them butler-style to your guests because everything is more fun that way – cone tray.4feea293e492e2c7d71df08ab6a3ba10
  4. Say you make better choices than I do and serve fruit in waffle cones like a grown up – how cute would those look on a special tray? 9951425228ee71eacb686137d413f14f
  5. Rose petals! 7a121e3d25cfc6571373745b01209037
  6. All of the above with different varieties of food because I’m incredibly creative and can play this game forever.

I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re convinced now. This is how you can make your own.

First, you need a piece of wood. I made mine very spontaneously. As in, imagine me sitting somewhere, thinking instantly I need a cone tray, and then insisting on making it that minute with no special supplies. I’m super fun to be around. Anyways because of that I used leftover floor hardwood. Honestly though any piece of wood would work.

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You also need a hole saw. I didn’t know what this was, but it’s like a hole drill bit you put on the end of the saw. Make sure you pick one with a diameter the fits a standard size cone.

cone tray step 1

You can choose a design that works for you. I decided to make a bunch of holes on a relatively wide piece because I’m generally having groups of people over at a time. A more realistic number of holes would maybe be 4 or 5. I’ve never been a realistic person.

Anyways, have a grown up (haha) drill the holes for you if you aren’t familiar with a hole saw. I find them super confusing so Justin did it. That, and plus I’m not allowed to use power tools in our house after a minor infraction. So unfair.

cone tray step 2

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After you drill the big holes, use a relatively large bit to make two holes on either side for your handles.

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I used this pretty burlap-esque ribbon with polka dots because it was too sweet, and I painted my tray white because I figured it matched everything. But you can do whatever makes you happy.

cone tray handles

And that’s that! It really is a useful project, promise!

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