Sunday, December 2, 2012

{Christmas Magic} our ELF PARTY!

So…I have a little confession. I’m ELF OBSESSED. Seriously. It’s one of those things that started innocently enough, as a family tradition YEARS in the making, but has now taken on a life of its own. I can’t control it, or at least I choose NOT to. But I do find comfort in the thousands of Elf-tastic pins on Pinterest {HERE is a link to my Elf Board}and the incessant Elf-related Facebook posts of my friends…it’s nice to know I’m not alone!
We adopted Miss Bliss (left) this year. She's a vintage, 50s era elf, made in Japan. The skirt, neck and hair-flair were all courtesy of a little makeover at the North Pole :)

 We’ve had some vintage Christmas Elves in our family for years. We call them our Disco Elves because they (there are 3 of them) are wearing shiny, metallic outfits and look like they’re ready to party ALL the time. My Grandma used to tell us they were watching us and would tell Santa if we were being naughty…not sure if word ever got back to him about any of the “nice” stuff. 
 Last year we added an Elf on the Shelf to our collection, the kiddos named him Mack, and our little Elf family was complete. The kids love waking up in the morning and rushing out to see what shenanigans the elves have gotten into…it’s become one of their favorite things (and mine too, since this is a safe place, I can be honest – right?!?)

I’ve been mulling over the idea of hosting an ELF PARTY since LAST Christmas. SO many of our friends have Elves now too, I knew the kids would really be into it. Also…it would give me an outlet for my party planning energy since I have a bit of a dry spell between Halloween and Harpers birthday in March ;)
So that’s the WHY…and here is ALL the rest! I hope you enjoy!

I worked with the talented ladies of Anders Ruff CustomDesigns for the printables. 
They totally “GOT” my vision and their creations were absolutely perfect!
You can see their own photo shoot featuring their Magical Elf printable collection HERE.

I made several ripped-rag Christmas garlands to hang throughout the house. They doubled nicely as party decor!

Since our guest list was very short for this party, I planned on hand delivering all the invites. I printed the invitations large, 8x10, rolled them up and tied with a ribbon. We all know that the Number 1 Rule when it comes to Christmas Elves is you CANNOT touch them…or they lose their magic! 
To solve that problem, each guest also received an Elf-sized stocking.
 This way they could come along without being touched! The stockings were created by Puddin’ Pies, and were absolutely DARLING! We’ll be using ours to give our Elves special notes and surprises here and there.
Cynthia also created coordinating table runners and a pennant-style garland that I used to decorate throughout the party!
 When our guests arrived they were directed to the “Elf Check-in” area. 
Each Elf had a name tag waiting for him or her…we didn’t want anyone going home with the wrong Elf! 
After the kiddos deposited their Elves and went downstairs, the Elves jumped out of their stockings, put on their nametags and had their own little Mixer.  
At our ELF ADOPTION center, we had several Elves just waiting to find their own family! 
Some of our guests added another Elf to their family, and one family got their very FIRST Elf at our party!
I also had some Elf attire available for our guests to take home. Included were pretty skirt-sets and bows for the lady elves.
We also had some tiny Elf scarves that were a BIG hit with our guests!
The Dessert Display
I knew the desserts for this party were going to be a LOT of fun. 
With so many teeny-tiny guests, I planned on making some mini-versions of some of our favorite treats!
I made Elf Cake Pops and Swirl Cake Pops. I love using the striped paper straws as "sticks" for my Cake really adds something special! Green Party Goods has an amazing line of eco-friendly paper straws that I absolutely adore!
I made some MINI Cake Pops. These are REAL Cake Pops ya’ll. I rolled them super small, used a cut-off toothpick as the stick, and then dipped them just like the full-size pops. Easy. Cute. Good.
So then, I wanted a bit of a challenge – lol! I thought it would be fun to try to make mini versions of the Elf Cake Pops too. I used a toothpick to add-on the details, but they were pretty basic so it wasn’t too bad. Totally worth the extra effort…they were SO cute! 
I added a little bit of washi tape (also from Green Party Goods) to the toothpicks on
 some of the mini Cake Pops. It made them that much cuter :)

Local Cookie artist Emily of Emi’s Treats made some AMAZING cookies for our party. 

She created this “Peeking Elf” design that I just loved…it was beyond perfect! 
She also made stockings, mittens and candy canes. 
Emily’s cookies are equal parts delicious and adorable, I just love her work! 

Even cuter…she made MINI cookies for our Elf guests! They were SO sweet! 

When we were all downstairs, each of the Elves helped themselves to a cookie…they were a BIG hit with our littlest guests.

We also had some ridiculously cute miniatures on the dessert table! Little Things by Anna created the TINY layered cake and TEENSY cupcakes.
Seriously, these things are SO adorable and incredibly detailed…I can’t lie…I squealed OUT-LOUD when I opened the box they were shipped in. 
What’s great about having these miniatures on-hand is that you can use them again and again
She also made the pennant-style bunting on the mini dessert buffet, 
and the cute little stocking in the center of the wreath!
My sister "volunteered" to read The Elf on the Shelf to the kiddos while I was upstairs making sure our Elfish guests were “comfortable”. 
We had a few activity stations set-up for the kiddos. They were free to go from one to the other at their own pace.
First was the Jingle Bell Bracelet table. A tray of pipe cleaners, a container full of jingle bells…easy…and they loved it. Even better, after they finished their bracelets they got to go jump in the trampoline to hear how they sounded!
We also had a mini tree decorating station. You know the drill…a package of foam Christmas trees, with about a million little sticker pieces to peel and place. A little cheesy maybe, but I tell ya what…my kids NEVER get sick of these things! Like ever…so I go with it!
There was also a table full of Elf-sizes treats. The kids got to pick out an assortment of goodies to “take-home” for their Elves. That was the idea. In reality, most of them chowed-down on their Elves' goodies…I’m sure it was from a quality control standpoint.
Each of the guests had the chance, one-by-one, to put on an apron and join me in my kitchen to make a few EXTRA special Elf treats. I had three melters going, one with chocolate, white chocolate and green candy melts. They got to dip a mini sugar cookie, mini Oreo and a Cheerio (to make an Elf donut). I also had an assortment of sprinkles out so they could decorate their creations however they chose! 

Word must have got out at the North Pole because we had a LOT of Elves show-up for this party. They were hiding ALL over the house! The kiddos went on an ELF HUNT to find all of our Elf visitors.
 I used the printable Advent Calendar Tags from Anders Ruff (1 through 5) to label our “scenes”. 
That way the kids knew they had 5 different Elves (or in some cases, groups of Elves) to find. 
They did a great job hunting!

#1 – These vintage Elves were hanging in my Sweet Cheeks kitchen, ready to bake!
 Notice the Elf on the right…Mmmmhmmm…that's an ELF-SIZED apron, chef’s hat and baking mitt…cute right??? I found the set on eBay HERE.
#2 – We found this Elf hiding with some old toys. He looked right at home!
#3 – This Elf likes to monkey around….sorry…couldn’t help it ;)
#4 – The ORIGINAL Disco Elves. Just chillin’ on one of their favorite shelves.
#5 – These cuties had their own Elf-sized Radio Flyer sled. It looked like they were ready for a snowball fight!
When it was time for our guests to head for home, I used a pair of decorated kitchen tongs to carefully put each Elf in a basket for the ride home 
(the stockings are a tight squeeze and we didn't want to risk an accidental touching!) 

The kids, Elves and grown-ups all had a GREAT time at our Elf Party! The Christmas season is so magical, and being able to create these memories, to me, really is priceless.
My kiddos in their Christmas outfits from Lottie Da Baby, ready to PARTY!
If you’re into the whole ELF-thing, be sure to follow me on Facebook! I post a lot of our Elves' daily shenanigans there…frequently…too much…I know I have a problem.

I’ve had several inquiries already, so thought I’d share a little bit more about our Elf Family and how they came to us. These little Christmas Elves have been around for decades, a lot of you may have even had some decorating your house when you were younger. The original vintage Elves were made mostly in Japan starting in the 50s.  My Grandma had some of the vintage Elves that we’ve used for years and years. We also have one Elf on the Shelf. This year, I added SEVERAL more vintage Elves to our family, through online “adoptions” (i.e. auctions). So...we have a LOT of elves around here. We have our faves...the "main" ones who make the mischief and report to Santa.

If you want to keep up (or catch-up) with our Elf Family check these links:
~10 Ways to Prepare for your Elf's Departure HERE.
~ 2011 Highlights HERE.
~ 2012 Highlights HERE
~ My Elf Idea Pinboard HERE.
~ My facebook page HERE.
~ Feature at HERE

That's it...feel free to stalk them...what goes around comes around right!??!?

Those of you who would like to add another Elf (or several) Elves to your family, 
here are some good places to look:
EBay and Etsy: search for “Knee Hugger Elf or Elves”
Hobby Lobby: I found all of the Elves that were in our adoption center at Hobby Lobby 
(before Halloween mind-you) in the Christmas decoration aisle. 
We added scarves to some, and bows to give them a little extra personality.
Antique Shops: Hit-up your local antique shops to find vintage these guys!

Happy Elfing everyone!!!!
Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats (that's ME) event styling, photography, dessert table treats
Anders Ruff Custom Designs Magical Elf Christmas Collection, printables
Puddin' Pies custom elf stockings, table runners, pennant banner
Emi's Treats custom decorated sugar cookies art
Little Things By Anna minatures, layer cake, cupcakes, pennant banner, stocking
BJWildey elf-sized baking set, apron, oven mitt, chef's hat
Green Party Goods  party pretties, eco-friendly striped paper straws, washi tape, baking cups
Lottie Da Baby custom children's clothing, Christmas dress, applique shirt and cardigan

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  1. This is all so adorable! It's my first year with the Elf and ours is a girl with a fancy pink tulle skirt! I seriously want to do this party, but probably won't get to until next year. My fav part is the tiny elf-sized cake pops! :)

  2. This is absolutely adorable! I am dying over the mini desserts!

  3. This has to be one of the cutest most creative parties I have seen in over 20 years! I am totally in love with it and we are not even an "elf on the shelf" family. Awesome work from the vendors you used also! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  4. The elf stockings, the printables, the mini elf treats ... there are too many things I love that I just can't pick a favorite. You did an amazing job!!!!

  5. The mini bows and skirts for the elves are absolutely adorable! The party is amazing. What a neat idea!

  6. I love this Elf Family!!! So Adorable!!!!! And them sitting all around the table with the lil mini desserts is soooo cute! you did an awesome Job!

  7. So adorable! I love all the elf-sized treats. Too cute.

  8. So hard to chose ONE!!

    But i would have to go with the ripped-rag Christmas garlands... it can be used for more than one thing.. and oh so CUTE!!

    I just love your ELF Family!!!!

    Mandi Mella

  9. You out did yourself!! This is totally awesome

  10. love all your elf on the shelf.. so nice ..

  11. I love there expressions on there faces....who couldn't love your elves!!!!

  12. What Great fun!! You did a traffic job on everything. This is are first year with a elf and me and the kids are loving it. Finding him and creating things for him to do each night has truly become a family affair. It is hard to chose, but I would have to say the tiny desserts are my favorite. Especially the little mini cake pops( my daughters favorite dessert.

  13. My fav is the cute framed elf portrait :-)

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  15. I love the little scarfs and name tags! Awesome accessories. I wish we had the $$ to get an elf, I think my little guy would love it but we're gonna have to wait until next year.

  16. I love all the little sweet treats! Your attention to detail is incredible! I grew up with an elf in our house and the memories are awesome, I remember dressing it up like it was a Barbie. Absolutely awesome work!!! You've officially made me decide that if I don't win I am buying an elf tomorrow!

  17. This is to cute! I'm elf obsessed to! Please link this wonderful idea up at
    Hope to see you there!

  18. Holy cow! I have never seen anything so intricate.

  19. So cute! I am co-hosting the Ultimate Elf on the Shelf Link Party and I'd love for you to come link this & any other elf posts up if you haven't already!

  20. I just love the concept of this party! The elves look like so much fun. I loved their little vignette with the elf-sized treats. Your elf cake pops are so fuuuun!! What a great idea for a party. I just loved viewing this post. Joni

  21. Oh my gosh, how cute are these! Those cookies were amazing! The tags! And of course, the elves! Absolutely enchanting...wish I was there to attend this amazing party!

  22. Superb! My kids would love this party. Really adorable.

  23. Hi...How cute is this???! I do a Christmas party for my grand-kids every year with a different theme. This year it's elves. I googled idea's and my heart did a flip flop when I saw this! It is positively magical. I would love to use some of your ideas...where did you find polka dot felt for the scarves? And where would I get the mini pie candies what did you use for mini pop tarts? Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Hi Tonya :)
      The felt was purchased at Hancock Fabrics...but I think Hobby Lobby carries it as well.
      If you're specifically looking with Elves in-mind you can find TONS of mini foods at the grocery store! The pop-tarts were sold that way, as snacks in pouches...and the pies were meringues.