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Last Friday, I hosted our 11th annual pajama Christmas party and like every year, I wanted to personalize our event as much as I could, just to reminisce over the years – 11 years of friendship really is a big accomplishment. As the years go on, it’s harder to get together and I want the night to be fun, memorable and make them feel special so in the future, we continue to make this night a priority.
Since the night goes long with plentiful eating and drinking – we’re talking 2 am here – along with gift games, I made sure there were plenty of drinks and desserts to keep us going all night so I bought Coca-Cola, Sprite, and Sprite Cranberry.
Right now if you buy 4 participating Coca-Cola products, you enjoy $20 off at Shutterfly.com! The offer is executed via Catalina print-out at register with unique pin code to redeem online at www.shutterfly.com/cocacola – which is perfect because every year I send the girls a copy of our group photo from the night. I picked up the drinks at Safeway.
This year, instead of a pot luck, I requested the gals show up in their pj’s and bring a dessert, so I had to set the table in preparation for their goodies. I wanted to share the ways I personalize our party.
Personalize Tumblers with Initial Stickers
I thought it was appropriate to assign each gal her own tumbler to keep track of her drink the night. I’ve had my eye on these glitter tumblers for months so I was elated to have the perfect excuse to buy one for myself, times 6. Sometimes I use my blog as an excuse to spoil myself and my friends.
I just bought some initial stickers – you can make them with a glitter sticker sheet and cut out initials yourself. Just add them to the top of the lids and/or the side and you have a instant seat assignment place card (cup) that doubles as the drink ware!
It’s a creative party favor while being functional for the time being.
Print Throwback Photos
^^ The wood garland I bought but you can easily make one. I printed up a few photos of the six of us over the years.
Since we’re on the topic of enjoying $20 off at Shutterfly.com, print out a few photos of some old images of the gang together and string them around the party. It will be so lovely to recall stories and memories from those photos.
My girlfriend Ricki made these for me last year which was so sweet, and since I still have a stack, I’m going to keep using them all up until they are gone. This would be a great hostess gift, or if your group has a name, or simply add a specific date or year.
If you’re asking friends to bring goodies, set out some cake stands and florals so the table seems set and then can just drop in their goodies – help them make it look presentable!
Happy celebrating, remember to take lots and lots of photos then use your $20 credit from buying 4 select Coca-Cola products and print images off at Shutterfly.com! We still have NYE parties to throw! Yay!