Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Eve Movie Night

Christmas is in full swing here at GreatStitch

I thought we would do our first Christmas post looking back at this awesome party we threw with Anders Ruff Classic Christmas Printables. 

On Christmas Eve, we always do a movie night. We go to our candle light service then come home to stockings...and we all get new Pjs (partly to keep us from opening all the gifts!). We have awesome snacks because of it being Christmas Eve so for that one night we always forget our diets and gather round a cheesy old movie. 

The stockings are all hung up in a row and then we take the time to spend together that one night all year. Everything is busy and crazy, everybody running everywhere, but that is our night to just be a family together. So many memories gather as we get ready to do it again this year! 

The family that joined us for this party was an awesome part of our Christmas celebration. He is in the Army and we were so glad they came! GreatStitch made the can find them here

For our Christmas Eve movie night, Anders Ruff Classic Holiday collection for the printables and color palate inspiration. 

We love these peppermint marshmallows so much that they have become a Christmas staple at our house. We use them in hot chocolate, or they are good enough to eat them plain! 

Here is our step by step tutorial on how to create an inexpensive, DIY tree skirt…

Like any good foundation, most of its work goes unnoticed, but the Christmas tree skirt anchors the center of most family celebrations of the holiday.  In our house it is only visible for a very few days—when the tree is first put up it shows, but soon it begins to disappear under the growing stack  of presents.  Then after the Christmas celebration ends it remains for the short time until the tree comes down.  Yet even though we can’t see most of it for much of Christmas, I still want my Christmas tree skirt to be special.

You can find elaborate and elegant tree skirts that are quite expensive.  But given the limited visibility, it’s hard for me to justify that. So I came up with a simple, quick and inexpensive solution using a round table cloth that meets the need for a beautiful piece. I don’t feel bad about covering up.  The possibilities for decorating it are endless, you could even use an heirloom from Grandma that has stains in it, they could be covered with applique or embroidery. Here are the basic steps:

1. Gather your supplies.  You will need a round tablecloth.  I used a 70 inch tablecloth from Walmart that was $8.98. Can't beat that for a tree skirt price! Use whatever size fits your tree best.  You will also need a measuring tape, pen, scissors and a plate.  You can either use iron on hem tape or sew the edges.  If you want to add a trim or embellishment, you will need that as well.

2. Fold the tablecloth in half. Fold the tablecloth in half again. Fold the tablecloth in half once more.  This will make it a one-eighth “pie slice.”

3. From the point of the “pie” measure down three inches on both sides, making a dot with the pen on both.

4. Position the plate so that it touches both dots. Draw a line connecting them.  This gives you the circle shape cut out.
5. Cut along the line.  This will cut out the center of the tablecloth.
6. Open the table cloth to half.  From the center, cut a straight line all the way to one side (be sure to only cut one side!), following the fold.
7. Finish the edges with hem tape, or sewing.
8.  Add decorative trim or lace, ribbons for ties, or embellish with embroidery.
9. Cover with presents and enjoy!

We hope that whatever you do on Christmas Eve it includes family and a little bit of faith. Make the memories matter!

The Good Stuff

Party Styling and Planning, Christmas PJs and stockings: Brenda and Rhonda Byers, Great Stitch
Party Printables: Anders Ruff Custom Designs
Christmas PJs and Stockings:

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