This midcentury themed holiday party was such a fun Christmas playdate and it was as easy to put together as it was to enjoy!
The trick to this one was to go for color color color. My inspiration came from the photos in Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book (published in 1963 but available in a reprint). Every photo featured a fun mix of foods so we did a selection of Christmas cookies with some healthy and kid-friendly finger foods like carrot sticks and rolled ham. We also added some seasonal goldfish crackers because I love that vintage-y color blend.
We also had a few simple crafts to keep the kids happy. They decorated felt ornaments with beads and sequins and turned pipe cleaners into candy canes and Christmas crowns. Vintage lunch trays kept the mess contained.
To set the mood I cut Christmas tree shapes out of mod-colored tissue paper and used an everyday school glue stick to put them on the window. The glue washes off the glass easily with soap and water when you’re finished, but I’d test an area if you’re going to try this trick on painted walls!
In addition to Christmas cookies and finger foods, the kids enjoyed Shirley Temples in glasses rimmed with green sugar crystals. I wanted to use some of our midcentury vintage glass party goblets, but since the party guests ranged from three to five years old I decided a little dressed up plasticware would do the trick this year!
I don’t have photos of the rest of us, but while the kids had fun the parents were enjoying the cheerful sounds of Bing Crosby and Doris Day singing holiday favorites and enjoying our own trays of cookies in the next room. Nothing like totally occupied kids and an hour of good conversation to put you in the mood for the holidays.
As for the rest of the party decorations, we found the tablecloth and napkins at Target and we’ve had the pink plastic Christmas tree and the midcentury ornaments in our family for years. Of course, after the party I remembered we had the world’s most perfect pink fuzzy Christmas deer hiding in storage so we might just have to do an updated version of this party in a couple of years…