Girl’s Gift Swap-Part 1

naughty or nice party

This Ladie’s Night was fantastic! Fourteen lovely ladies got together to do a little Chinese Christmas gift swap…you know the game where you draw numbers to see the order in which you pick a gift and the next person can steal someone’s gift or pick a new one. Everyone brought either an appetizer or bottle of wine to share so this is a low-cost way to entertain.

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The Bar:

Are you naughty or are you nice? If you’re naughty, then come sit by me!!! ; )  Once I stumbled upon this wall transfer at Joann’s Fabric store, I knew it would hold an important roll at the party. It was the inspiration behind the bar area.
The sign says “For the Naughty Girls… Appletini.” I added gourmet potato chips and M&M’s for a little salty & sweet. The glass dish of chips is embellished with a swirl sticker from the scrapbooking store and it sits inside the larger bowl for a kind of tower effect.
Glasses rimmed with green sugar, star fruit garnish, and tiny jeweled sticker on the base.

I lined the trays with green wrapping paper to coordinate with everything.
“For the Nice Girls… soda and water.” For the water bottles, I made unique labels with sayings like “Santa, bring me some bling,” “define good,” “Santa, I can explain.” More adhesive gems were also placed on the labels.
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The table is all set up waiting for food and friends to arrive! I wanted the table to represent the girls so when I found the wire dress form, I had to have it! I painted it red to match and draped her with a boa. I wrapped a vase and tied it to look like a ladies corset. The big martini glass is filled with “rubies,” “emeralds,” and “diamonds“…a girl’s best friends!
I dressed the “corset” vase with bling letters and marabou boas.  For the table “runner”, I used lengths of extra ribbon I had.

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Comments

  1. Love it! I love the colors and all of the fun details! I’m sure your friends had a blast!

  2. Not just a Mommy! says:

    Oh what fun! I loved how you used paper in so many elements, and as a fan of signature party drinks, I loved your cocktails. Can’t wait to see more pictures!

  3. amy * stem * says:

    I don’t know if I can take more. I’m on cute overload right now. I love how you hit all the details! So cute!

  4. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:

    Thanks, Ladies. I had so much fun putting it all together!

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