Holiday Entertaining: Gift Wrapping Party & Dip Recipes

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holiday gift wrapping party

I’m bummed that this is one of my last holiday party displays to share with you. If only the season was a tad bit longer for those who love Holiday entertaining! Between holiday sweets, treats, display and themed parties I simply can’t get enough.

Anyone ever hosted a gift wrapping party? It’s kinda genius. A reason to get together with the ladies, snack, sip and get your gift wrap on. I tend to sway toward very traditional holiday decorating and entertaining, but it’s fun to mix things up and go bold from time to time. I added in bold blue colors for this wrapping party display and 2 new dip recipes too! Lucky you.

holiday gift wrapping party with napkin place settings

holiday gift wrapping party cheese dip

holiday gift wrapping party and recipes

I know these holiday light napkin rings are totally blowing your mind. A friend won them at a white elephant exchange and thought they looked awful. I beg to differ. Paired with some bold paper plates these napkin rings are perfect for holiday entertaining!

The cheese dip (recipe below) is simple and something to easily add to the snack mix for the ladies to enjoy. Christmas tunes, gift wrapping and snacks- holiday perfection.

holiday gift wrapping party snacks and displays

holiday gift wrapping party with present

When it comes to gift wrapping I take things seriously. Everyone does, right? If I have traditional wrapping paper I have coordinating traditional ribbon and bows.. the same goes for these fun bolder patterns. I also hoard ribbon. If it’s on sale, it’s going into my shopping cart. If you’re considering a gift wrapping party have each guest bring a roll of wrapping paper and their favorite ribbon then mix it up! Have each guest use wrapping paper and ribbon of their choice. You’ll head home with a variety of good looking wrapped gifts!

holiday gift wrapping party ribbon and tags

Town House Dip Recipes

Let’s chat snacks!

To create the cheese dip recipe you’ll need 8oz sharp cheddar cheese, 1 cup of milk, 2 tbsp of flour and 2 tbsp of butter.

Shred the cheese and begin melting the butter in a saucepan. Add in the flour to the melted butter then slowly add in the milk. Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese. Serve with Town House Pretzel Thins and enjoy!

To crate the chive dip recipe you’ll need 5 tbsp of sour cream, 4 tbsp of chopped chives and 2 tbsp of lemon juice.

Chop up fresh chives and combine with the sour cream. Stir in the lemon juice, serve with traditional Town House Crackers and enjoy! Garnish with additional chives if desired.

shopping at Target for holiday party supplies

Next time you head to Target (which is totally your favorite store, I just know it) be sure to grab a variety of Town House crackers for your upcoming holiday party! Impress your guests with these simple and delish dip recipes and be the hostess with the mostess I know you are.

Happy holiday entertaining, gift wrapping and snacking!

holiday gift wrapping party and chive dip recipe

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Northpole Gifts for The Hostess

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northpole gifts for the hostess

Happy Monday! This weekend we celebrated our little man and my family hosted a beautiful baby shower brunch (mimosas included). It was a wonderful weekend, but now that I’m back home I’m battling a sinus and respiratory infection. Boooooo!

Sickness or not the holiday season is still in full effect and this girl has work to do. I created a simple hostess gift basket for one of our favorite holiday hostess with the mostess- my mother in law. If you’re anything like me you’re glued to Hallmark movies during the holiday season. I teamed up with my friends from the Hallmark movie Northpole to create this simple and fun gift basket. Northpole airs tonight at 8pm on Hallmark Channel. My mother in law enjoys cooking and gifting to her grandchildren, so I created a gift basket that does just that!  Continue reading

Ugly Christmas Sweater Wreath

ugly christmas sweater wreath

When your mom calls and mentions she’s hosting an ugly Christmas sweater party and is clueless on a gift for the winner you get to work! I myself have yet to attend an ugly Christmas sweater party or enter a competition… one year I’ll find myself partaking I’m sure. Until then, I’ll join in on the fun at home in my office getting my ugly sweater craft on.

Grab the full ugly Christmas sweater wreath DIY below. The pink sequence donut ornament is totally what makes this wreath.  Continue reading

Oh Baby / Week 32

Melissa Creates Bump Update week 32

It’s been a little while since the last oh baby bump update so I thought I would bring you another along with a sneak peek from our maternity photo session with Heather Anne Naples. There will be a full blog post showcasing the maternity photo session and his nursery as well as a few small updates prior to our little miracle’s arrival.

Oh Baby / Week 32

  • Cravings- Sweets! Fruit, breakfast foods and eggs.
  • Symptoms- Little bursts of energy, but I’m starting to feel tired again. Baby L is growing growing, gaining 1/2 pound per week so I suppose that might make me a little tired.
  • Sleep- I’ve yet to sleep through an entire night, but he’s just prepping me for what to come! Potty breaks and his kick dance parties keep me up most of the night.
  • Wearing- All maternity clothes and pajamas. I said goodbye to my regular clothes a few weeks ago, which wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.
  • Feeling- Blessed and slightly irritable. I’ve had a few days were I was cranky, but let’s blame it on the lack of sleep. wink.

You can find more bump and nursery updates here.

Holiday Mocktail Recipe with Sweetarts Candy Cane Rim

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sweet tart candy cane rim sips

Holiday entertaining is the best. With a variety of fun festive recipes at hand and your favorite people to entertain, what isn’t to love?

If you’re still searching for a seasonal sip for your upcoming party look no further! This simple holiday mocktail recipe is one to bookmark. As we all know, entertaining stylishly and simply is my motto. This festive sip is one of those simple recipes I’m proud of. Grab the full mocktail recipe and Sweetarts candy cane rim how-to below.   Continue reading

Ornament Exchange Party and Giving Extra

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Christmas sparkling water

Each year I join my favorite ladies for an ornament exchange party. Last night was our annual ornament party and as always, it was a blast! If you haven’t been part of an ornament exchange party be sure to grab the how-to party details below. This year I decided to do something a little different and take a moment to give extra to the special VIPs in my life. The ladies in attendance have grown, which makes these annual parties that much more special.

Check out my ornament party display, sparkling water Christmas sip, giving extra gift idea and more below.

Ornament party printable and giving extra

ornament party printable guideline

fancy sparkling water for Christmas

Holiday sip and treats pair well with every themed seasonal party. This year I paired a few favorite red and green sweet treats with a Christmas themed sip. Combine sparkling water with your favorite fruits, such as raspberries, and you have a fancy seasonal sip that your guests will love! Add a variety of ornaments and your favorite holiday decor to dress up any sized holiday display.

ornament exchange party and giving extra

christmas raspberry sparkling water

ornament exchange party and giving extra

Gift extra this year and free printables

My marketing job by day has not only given me wonderful local opportunities, but it has connected me with a phenomenal group of supportive women. These ladies give extra all year long! They check in on me, treat me to coffee and lunch dates and make my marketing job beyond enjoyable. When baby arrives I’ll be stepping down from my marketing job, but I know I’ll still be supported and surround by these amazing ladies. This year I will be giving extra to those who gave extra.

ornament exchange party and giving extra by Melissa Creates

Ornament Exchange Party by Melissa Creates

Giving Extra to your VIPs this year

At our annual ornament party I passed out holiday favor bags filled with Extra gum and a pack of recipe cards.My VIPs enjoyed their extra gift while we chatted about our favorite things during the holiday season before beginning the ornament exchange.

Grab the free printable below for your upcoming ornament party by clicking right click and print! Enjoy spoiling the special ladies in your life (VIPS) this season and happy holiday entertaining!

holiday party printable

Ornament Exchange Party by Melissa Creates

Disclosure: This is a sponsored discussion provided by Extra Gum, all opinions are my own. I appreciate your support for brands that help make this blog happen. #ExtraGumMoments