Season of Giving Tree party
In a nutshell…
Big or small, this party’s focus will center on a tree—the
Giving Tree. Decorate it with some of our cute Christmas tree crafts. We particularly like the idea of cutting out
cardboard stars, dipping one side in glitter and having potential gift
recipients writing words of thanks on the other side. Givers can take the stars
home as party favors and reminders of their sweet seasonal deed.
In your invite, ask each individual to bring a small gift, like a toy or stuffed animal for a kid in need. Have them place their gifts around the tree upon arrival, then enjoy the party with festive food, drinks and music. Afterward, head to a drop-off location for Toys for Tots, a local shelter or children’s hospital and make like elves delivering your presents. Your giving spirit will make this a happy holiday, indeed!
Make it happen…
First thing’s first: You need to talk to your parents to make sure they’re OK with having a party at home. If they aren’t, perhaps you can work together to find a different space, like a community center. Then you need to decide who will benefit from your party. Pick a charity that calls to you.
Spread the word
Pass out hand-made invites at school, use e-vite.com or create a Facebook event for your party. For this shindig, we’re thinking the bigger, the better! Invite your homeroom, your basketball team, your neighbors, your Girl Scout troop—anyone and everyone who is looking to spread some holiday cheer.
Grab your tree
The day before your party, go to a nursery or garden store and pick out your tree. Go for something scrawny and adorable, ala A Charlie Brown Christmas, or one that’s fantastically chubby. Big or tall, the size of your tree matters not at all. Do be sure to decorate it, though, with whatever catches your fancy: paper chains, popcorn garlands and macaroni frames are all fair game.
Since you’re asking your guests to arrive with a gift, it would be especially nice to treat them to a festive feast, don’t you think? Be prepared with a spread of hot and cold finger foods, like pigs in a blanket, mini sandwiches and lots and lots of cookies.
Get your giving on
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