Each December, hundreds of thousands of small children dance in the Nutcracker. Most likely each of you have some little friend or relative that does. At our home we have one such tiny dancer. After the performance, we have a party. Last night our home was filled with party go-ers big and small. I welcome you to join us in the revelry.
KnK Maxx had a starring role in it!
This is a small invitation to fit in a 4×5 envelope. I’d never done vinyl before, but many of you on the posts inspired me to try it for the tiny overlay font. It was a real pain to weed! After doing about 20 of them, I finally got smart, and just took a photo of the invite front and back and sent out a jpeg…
There were many tiny dancers and friends of in attendance at the cookie party. So we had to have some activities to keep them engaged so the adults could enjoy the home made egg nog. Since party dresses were worn, the KnK was used to make many paper crafts. No glue or paint for these crafters to mess up their clothes with.
KnK cut out the masks, and the kids traced their arms/hands and cut out the “antlers”. KnK also provided die cut “Clara” , Nutcracker, and Rat King cutouts that they could color themselves. If they were feeling really crafty, there were several other ornaments they could make, all courtesy of KnK carving through endless sheets of paper.
Here is the dot garland (hanging up alongside the dress up costumes). What could be more simple than cutting circles? We all can make this! We also made strip ball ornaments with strips of paper with holds punched into them thanks to the KnK.
Older kids could try their hand making these.
Thanks again to KnK for cutting and pre-scoring the paper for easy folds.
But really, when you get right down to it, isn’t the party all about the food? Well, KnK helped with that, too. First, we took that little Nutcracker image and cut it out of acetate, and made a stencil, then we popped it on a bunch of carry out boxes.
If only Maxx had been able to help out with the baking! We had 14 different types. Oh well, we used it to make the labels for the cookies so we could know what we were eating and drinking. We’ll show you just a sampling of the cookies.
See all that bling on the label? People voted with bling. This one was a big favorite.
Now here’s my favorite childhood cookie, Lebkuchen! Let’s hear it for Lebkuchen. Next year I am going to use the Maxx to do a print and cut for Santa and Hansle and Gretel cut out labels that get pasted onto the Lebkuchen with icing. More on that next year…
Persian Divorce Cakes. So named because they are just like Mexican Wedding Cakes but made with Pistachios.
Ohh, there were a big stack of these. Not many left at the end of the night.
These got my vote for the most beautiful. We had nutcracker and a Hansel and Gretel image. Most people wouldn’t eat them because they were so big and pretty. I have a tin left over. Goodie! They keep really long, and they taste wonderful and get better with age. So glad so many people were so polite…
And of course the decorate your own Gingerbread person. Some of these were very elaborate.
Now let’s not forget that KnK helped make a few decorations. Here are a few holiday banners. These are big. They cover 6-8 feet.
These really should be a post of their own with instructions. Maybe next year. Right now, I’m just going to box up my cookies and head to bed. Whew, I’m tired.