This post is sponsored by ALDI
Christmas is about getting together with family and friends, enjoying good food and good company. According to a survey by ALDI, Australians are celebrating at a number of events across the season and indulging in gourmet treats as well as traditional Christmas favourites.
A fun way to combine a bit of indulgence with a necessary Christmas task is to host a Craft Your Own Christmas Decorations party!
Doing Christmas crafts is fun, but doing it with friends is even better, add some delicious food and drink and you’re set! And it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive either.
We popped into ALDI to pick up some gourmet treats for the adults, and some delicious snacks for the kids.
ALDI also has lots of supplies that are perfect for making decorations and decorating your home – ribbons, wrapping paper, Christmas trees and lights are all great value and will get you off to a good start.
I love that I can do my regular monthly shop at ALDI and get everything I need for celebrating without losing my mind, or trashing my budget. With only one trip I had everything we needed for our Craft Your Own Christmas Decorations party.
What you’ll need to host your own Christmas decoration party:
Decide which ornaments you’ll make before the party, don’t go overboard just one or two will do so you still have time to eat and enjoy each other’s company. If you are involving the kids make sure you choose tasks that even your youngest can have a go at.
The internet is bursting with fabulous ideas and instructions, from elaborate to easy. Free printable decorations are some of the easiest DIY decorations you can make, here are a few ideas:
- Starry Christmas Angels from Jenny Allsorts
- Christmas Printable Bunting from Love Mae
- Star and Circle Decorations from Picklebums
- Mod Ornaments from Paging Super Mom
- DIY House Ornament from Non Dairy Diary
- Dove and Tree Decorations from Picklebums
- Printable Reindeer decorations from Fuxia atelier
- Paper Snowflake Templates from the Elli blog
- Print and colour Christmas ornaments from Education.com to keep the kids busy!
Once you’ve decided on the decorations you’ll make and collect the supplies you’ll need. Scissors, craft knives, cutting boards, ribbons, markers, glue and double sided tape are all useful when you are making printable decorations.
Include a list of BYO supplies with the invitation. It’s always handy to get everyone to bring their own pair of scissors and extra supplies so there is enough to go around.
You can pre-print the above free printable templates ahead of time so that everything is ready to go. I find matte photo paper is a great option for printing crafty projects.
Food and Drink
We timed our party for the afternoon so lots of nibbles and treats were on order. Finger food is best so you can eat and craft at the same time, but don’t forget serviettes or baby wipes for wiping fingers – there’s nothing worse than sticky fingers on your decorations!
We splurged on a few indulgent treats for the adults which didn’t cost the Earth, thanks to ALDI’s Specially Selected range. The adults enjoyed Christmas cake and scrumptious chocolate and salted caramel cookies.
ALDI also has a great selection of kid-friendly treats too. The kids happily munched on pretzels and chocolate fudge wafer rolls- get a few tins of the wafer rolls, they are delicious and like all ALDI food products, they are free from artificial colours, which is an added bonus.
We kept the kids occupied while we created some of the more tricky decorations with the fabulous ALDI DIY Gingerbread House. It’s so simple to put together, none of the work of baking, just the fun of construction and decoration, and eating of course! At only $5.99 you could get a couple of these so everyone can get in on the action!
Our decorations look great on our huge ALDI 7ft Christmas tree ($49.99), especially when it is all lit up with the lights!
Win a $200 ALDI Voucher!
This competition is now closed. Congratulations to the winner – Chelsea.
If you’d like to host your own Christmas celebration and splurge on some ALDI treats, ALDI has a $200 gift voucher to give away to one of my readers.
To enter, simply pop over and check out the ALDI Perfect Aussie Christmas site and tell me what sort of a party you’d throw and what special treats you’d serve.
Entries are open to Australian residents only and close midday December 23 2014. See below for full terms and conditions.
Competition Terms and Conditions.
You must be an Australian resident to enter.
You must provide a valid email address and entries are limited to one per household.
Entries close Monday December 22 2014 at midday EST
This is a game of skill, entries will be judged on merit and creativity.
One winner will receive a $100 ALDI voucher.
Winner will be contacted by email and announced on this post by Monday Dec 22 2014.
The winner must contact me within 5 days or the prize will be re-drawn.
The winner agrees to have their contact details passed on to the appropriate PR company or brand representative who will send out/organise the prizes directly.
Please note: Prize is not guaranteed to arrive before Christmas.
This post is coordinated by The Remarkables Group.