Posted in Adventures at home

You’re a Mean One

December 2017

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie is a favorite at our house. This holiday season we decided to take in a theater production of the Christmas classic. The show was put on by the Minneapolis Children’s Theater, a nice introduction to live performances for our young boys. If you’re me, a special occasion like this is just another excuse for a party. A grinchy, green party.

Many of the items for this party were recycled from previous birthday parties or old Christmas decorations that haven’t made it out of storage boxes for a few years. Here’s how I put this party together:

  • Table runner-this is just 1 yard of fabric I purchased that looked grinch-like.
    • I don’t sew and don’t own a sewing machine, so I just cut the fabric to the width and length I thought looked good on my island.
    • I also scattered a couple red and green bulb ornaments on the runner for added depth and interest.
  • Red ball tree-this was purchased at Target a few years ago and was one of those items that had been in storage for a few years.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! book-you can double dip on this one and have your Elf on the Shelf deliver this a few days prior.
  • Grinch quote printable-get a free download here. I glued the page to a piece of scrapbook paper and placed on an easel.
  • Grinch hand with ornament-I purchased off Etsy.com, cut it out and used colored twine to hang above the island.
  • Red Cake Stand-was found at Walmart a few years ago. I used red striped paper drinking straws and stuck them into large marshmallows. Then I melted green candy melts, coated the marshmallow and then dunked it in sprinkles before placing on a colorful cupcake wrapper.
  • Crispy bars-I added green food coloring to the mix before letting cool in a cake pan. Then I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to shape the bars. I placed a red, heart shaped candy in the lower corner and displayed on a white serving dish.
  • Place setting-the red plastic chargers were a Target find from a few years ago. I bought the Grinch paper dinner plates on Amazon. I wrapped silverware in red polka dot napkins that were cinched with a piece of red twine and a grinchy napkin ring.
  • Grinch punch-I used a blender to mix lemon-lime soda and lime sherbet. Pour the punch into small classes rimmed with red and white twine and a candy cane.
  • Grinch hats-I used a tooth pick to secure a green grape, a slice of banana, a strawberry and then mini-marshmallow together.
  • Grinch plush-I stopped by Barnes n Noble to purchase the grinch book and these were sitting near the check out. Get In My Basket! The boys took them into the theater and held them during the production.
Ugly Christmas sweaters aren’t just for pub crawls.

Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps….means a little bit more.

Dr. Seuss