December 03, 2012

Christmas Jubilee


After months of planning, my Christmas Jubilee passed in a blur. Some of that was drug induced due to my frantic pace of the last few weeks catching up with me and my back but we won't talk about that. We also won't talk about how somebody like me acts when they take a pain pill because they NEVER take pain pills. What happens at the Jubilee stays at the Jubilee.

This is a picture heavy post (probably word heavy too) so if you aren't a fan of Christmas or creative things you might want to hightail it on out of here. I'm thinking if that is the case you are also probably the kind of person that doesn't like kittens, sunshine or smiling. Or you are a man. Either way no offense.


My bookcase was turned into craft central for the day and served as a great little place to shop for project goodies. Plus it just looked pretty. For some reason I got no regular pictures of this spot (my favorite) and had to use this instagram pic.


The dining room was decked out in her holiday finery. Here she is waiting for her moment in the spotlight.


Crafty girls need fuel to keep their minds and hands inspired so we started with lunch, which was an amazing feast ! Every one brought something to share and I would have happily grazed all afternoon but these girls wanted to get their craft on.


I made these snowman party favors for each of them but as soon as I finished I regretted not making an extra for myself. They were filled with vintage bits and crafty treats.


 The deer seem to be multiplying in my house. Even the Elf loves them.


The beverage station. Whenever I throw a party for Emma the girls always go crazy for the paper straws. Turns out big girls go crazy for paper straws too!



Beautiful Christmas cupcakes made by my friend Courtney. No, sorry. I won't share her with you. I sure wish there were some of these left!


She also brought a package of Fleur de Sel Caramels for each of the guests to take home. I just remembered I have 2 left so as soon as I'm done with this post...



This was our first project, a Christmas diorama ornament. I've been obsessed with dioramas since Elementary school.


Our second project was this vintage style clip on snowman ornament.


I love how these girls just dove right in with such excitement and enthusiasm. It was a great group of people. By the way, none of them knew each other before Saturday but you never would have known that by the atmosphere in the room. I so love creative people.


 A beautiful mess. My favorite kind.


 A work in progress.


The finished dioramas. I think all that tinsel and glitter sent my camera into a fit and this is the least blurry picture I got. Sadly I didn't get a picture of a single finished snowman! It got crazy at the end. I also didn't get a picture of their take home boxes which were large bakery boxes with bakers twine and a festive flower topper. If anyone at the party got one and shares it with me I will add it here later.

It was an amazing day and I loved every moment of it. My heart was absolutely full watching my friends play and make each project their own. They are such a creative bunch! Carrie, Courtney, Jamey, Leah, Melissa and Sarah, thank you so much for blessing me with your friendship and for an afternoon I will never forget!

50 comments:

  1. wow!!! that is a fabulous party!!!!

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  2. looks great! I need those vintage looking cupcake toppers!!!

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  3. Looks like fun. I love the bit about not loving kittens, sunshine, and smiling. I chuckled, and I agree.

    -Ang

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  4. You have me even more excited to get my crafty on with my friends. The projects turned out beautiful and I know the ladies must have felt blessed by the time you put into making their day so special.

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  5. Fun!!!! I wish I got invitations to parties like that :) What an awesome idea, and I love the diaramas.

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  6. It looks like the most perfect Christmas crafty party ever in the history of the earth, JJ.
    Next year, I think you should take the photography pressure off of your cute little self and bring in a photog for the day.
    I actually have someone in mind and word on the street is that she doesn't even care if her camera gets its own pretty dusting of tinsel and glitter.
    She may be tempted to steal a cupcake though.
    Just sayin.

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  7. How fun!! Everything is beautiful!
    -Trish

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  8. How much fun you must have had. I love those little dioramas! Glad the day was a success.

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  9. I was SO excited to see you had posted Jen! Only was a little disappointed there weren't more pix (just kidding! but truly never ever enough pix!!)
    It looks like SO much fun and creativity and the house looked FAB! I'm just sorry my invite got lost in the mail!!! Thank you for sharing with us...what fun AND great ideas!

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  10. That looks like you all had great fun! Love it!

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  11. what a fun party! and you decor is lovely! wish I had more friends who like to be crafty!

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  12. That was the most crafting fun I've had in years! You were an amazing hostess and you thought of everything! It was so great to sit and be creative with new friends, thank you so, so much!

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  13. LOVE!!!

    I adore dioramas too! (there are only two contests I've ever won in my life, and one of them had to do with a diorama and a hard boiled egg)
    Your projects are adorable
    and I loved your Christmasy everything. And now I want Santa mugs like the ones on your shelf :)
    So glad it was such happy times.
    (best part of this post? Your man comment- so so true!)

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  14. Your home is gorgeous! I love every photo. What a fun time. I love the dioramas! Your decorations are wonderful. Where oh where did you get that fab garland? :)

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  15. So....how do you get an invite to a fab party like this? You are so much fun.

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  16. Jen- Seeing this makes me want to pop in and visit you and share a cup of coffee. Your home is so warm and welcoming and I love all your whimsical touches. It looks GREAT! xo Diana

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  17. I am sitting here laughing, and enjoying your photos and so jealous of all of you! What a great party! Kit

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  18. Oh that looks so amazing! Wish I could crawl into my screen and play with all that stuff on the bookshelf for awhile!

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  19. Looks like an absolute blast! Wish one of my friends would host a party like that. ;-)

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  20. WOW. I love your decorating, the projects, the party favors. So much cuteness.

    Danielle

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  21. Fantastic Jen....Love it to pieces! What an amazing afternoon. I love paper straws...or glass straws....or McDonalds straws....really any kind of straws! Every detail was paid...my kind of party girl! You will have to come to Girlfriends on the Farm...I opened...come see my blog post!!!

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  22. So perfect to kick off the holiday season. Where are people like you in my area!!???? I want to be at a party like this haha.

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  23. :( and I'm crafty-capped.. seriously. My tallents lie elswhere, I guess... ah well- it looked like a blast! I'm glad you all had fun :)

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  24. :( and I'm crafty-capped.. seriously. My tallents lie elswhere, I guess... ah well- it looked like a blast! I'm glad you all had fun :)

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  25. Love your color scheme, and the party looks like it was a lot of fun!

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  26. The decorations are perfect, the crafts are so darn cute...wish I was one of the crafters that day.

    Where did you get those santa glasses? They look new vintage are they?

    Lynnie

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  27. I want to be your friend and come to your parties! :)

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  28. Lots and Lots of cuteness going on!
    Daisy~

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  29. AMAZERS!!!

    I had to cancel my craft party on Sunday due to my "crud". We shall try again...this sunday.

    "What happens at the Jubilee stays at the Jubilee." haha

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  30. such a happy and festive post! it looks like you had an amazing time. so glad. :)

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  31. how do I get to be your friend? lol!!
    everything looks fabulous...looks like an amazingly fun evening!

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  32. how do I get to be your friend? lol Looks like a fabulous, amazingly fun evening!

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  33. What a fun party!! I love everything that you made...the dioramas LOVE!!

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  34. It looks like an absolutely amazing event! You outdid yourself. Everyone's crafts are beautiful -- what a great kick-off to the holidays!

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  35. What a fun time!!
    I used to make something similar with my aunt when I was little!

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  36. Oh what a wonderful day you all had! I LOVE the projects!!! Do you have any directions or websites for directions? I'd LOVE to do the diaramas! And Do you have a close up of those clothes pins? I am soooo stealing this for my Christmas cookies instead of the tags I usually use! Love it all :)
    Kristi

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  37. How delightful!!! What a wonderful day!

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  38. oh how i adore every second of this post! i want to do this.

    wish i was there!

    beautifully done, cutie pie

    xo
    elyse

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  39. This looks like so much fun. Your home is beautiful, I love every detail.

    Karen

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  40. What a fun afternoon. The dioramas are so sweet! And I love the little snowman favor you made for everyone. So nice to gather with crafty, creative folk. Happy holidays. Tammy

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  41. What a fun afternoon. The dioramas are so sweet! And I love the little snowman favor you made for everyone. So nice to gather with crafty, creative folk. Happy holidays. Tammy

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  42. That looks like so much fun!!!! And those cupcakes--were they as delicious as they were adorable?;-)

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  43. What a TrEaT indeed! I love all your fun and light touches! Thanks for your comment! I blogged about our poor Elf who is sick today. I think he looks cuter than I do while fighting the flu... ;-P
    hugs,
    Leslie

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  44. Oh what fun! I can't wait until I retire so I can hold little crafting classes in my husband's studio. Of course, I haven't mentioned that plan to him yet.

    Merry Christmas

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  45. What a fun party! Everything looks beautiful!

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  46. wow. i am amazed by every little corner fo your home. it's all so beautiful! i'm thinking i need to make those dioramas with the kids, looks like so much fun : ) maybe this post will finally get me in the christmas mood!!

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  47. Jen, Love all of the little deer and figurines. Your dining room is so pretty and festive.
    Love your house.
    Inspiring.
    xo, Cheryl

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  48. please invite me next year. i am drooling

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