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Monday, December 24

Our Polar Express Church Christmas Party

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Hunny & I were in charge of the 
Church Christmas party this year.
{Party & dinner for 240 people!}

The Polar Express was our theme.
And the children were invited to wear their pajamas.

We tried to make the room look like The North Pole
on a tiny budget.
Some of our creative girls made these huge snowflakes
that we hung from above. I loved them!
The blue tablecloths were inexpensive & added some
nice color to the room {$2.47 each at Zurchers}.
And we wrapped boxes for the centerpieces.
 Of course we had a train
& we used our Halloween fog machine 
to make "steam" coming out of the front.
One of the biggest challenges was dealing with the 
basketball hoop. We covered it with garland &
tried to make it look like a kind of a chandelier.
{It looked better in person.}
A highlight of the evening was when 
some of our darling girls entertained us with a
Hot Chocolate Dance.
We had our own wonderful conductor who punched
each passenger's ticket. We bought the pdf for the
tickets - then had them printed at Walgreens with 2 on a sheet. And there was a visit from Santa 
{who gave each child a bell}.
Our menu:
  • Raspberry Bread Pudding
  • Frittata {crust-less quiche}
  • Pre-cooked Sausage {from Costco}
  • Mixed Fruit
  • Orange Juice
  • Hot Chocolate
Of course we had a spiritual message as well.
{It would have been empty without talking about the
REAL meaning of Christmas!}

It was a wonderful time! 

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"The Grinch Who Found Christmas" Party


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  2. I'll try this again..... I have to let you know this is the most AMAZING ward Christmas dinner I have ever heard of! It looks like everything went off perfectly. I'm sure the kids were all enchanted! While I'm sure you had some help, I am equally sure your vision made it happen! Thanks for sharing with us!

    1. Thank you, Francine, for taking the time to leave your sweet comment. I'm so glad to have you as a new blog friend. While we had some glitches, the party was a wonderful time. Some of the kids still talk about it - which made all the work worth it! And yes, we did have LOTS of help setting up. You may also want to see our "Grinch Who Found Christmas" party here:

      Warmly, Michelle
      PS - Hunny & I used to live in the Seattle area & we LOVE it up there!

  3. Hi Michelle,
    We are looking for ideas for our 2013 Ward Christmas Party and came upon your idea...can I just say how amazingly creative you are...we are going to attempt to throw this party, I figured if we start planning now, perhaps it will turn out as successful as yours. Can you let me know about the glitches, that I might avoid them. The Youth is in charge of putting organizing this party, and I'm sure the theme will motivate them to have fun with the planning and execution of it...can you let me know how I can get or purchase the tickets please? Love the simplicity of the decorations, yet classy...Is there any other pointers you can give me? I appreciate your creative gift. My email is Thanks so much. I look forward to hearing from you soon....Tina Niumatalolo.

  4. Michelle,
    How long ago did you do this party??? I just got assigned to be in charge of this year's ward Christmas party, and imagine my surprise when I started checking Pinerest for ideas and there you were! The train is gorgeous! Is that a mural or what? I can't get the full feel of it from the picture. I MUST have a train in the cultural hall, whether we build one out of cardboard or a mural or what. Your train is GORGEOUS! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE if you have any more pictures or ideas if you could share them with me! I'm so happy that I have a real time friend who's actually done this before! lol Thanks, honey bum!!

    Your friend, Cindy :)

    1. Hello Friend, What a fun coincidence that you are also in charge/using this theme! This was a super fun party. All the pics I have are pretty much on this post. {I was SUPER busy in the kitchen during the actual party.} So I didn't get a pic of the cute hot chocolate cups or the "Hot Chocolate Dancers"! But please feel free to call me anytime & we can discuss the yummy details of this party.

      Love ya! Michelle

  5. Wonderful Decor!! We are having the same party in just a week and half and I've been looking and looking for a train backdrop like yours. I can't find one :( Could you point me in the right direction? Thank you!!

    1. Hello Barb, Thank you for stopping by & for your sweet comment. We live in the SLC, Utah area & I rented our train from my friend who painted it. She does rent it out, but I know that all the weekends are spoken for this December. If you live in the area & if your party is on a week day {or night}, email me & I'll give you her information. Have fun & thanks for reading!

      Warmly, Michelle

  6. Where did you find the printable for the ticket booth. Such a cute idea!!!

  7. Love how your party turned out!! Absolutely gorgeous! Wondering if you could send me the info for the backdrop as I've been put in charge of planning our church christmas party this year! Thank you!

  8. This is amazing!! We are thinking the same theme for our party this year. I was wondering if you would be willing to share your spiritual program? Love how your party turned out!!

    1. Thank you so much. I was actually in the kitchen working away during our spiritual program & I didn't get to hear it. I just asked our bishop {like a pastor} to speak about how we were all taking an imaginary journey together {the party} & how neat it would be if we could all take an even better REAL journey together {discovery of our Savior's love & all sitting down together in heaven someday}. Hope that helps!

      Thanks so much for reading,

    2. Thanks Michelle! Its September which means... time to start planning christmas... hah!

    3. One more question on your amazing party- how did you hang the snowflakes? It looks like you strung string or wire? Where did you secure it? I am decorating in our building's gym as well :)

    4. I think we used fishing line. Luckily our building has "eye hooks" or "eye screws" along each side of our cultural hall - perfect for making creative dreams come true! Thanks for visiting again & for your questions.

      Warmly, Michelle

  9. Does your friend still have the train background that she rents out?

    1. Hi Rena, I believe she does still have the train. Do you live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area?

      Warmly, Michelle

  10. Great ideas! Do you have a template for the ticket booth signs? I would love to use it for our Christmas party. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Lori, Thank you for your message. I rented the ticket booth from my friend & the signs were already attached. Sorry I can't be of more help. Have fun at your party.
      Warmly, Michelle

  11. I'm doing decorations 2016 Christmas party for my work next week. I'm wondering where do you find printed the signs of TICKETS on the top of booth (window) and below "Polar Express Train Depot" with Christmas designed?


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