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fpgirls’s tips for throwing a fantastic holiday party…

Crafty activities are key. Supply your guests with all of the ornament making needs. Sparkly tinsel pipe cleaners are absolutely essential. And google eyes. Oh, and pompoms…
Above are the beaded trees currently decorating the lobby in our office. These were so easy to make. You just get those styrofoam cones from the craft store and cover them in beads attached with straight pins. We used these in our store display last holiday.

And here we have some polar bear ornaments made by Sabine Brandt. She made these for an ornament swap. Notice the use of sparkly tinsel pipe cleaners.
Next tip…Forget about real food. Just serve desserts. They tend to be both prettier and yummier. This recipe for Martha’s peppermint icecream sandwiches covers both the pretty dessert requirement as well as the crafty activity. I count crushing up candy canes as a crafty activity.
Final tip… No hostess is complete without an amazing party ensemble. I’m sure these holiday looks at FP will do the trick! Crafts, desserts, and an amazing party outfit. That’s all that really matters.

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Anonymous -November 17, 2006, 11:26AM

Those trees are so pretty! I’m going to try that at home. The freepeople window displays are always so amazing. And that dessert looks really good. I cannot wait until Christmas! I’m looking forward to more posts about decorations/designs for this holiday season.

Starling -November 18, 2006, 5:48AM

The polar bears are so sweet…
I must say, that because of Free People I started to feel uncomfortable about living in Poland, not in USA :)Your clothes are so beautifull! I wish you had your office in Europe…

Dana -November 18, 2006, 9:09PM

I made one of those trees today! It truly is simple to make. Those are such a great idea, and will make a great gift!

Robyn -November 19, 2006, 9:45AM

Yes, dessert is WHERE IT’S AT. Don’t people eat “real food” just to get to the dessert anyway? (Or is that just me?)
And I love those beady trees.

Amy -November 20, 2006, 10:39AM

How do you make those beady trees?! I think I’ll go searching online for the instructions.
Free People inspires me a lot :]

cecu -November 20, 2006, 6:27PM

Where in the world can someone find such beautiful beads? The selection at my craftstore was mediocre to say the least. . . The trees are absolutely beautiful, though.

Teresa -November 26, 2006, 6:07AM

I discovered your bead trees via a link at in Australia – so beautiful and it looks dead easy.
On the technical side I was wondering whether you need to be careful matching the pin/bead sizes together? I’m guessing you’d need to make sure the sizes are right so that the beads don’t fall off if the pin-head isn’t big enough – is this a problem? I’m looking forward to sitting down with my daughter and making use of her rather abundant bead collection.

LLA -November 26, 2006, 2:01PM

Hi there – found you via a link at LoobyLu, and I am so glad of it – I love the site, and plan to visit more frequently!
I must second the comments of a number of previous readers: I am absolutely smitten with the beady trees, and wanted to try it here at home. Went to the bigboxcraftstore and was totally underwhelmed by the bead choices. Finally found some that were adequate (but not great) only to realize that the heads of the dressmaker pins were too small, and would pass through the ginormous opening in the aforementioned mediocre bead. Sigh…
So, I thought I’d throw myself on your mercy: do you have a source for beads/pins/etc. that you would recommend? I would be ever grateful…
Thank you!

fpgirl -November 26, 2006, 11:29PM

I’m sorry to say I do not have a good source for beads (We got ours in India). However, I do have a tip… If you are having trouble finding beads with holes small enough for the heads of the pins, maybe you could try pins with larger heads. You could use the ones with the pearl heads or the little colored balls. This would stop the bead from sliding and would even add another level of color and interest.

kate -November 27, 2006, 2:52PM

i’ve actually done this with cranberries instead of beads, and i use toothpicks to stick them in. true, it won’t last until next year, but it’s still super festive. i just chop all of the toothpicks in half and push them in far enough that they don’t stick out past the berries. of course, i would imagine you could also use pins, they might look a little nicer.

Anonymous -December 6, 2006, 9:35AM

I tried all sizes of pin/pinheads and they fall off! I love this tree and can’t do it. Probably because you got your beads in India and maybe the holes on their beads are smaller? : (

Isiah -January 29, 2011, 12:36AM

Great post! I want to see a follow up on this topic?!?


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Molly -January 7, 2012, 9:45PM

These look great! I’m getting a Sugar Rush just looking at those ice cream sandwiches!

tube club -July 31, 2013, 6:36AM

The jewelry you show us here is really wonderful and perfect, I like them all, adorable and charming!

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