12/21 Hostess Appreciation Calendars

A week ago today I invited everyone who had been a hostess for me since July over to my house for a Christmas Tea. I had a morning session and an evening session so we could keep the groups to about twelve people in each session. I served Kay's Christmas Tea for Twelve. It's a recipe that I created and my family loves it! Turns out the hostesses did, too, which is why I will share it here at the bottom of this post.

We played Christmas Bingo with enough prizes on the table for everyone to go home with two (even the losers! lol!), drank our tea (I also had coffee and pop available), ate Christmas Cookies (which I baked myself!) and made calendars. I created the calendars by combining ideas from both Tiffany Bauer and Connie Babbert. Each one was a little bit different . . . and they turned out so fabulous! I took pictures of the four I had out as samples.

We used the stamp set Inspired by Nature for the sentiment. The calendars come from a place called Vippies. Their website is http://www.vippies.com/. I used the large size which is 3" x 2 1/4".

This is a side view of our calendar. The antique brad holds the easel fold in place. Sometimes, I use a glue dot on the back side just behind the brad area to hold the easel in place, otherwise it can flip forward pretty easily.

 All of the calendars were decorated with paper from the designer series paper pack called Play Date. The butterflies were cut with the Big Shot Machine and the Embosslit Die called Beautiful Wings.

 One of the things I love the most about this calendar is that it sits on a box shell and you can slide the box part out to the side where you can keep post it notes, a pencil and a few paper clips nice and handy.

Hope you enjoyed seeing what my hostesses got to make. With Sale-a-brtion right around the corner, you will want to book your workshop soon, please e-mail me so we can pick a date that works the best for you. My next Hostess Appreciation will be in June. Have a wonderful day!

Stampin'Up! Supplies:

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Embosslit Die Beautiful Wings, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack to make a hole for the brad
Accessories: Antique Brads, Satin Ribbon: Real Red, Old Olive, Vippie Calendar
Adhesives: Multi Purpose Liquid Glue, Mini Glue Dots to adhere the butterflies

Kay's Christmas Tea for 12

8 Cups Water
1 Cup Sugar
3 Cinnamon Sticks
10 Whole Cloves
8 Tea Bags (black tea . . . mine were decaf)
2 1/2 Cups Cranberry Juice
1 1/2 Cups Orange Juice
The Juice from one Lemon (about 1/3 C)

Bring the first four ingredients to a boil in a heavy large saucepan over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Boil for 6 minutes. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Discard tea bags. Remove the spices. Add the juices to the tea. This can be prepared a day ahead. Just cover and refrigerate. Rewarm before serving. (I served mine in a crock pot so it was easy to keep warm while we were stamping.) You can add garnishes of orange and lemon slices if you would like. They look pretty floating on top of the warm tea.

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Connie Babbert said…
Cute, cute, CUTE, Kay!!! Love the easel calendars! Thanks for the link back to my Blog, too!
Janet said…
Do you have, or will you create, a tutorial for this? I'd love to learn how to make it. It would make a great gift for my office mates.
How special ... to invite all your hostesses around for a lovely treat! Sounds like lotsa fun! Love this easel calendar idea! Bookmarking this one for sure! Hugs xxaxx
orangepunkins said…
I would love to learn how to make this. Do u have any tutorials for this?
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Christmas Hugs xxaxx
Rhonda said…
These are so adorable..you did a great job! All of the designs are just cute, cute, cute! I can't wait to give one a try :)
Sarah said…
Thank you so much I love this! I attempted to create one of these cuties on my own. I linked your example on my blog-- please let me know if that was ok! I wanted you to have full credit!! Be well!