Christmas Stocking Fillers 2016

A few of my Christmas stocking filler ideas…

When it comes to planning my children’s Christmas stocking fillers I’m on the hunt for fun, cool and affordable goodies for me Christmas Stockings is one of the most exciting things about Christmas, my Dad still gives me and my siblings stockings (score!).  Usually in our stocking we got a juice like a Just Juice carton, a few pieces of summer fruit, chocolate marshmallow Santa’s and small gifts/toys.

As part of our Family Christmas tradition, the kids each get a Christmas tree decoration which they have a cotton drawstring bag each for so when they leave home they have a stash of decorations for their own trees.

product_imageI love the Love From Seventeen Christmas decorations.   To fill my stockings I add the Christmas tree decorations, generally with some small gifts, a drink and chocolate.

Here are few ideas:

ice-cream-bubblesunicorn-pink-bubbles-necklaceIce Cream + Unicorn Bubbles from Pop Roc Parties

rebelkitchen_orangechoc-600x600 Rebel Mylk with no added sugar from Natural Things or the supermarket

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blueberry_1278414956_1024x1024 Jack n’ Jill Toothbrushes + Toothpaste from Little & Loved

meri-meri-christmas-tattoosMeri Meri Christmas Tattoos from Pop Roc Parties

hurraw_vanillabean-600x600My girls would love these Hurraw Lip Balms from Natural Things

bb_bear_egg-cup_hat_1024x1024Buddy + Bear egg cups for the children who love boiled eggs for breakfast like my kids, from Little Whimsy

grey-bow-alba-iPretty hair bows from Alba & I

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Rock chalk from Global Baby

sd_classic_hires_pixie_sandpearl-f_grandeThe sleekest sunglasses from Pop Factory Shop

hellotoes_happydays_grandeHello Toes happy days crew socks from Pop Factory Shop

img_6360_2_grandeKitty knee high socks from Jamie Kay

regan_reindeer_2015Chocolate Reindeer lollipops from Devonport chocolates

I hope this gives you a few ideas for filling your children’s Christmas stockings, I would love to hear what you pop in yours

x Julie

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Rudolph Chocolate Spoon Favors

Pop Roc Parties Rudolph Chocolate Spoons

This year I made my daughter’s class mates chocolate Rudolph spoons as their wee Christmas gift, they were surprisingly easy to make the hardest part was fending the kids off them while they were setting!

Pop Roc Parties Rudolph Chocolate SpoonsRUDOLPH CHOCOLATE SPOONS

Makes about 28-30 spoons

1 Block Whittakers 50% dark chocolate block

Bag of Jaffas

Bag of pretzels

White chocolate or white sugar pearls

Piping bag and no.2 tip (if using white chocolate)

Wooden spoons

Cello bags

Twist ties

Pop Roc Parties Rudolph Chocolate Spoons-Cut pretzels in half

-Cut up chocolate into pieces and melt in a double boiler or Tupperware microwave jug in the microwave

-Lay out the pretzels, jaffas and sugar pearls ready to stick on once chocolate is melted

Pop Roc Parties Rudolph Chocolate Spoons-Spoon chocolate onto spoons with a teaspoon

Pop Roc Parties Rudolph Chocolate Spoons-Place one jaffa onto chocolate, then pretzels, then add sugar pearls.  If using chocolate for the eyes wait until the dark chocolate has set before melting the white chocolate and piping it on

Pop Roc Parties Rudolph Chocolate SpoonsPop Roc Parties Rudolph Chocolate Spoons-Once the chocolate has set gently pop them into a cello bag and tie with a twist tie

Doesn’t the twist ties look like a cute little scarf?

Rudolph Chocolate Spoon FavorI love them on our red chevron wooden spoons too!

Pop Roc Parties Rudolph Chocolate SpoonsJulie

Handmade Gift Ideas

Our packaging supplies are one of the biggest sellers at this time of year, it makes me so happy to know people are taking pride and enjoy packaging gifts whether they are homemade or brought.

Sometimes that attention to detail and special touches to packaging gifts just make it that much more special

Chocolates with gold leafI have made a selection of goodies to give to family and friends including

White Choc PyramidsCookies & cream pyramid chocolates using our new chocolate moulds with gold leaf detailing (We also sell a pineapple mould)

Chelseas Muesli in Kraft Tin Tie BagsChelsea Winter’s muesli from Everyday Delicious packaged in our kraft window tin tie bags

Salted Caramel Hot Choc in Quilted JarSalted caramel hot chocolate jars using Maiko Nagao gift tags which you can download for free here pictured with our pretty mirror disco balls and bakers twine

If you would like the recipe from Seeded at the Table you can find it here

I would love to hear what handmade gifts you love to make

x Julie

Foil Script Balloons

Our new foil script word balloons in gold ‘one’, silver ‘yay’ and rose gold ‘love’ from Northstar Balloons have just arrived and are so popular!

You may have noticed we have been adding lots of new and exciting products to our range and these foil script balloons are my current favorite!!

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Foil script balloons are a perfect versatile striking decoration for so many occasions like birthdays, bridal showers, baby showers, parties and weddings!

pop-roc-parties-one-foil-script-balloonThe gorgeous gold ‘one’ script foil balloons are perfect for a 1st birthday party or one year anniversary!
For more 1st birthday party inspiration check out our pinterest board

marlos-1st-birthday-party-tableWe love how Jordan from With the Whittaker’s styled our gold foil script ONE balloon for her daughter Marlo’s 1st birthday party

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The metallic silver foil YAY script balloons are perfect for birthdays, graduations, engagements or any other type of celebration!

love-script-balloon-with-rosesAnd the rose gold foil LOVE script balloons are truly a stunning statement piece for valentines day, parties and weddings!

love-balloon-poppies-by-grace(Image from Poppies from grace)

The best thing about these foil script balloons apart from they look totally fabulous is that you don’t need helium to inflate them, just blow them up by air using the straw included in the packaging within a minute and they last for ages!
(These balloons do slowly deflate over time but can easily refilled again)

love-balloon-nats-next-adventure(Image from Nats Next Adventure)

These self sealing mylar balloons come with holes in the tabs at the top of the foil script balloons to thread for hanging.  I love to use fishing line to hang my balloons to create that floating look!

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