Holiday Movie Night: How to Throw a ‘Polar Express’ Party
Next stop: A fun night with the family
As the famous line in “The Polar Express” reminds us, “There’s no greater gift than friendship,” so invite the neighbors over for a movie night to watch the holiday classic. Wow them with a watch party that’s easier than it looks with help from designer and mom, Bethany Farrar.
Setting the Scene:
Farrar creates a tablescape for each of her parties, designing a center point and establishing the theme of the event. With a simple formula of backdrop, table runner, cake stands and a banner, she can mix and match to create a mood. Here, she makes a backdrop of bells, tickets and shapes to set the scene.
Step One: Making the Banner
• Felt or cardstock
• String or ribbon
• Sharpie markers
Creating a holiday movie-themed banner than can hang from a table, mantle or wall is easy. Just cut triangles out of felt or cardstock, use Sharpie markers to write a letter on each piece and glue them to string or ribbon in order to spell out your message! The simple decoration sets the scene – and the theme – for any gathering.
Step 2: Snacks
A pajama party isn’t complete without ‘smores! Whether you use the microwave or your fireplace to roast the marshmallows, ‘smores are always an event in themselves.
She calls in a pro at a local bakery to make the train-themed cookies.
“The marshmallows provide festive and fun decorations on straws for chocolate milk and on their own as ‘snowballs.”
Step 3: Crafts
A Santa’s bell-themed craft keeps everyone entertained and echoes the movie’s motif. Farrar suggests making bell necklaces together to wear while watching. This simple craft only requires yarn and bells of various sizes.
Children can string the bells onto their yarn and create necklaces to remind them that, just like the “Polar Express” conductor says: “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see.”
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