PHOTOS: Ornament Making Party

An ornament making party is a fun, festive way to spend time with friends and family and get some homemade ornaments at the same time!

Here are some inspiration photos to get a party of your own together. Remember, anything you can glue on, is fair game to personalize your ornaments!

Featured in photos:

Base Idea:

  • Plain white, silver, red and gold ornaments
  • Lightbulbs
  • Clothes pins

Add-Ons:

  • Jingle Bells
  • Glitter
  • Glue, glue guns, super glue
  • Gift tags, label stickers and letters – fun way to monogram/personalize
  • Wrapping paper
  • Ribbons, yarn, fabric and lace
  • Bottle caps- personalize your ornaments with your favorite brew
  • Pom pons, feathers, sequins & more!

Favor ideas:

  • A pair of individual scissors: It’s a take-home and you won’t have to share scissors
  • Individual kit box: scissors, glue stick, super glue + the box can double as a carry home container for their new ornaments
  • Monogrammed Ornament: Get each guest an ornament with their name or letter as a personal touch

Chicago Greeter: FREE 2-hour Chicago tours

Experience Chicago’s unique charm, captivating sights and world-class attractions with a local! Chicago Greeter is offering free city tours on foot and public transportation.

Just in time for the holidays, Chicago Greeter is teaming up with the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association to offer new one-hour walkabouts of the Mag Mile and the surrounding area. Get an “insider’s orientation” to landmarks like the John Hancock Building and the former Playboy Mansion, historic hotels and cathedrals and the best of holiday decorations and shopping.

Magnificent Mile InstaGreeter is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., leaving from the Water Works Visitor Information Center, 163 E. Pearson Street. All visits are first-come, first-served and limited to groups of six or fewer. No reservations required. More information here.

Any time of the year you can participate in a Chicago Greeter Tour.

Enthusiastic city-wise volunteers impart their love and knowledge of Chicago to parties of six or fewer during FREE two- to four-hour visits.

Have a special Chicago interest? Let Chicago Greeter incorporate it into your visit. Select from more than 25 neighborhoods and 40 popular interest areas including Fashion, Film, Ethnic Chicago and Public Art.

Whether your first or fiftieth Chicago visit, a new resident, or a resident entertaining out-of-towners, you and your guests will enjoy exploring Chicago neighborhoods and topics of interest with a friendly Chicagoan. Click here to register!

Decorate for a cause with Pier 1 and Toys for Tots

As an official drop-off location for Toys for Tots, Pier 1 is offering three ways to help the less fortunate children in Chicago.

1) Visit the Pier 1 Facebook fan and click the like button. For every fan, they’ll donate $1 per fan, up to $100,000. Pass it on to your fellow Chicagoans!

2) Bring an unwrapped toy to any Pier 1 store in Chicagoland (and the US) through December 5th

3) Make a donation at the register in store through December 24th

Chicagoland Pier 1 Locations:

1350 NORTH WELLS ST
CHICAGO, IL 60610
(312) 787-4320

2112 NORTH CLYBOURN
CHICAGO, IL 60614
(773) 871-6610

2862-2902 NORTH ASHLAND AVE
CHICAGO, IL 60657
(773) 975-1033

1143 WEST LAKE ST
OAK PARK, IL 60301
(708) 660-9988

2532 NORTH NARRAGANSETT AVE
CHICAGO, IL 60639
(773) 622-2512

5304 NORTH BROADWAY
CHICAGO, IL 60640
(773) 271-7078

View the Pier 1 Holiday collection at wwww.pier1.com >>>