Don’t get me wrong, I love holiday parties. There’s nothing like a strong glass of Eggnog and sausage balls to alert you that Christmas is here! But I often get stressed out over what to bring the hostess….this week I have two ornament exchanges to attend. Again, cue stress. To me, ornaments are very personal. Maybe it’s my OCD, Type-A personality, but I’m very picky about what goes on my tree. I assume that others operate under this same principle, so choosing an ornament for someone else’s tree proves difficult.
My sister recently opened an adorable Etsy shop, Surcee Monogram Shop. I knew I wanted to incorporate a few of her products to help put a personalized touch on my Christmas surcee’s. This time of year is super busy. So not only did I need a cute idea, but something easy (and cheap!).
I purchased flat, clear ornament balls (on sale for $1.00 each), red glitter paint ($4) and the 1.5″ vinyl initials from Surcee Monogram Shop ($3.50). I took the red glitter paint and swirled it around in the ornament. Doesn’t get much easier than that. You do have to be careful with how the paint dries. Once the entire ball is coated in paint, be sure to drain any excess paint from the ornament. I propped my ornaments upright to dry which seemed to work best. The ones I let lay on their sides ended up drying funky.
The first ornament I made is for an engagement shower I’m attending this weekend. I have to say I’m a little obsessed. The instructions were to bring the newly engaged couple an ornament they could use on their first tree as a couple. Nothing says Christmas in Dixie like having your new married monogram displayed proudly on your tree. For under $10, this is a personalized gift that I hope the couple will love forever.
I also have a Junior League ornament exchange this week. The problem with a gift exchange is that you don’t know who will end up with your ornament. That being the case, it’s impossible to use someone’s initials. I chose to use the Junior League logo since it is an organization that is important to all of the ladies who will be at the party.
So what do you bring when the party is not an ornament exchange? Surcee Monogram Shop has other adorable hostess gifts. I love the Monogrammed Christmas Wine Bags. They are functional and also perfectly preppy.
Surcee Monogram Shop is offering 10% off all products thru the end of the year. Use coupon code DILWORTH10 at checkout to receive the discount!