(party) kid friendly holiday party with step2

I am a Step2 Ambassador and am partnering with Step2 for the following review. I received a product in exchange for my review and honest opinion.

Photos by Kate Eschbach & Kimberly Sneed

What’s on your child’s Christmas list this year? Wait until you see Step2’s new toy that just hit the shelves this week! The Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser is AWESOME! It’s a battery powered ride-on toy, recommended for ages 4-8, that uses joysticks to operate. It reminds me of a cooler Xtreme version of Santa’s sled. So what’s a party planning girl to do? I called up my blogging friends, loaded the Xtreme Cruiser in my car and we threw a holiday party for our children in the middle of the Arizona desert…and blogged all about it, of course!

I styled the kid table in red and aqua with lots of polka dots mixed in. This is one of my favorite color schemes for Christmas decor! The polka dot straws were the perfect addition to my reindeer milk bottles! I’ll be sharing how to make those cute little guys in the near future. I used miniature stockings as silverware holders and found the perfect polka dot plates to match. Kate of Around Our Family Table filled polka dot treat holders with yummy Christmas snack mix.

I set up a mini dessert bar by Kimberly of A Night Owl Blog’s beautiful Christmas Tree and filled it with miniature donuts, gingerbread man cookies and gumballs. So simple to do, but it just adds that extra special touch. You could fill your containers with healthy snacks too! My kiddos donned a Santa suit and did you catch his cute reindeer pals above?! Destiny of Just Destiny Mag created those darling reindeer shirts. They’d make for a great party favor!

For a fun and easy centerpiece, hot glue colorful sixlets to a styrofoam tree. To add height, you can hot glue the tree to a painted candlestick. To preserve your candy centerpiece, you can spray clear sealant or mod podge over it. Just make sure not to drop the centerpiece or the candy will crack and the tree will fall off the candlestick and you’ll have to glue it back on with frosting for a photo shoot. Not that that happened to me or anything lol!

After the shoot, a couple of the kiddos got to test drive the Xtreme Cruiser and they gave it rave reviews! I can see this toy easily being the IT toy this holiday season. You can snag a free printable letter to Santa over at Songs Kate Sang so your kiddos can add the Xtreme Cruiser to their list. Don’t worry, the kiddos only piled in the Cruiser for a photo (only 1 rider is recommended at a time) and I personally recommend helmets (even though it’s a pretty smooth ride and goes slow enough not to give me a heart attack). You can purchase the Xtreme Cruiser exclusively through Walmart.com.

Visit these blogs to see more details from our kid-friendly holiday party:
DIY Christmas Ornaments and Gift Tags – A Night Owl
Christmas Snack Mix – Around My Family Table
Cute Christmas T-Shirts – Just Destiny Mag
Printable Letter to Saint Nicholas – Songs Kate Sang

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I'm Vanessa and it's my mission in life to spread my love of hot glue guns and glitter to others. I suffer from craft ADHD, regularly working on at least 10 projects at the same time and my craft room looks like a tornado hit it. My first craft book, Party in a Jar, was published in 2014. I look forward to crafting with you!

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