I had so much fun collaborating with local businesses to bring this Polar Express Children’s Christmas Party to the foster community children in our area. Special thanks to our creative team for bringing this together:
- Artful Virgo, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Beautifully Inspired, beautifullyinspired.org
- Bonsai Audio, bonsaiaudio.org
- Gabriela Miller Photography, photographybygabrielamiller.com
- LionsGate Chapel, lionsgatechapel.net
- Moments in Time, facebook.com/momentsintimeeventsanddesign
- Sweet Delights by Krystal, sweetdelights.zenfolio.com
- The Columbia River Eye Center, eyecaretricities.com
- The Village Bistro, thevillagebistrotricities.com
As you walked into the party, an adorable hand-lettered sign by Lisa of Artful Virgo greeted guests. In addition, she hand-lettered an adorable Evite for guests as well as personalized mugs for each child to take home with a cupcake and party favor inside made by our event planners.
Mother and daughter team Sue (Moments in Time Events & Design) and Krystal (Sweet Delights by Krystal) brought in Polar Express themed decorations and desserts, including: a frosted blue cake and cupcakes topped with a bell, hot chocolate bar, and trains, trees and Christmas lights! Sue made Polar Express tickets with a bell attached to give as favors.
Vicci of LionsGate Chapel was such a kind host. The event room has newly finished floors and modern ceiling lights that can be dimmed and plenty of room for dancing! Brandon and Veronica of Bonsai Audio provided Christmas music for the event while children enjoyed an Italian dinner catered by The Village Bistro, followed by dancing! The music was wonderful and fit the theme perfectly and the children thought the food was delicious!
Wrapped, new toys were donated by The Columbia River Eye Center staff. The Columbia River Eye Center, located across from Howard Amon Park in Richland provides patients with exceptional care including: routine eye exams, complex medical and surgical care. Their goal is to help their patients make the best decision for their care.
It was so fun to watch each child open his/her surprise gift! Everyone had a really good time and it truly felt like a Polar Express party! Special thanks to Gabriela Miller Photography for capturing the event! I love working with Gabriela; she always brings out the best in her photos (children not shown to protect their privacy).
Special offer from Gabriela Miller Photography: mention When in Tri-Cities when you call to book your event or session in 2018 and receive 15% off. Valid through December 31, 2017. Gabriela Miller Photography (509)551-2150.
Beautifully Inspired is a local non-profit made up of foster moms and dads who care about improving the lives of foster children. They help provide clothes through Beautiful Threads as well as overnight bags with essentials like socks, pjs and toothbrush/toothpaste that a child transitioning into a foster home would need. “Not everyone can foster, but all can help.”
Thanks again everyone who jumped in to help out with this fun evening for the foster children, especially Krystal for being the first to reach out to When in Tri-Cities for a December collaboration and to my husband Brandon for having the inspiration to do something beautiful for the foster community.
I was particularly impressed with Brooke from Beautifully Inspired and the foster parents that I met. I can feel their love and dedication to their life’s mission. Please consider making a donation to Beautifully Inspired, here. If you would like your family to share in the JOY of the real purpose of Christmas, here is an invitation to follow the #LightTheWorld Christmas advent calendar, here. Merry Christmas! -Alicia Walters, @whenintricities