White Elephant Party: Decor, Menu & Music

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I've wanted to host a White Elephant Party ever since my little cousin Emily told me about the ones she and her mom host every year — any party with an official "Steal From Your Neighbor" component sounds surreally fun! Here are a few accessories to make your annual party a silly, upcycling success..

The Decor:

  1. White Crepe Streamer, Fun Events, $1.29
  2. White Elephant Gift Tag, PaperPlatesPress, $2
  3. Elephant Ice Cube Tray, Funky Kiwi, $6NZD
  4. Custom Printable Invitations, GreenCherryFactory, $18
  5. Elephant Piñata, Aztec Imports via Amazon, $17.99 (to fill with guests' unwanted trinkets)
  6. Baby Elephant Paper String Lights, LoveStringLights, $12.99
  7. Elephant Nose, Disguise via Amazon, $3.99, (to be worn by whoever wins/loses the gift swap)
  8. Elephant Garland, JaneeLookerse, $13.50
  9. Elephant Place Card Holders, Macy's, $19.99/set of 6
  10. Elephant Confetti, FancifulChaos, $2.50
  11. White Elephant Photo Gift Wrap, Zazzle, $16.95/roll
  12. Printable Invitation, chackedesigns
  13. Pin-The-Tail-On-The-Elephant, part of the Eric Carle Birthday Kit from Amazon, $16.99 (but you could totally make your own!)
  14. DIY Elephant Potato Stamp, My Kid Craft (for invitations/gift wrap)
  15. DIY Elephant Noisemaker, Disney (you could make your elephant white)
  16. Elephant Tablecloth, Holli_Zollinger for Spoonflower, $17.50/yd

The Menu:

  1. Elephant Sugar Cookies
  2. Elephant Cookies
  3. Elephant Cupcakes
  4. White Elephants Cocktail
  5. White Elephant Cocktail
  6. (Leftover) Pie Shakes
  7. Leftovers Recipe: "Hot Brown" Sandwiches
  8. Leftovers Recipe: Mashed Potato Puffs
  9. How To Make A Panade From Leftovers
  10. How To Turn Third Day Leftovers Into Hand Pies

The Music:

I recommend having your guests bring all of their unwanted CDs, throwing them in a multi-disk CD changer (perhaps someone can bring one of those, too?), and hitting Shuffle. It would be an epically terrible/awesome soundtrack! After the party, someone can donate the CDs, along with any other gifts that don't find a home. Here are a few elephant and gift-themed songs, just in case...

  1. Elephant- Damian Rice
  2. The Jungle Book- Colonel Hathi Elephant March
  3. Elton John- Your Song
  4. Syd Barret- Effervescing Elephant
  5. Cherry Poppin' Daddies- Pink Elephant

(Image credits: Tess Wilson; SugarMeDesserterie; Suz Daily; Vampire Gran's Kitchen; Trestle on Tenth for Food Republic; Step By Step; Rebekah Peppler; Nealey Dozier; Faith Durand; Emma Christensen; Sarah Rae Trover)

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