The Marketplace at Callingwood Christmas Event



This weekend was The Marketplace at Callingwood’s Christmas event. There were Hayrides, carolers, cookie decorating, colouring, and Santa came and took pictures all day! Servus Credit Union raised over $200 for The Christmas Bureau and we were also able to collect a huge box of winter clothing for Coats For Kids & Families. 104.9 Virgin Radio kept us dancing all day and gave one lucky winner a $500 Visa gift card. Plus the weather was PERFECT! For more pictures of this event please visit the Gallery.



I will be taking some time off to enjoy the holidays but will still be active on Instagram, Twitter and may have a few more DIY’s from Abby to post! (She is still taking orders for holiday arrangements, decorations, and party decorations. Email info {a} boxsocialep . com to order.)

Happy Holidays from the Box Social Event Planning team!

Tot Time at Millwoods Town Centre

Tot Time is a new program starting on January 6th at Millwoods Town Centre. Every first Tuesday of the month come to the mall from 10-noon and join in a new, fun activity for kids! Our first activity will be two full hours of Gymboree Play & Music including games, crafts, and the big parachute! Activities are suitable for children 0-5 years of age and require parental supervision at all times.

If you have a family friendly business in Edmonton or the surrounding area and you would like to participate in either Tot Time at Millwoods Town Centre or Kids Play at Kingsway Mall please contact Deanne at info {at} boxsocialep . com. Please include your name, your businesses name, as well as what activity you would be able to bring to the malls.

Coming up for Box Social Event Planning

There are some new and exciting things happening for Box Social Event Planning in the New Year! Abby (who is FANTASTIC and I am so grateful to have her as a part of the Box Social team!) will be taking over all of the Birthday Parties at Java Mama. She will help clients to create special, one of a kind parties at the cafe. We also had so much fun doing the candy table this Christmas (see pictures in the gallery) that we will be offering this service for birthday parties, corporate events as well as weddings!

I will be stepping in as the Special Event Manager for The Marketplace at Callingwood, starting a monthly program called Tot Time at Millwoods Town Centre, as well as helping the Italian Centre more. I will also be continuing to work with Kingsway Mall doing Kids Play and of course helping the amazing Edmonton’s Child Magazine team whenever possible with their events.

I will be posting more blog posts and Abby will be doing some DIY’s on the website but you can also follow what we are doing on Twitter: @BoxSocialYEG, Instagram: deanneferguson and Facebook: Box Social Event Planning.

As always I am extremely grateful for having the opportunity to do what I love and work with all of these amazing businesses.

Thank you.


DIY Snowflake Decorations

These snowflakes are easy to make and are a wonderful Christmas craft for any age. You can choose the colour as well as the size you want to make your snowflakes. These would also be perfect for a Frozen themed party!

– White 8 ½ ” by 11” Paper
– Hot glue gun
– Scissors


If you are going to make the small snowflakes you will need to print off 3 pages so you have 6 spirals. If you are making the large snowflakes you will need to print off 6 pages.

1. Start by printing the PDF  Small 3D Snowflake PDF Large 3D Snowflake PDF

STep 1

2. Cut off the extra paper so it looks like a square. Fold along the dotted line to make a triangle

Step 2

3. Cut along all the solid lines and then unfold

Step 3A Step 3B

4. Use a glue stick to place in the middle of the square diagonally. You will then wrap the two tips together and glue together (matching up the dotted lines)

Step 4 Step 4B Step 4C

5. Flip the paper over and glue the middle tips together

Step 5A Step 5B

6. Flip the paper back over and glue the largest tips together (On the same side with the smallest roll)

Step 6

7. Repeat steps 1-6 until you have 6 rolls

Step 7A Step 7B

8. Glue two rolls together (rolls facing the same direction)

Step 8A Step 8B

9. Glue on the third and fourth roll

Step 9

10. Take the fifth roll and glue onto the first roll

Step 10

11. Take the sixth roll and fold the end. Put glue on the folded end and press into the middle of the snowflake

Step 11

12. Once all the pieces are glued together you can add some glue between the rolls to keep them together.

Step 12

13. You can then punch a hole in the tip of the snowflake and hang with ribbon



Santa Mini Sessions at Cafe O’Play

Getting your children to take a nice picture is hard. Even when they just have to stand by themselves it is impossible to get the them to cooperate. Then Christmas time comes and we expect them to hop up onto a strangers lap and smile nice. (after we spend the other 11 months of the year teaching them to be wary of strangers!). Box Social Event Planning, Cafe O’Play and We Are YEG are changing the way Santa Pictures are done. There are no long lineups and no rush once it is your child’s turn to see Santa. Your child is able to play in Cafe O’Play’s fantastic play area and we will call them when it is their turn. Once it is their turn they are welcome to talk, tell Santa their Christmas list, or play with the cute wood blocks that Tara from “Tara Michelle Interiors” has made. (seen in the picture below)

This creates a stress free and friendly experience for everyone! This relaxed environment allows We Are YEG photographers to capture moments that you would not be able to get by being plunked down on Santa’s lap at the Mall. Mrs. Clause will also be there to visit with the kids and give out cookies to each child.


Sessions are $60 per family and include: two different poses in 4×6 and two poses in 5×7 printed copies (to be picked up at the cafe at a later date), an emailed copy of each pose, a cookie for each child and play in the Cafe before and after the mini session.  Event runs from December 1-6th at Cafe O’Play

Candy Table


Candy tables are a great addition to any event. You can customize colours, themes, and all ages love a good candy table! The event this weekend took place at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre so we knew we were going to have a very traditional background to work with. By adding simple yarn balls, a wreath (both of which Abby made!), and some ribbon we created a simple backdrop for the table. The rustic barn board boxes, burlap, mason jars, and traditional red, white, and green candy completed this look. Please check out the gallery for a closer look and more pictures from this event. If you would like to have a candy table at your next event please contact Deanne at info @


November’s Kids Play at Kingsway Mall

Come to Kingsway Mall on November 26th to see everything your local Gymboree has to offer by taking part in sample classes for your little one! We will be doing crafts, games, songs, and of course the BIG parachute will come out!

Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 30 years. Today there are over 550 locations in 30 countries, making them the global leader in early childhood development programs. Designed by experts, our age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Their programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement—which encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development

Wee Piggies and Paws will also be there on November 26th. Wee Piggies specializes in creating one-of-a-kind keepsakes of your children’s hands/feet into custom shadow boxes, life statues, ornaments. This is an AWESOME local business and they have graciously agreed to do ornaments for the first 20 babies that come to Kids Play. These become the most beautiful keepsake!

Lionel will be there as well passing out coupons for free kids meals at Boston Pizza! We will be upstairs in Kingsway Mall from 9-11am on November 26th. Hope to see you there!