Add Holiday Cheer to your Home with Designer Trees at Jingle Tree

HMNS Sugar Land

Give. OWN. Be Merry. Kick the holiday season off with Jingle Trees at HMNS Sugar Land! At Jingle Tree you can give, OWN and be merry when you bid amongst festive company on a silent auction of dazzling, pre-decorated trees. Nineteen designer trees are up for bid, each with a unique theme such as “Holiday Kitchen” and “Candyland.” The trees were unveiled on Tuesday at the Strolling Luncheon. Bidding continues as you mix and mingle at the Jingle Jangle Happy Hour on Thursday, November 20, or you can bring the kids over for Cookies with Santa on Saturday, November 22. More information on the Jingle Tree events can be found below.

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Can’t make it out for any of the events? Don’t worry you can view the trees and bid online here.

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Bidding ends Saturday, November 22, at 1:30 p.m. after Cookies with Santa. The winners will be notified by text.

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The trees may be picked up Saturday, November 22, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. or Monday, November 24, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tree wrapping (for self-transport) or home delivery (includes wrapping) are available at an incremental charge.

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Jingle Jangle Happy Hour
Thursday, November 20
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Come out for our Jingle Jangle Happy Hour to mix and mingle as you bid on your favorite trees!

Cookies with Santa
Saturday, November 22
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bring the kiddos out for Cookies with Santa while you take advantage of the final day to bid on our Jingle Trees! Final Chance to Bid.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (11/17-11/23) at HMNS

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Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

Get into the holiday spirit with the Jingle Tree events at HMNS Sugar Land, learn more about the museum travel trip the – “Shelling Experience”, and armor up for the opening of our special exhibit Samurai: The Way of the Warrior

Jingle Tree – Open House and Strolling Luncheon
HMNS Sugar Land
November 18
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come to our Jingle Tree Strolling Luncheon to mix and mingle as you enjoy food from Events by Safari and bid on your favorite trees in this exclusive first look! Click here for tickets. 

Travel Night – Sansibel Shelling, April 2015
Tuesday, November 18
6:00 p.m.
Interested travelers and those already registered are invited to this evening’s presentation of the April 12 – 16, 2015 HMNS trip “Shelling Experience: The Islands of Sanibel, Captiva and Coya Costa” with trip leader Tina Petway and HMNS travel department staff. On this coastal adventure with Tina Petway, HMNS associate curator of malacology, you will comb the beaches of the best shelling grounds in the continental US. You will also experience diverse marine and wildlife of this threatened ecosystem. Trip itinerary and registration information available at Class – Travel Night – Sansibel Shelling, April 2015Interested travelers and those already registered are invited to this evening’s presentation of the April 12 – 16, 2015 HMNS trip “Shelling Experience: The Islands of Sanibel, Captiva and Coya Costa” with trip leader Tina Petway and HMNS travel department staff. On this coastal adventure with Tina Petway, HMNS associate curator of malacology, you will comb the beaches of the best shelling grounds in the continental US. You will also experience diverse marine and wildlife of this threatened ecosystem. Trip itinerary and registration information available at www.hmns.org/travel.

Jingle Tree – Jingle Jangle Happy Hour
HMNS Sugar Land
Thursday, November 20
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Come out for our Jingle Jangle Happy Hour to mix and mingle as you bid on your favorite trees! Click here for tickets. 

Catalyst Event – Samurai: The Way of the Warrior
Thursday, November 20
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Complimentary drinks, light bites, entertainment and admission to Samurai: The Way of the Warrior. Click here for tickets. 

Special Exhibit Opening – Samurai: The Way of the Warrior
Friday, November 21
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is proud to host Samurai: The Way of the Warrior, an exhibit of exquisite objects related to these legendary warriors. Among these are full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts, and saddles, as well as exquisite objects intended for more personal use such as lacquered writing boxes, incense trays and foldable chairs. Click here for tickets. 
Organized by Contemporanea Progetti SLR with the Museo Stibbert, Florence, Italy. Local support is provided by Kuraray.

Samurai: The Way Of The Warrior Members’ Event
Friday, November 21
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Children’s crafts, cash bar and light refreshments available at this Members’ event. Click here to register.

Jingle Tree – Cookies with Santa
HMNS Sugar Land

Saturday, November 22
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bring the kiddos out for Cookies with Santa while you take advantage of the final day to bid on our Jingle Trees! Final Chance to Bid. Click here for tickets. 

Rent the Museum: Make any event YOU-nique at HMNS

What could make exploring HMNS even better? Doing it with a meal in your hand!

When hosting a special event at HMNS, anything is possible. For those who choose to forgo the traditional cocktail hour followed by a seated dinner, a cocktail style party is a great option.

Cocktail style parties serve as an exciting way to get guests active. This type of event contains food stations rather than a plated meal. Also referred to as “food bars,” these stations promote movement, since guests can choose which station they would like to visit and come and go as they please. This concept allows more freedom for partiers to move around exhibit halls, compared to a traditional dinner.

“But what’s a food station?” you ask. Well, picture any meal that you would normally eat plated, but transformed into a portable and customized dinner.

Take the classic pasta bar, for example. Party goers choose their type of pasta, pick their sauce, and have it cooked and placed in a martini glass. Carving stations that offer a choice between chicken and beef are popular. Other food station ideas include a mashed potato bar, quesadilla bar and even a macaroni and cheese bar.

But don’t forget about dessert! An entertaining option for sweets is having an ice cream bar. Guests pick their flavor and toppings and have their favorite sundae treat prepared before them. You could also have a crepe bar, an espresso bar, or just a classic “candy bar (get it?)”!

Let your creativity take action and choose HMNS as your next party destination. For more information on hosting an event at HMNS visit RentTheMuseum.com.

Still not quite sure what to do? Here are the top three reasons to have food stations at your event!

YOU DESPISE SITTING STILL

Just to be clear, with food stations you can still totally have enough seating for all of your guests. But now, you don’t have to worry about having them all assigned! This way your guests are free to mix and mingle, dance, grab some food, talk to grandma for a bit, get some more food, make small talk with your weird relatives, then make a quick escape to get more food and more food and more food … which brings me to the next reason.

YOU WANT ALL THE FOODS

Are you always hungry? Do you secretly love buffets, but hate that you have to get up in front of everyone for your second (or third … or fourth) plate? When you have food stations, it takes the pressure off so you can grab as much or as little from any station ALL PARTY LONG. 

YOU’RE TRENDY

You’re pretty hip, so why wouldn’t your event reflect that? Cocktail style parties with food stations are all the rage, so show your guests how awesomely cool you really are.