November 17th, 2010 |

Sweet Treats Holiday Party

The holidays are quickly approaching, and party planning is kicking into high gear!  We have been busy bees over here, prepping ideas, gift guides and printing holiday photo cards and party invitations!  Last week we showed you the first signature WH Hostess holiday party – Cupcakes & Cocktails – and today I am back to show you our Sweet Treats Holiday Party.

This party theme was inspired by my love of the ever-so-popular red and aqua blue color palette.  You’ve seen us use it in birthday parties – revisit our modern train party, or the inspiration for our little red car party (party pics coming soon!) – but now we are using it to celebrate the holidays!  The polka dot invitation is made festive with the candy cane font and sweet wording.  There is a full collection: address labels, stickers, gift tags, cupcake toppers, food tent cards, candy jar tags, signage and extra large stickers (perfect for cookie tins!).

A holiday sweets party is an updated cookie exchange.  Born half out my desire to create another stunning dessert table, and half out of my goal of encouraging guests to bring sweets to share other than just cookies (as I am a gluten-free hostess, and most cookies are off limits for me!).


The backdrop is probably my favorite part of this party idea!  I used a red and white striped fabric backdrop, and layered white paper daisies and snowflakes at the top to give it a textured feel.  The table is covered with a white star fabric (from IKEA!) and is flanked with white feather trees.  A super easy project – I covered styrofoam cones with white feather boas – I love the touch of whimsy it adds to the design.

Glass jars and cylinder vases held candy in red, aqua blue and white.  Candy-covered chocolate balls, peppermints, foil-wrapped chocolate balls, red hots, rock candy, blue hard candy, lollipops, and mini pearl balls were used to create this candy spread….topped off with cupcakes (with coordinating toppers), and darling cookies by Allyson Jane Designer DessertsCandy Warehouse provided the candy for this photo shoot – they are my favorite go-to source for candy.  I love how easy it is to shop by color!

Small details make a big difference when you are putting together a dessert table.  I find that using coordinating elements such as candy jar tags, food tent cards, signage, and ribbon help to give the table a cohesive look.  I also used candy to fill up glass jars – a cute gift tag and ribbon completes the look for a perfect party favor (could be a darling teacher gift too!).

I absolutely love this theme!  It’s a fresh, holiday color palette and has just the right amount of whimsy!  It’s perfect for kids, families or a cocktail party!

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