This vintage COOKIE RECIPE EXCHANGE PARTY was submitted by Gemma Touchstone of Party Style.
This whole adorable printable collection (banner, straw toppers, cupcake tags, thank you cards, recipe cards & more) is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD HERE! Thank you so much, Gemma!
Some of the highlights of this fabulous cookie recipe exchange party are:
The cookies packaged in cupcake liners
The cupcakes topped with mini cookies and paper straws holding printable tags
The assorted milk glass cake stands used to display the cookies and cupcakes
Merry Christmas!! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!!
This lovely SUGARPLUM GINGERBREAD HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS PARTY was submitted by the talented Suzanne Olvey of Fanciful Events! Everything is just precious! Such an adorable party with so many darling ideas…
Suzanne said this about planning the party- “I wanted to do a Sugar Plum/Gingerbread party and have it be a sweet little holiday party for my daughter and her friends. We were supposed to decorate cookies and color their great big gingerbread take home boxes but as you know, kids sometimes have a mind of their own and plans change so I wanted to share some pictures of the fun little party we had! :)
I had Brittany from Edible Details make me the beautiful fondant toppers, the gingerbread house cake topper, and fairy topper and they were just adorable and so super sweet! Emily from Magnolia Creative created the beautiful printables, melamine plates and invitation to go with this sweet little theme. I decided to do a simple theme and just wanted to keep it fun and festive! It turned out to be a really great little holiday party!”
This spectacular UGLY SWEATER + MUSTACHE THEMED CHRISTMAS PARTY was submitted by Kate Petronis of And Everything Sweet! Oh my goodness, what an awesome party full of darling ideas and holiday party inspiration!
Kate said this about planning the party- ”This past weekend I threw my third annual trophy husband party: theme-UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS!! It was such a blast! My favorite type of party is one where people are forced to dress silly to fit in. Its an instant ice breaker as the moment guests walk through your door everyone is laughing at each other. ;)
I had SOOO much fun putting together the dessert table for this party. It was a bit of a challenge because obviously I wanted the table to be UGLY, but then again I didn’t. ;) I used a lot of different colors and patterns to create a mismatched/yet somewhat coordinating theme. Who knew ugly could be so challenging!?!?
Lauren, from Lauren Haddox Designs, shared her Tacky and Mustachey collection with me. It fit perfectly with my theme. I loved the addition of mustaches!! Since it was also a trophy husband party it totally fit!
I don’t normally “do” cookies. I looked into purchasing some, but at $5/cookie (at the lowest) I figured I’d try my hand at them. Let me just tell you, $5/cookie AIN’T enough! These little suckers are time consuming!!!
My FAVORITE addition to the table were the little sweater push pop desserts. SO awesome! I purchased the sweaters from Susan’s Sweaters on etsy. They’re Barbie sweaters, hand knitted and then I got my hands on them and tackied them up. (THAT was FUN!) Under each sweater is red velvet cake and cream cheese icing in a push pop.
And since adults don’t typically attack desserts quite like kids, I left some boxes out on the table so they could “stache” away some treats for later (i.e. their kids). That worked! The dessert table was 100% cleared by the end of the night as guests left with their boxes of goodies.
I set up a cheesy photo booth with a winter background purchased at Oriental Trading, some silly photo props, and of course, a blow up Santa to pose with.
And since it was a trophy husband party I had to create games for the guys to compete against each other for title of #1 TROPHY HUSBAND. Let me first start off by saying we have the BEST, most COOPERATIVE group of guy friends EVER! They truly are trophy husbands!! Such good sports!! (I can never have a normal party, with normal socialization). We did a version of dizzy bat (a trophy husband party tradition). We split the guys into two groups and created a relay race. Using wrapping paper as “the bat”, they had to spin around 4 times with an ornament in their hand. A few feet away from the start was a little Christmas tree. After they were done spinning they had to RUN and place their ornament on the tree and then run back. Once they reached the end the next guy could start. HILARITY!!! They were all over the place, some even fell from too much dizziness. (so funny, like pee in your pants kind of laughing, just saying).
Next, was blindfolded gift wrapping. The guys were given a box (I used cracker boxes, mac n cheese boxes, etc) to wrap. (I pre-cut the paper so no one got hurt!) We blind folded them, put them in pairs (they had to share tape), and gave them each a box, paper and a bow. This was also a race. Whichever team finished first (both guys had to have a fully wrapped present, topped off with their bow) were then judged on which present of the two was most presentable. This game, again gave us girls some awesome laughs. It was belly busting watching these guys (in their ugly sweaters) try to share tape, find their bows, etc. Just awesome!
The final game we played was “Holiday Sausage”. In this game the guys were asked questions like “What was your favorite toy to play with as a child?” or “In your opinion, what was the biggest issue facing this 2012 election?” and the only answer you could say is “holiday sausage”. You’re not allowed to laugh or smile when you give your response. Funny game, but if you ask me the guys had WAAAAY too easy of a time keeping a straight face. These men are hard to break!!
It was a GREAT night! SO MUCH FUN!!!”
Vendors and Credits:
Party Styling, Cookies, Cake Pops, Fondant Cupcake Toppers- And Everything Sweet
Push Pop Sweaters- Susan’s Sweaters
Printables- Lauren Haddox Designs
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Gable Boxes Paper Straws Push Pop Containers Cupcake Liners White 2-Sided Frame
What a fabulous FAVORITE THINGS CHRISTMAS PARTY submitted by Wendy Updegraff of Daydreaming and Sightseeing! Such a great holiday party idea! Make sure and read what Wendy said about the party below, so you will know what a “favorite things” party is all about! SO FUN!
Wendy said this about planning the party- “Over the weekend I hosted a Favorite Things party for a few of my girlfriends…and I definitely think it will become an annual tradition! Since glitter is way up there on the list of my favorite things, I decided to add glitter to anything and everything for this party, starting with the invites! We kept the food and drinks light, and of course my favorites…macarons, champagne and caprese! Maria of Love & Sugar Kisses made lemon, vanilla and peppermint macarons…and they were the hit of the party!
My TV presented a bit of a decorating challenge…I have gone to some extremes in the past for decorating but removing the TV from the wall seemed a tad extreme, even for me. So we wrapped it up and smacked a gift tag on it and made it part of the decor :) Of course my hubby’s first reaction was thinking I was giving his TV away as a prize.
Since not everyone knew each other at the party I had a little game for everyone while we were chatting and snacking. Everyone filled out a Favorite Things survey without putting their name on it. We mixed them up then took turns reading them and everyone tried to guess whose was whose.
Since our whole party was about shopping for new favorite items, each girl had their own shopping bag for their new goodies. Everyone was instructed to select a favorite item for around $20 and bring 3 of that item. My favorite item was actually a 2-parter. One was a glitter clutch and the other was a pack of decorative washi tapes. Everyone had great taste and it made it really hard to choose which one you wanted!!! We had three rounds of shopping. At the beginning of each round everyone picked a piece of paper with a number on it out of a bowl. Whatever number you got was the order you got to go up to the table and choose one item. Each round the numbers were mixed up again so you went in a different order each time. We had so much fun and it was so great to relax with all of my friends in this crazy busy season. Drinking champagne and chatting until 12:30am is definitely one of my favorite things!”
I’m excited to share another one of my personal parties with you today! I loved styling this UP ON THE HOUSTEOP HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS PARTY and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
I actually thought of this theme last year while brainstorming holiday Christmas party ideas…it was a little too late in the season, though, so I didn’t have time to plan it. But, this year was the year and I’m so glad it was because I’ve been envisioning this party for a long time!
I made a vintage replica paper banner that said, “Up On The Housetops” and hung it on the wall below the main center frame. Inside the main frame was a glitter reindeer, cut out of light blue shimmery scrapbook paper…
Metal sleigh cupcake holders held beautiful vanilla cupcakes. A white ruffle cake stand was placed in the middle of the display, on it were lovely white and aqua cupcakes topped with edible sugar glitter. Glass pedestal cake stands held other pretty desserts like peppermint bark and mint peppermint cookies. At the front of the table were two long white ceramic platters holding divinity and white chocolate covered star pretzels.
I have a special place in my heart for cardboard Christmas houses, and have collected them for years. They were perfect for this party, and really helped create the “Up on the Housetop” feel! Among the houses were also bottlebrush trees in silver and cream…