|I quickly snapped this picture before all the food was in place.|
The Dining Room was home to the North Pole buffet & bar. Candy cane stripe wrapping paper made a great backdrop & tablecloth. I tried my best to keep the food bite size since both our main dining spaces were being utilized for the party. Along with crudités and cheeses, we enjoyed meatballs, a spiral ham & mini sandwich bread, tiropitas (cheese puff pastries), crescent wrapped mini sausages & an assortment of pretzels/chips/nuts.
|Red tulle is gathered over a white tablecloth on the bar. |
While the china cabinet is dressed with large silver snowflakes.
The table centerpiece was a candy cane themed, tiered tray holding North Pole Cupcakes.
The bar was my favorite vignette. It featured coffee, cocoa, eggnog, punch & a host of "Big Elf" beverages.
|I wrapped the framed picture and attached a quick printout to let guests know to help themselves.|
|I loved the whimsical woodland feel these evergreens added to the decor.|
|An assortment of cocoa or coffee toppings.|
|The North Pole font worked perfectly to round out the theme.|
|Mini candy canes make tasty swizle sticks and look festive on the rim of a glass.|
The kitchen table was where the cookie decorating occurred.
|Snowflakes cascade from the island chandelier and a themed banner hangs over the dining space.|
|Candy cane stripe wrapping paper made the perfect tablecloth for cookie decorating…|
covering your table makes clean up a snap.
Once our guests arrived, cookie decorating was underway. This was our first year using squeeze bottles for the icing and it worked fabulously!!! I found them at Gordon's Food Service and for $6.00 a 6 pack.
People rotated between grabbing a bite to eat, visiting with one another & cookie decorating. Having the buffet in the dining room rather than kitchen made for a very workable flow.
|Bear decorating his first Christmas cookie|
Once all the cookies were decorated (can you believe I forgot to snap a picture of them) the adults played a lively game of Taboo while the kiddos burned off their sugar rush in the basement.
A heartfelt thank you to all our friends and family who helped us put the party together & most of all came to celebrate with us. Hugs to you all!!!
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