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Peppermint Twist Holiday Party (19 photos)


Whoopie Pies on DIY mini serving display

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This is my newest holiday theme with lots of MODERN red, white, and sparkle!

The {very easy!} table centerpiece was created from 2 manzanita branches spray-painted red and decorated with differnt types of red and white Christmas ornaments. A cute white penguin figurine from Z Gallerie embellished with a ribbon "scarf" sat next to the branches for a playful touch. 

The place settings featured rhinestone-bedecked white chargers, white plates, and red napkins. "Napkin rings" were created from strips of custom paper patterns with DIY "holly berry" clusters attached to the top with a glue dot. To make the berry clusters, I pulled individual berries from faux berry picks, hot glued them into groups of 3, then attached each trio of berries to a sparkly silver leaf. The silver leaves were also pulled from decorative holiday picks (which are about $1.29 at stores like Michaels).

Mason jars were embellished with holiday ribbon and used as water/drink glasses. I also embellished red stripey straws with custom straw flags for a fun touch!

The red champagne flutes were purchase years ago at Target, but we created an alternative DIY stemware option for the larger event this theme was used at - where mini sparkly red balls were used to decorate the base of the wine glasses all the way around the stem. They were attached to the glasses with craft sized glue dots for easy removal later.

Chairs were decorated with little garlands made from and miniature glittered styrofoam balls, which come packaged together in bags at Michaels.

Mini dessserts like whoopie pies, cake pops, and mini cupcakes were creatively presented on DIY display stands and white trays lined with decorative paper.

The whoopie pies were topped with the same sparkly holly berry clusters and set on top of miniature stands made from cordial glasses (or tall shot glasses) fipped upside down and topped with decorative paper-covered wooden discs. Glue dots were used to secure the wooden discs to the glasses.

The cake pop stand is actually a holiday gift box (purchased at Target) and filled with gift wrap covered styrofoam. Just measure the styrofoam before cutting it to make sure you have a very secure fit, then wrap it "present style". Put the styrofoam in the box, then insert the cake pops.  We also cut pieces of stripey straws to create festive little "sleeves" for the white cake pop sticks!

The cupcake stand is simply a recycled wooden wine box embellished with ribbon and a lightweight snowflake ornament from Target. You can find similar wood boxes for purchase at

This photo shoot was tailored for a holiday dinner party at home - but if you'd like to see a lot of additional inspiration for this theme - check out the photo album for the holiday event we styled for Starbucks in New York. We used this exact same theme, but scaled it up for a large cocktail party at The Gramercy Park Hotel (with LOTS of sequins, sparkle & glam)! View the album here:

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