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PARTY DECOR IDEAS:

- Group rustic and glam elements together to form mini arrangements of accent party decor that coordinate well with your Vintage Glam tablescape! Added bonus: these groupings should be super easy to pull together... no fancy flower arrangements necessary! Here are a few simple ideas that only take a few minutes but still make a big statement:

- Glam up a snowy beige & white rattan snowman with festive red and white ornaments. In the example shown here, we decked the snowman out with a striped fabric ball ornament, a red silk tassel ornament, and cute little snow bird!

- Display red pillar candles in large apothecary jars filled with mini pinecones and faux snow. Use raffia ribbon to a small snowy pinecone to the lid of the apothecary jar, and embellish the candle with a band of red holiday berries.

- Baby reindeer decor + antiqued skeleton key + rhinestone-embellished red charger plate = super cute AND super easy decorative display. The bright red charger plate background really makes the adorable reindeer POP!

- Fill wooden or white ceramic bowls with various styles of ball ornaments from Pier 1 in a fun mix of textures ranging from glass and glitter to rattan. Embellish the bowls with printable paper banners.

- Use small glass pedestals (or the lower half of pedestal bell jars) to prop up and display mini decorative arrangements, such as the glass toadstool ornament shown here, which is surrounded by snowy pinecones, faux snow, and a printable paper banner.

- Small apothecary jars are great for showcasing simple arrangements like the white owl & pinecone example pictured here. Bright red reindeer moss was used beneath the snowy pinecones for a nice pop of red.

- Create a beautiful wall backdrop or overhead table chandelier from capiz shell garlands, patterned paper, and rattan wicker balls. We punched circles from the free printable paper patterns to customize the capiz garlands to match the rest of the party. Big rattan balls make for pretty and lightweight hanging decor to mix with the shell strands.

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DESSERT TABLE IDEAS:

- Set up a red & white mini dessert tasting bar so that your party guests can sample a variety of different treats! Pier 1's Tasting Party sets are perfect serving solutions for mini desserts like the Peppermint White Chocolate Mousse and Layered Raspberry Cheesecake Shooters pictured here. We used the Mini Cordials Tasting Set (12 shot glasses + 12 mini spoons) for the cheesecake shooters and Mini Martini Glasses for the mousse.

- No need to make a zillion desserts if you don't need to! Create a full look to the dessert table by supplementing your treats with extra party decor like apothecary jars and bowls filled with ornaments and red reindeer moss. Bowls and plates of store-bought candy embellished with decorative paper make for easy fillers too - and leftover candy can double as take-home party favors for guests!

- Line all white serving dishes with patterned papers from the free Vintage Glam Holiday printable collection.

- Cover glass cylinders or cube vases with patterned paper to make custom "pedestals" for some of your dishes and add some height to the table. Embellish the pedestals with ribbon and mini paper banners.

- Make a DIY runner or garland for the front of the table from small pinecones, twine, and paper circles punched from the printable paper patterns. Use hot glue to attach the pinecones and glue dots to secure the paper circles.

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RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE PARFAIT SHOOTERS:
{adapted from Half Baked}

Ingredients:
– 4 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened

– 1/3 cup + 1 Tbs.  Sugar
– 1/2 tsp. Vanilla

– 1 tub  (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
– 8 to 10 Finely Crushed Graham Crackers
– 3 cups Fresh Raspberries

– 10 Tbs. Raspberry Preserves

Directions:
Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until smooth. Gently stir in cool whip until well blended.

Chop 2 cups of the fresh raspberries and mix in raspberry preserves.

Fill individual glasses with about 1/2" of the crushed graham crackers. Then squeeze in some  of the cream cheese mixture using a piping bag or dessert decorator tool (we used this one) until the glass is about half way full. Spoon in about 1 Tsb. of the raspberry preserves mixture for the next layer, then pipe in more cheesecake filling until the glasses are full. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.  Serve chilled.  Makes roughly 16 mini servings, depending on the size of your shot glass.

Helpful Tips:
– Use a Ziploc bag to fill glasses if you don’t have a piping bag.  Just fill it partially, seal and snip off one corner.  Squeeze out!
– Set the cream cheese out ahead of time so that it is room temperature when you work with it. This will help everything blend together and create a smooth consistency.

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WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT MOUSSE:

Ingredients:
– 11 oz. bag of white chocolate baking chips

– 1 cup heavy cream

– 1 egg white

– 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

– Crushed Peppermint Hard Candy

Directions:

Pour the white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds then stir and continue to heat in 30 second intervals until all the chips have melted. Let stand.

Whip the cream, egg white and extract together using an electric mixer. You want a soft mixture rather than a stiff mixture.

Put a big dollop of cream onto the slightly cooled chocolate and mix, and then gently fold the chocolate mixture into the cream.

Fill mini martini glasses with about 1/4" crushed peppermint hard candy.

Spoon the mixture into miniature martini glasses and chill in the fridge.

Just before serving, top each glass with a candy cane stick, crushed candy canes, and a mini Star Pastry Puff. (The star puffs are just made from store-bought pastry puff, sanding sugar, and small star-shaped cookie cutters... find the full recipe here - it's surprisingly easy!)

Decorate the backs of dining room chairs with DIY "garland ornaments" made from raffia, pinecones, and wired berry picks. Use raffia to tie 3 small pinecones together "garland style", then embellish the space between the pinecones with pieces of wired berries pulled from craft berry picks. Tie to chairs with raffia. If your chairs don't have spaces to tie the ornaments from, you can string them garland style from one side of the chair to the other. You'll just need to use enough raffia for the garland to reach all the way around - or you can also use tape to attach the garlands to each side of the chair.

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