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geometric hot cocoa bar - colorful modern christmas

One of the questions I get asked most often regarding party styling is “where to you get your inspiration?”. The answer is literally from any & everywhere – but there’s usually one specific item that really grabs me and makes me want to design a party around it…. it could be a great dress, a beautiful book, even a song.

And in this particular case – where I was asked to highlight something from one of Target’s current holiday collections that inspired me – it was these particular geometric print mugs. The delicious colors, the fabulously mod pattern… definitely worthy of inspiring a celebration, don’tcha think? :) So I picked up a couple sets of the mugs and a few matching items at Target last night, and was on my merry way.

Here’s a peek at a few of the diy projects they inspired this morning, which are now going to make an upcoming night of Christmas prep with a few close friends just all the more merry & BRIGHT!

colorful hot cocoa bar ideas - merry mod holiday

Products pictured above: 5-party server tray, geometric block ornaments, cappuccino mugs, cookie tin, and cocoa carafes (all purchased in-store at Target).

DIY projects pictured above & below: geometric wood tray, stir sticks, and party garland made from colorful paper + diamond shaped craft punch.

diamond craft punch and colorful papers

DIY Geometric Party Garland – Helpful Tips:

– Unless your garlands are lying flat on a table or wall, you’ll need to make them double sided since they spin when they hang, so plan accordingly.
– I used silver thread to make the geometric diamond garland shown here, but am planning to switch to clear fishing wire for the rest of them because a little bit of the silver does show through here and there on my test garland.


DIY Geometric Party Tray

I’m super happy with how the geometric tray turned out… and even happier that it was so quick & easy! You could really go crazy with the pattern on the bottom of the tray, but since it will be covered with cocoa mugs I figured simple was best here and opted for 4 wide stripes.

diy geometric party tray - before and after


DIY Geometric Stir Sticks

These are very straight forward, but I figure a quick pictorial never hurts. :) I love the color blocked two-tone look here. This would look great with a mix of shapes too… squares, circles, triangles, etc.

diy tutorial - geometric stir sticks step by step

geometric triangle stir sticks, party tray & cocoa bar toppings

Hope this inspires you to make your holiday season extra merry & BRIGHT!


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