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“Mad for Plaid” Christmas Dessert Table

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Kelly from The Well-Heeled Hostess sent in this fun “Mad for Plaid” holiday dessert table – and I thought she did such a great job of utilizing traditional Christmas colors and cozy plaids in a contemporary fashion… especially with creative touches like that fabulous “textile centerpiece” and the cool & modern spray-painted deer silhouettes in the background!

plaid Christmas party ideas

Read on for lots more festive pics, shopping resources, and creative details, as told by Kelly…

plaid Christmas party ideas

I wanted to create a dessert table that truly spoke to my personal style – preppy, with a touch of updated style! Always inspired by Ralph Lauren, I decided to play on my love for tartan plaid and mix different plaids to create a whimsical table, perfect for a cozy night of cocktails and sweets.

The table was set with a red herringbone tablecloth and two tartan plaid table runners. I spray-painted reindeer head cut-outs a bright red lacquer to sit on the back of my cake plates for a little extra holiday cheer!

plaid Christmas party ideas

The centerpiece was full of fresh greenery, berry branches and curly willow branches. I used a “white happiness” jar to give it a touch of my modern prep style.  To add to the whimsy, I tied strips of different plaid and check fabrics from the branches.

plaid Christmas party ideas

Using all white serving pieces and clear glass jars, I added swiss dot polka dot ribbon and candy jar tags (available in my party shop) to accessorize them. I also used a combination of food tent cards and cupcake toppers to label all of the different sweet treats.

plaid Christmas party ideas

Desserts included:

  • my famous Christmas cookies (decorated in plaid this year….just for the party!), peppermint and double-dark-chocolate macaroons from Sucre, polka-dot chocolate-covered oreos from Sweeties by Kim, brownie bites, fudge cups, mini cupcakes, chocolate-covered pretzels, roasted-marshmallow milkshake shooters, and chocolate mousse shooters.

plaid Christmas party ideas

Jars of candy held: red hots, green m&m’s, apple sours, peppermints, chocolate pearls, and chocolate foil balls.”

plaid Christmas party ideas

P.S. If you love the look of these candy jars & labels, check out the Cupcakes and Cocktails collection in Kelly’s shop for lots of coordinating party accessories!


  1. Desiree @ chic coastal living December 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Love this! I have the same table runners and this is a great idea!

  2. Kelly Lyden @ WH Hostess December 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful feature, Jenn! Happy Holidays!

  3. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie December 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Gorgeous! I love it! Plaid is such a fun and festive design. I love the paper tags too!

  4. Chris @ Celebrations At Home December 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I am smitten with this Christmas-y plaid and the amazing centerpiece! Kudos Kelly!

  5. The Iconic Blog.com December 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Love this! Now I want to have a plaid party!xx

  6. Fernanda December 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    This totally reminds me of the dresses I used to wear when I was in elementary school!! I love it :)

  7. Lindsay December 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I would loooove to get a happiness jar like that! Where in the world would you find something like it?


  8. Jennifer @ Darling Notes December 21, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    What a fun and festive party! I love it!

  9. Kristin S December 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Absolutely love this theme!

  10. Luann Potts December 23, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    This totally reminds me of the dresses I used to wear when I was in elementary school!! I love it :)

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