HWTM Contributor Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here to share our recent Rustic Cookies and Cocoa Party with Santa that I styled for a session with Michelle Kujawski Photography. A neutral palette with creams and whites, mixed with pops of greenery and red berries made this a super cozy setting for a day with Santa and a home decor that will last all winter long. The kids enjoyed a magical experience that made them feel like they were in Santa’s living room!
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
Vintage inspired “I love the winter weather” backdrop sign over the mantle
Rustic wooden mail organizer-turned-mailbox with letters written to Santa + candy canes for the kids
Homemade marshmallows packaged in clear boxes with twine and tags
Custom designed cotton sacks with “Santa’s Gourmet Hot Cocoa” labels
I had the honor of styling the set for Michelle Kujawski Photography’sSanta photo sessions in my home just a couple weeks ago. I styled a Rustic Christmas setting with decor – Michelle opened up her schedule to 5 amazing families who have darling children. I hope the children will forever remember their visit with Santa. (I hope the parents remember not having to go to the mall to visit Santa! And to see their children’s faces when they saw the set and Santa)
We designed custom Santa Printables for the photoshoot and included them in our shop. These printable designs would be a great fit for a Breakfast with Santa party, cookie exchange or hot cocoa party! (with Coffee for the moms and dads, of course like we showed here)
Michelle Kujawski Photography came to me with an idea to have a Santa Mini Session. Now, I am obsessed with Santa (remember our North Pole Christmas Party?) and so I just had to get involved. I volunteered to host the photo sessions in my house and knew exactly the styling that I would add. I had to decorate my house for the holidays anyhow, so this was just extra incentive to make it even cooler!
I designed some Santa Printables to go along with the photo session. These would be perfect for the session, but I knew I had to offer it to our clients as well! These are perfect for a Cookie Exchange, Santa Breakfast or any holiday party!
For the photo session, the idea was to have children come and sit on Santa’s lap, enjoy milk and cookies, write a letter and wish list to Santa to take back to the North Pole. Of course they had to walk away with something, so they all got homemade marshmallows (Michelle made them!) and adorable cotton pouches with hot cocoa inside and a mini candy cane. We designed the Santa Iron on that said “Santa’s Gourmet Hot Cocoa”. The children were thrilled!
As for decor, the centerpiece on the mantle is my wooden sign that I made. It features a phrase from my favorite Christmas Song, “I love the Winter Weather” by Tony Bennett. LOVE that song. (Adria does, too! You might find us singing it all year long)
The mantle had greenery and berries covering the top. Burlap stockings were hung and I added a little assortment of greenery that I made (Video DIY coming soon!)
My shelves were also decked with a variety of wintery neutral decor. I loved using my Vintage Sled to the side of the mantle as an accent piece. I also found these awesome birch candles to add to the decor.