With holiday parties in full swing, I decided to get in on the action and throw one of my very own! I created this party spread exclusively for the celebrity, Lauren Conrad! She is one of my favorite fashionistas, so it was an absolute honor! Please feel free to click on her name above to see the post on her site. Otherwise, here are all of my projects for Lauren Conrad in case you are interested.
With so much focus on family during the holidays, I feel like friends can sometimes get overlooked. So with a little help from my friends, I decided to throw a Donut Decorating Holiday Brunch for my girls! The theme is a lil’ twist on the ever-popular Christmas Cookie Decorating party. Here are all of the details in case you want to throw one of your very own!
The inspiration behind the look and feel for the party was my new reclaimed wood fireplace. I wanted a setting that was rustic and chic and fun and relaxed. I love the way ragged reclaimed wood looks next to fluffy white fur! So I used lots of fur, wintry white, and wood details!
To set the scene I put a low table in front of our fireplace and threw a bunch of pillows down on the floor for seating. I think this gives the party a very casual vibe and makes it easy to do some donut decorating!
For the table setting, I first draped cedar garland from Trader Joe’s down the center. I then decorated the table with a bunch of fun props I got at Target like the sweater wrapped deer, sparkly owl, and festive Christmas trees you see. I used the donuts as the centerpiece. This was both for form and function. I think the donuts propped up on a cake stand (with a bow of course) look fabulous as the center of attention, and it makes for easy grabbing.
We have a tradition in my family of always having a table gift at Christmas dinner. It’s awesome because there is always a let down after all of the gifts have been opened. With the table gift, you get to open one more present! To continue this tradition, I put a table gift next to each place setting.
Food + Drink
The recipes here were created by Coreen Murphy, over at The Food Click, who shows us how to simplify and style healthy living! Here are the details from Coreen.
When guests arrive, I love to greet them with a sparkling cocktail . . . Especially ones that looks as festive as these! These Cranberry Champagne Cocktails could not be easier to make and the cranberries add a perfect color splash to a simple champagne beverage. *Recipe here: Cranberry Champagne Cocktails
Chocolate, Nutmeg Cake Donuts
As expected, we wanted to make sure the center of attention was properly focused on the donuts! We went with a seasonal, Chocolate Nutmeg Cake Donut flavor not only because it tastes like all kinds of Christmas, it fits into our rustic chic look perfectly. The creative topping designs included pearl snowflakes, s'mores, white chocolate peppermint, dark Chocolate with hazelnuts and an assortment of cake frostings. *Recipe here: Chocolate Nutmeg Cake Donuts (v & gf)
Holiday S’mores Bark
With a rustic fireplace setting, Holiday S'mores Bark was a must! Holiday bark is always a crowd-pleaser and can be a great hostess gift or takeaway for guests. We used the s’mores bark here as our table gifts so no one left empty handed! *Recipe here: Holiday S'mores Bark
Asparagus, Corn and Goat Cheese Fritatta
Baked eggs make for a healthy dish that can be easily passed around at a party. And with egg whites, asparagus and dill, who knew an egg dish could look so festive?! *Recipe Here: Asparagus, Corn and Goat Cheese Frittata
Mexican Dark Hot Chocolate
It never feels right to sit next to a fireplace or Christmas tree without hot cocoa! Try a healthier twist to your traditional milk and NESQUIK with this Mexican Dark Hot Chocolate!
Champagne Ice Bucket
I am obsessed with this festive champagne ice bucket. I think this is going to be my new go-to for every party. To make this, add water, cranberries and rosemary or garland pieces to a bucket. In the center of the bucket add a cylinder shaped storage container. Fill the cylinder with heavy objects or coins (we used cans) to weigh it down. Freeze overnight. Remove the bucket and cylinder piece. You may need to run it under warm water for a sec if you cannot remove.
Guests arrived with hostess gifts in hand and fur jackets on their backs! Our friend Angela made my DIY faux fur wine bag to gift me a bottle of wine! I was so excited! Guests at the brunch wore comfy and cozy clothes like wintry leggings, sweatshirts, and slippers. We also had lots of fun wearing faux fur hats, which are totally on trend right now! I wore the DIY faux fur hat I made from an IKEA throw. I just love IKEA hacks, don’t you?
AnnataCouture decked us out in some holiday perfect jewelry. I’m obsessed with her pieces! They make such a fabulous statement! The designer scours the world for vintage pieces that she puts together to create one-of-a-kind and totally fabulous necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, etc.
To make things even more fun, we drew snowflakes and Christmas trees (which we deorated with lights) on a black wall in my house! The chalk wipes right off. If you have a colored wall in your house, I recommend it. It was so much fun! Children can write their Christmas lists on the wall!
What Christmas parties do you plan to throw this year? What do you think of this idea? Let me know in the comments below! The new Party Printable Collection that goes with this party is below!