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I always love a good excuse to throw a party, but especially when this most wonderful time of the year rolls around, I literally get butterflies thinking about the prospect of holiday entertaining, including creative themes, delicious holiday recipes I can make and share with guests, and of course, beautiful decorations with which to deck the halls!
Today’s Winter Wonderland Party was a complete ball to throw and I can’t wait to share all the pretty details with you! Fun was had by one and all, and the phenomenal desserts couldn’t have been easier to put together!
I teach piano and violin, and every December, I host a recital in my home for family and friends to come watch the performances of my students.
Since I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, and we need a lot more of that puffy cold stuff around here before Santa Clause pays his visit, I decided to throw an elegant Winter Wonderland-themed recital. Of course, the most important part to me is the food, so I made sure to provide plenty of tasty and simple confections for the guests’ enjoyment afterwards!
I of course have to start by telling you about this delectable and decadent Dreamy Chocolate Fudge.
It’s very aptly titled Nestle Carnation Famous Fudge Kit, because the creamy, rich flavor and perfect texture are enough to make it famous! It makes over 1 1/2 pounds of fudge per batch and would be perfect for gifts as well!
The guests were so impressed by these adorable Christmas fudge cutters. And I was pleased to tell them that they can be made in just minutes! The only catch is that you’ll need to have all the supplies ready because the fudge sets quickly. Arrange your cookie cutters on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and give them a few spritzes of non-stick cooking spray. Prepare the Nestle Carnation Famous Fudge according to the directions on the complete kit, then quickly spoon the fudge into the molds, spread to even on top, and sprinkle with desired candy decorations.
It really is that easy! I served them on a pretty white platter in their cutters, so the guests could have a take-home favor after enjoying the treasure inside.
The dessert array looked perfect on a simple white tablecloth with winter table runner. I loved the few pops of grey and the nice holiday touch of the ornaments in glass votives. The modern-looking white trees were a perfect centerpiece in the background.
The backdrop consisted of white tulle that I layered and draped to the wall. Then I painted a few chipboard snowflakes and strung them at varying lengths.
This Candy Cane vase was one of my favorite details. I love that it’s an edible decoration, although it’s so pretty, that one would hesitate to be the first to deconstruct it. 🙂
Because there was plenty of white, I wanted to have a few pops of color intermixed. Wonka Sweetarts Candy Canes were just the thing! Aren’t they just so happy looking? I hot glued the candy canes to a rolled up piece of cardstock, and then filled the vase with two sparkly snowflake picks.
I found the candy canes in the seasonal section at Walmart and the fudge kits were at the holiday bake center in the middle of a main aisle.
I also served a pile of snowballs (white donut holes) to continue the winter wonderland theme.
The beautiful deep red color of this Cranberry Fizz Flipout drink looked perfect against all the white! I simply mixed together a container of chilled Cranberry Juice Coctail and about 1 1/2 (2-liter) containers of chilled ginger ale. Then I poured some cranberries on top for an added element of interest.
These Wonka Sweetart Candy Canes made perfect drink stirrers! They come in 3 tangy, fruity flavors, including Blue Punch, Green Apple and Cherry.
I also sprinkled a few snow-frosted (white spray-painted) pinecones around the table for decoration.
The Wonderland Cupcakes were the talk of the party! They’re so easy to make. I simply baked a batch of yellow cupcakes, frosted them, one at a time, with a generous helping of vanilla buttercream, then immediately pushed the top of it into a bowl of crushed Sweetarts Candy Canes. I love all the texture and color the candy canes add! And they contributed a deliciously sweet crunch!
You should have seen how the kids’ eyes lit up when they saw these candy-filled Sleigh Favors. I cut out the main part of the sleigh on my Silhouette machine and then assembled the entire thing with hot glue, securing the cute Sweetarts Candy Canes underneath to look like sleigh runners.
We had an enjoyable evening listening to the beautiful performances of my hard-working students.
The food was a total hit too!
I loved seeing everyone dressed up in their holiday attire, enjoying good food and conversation.
The kids were in total winter wonderland heaven for the evening.
That smile says it all.
Then we played some Minute to Win It games and had lots of laughs. For this one, each of the kids took turns, with a minute on the clock, trying to throw the marshmallows through the wreath into the bucket behind. It was definitely easier standing on a stool, so the next round, I had them step off of it for a greater challenge. The person with the most marshmallows in the bucket at the end wins!
For the last game, the kids had to arrange ornaments on a yardstick while keeping it balanced. If the yardstick topples, the game’s over! The person with the most ornaments left hanging at the end wins!
This was such an enjoyable, memorable evening filled with holiday magic.
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Happy holidays! I hope it’s filled with joy and lots of yummy food!