Holiday Dessert Party

12_17_10 Holiday Dessert PartyThis year we decided to throw a dessert holiday party (copying the fabulous idea from Laurel’s Pie Party).  I used the party as an excuse to add a few more whimsical touches to my Christmas decorations.  If you follow me on Twitter you would have heard I decided to change our tree the DAY OF the party.  I know, crazy, right?  But I find I work best under pressure…  I liked my colorful rainbow ribbons that I had also used last year, but wasn’t in love with it again this year.  I needed something different.   DSC_0091I attempted the whole blue, gold, and silver thing but it just didn’t look like me.  Too department store.  I also have a hard time NOT putting our ornaments up that we have collected over the years.  So I was able to find a happy medium…still chic…but still cozy home-ish…I threw some pink and yellow lace and a fabric banner to add to the color…and then some paper snowflakes, and glittering ornaments for a shabby chic sparkle.  I love how full and fluffy it feels.  DSC_0100Presents wrapped and under the tree with my $2 pink and white stripped wallpaper roll from the thrift store.  And you have to love the handmade ornaments from elementary school…I was totally sporting that tie die in the 80’s! DSC_0159The snowflakes are by far my favorite…cut out by a whole bunch of fourth graders at a school I recently subbed for!  They were very enthusiastic to help make my party extra snowy!DSC_0110 DSC_0112 For the party, each guest was asked to bring a dessert to share and then voted for their favorite of the night.  DSC_0117 DSC_0119 DSC_0121  One of the snowflakes I found even had a special note inside…how sweet is that!DSC_0129 DSC_0135 DSC_0137 DSC_0141 DSC_0147Instead of Christmas cards, the last two years we have put together brown paper bags of baked goods along with a picture of us to give out to friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers we see regularly {because you all know how I feel about paying for paper cards and invitations that will only get thrown away}.  Our paper bag treats are simple, chic, and inexpensive.  DSC_0176 Having desserts to share provided opportunity for conversation amongst guests meeting for the first time.  Whenever we host parties where our “worlds collide” I like to have some form of activity for people to engage in {last year we had sugar cookies for guests to decorate}.2DSC_0202 DSC_0231 DSC_0242 DSC_0267 The dessert voting ended in a tie so my dear-recently-given-birth-to-her-first-child-sister-in-law-who-couldn’t-stomach-chocolate-her-entire-pregnancy broke the tie with her food network style judging.  DSC_0271 It was very much a Bobby Flay throw down…DSC_0279 By far one of our most fun parties yet…and blessed to have such wonderful family, friends, and neighbors.  And if you don’t want to bake, this is a great way to receive an overabundance of delicious homemade treats…yes, I had brownies for breakfast… :)



15 comments:

  1. A dessert party! that is the best idea ever!! I love the pics I love the decor..changing the tree on the day of the party is crazyyyyyy hahah

    I wanted to do the baked goodies thing for family and friends but I just havent found the time :( How long did it take to put ur goody bags together?

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  2. So fun to see all your fun! You are inspiring and spirited, looking forward to reading more in the new year. I think your tree looks great!

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  3. What a great idea, Ashley! I love it and I love your Christmas decor! Way to rock it!

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  4. Love this idea, decor is enchanting!
    merry Christmas!
    xo
    katy

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  5. So much fun! I need to take notes about the activity. I get SO angry when my FIL and/or brother-in-laws come over on Christmas Eve and switch the TV on to sports. I was thinking about putting a sign over the TV this year. :s Maybe an activity is a kinder redirection? ;)

    Beautiful party, Ashley!

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  6. Oh my gosh! Everything is darling. I love your tree! And what a fun activity (:

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  7. Looks fun! And hey brownies for breakfast are awesome!

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  8. I had such a wonderful time (as usual). I am so blessed to be in your close and special circle of friends..and better yet, FAMILY! I will always remember when we were in Old Sac, after missing the sold-out Rivercats game, we went to Mexican food (where you and Brent shared nachos, cheese on the side) and Brent said, "youre our family too Jahmese". Im teary-eyed just thinking of it. I really do feel apart of the Johnson/Urke clan and its parties like these, where my blessings become clear and visible!!! That, and of course the bragging rights of runner-up in the dessert contest. Krissy's pallette was messed up from pregnancy, so I still consider myself the true winner. Thanks for hosting! AND PLEASE, ALL IM ASKING FROM SANTA IS THAT YOU SEND ME THE PICTURES FROM THIS PARTY!!!

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  9. Looks like such a great time. I LOVE your tablecloth! So, who won, and where is the recipe for the winner?

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. What yummy fun!
    And I love the brown bag idea with the picture, I hate buying tins they are boring and no one really wants Christmas tins hanging around. love it :)

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  11. You are brave, girl! Redoing your tree the same day! Love that. And I *LOVE* your new tree! It's just gorgeous. I especially love the music paper garland. I might have to have one of those for myself. I love me some music paper crafting!
    Happy Holidays!
    ~Angela :-)

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  12. cute, cute: everything! i love your tree, and the tiny pink one on the table, and the ice skates on the wall :-)

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  13. Woow great
    This desert party is an awesome idea to say the least.

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  14. How fun! Desserts in a darling house with cute hosts, what more could you want?

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