An Elegant Holiday Dessert Party

Today let’s talk about the second dessert table I styled for Urbanity Studios. For the traditionalist, check out my red & green design, but if you want something a bit more elegant and adult try these ideas inspired by the blue, silver, and white color palette used for the SAME Patchwork Christmas Tree invitation.

I love this color combo which would work for any winter celebration as well as Hanukkah celebration. I used the same menu items and changed up the styling to reflect a more refined event. Check out the ideas, and remember we have FREE printable hang tags available at the end too.

When it comes to sweets tables, don’t think kids have all the fun – grown ups love dessert too!  When I was 7 months pregnant with my first child it was time to host our annual Christmas party, but I was too tired to go all out like the previous years.  I decided to host a dessert party instead of the usual cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres because it seemed like it would be easier.  It was!  I made a few items a couple of days ahead of time, bought a couple of pre-made items from the bakery, and had a couple of party pals bring something to add to the mix.  It was a great success and I wasn’t exhausted during the party {even though I was waddling around with a big belly}.

If you want to host an easy elegant dessert party, here are my general tips + the specifics of the party design above.

My tips for hosting a dessert party:

  • Hold the party a little later than usual so guests have time to eat dinner beforehand.
  • Make sure you tell them in the invitation that it’s dessert only, and make sure to “SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT”.
  • Offer a variety of flavors and textures to choose from – small portions are key.
  • Offer a cheese plate and fruit to lighten things up, and cleanse the taste buds between all that sugar.

Get the Look:

  • Once again I used the Christmas tree motif from the invitation {and coordinating address wraps} to guide my design details. A couple of shiny cone trees make a big impact without adding clutter to a full table. I love using white as a base, but remember to spread the color throughout to balance the overall look.
  • Ribbon and glittery ornaments dress up the apothecary jars.  Just as before, I used a large jar as a “punch bowl” filled with blue tinted punch – blue Curacau is a great base to use when you need a blue cocktail.
  • The blue food labels from Urbanity Studios add pops of color where needed. Silver ornament holders are in keeping with our tree & ornament theme from the invitation.
  • Instead of using cupcakes on this table, I wanted to up the elegance factor so I baked some of the mix in my mini bundt cake pan and drizzled melted frosting over the top {like I did here}. Sprinkled with white dragees I think these mini cakes look like snow covered mountain peaks!
  • The same white fudge Oreos I used in the red & green party get dressed up again. This time with blue decorator icing in a zigzag pattern.
  • Mini parfait shots are dressed up with silver sugar sprinkles, while the white truffles sit on a bed of the same sprinkles inside my Asian spoons.
  • The favor boxes are wrapped with blue glitter ribbon and finished with a round sticker that coordinates with the other paper goods.

Don’t’ forget, thanks to Urbanity Studios we have these FREE printable tags for you right here.

See this party in 2 different colors & styles:

Red & Green

Bright & Glittery

For more inspiration, follow me on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. Cheers!

This is a sponsored post per Celebrations At Home styling service.


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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. So pretty, Chris. These colors compliment each other so well and make for such a beautiful winter land setting. Great job!

  2. Chris, this is just lovely! I have thought about hosting a holiday dessert party for some time and you have provided just the right inspiration to do so! The colors are beautiful and I love the tip about small portions…something I have a tough time remembering to do! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you for such a sweet comment, Cindy. That’s exactly what I strive to do – inspire you to create your own magical moments with friends & family. Happy Holidays!

  3. lovely!

  4. Chris, the color choice is great and the setting is neat, really elegant. I love blue. Congratulations for such a dedicated work by putting up 3 different styles. Wow!

  5. Beautiful table Chris I love it. Happy Holidays
    Best wishes xo


  1. […] I’m excited to finally share this project I worked on with Urbanity Studios. I spoke with them several months ago about styling a party around one of their invitations, but they also wanted to highlight the fact that they can customize them through colors and wording, and offer coordinating pieces as well. I decided to style the same basic party in 3 different color schemes and I’ll be sharing each one separately {see the elegant blue/silver party here}. […]

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