Hot Cocoa & Candy Christmas Party

I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to receive this in my “in” box yesterday. This Christmas Sweets & Hot Cocoa party design was created by the uber talented Amanda Parker of Shindig Parties to Go, and showcases her latest printable party set appropriately called “Candy Christmas.” I’ve showcased several of Amanda’s designs in the past and once again she blew me away with her attention to detail and DIY sensibility. Just check out all the deliciousness for your self…

Some of my favorite things from the party are found on the treat table: Christmas tree cones & cake stands wrapped in white eyelet & peppermint candy, adorable Santa hats {from Hobby Lobby} added to spoons, and the absolute most brilliant display for cake pops ever – they are used as the ‘pompom’ topping the red paper cone “Santa hats” which are trimmed with fur, of course! Other details include the twine & button embellishment on the mini parfaits, and grand cake presentation {homemade}. Amanda actually made the cake pedestals using candlesticks and plastic lazy susans from Goodwill – gotta love that!

More fantastic ideas to inspire you from this design: utensils wrapped in paper napkins and secured with a “candy” circle {from the collection} and white grosgrain ribbon made to resemble wrapped candy pieces, and small canning jars embellised with ribbon & more buttons are used as drinking glasses. Amanda used white fudge covered Oreos, and Rice Krispies squares from the grocery store and added fondant toppers {to the cookies} and dipped the squares into white chocolate drizzled with red. Papers from the set tie everything together even more with wrapped candy bars, bottle wraps, and party circles.

The amazing table is such a focal point with the DIY backdrop of frames & sweet treats, and the table cloth Amanda made by sewing ruffles onto a white tablecloth & adding a bow– it is stunning!

The sweetness continues with a hot cocoa bar complete with snowman centerpiece made from foam balls….


White ribbon and tulle are the backdrop for the hot cocoa bar, with snowflakes added for a wintry wonderland effect. Hot cocoa is served along with sundae glasses filled with m&m’s, white & chocolate chips, toffee pieces, and crushed peppermint. For stirrers there are chocolate dipped peppermint sticks, chocolate dipped peppermint spoons, and white chocolate-dipped marshmallows sprinkled with more crushed peppermint and a red striped straw used as a handle.

Every inch of this design offers inspiration and ideas you can re-create on your own {with a little help from these vendors too ; ) }.  What do you think?  Will you be hosting a kids Christmas party this year?

Styling & Printable Paper Designs – Shindig Parties to Go / Fondant Cake & Cupcake toppers – Edible Details / Striped StrawsShop Sweet Lulu / Bakers Twine – The Twinery

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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. omg love love love!!!!! just beyond fabulous!

  2. My goodness, this is lovely!! I’d love to see a tutorial on how she did that tablecloth!!!

  3. It’s all so lovely (and yummy), but the styrofoam snowman is still my fave! :) Great work Amanda!

  4. WOW! LOVE it! The cake pops in the party hats is so clever!!!

  5. So stinking adorable!

  6. Thank you, Chris! It was quite a labor of love and definitely my favorite collection of holiday printables. I can’t wait to see all of your holiday features this year from the amazingly talented ladies out there in the business!

  7. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! Love it!

  8. This is just mind blowing! LOVE,LOVE ,LOVE every single little detail. What a masterpiece! So creative and inspiring. Love how Amanda always offers the DIY ideas for us to learn from.

  9. DARLING! Love the button detail on the cups – SO cute!

  10. i am loving every inch of this display! So amazing!

  11. Amanda kills it every. single. time. The cake pops are a stroke of genius!

  12. This has got to be one of the most BEAUTIFUL table settings I have ever seen…. ((bowing down))

    I’m in total awe….honest….

  13. Sooo many cute and easy ideas here. OMG I LOVED it all…. The gingerbread holding a peppermint lollipop design is genius!

  14. WOW!! Every detail is perfect! I love those candy Christmas trees with a touch of eyelet!

  15. What a PRETTY post!! Love everything!!

  16. Simply amazing!!! I am in love with ALL OF IT!!!!!

  17. My head is swimming with ideas, I love everything! Thank you in big ol bunches for the inspiration.

  18. What are all the different things you have at the hot cocoa bar? I want to do this for my party this weekend.


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