Celebrating a first birthday during the holidays is EXTRA- SPECIAL!  Michelle, of Cakewalk, designed this party for her nephew’s first birthday, but the ideas are wonderful for any holiday celebration!  The yarn trees, sleighing snowman cupcakes, adorable Santa hat truffles, and the yummy hot cocoa bar, make this precious little birthday boy’s party a fabulous Christmas ONEderland!  And, I love the combo of red, green, and gray!

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With a twist on the traditional, the ladies at Sweet Little Party in Portugal, dazzle and delight with this wintry window scene at a local bakery.  Showing off desserts and sugary sweetness adds to the delight of the holidays and gives inspiration for dessert tables everywhere!  Enjoy the fresh colors of pink, blue, silver and white~ a perfect combination for any time of the year!

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If you need a quick idea for a Christmas dessert to take to a party or as a cake for a birthday girl or boy, here is an easy way to spread Christmas cheer!  A simple white cake from your local bakery or market becomes a fancy Christmas cake just by adding candy canes tied with ribbon!

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Would you love to have an EASY activity to do with your children that can also double as a little gift for their friends?  My children and I have had a ball making these cute and funny little melted candy cane and peppermint lollipops!  My kids love candy canes, and so this activity has been a SWEET hit!

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When Norene, of Party Pinching, starts getting creative in the kitchen, you know you are in for a tasty and adorable treat!  Norene focuses on designing treats for children that are easily made from items at your local grocery.  Norene also likes to find ways to make super cute treats at cute prices, too (enter the “pinching” part of her business name).  I am always delighted to see what she has whipped up, and I think you will be, too! 

This little guy makes me smile every time…

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With so many adorable holiday sweets and treats being made and served, I wanted to come up with an idea that would still be festive and fun, but also healthy to serve the kids for snack when they come home from school.  This Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Pear is so simple!  See below for details on how to make him!

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I love the idea of a Candy Valentine Village for a Valentine’s Day Party, and so I am excited to share this party with you!  The details are adorable!  Eleanor, of Pink Peppermint Paper, hosted this party for her daughter in December.  Eleanor wanted the party to feel more “Birthday” rather than “Christmas” and I think she did a great job!  This would be cute for Valentine’s Day, a Sweet Shoppe Party, Candy Land, or for a Dollhouse Party.   Her ideas can be used year-round!  Such as these adorable door decorations…

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How much fun are these chocolate spoons from Norene at Party Pinching?  An adorable surprise for guests at a Hot Cocoa Bar- everyone will get to lick the spoon with one of these cuties as their own!

To make, simply dip spoon in Candiquick melted chocolate~ add candy eyes (craft stores), add mini candy cakes for antlers, and a red M&M for the nose.  Dry on parchment paper.  Add festive ribbon. Display spoons nestled in chocolate chips and marshmallows.   Enjoy!

Thank you Party Pinching!  Find lots of ideas from Norene at her website.  She even has an e-book filled with craft ideas!


Welcome to The Land of Sweets by a wonderfully talented baker, Alison Lawson of Australia!  Alison designed this sweets table as a celebration of Christmas and of the end of preschool for her son.  Her inspiration came from “The Nutcracker” and her desserts are as every bit as magical as the story itself!

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