Fiesta Friday - Nutcracker Sweet

With the holiday party circuit in full swing, some of you are still looking (yikes!!!) for ideas. You can really play up the 'sweets' theme for a decadent dessert and cocktail party, or for a children's party with cookie decorating and a hot cocoa bar. You could focus on the ballet aspect, there are lots of options out there!

Nutcracker party invitesGet The Party Started
A few invite ballerina invite is vellum over satin-print paper and a Touch of Jolee's dimensional sticker; nutcracker invitation from Paper Style; nutcracker birthday invite from Gaddie And Tood; printable nutcracker invitations by My Expression.Williams Sonoma Nutcracker table settingSetting The Scene
Welcome guests with Williams-Sonoma's festive plaid tablesetting using their Nutcracker collection.Nutcracker place card ornamentsHow perfect are these multi-purpose hand-painted nutcrackers? Each has a gold loop at the top for hanging on the tree – or for looping around napkins at the dinner table. A slit at the front of the wooden base can be used for holding a place card.

The Munchies
Set up a dessert table full of delectable treats like cookies made with this nutcracker cookie cutter from Fancy Flours. Serve at the party or send one home in a clear cello bag tied with a pretty ribbon and gift tag.

Break out the chocolate fountain or fondue pot for a night of fun dipping! Graham cracker sticks, large marshmallows, fruit, shortbread cookies, doughnut holes, pretty much anything sturdy can get dipped!Nutcracker party treatsParents' mouse king pops, shortbread soldiers and sugarplum fairies are too cute to eat. Some one make these and send me pictures!

For the grown-ups, check out my Sunday D.O.W. for a tasty beverage...

Nutcracker Suite dressIt's All About The Dress
Musical dress up? Now, I've heard it all; your ballerina's movements trigger a tiny device in the skirt to play melodies from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker suite. They also come in Sugar Plum Fairy. Nutcracker party favorsSend Them Home With A Smile
I'll never get tired of my clay pot ballerinas and princes; they double as cute place settings and party favor or you can turn them into an ornament for the holidays. Oriental Trading's rubber duckies and chocolate nutcrackers are perfect to send home.

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