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I adore all things Christmas! My very favorite Christmas movie of all time is “White Christmas!” I’m pretty sure I could watch that on a loop and never get tired of it! In fact, that movie was on in the hospital room while my mom was in labor with me! (Any other Christmas babies out there?? December 23rd here!) So you could say my love of “White Christmas” started at birth. With that being said, the time era of that movie was my inspiration for this party. I love how I was able to find such fun decorations at Oriental Trading, even using some for a different purpose than intended.
Doesn’t the glow of that Christmas tree have you ready to put up all of your Christmas decorations? Red and blue might be my new favorite holiday color combination!
We’ve all had our Facebook feeds and Pinterest boards full of those delightfully decorated sugar cookies. And why not spend a night with our girls learning how to make them from our local cookie guru! Thankfully I found Katie of Ainslie Lane Cookie Studio who is absolutely amazing!! Not only did she take us step by step through the icing making process to get the perfect consistency, she also helped each of realize that we were capable of recreating these adorable cookie designs she had made!
Our tables were set, ready for our guests. We were able to use these glittered Christmas trees from Oriental Trading as centerpieces. We spray painted the green ones blue to match our decor. Our foil shred also doubled as table confetti, as did these mini ornaments and candy. We also used red paper fans throughout the room.
I collected vintage Christmas ornaments from antique stores and flee markets. My vintage record was found at a local thrift shop. I love how they add a special authenticity to the party theme.
I’ve been wanting a record player for the longest time! This party was the perfect excuse the bite the bullet and buy one. I found this cutie for a great price.
That darling kidney bean table was another thrift store find that I spray painted shiny red. Isn’t it perfectly mid century?! I also love how the red tinsel garland hung on the curtains frames the Christmas tree!
Who else had a grandma with a glass candy dish always fully stocked with wrapped candies?? These foil-wrapped blue candies were a sweet addition!
That metallic wrapping paper?? It’s actually a foil tablecloth! I also loved adding red and blue sparkle to the tree with foil shred acting as tinsel. We also added this beaded crystal garland for a bit more bling.
While doing my research on 1950’s Christmases, I found this starburst art in multiple pictures. My handy husband made this one for me, a perfect place to display this cute wreath.
Ainslie Lane Cookie Studio provided everything we needed for our in home cookie class. Right down to a page to take notes on! Our foil shred also doubled as table confetti, as did these mini ornaments and candy.
Look at those little icing bags!
Our example cookies. I’m still dying over Santa’s rosy cheeks!
Here’s Katie showing us how it’s done!
Practicing our new skills!
Cookie tip: Using a fan to help dry your cookie icing also helps the look of the cookie once it’s dry!
Of course we had a refreshment spread that any 1950’s housewife would be proud of! Who can resist raspberry soda punch?! These serviette dishes were the perfect touch.
I found vintage Christmas card images online and printed them out for this fun garland to adorn my window.
Cheese & olives and mini wienies on toothpicks with crackers, fruit cocktail, mini jello molds, deviled eggs, quiche and onion dip with chips. YUM!
These little guys were the cutest!
Cookie decorating can make you hungry! Good thing we had snacks to keep our energy up. 🙂
Here are Lara’s finished cookies. (One sadly didn’t last too long!)
My (Meghan’s) finished set. Santa is my fav!
Aren’t our friends the bee’s knees?! Thank you, Katie, for such a fun evening!
Another fun detail was our favor. These clear ornaments were filled with cookie sprinkles matching our color theme.
Lara and I had so much fun getting dressed up and learning how to make Pinterest worthy cookies and sharing the experience with our friends. We learned SO much! Below is the list of items now on each of our Christmas lists to help our future cookie-making dreams come true!