Friday, December 16, 2011 9:12 AM EDT
If you missed part 1 of our festive and feminine holiday party idea of the month -- you'll find cute and affordable timbit cake pops, bright signature cocktails and tips how to make an impact as soon as your guests arrive. Are you ready for part 2?
Carry Through Your Pink Theme
All photos Christine Kufske
To carry through our pink theme, we draped pashminas on the chairs, or in this case, the couch at the dinner table. This adds a simple splash of your chosen colour and is also functional -- if any of your guests get cold, they can throw on the pashmina to warm up.
First Course -- Make it Count
Any cool container can be used for your first course. This was a more formal sit down style, and the first course was already plated for the guests before seating. The cool thing is when the container has a lid to it, the inside is a surprise. These mini tureens can be filled with hot or cold soup, chopped salad or anything else you can think up. Even mini mac and cheese to start would be fab.
Add Sparkle with Your Centrepiece
Anything that glitters is fabulous. When you have a square table for your dinner party, you end up having a much larger space to fill in the centre. Here we took four separate elements to fill in this space – crystal candle holders, small vases with flowers, crystal candle flowers that we spotted in the house and mini votives. By clustering everything in different heights and sizes you can create an instant statement that your guests will love.
MBParty Tip: Even a cluster of small dollar store votives will make this look complete. Take 16 of little candle holders and raise 8 or 10 of them on a cake stand and sprinkle the rest around the base.
Line Them Up!
Place two rectangular plates side by side and line up your treats. On the left are white yogurt covered pretzels and and the right, white Lindt Truffles. Take a few minutes to carefully line these up...it's worth it for the impact.
Pink Champagne & Dessert Bar on a Beer Budget
Now this was so much fun to create! A chic champagne and dessert bar with the simplest of items. Normally, it would cost hundreds, even thousands to create a pink champagne and dessert bar for clients. Not this one! It cost $3 dollars per person for everything in this picture...impressive if I do say so myself.
The Final Touch -- Pink Champagne
Pink champagne is super decadent and super expensive, but you can create the look on a budget with a drop of red food colouring. Cheers!