According to us, the best thing about the holiday season isn't the food, parties, cocktails, presents or music - it's the people you enjoy all that festivity with that really make Christmastime so special. Planning a Christmas brunch is the perfect way to celebrate this special time of year.
The designers at Pear Tree Greetings created a fabulous invitation for our annual neighborhood Christmas Party.
We loved the retro designs in a modern format and combining a holiday red with aqua, cream and white made our Christmas party invitations stand out from the rest. We used the color inspiration to decorate for our Christmas party and replicated the designs throughout as well.
When we saw this dove in the clearance section of the store, we had a plan for the table decor. We got our little bird all gussied up for the party and placed it in a huge bowl of colorful and shiny Christmas ornaments.
This Christmas centerpiece was easy to assemble and yet had a very unique look to it. Using Christmas ornaments is a great way to add sparkle, shine and color to a table - without breaking the bank. It's super easy, inexpensive, and provides a festive statement where ever you want it.
If you're having a Christmas gathering or party, consider decorating a small tree with ornaments that compliment your theme. In keeping with the look of our Christmas party invitation, we added a touch of blue to our tree, and hung lots of different heart-shaped ornaments.
Because everyone's calendars are so full of holiday activities and engagements, we decided to invite our neighbors in for warm cinnamon rolls and coffee on the first Saturday morning in December. It's become a neighborhood tradition that we all look forward to. The menu and preparation is simple: cinnamon rolls from our local bakery, fresh fruit kebabs, coffee, hot cocoa and orange juice. Christmas food can be anything that reminds you of the holiday season!
The children love the fresh fruit kebabs. With some colorful paper, and a few paper punches we created a decorative topper for each of the skewers. We threaded chunks of bananas, clementine oranges, and holiday grapes for a yummy treat-on-a-stick.
Half-pint mason jars were perfect for serving the orange juice. We popped a red and white striped straw in the glasses to give the drink a holiday touch.
It's easy to take coffee to the next level by setting up a coffee bar. Carafes of freshly brewed coffee were placed on the table where guests could choose to personalize their cup of coffee with cinnamon, vanilla powder, chocolate powder, cream, sugar, or a dollop of whipped cream. Stir it with a chocolate covered spoon, and everyone is happy!
Small glass plates or decorative Christmas plates are perfect for a warm, buttery cinnamon roll and fruit kebab. Guests help themselves and then sit where they'd like to enjoy the yummy rolls while they catch up on the goings-on in our neighborhood.
We loved adding a touch of aqua blue to our holiday table. Inspired by the adorable blue and white dotted back side of the Iconic Christmas invitation, we were delighted to find the same blue and white pattern on long trays that were perfect for serving the cinnamon rolls and fruit.
The holiday message of JOY on our invitation made its way to the table in entry way too. Wooden letters from Dwelling Interiors were custom designed to match our holiday theme.
Send your neighbors off with a homemade treat. We made fresh lemon cookies with the lemons from our tree and shared them with our good neighbors. Our cookies were wrapped in cellophane and then tied with a bow and a cute tag we created with a sticker from Pear Tree Greetings.
Get all the details for the Christmas party ideas featured here. Below, you'll find directions to recreate decorations, recipes and crafts at home!
This idea was sponsored by Pear Tree Greetings.
Our party's invitation from Pear Tree inspired this unexpected Christmas centerpiece. Using the invitation as our style guide, we created a table decoration that was inexpensive and tied our table to the party theme perfectly. Read More
With just a bit of computer know-how, an inspiring party invitation and some creativity, you can carry your party's theme all the way down to the food on the table. These easy Christmas toppers made for a festive display on the buffet that everyone, especially the kids, loved. Read More
With all the cooking and baking that goes on in the months, weeks and days leading up to Christmas, we use quite a bit of spices and herbs in the kitchen. Rather than just tossing the empty jars into the garbage, we repurposed them and used the containers as topping holders for our coffee bar. Read More
If you're lucky, kids will sleep a bit past 6 AM on Christmas day. By the time the excitement dies down enough for the family to gather and eat breakfast, it may work better to do brunch instead. This French toast recipe is special enough for Christmas morning, but still quick and simple. Read More
Prep these scones the day before your Christmas brunch, then pop them into the oven for about 15 minutes or so. Then dress with a decadent drizzle for one sweet special treat! Read More
Basic butter muffins get a burst of fresh flavor added to them when spiked with a bit of lemon juice. These light bites are a must for your Christmas brunch! Read More
Red sliced tomatoes and fresh herbs give this strata a festive Christmas brunch look. Sliced and plated on a holiday dish it's a hearty way to start the day's festivities! Read More
Finally, what would this party be without a Christmas cookie?! We sent our party guests home with a favor bag full of fresh homemade lemon cookies. Complete with a festive tag inspired by our invitation, this treat hit the spot after a warm brunch. Read More
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