The holidays and peppermint pair together perfectly, don’t they? You’ll find the graphic red-and-white-striped candy everywhere come November and December. Add to the mix some gingerbread-inspired details—warm, kraft-paper textures, ice-cream cones turned into snow-dusted trees— and you’ve got yourself a wonderful modern-minimalist holiday celebration, like this sweet cookie-decorating party we dreamed up here.
IT’S ALL IN THE (EDIBLE!) DETAILS
• To make this ice-cream cone centerpiece, group sugar cones on a marble tray or platter (use different-sized ones for the most visual interest; I used large waffle cones, medium-size sugar cones, and small mini cones). Place them upside down and sift powdered sugar for a snowy effect. Arrange them in the middle of the table; or, for a bigger impact, make an entire sugar-cone forest!
• To make these peppermint place-card holder, take candy peppermint ribbons and split them into smaller segments. Insert a place card into one of the ribbon folds (see more photos and instructions here).
• Stick to edibles: Whenever possible, I like all tabletop details to be edible or functional, which helps keep the place setting streamlined (this is especially true for a sweets-themed table).
Keep reading for more peppermint- and gingerbread-themed decorating ideas…
THROW A (CHIC!) COOKIE-DECORATING PARTY
• Send party invitations with a subtle cookie vibe. The white details and borders of this party invitation (“Gingerbread Home for the Holidays” holiday party invitation by Baumbirdy) bring to mind freshly made icing and cookie-decorating fun.
• More icing, please: Pick paper details with a playful white borders. These place cards (“Hand Delivered” by Jennifer Wick) have the perfect frosted-border feel (complete with curls at the corners!). And don’t forget the table linens: These placemat stripes have the perfectly imperfect feel of piped red icing.
• Kraft texture: The kraft-paper finish is suggestive of gingerbread (both in hue and varied fibers) and feels fresh and modern when paired with crisp whites and punchy reds.
These place cards (“Hand Delivered” by Jennifer Wick) have a playful, iced-oatmeal-cookie feel.
PACK IT PRETTY
Offer to-go boxes and embellishments so guests can pack up their decorated cookies at the end of the party.
• Have custom stickers, baker’s twine, and glassine bags on hand for cookie-decorating takeaways. Pre-cut lengths of twine and parchment so guests can quickly grab and go.
• Alternatively, simple brown lunch sacks would work perfectly (plus, they match the kraft theme!). Another budget-friendly idea: Snag the kraft food boxes from your grocery’s salad bar, fill them with cookies, and secure them with bright red rubber bands.
“Vieno” napkins in sangria by Petra Santaharju
“Breton Stripe” table runner in tomato by Melissa Selmin
Large waffle cones Amazon
Sugar cones Amazon
Mini sugar cones Amazon
Fondant sugar pearls Etsy
“Hand Delivered” place cards by Jennifer Wick
Peppermint ribbon candy
“Gingerbread Home for the Holidays” holiday party invitation by Baumbirdy
Slate gray paper straws
“Holiday Cheer” custom stickers by Geekink Design
Peppermint stick stirrers
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