20 Dec

“Mad for Plaid” Christmas Dessert Table

plaid Christmas party ideas

Kelly from The Well-Heeled Hostess sent in this fun Mad for Plaid” holiday dessert table – and I thought she did such a great job of utilizing traditional Christmas colors and cozy plaids in a contemporary fashion… especially with creative touches like that fabulous “textile centerpiece” and the cool & modern spray-painted deer silhouettes in the background!

plaid Christmas party ideas

Read on for lots more festive pics, shopping resources, and creative details, as told by Kelly…

plaid Christmas party ideas


I wanted to create a dessert table that truly spoke to my personal style – preppy, with a touch of updated style! Always inspired by Ralph Lauren, I decided to play on my love for tartan plaid and mix different plaids to create a whimsical table, perfect for a cozy night of cocktails and sweets.

The table was set with a red herringbone tablecloth and two tartan plaid table runners. I spray-painted reindeer head cut-outs a bright red lacquer to sit on the back of my cake plates for a little extra holiday cheer!

plaid Christmas party ideas

The centerpiece was full of fresh greenery, berry branches and curly willow branches. I used a “white happiness” jar to give it a touch of my modern prep style.  To add to the whimsy, I tied strips of different plaid and check fabrics from the branches.

plaid Christmas party ideas

Using all white serving pieces and clear glass jars, I added swiss dot polka dot ribbon and candy jar tags (available in my party shop) to accessorize them. I also used a combination of food tent cards and cupcake toppers to label all of the different sweet treats.

plaid Christmas party ideas

Desserts included: my famous Christmas cookies (decorated in plaid this year….just for the party!), peppermint and double-dark-chocolate macaroons from Sucre, polka-dot chocolate-covered oreos from Sweeties by Kim, brownie bites, fudge cups, mini cupcakes, chocolate-covered pretzels, roasted-marshmallow milkshake shooters, and chocolate mousse shooters.

plaid Christmas party ideas

Jars of candy held: red hots, green m&m’s, apple sours, peppermints, chocolate pearls, and chocolate foil balls.”

plaid Christmas party ideas


P.S. If you love the look of these candy jars & labels, check out the Cupcakes and Cocktails collection in Kelly’s shop for lots of coordinating party accessories!

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Desiree @ chic coastal living SAYS:

Love this! I have the same table runners and this is a great idea!

Reply December 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Kelly Lyden @ WH Hostess SAYS:

Thank you for the beautiful feature, Jenn! Happy Holidays!

Reply December 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Courtney @ Pizzazzerie SAYS:

Gorgeous! I love it! Plaid is such a fun and festive design. I love the paper tags too!

Reply December 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Chris @ Celebrations At Home SAYS:

I am smitten with this Christmas-y plaid and the amazing centerpiece! Kudos Kelly!

Reply December 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm

The Iconic Blog.com SAYS:

Love this! Now I want to have a plaid party!xx

Reply December 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Fernanda SAYS:

This totally reminds me of the dresses I used to wear when I was in elementary school!! I love it :)

Reply December 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Lindsay SAYS:

I would loooove to get a happiness jar like that! Where in the world would you find something like it?


Reply December 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Jennifer @ Darling Notes SAYS:

What a fun and festive party! I love it!

Reply December 21, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Kristin S SAYS:

Absolutely love this theme!

Reply December 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Luann Potts SAYS:

This totally reminds me of the dresses I used to wear when I was in elementary school!! I love it :)

Reply December 23, 2010 at 11:12 pm

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