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“Twas the Night Before Christmas” Kids Brunch

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Inspired by the idea of combining two favorite holiday traditions, Dina of Deliciously Darling Events decided to give her family’s Christmas Brunch a playful Twas the Night Before Christmas theme! She styled every precious detail with creative flare & hung her stockings by the chimney with care… alongside an ADORABLE felt mitten advent calendar! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hot Chocolate with snowflake cookie garnishes
– Printable paper Christmas tree decorating craft + Santa beard chocolate lollipops
– Candy-filled “ornaments” made from mini vending machine capsules… so clever!!
– Washi tape embellished wooden cutlery, milk bottles & cake plates
– The most ridiculously cute “sleeping mouse” fondant toppers!

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mitten advent calendar

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fondant gingerbread house

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christmas cookies

christmas brunch dessert

santa beard candy

christmas hot chocolate bar

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christmas cupcakes

cute christmas party bags

twas the night before christmas album


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Dina

As a child I remember my parents reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to me and as a parent, I find myself reading the same story to my children. It’s a Christmas classic and has to be read the night before Christmas in our house. Holiday Brunch is also a tradition in our house. What better way to combine traditions then a “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Brunch.  This party was inspired by the Mountain Lodge fireplace with a Vintage “Classic” Christmas look.


During the winter, the fireplace is a must. A place to hang our stockings, decorate with odds and ends and in this case – to serve brunch! Cake plates filled with muffins, cinnamon rolls, breakfast bunt cakes, and donuts decorated the mantle. Of course, dessert had to be included! Beautiful handcrafted little chocolate covered oreos by Love & Sugar Kisses displayed on individual little cupcake stands by Waiting on Martha. I just love how interactive and beautiful these little house chocolate covered oreos are and those little cupcake stands are simply adorable.

A party isn’t a full party without a little cupcake action. Love & Sugar Kisses created the most amazing fondant cupcake toppers. “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”… can you believe how cute that sleeping mouse is? So adorable and perfectly detailed. The cookies by Yummy Delicious Cookies were amazing. Each one so perfect – they matched the printables so well and were beyond delicious. Little bites of art.

Finally, I had to make a little something for this brunch as well. I love to bake and French Macarons are my current obsession. These green and red French Macarons are filled with salted caramel butter cream and are seriously addictive. Of course, let’s not forget the candy. Holiday M&M’s, sixlets and Hammond’s peppermint lollipops just had to be included.


The feel of this party was inspired not only by the words in the classic story but by the Mountain Lodge fireplace and the beautiful vintage appeal of the little round striped decorative ornaments.

I wanted the party to have a vintage & kraft paper feel. Natural elements like red burlap, velvet & canvas ribbon were used. Craft staples like red & green baker’s twine and washi tape were used to add little decorative elements. From washi tape around the cake plates to washi tape around milk bottles & spoons. I’m addicted to paper tape. It is one of the most versatile craft items and Waiting on Martha has so many colors & designs to choose from. The old stone fireplace was decorated with the most adorable felt mitten advent calendar from Waiting on Martha. Little treats can be put inside and allow little ones to count down to Christmas day. I just love how amazing it looks across the mantle with our ivory velvet stockings. Two little Christmas trees with wooden button garlands, red and green jingle bells and adorable printable ornaments accented the brunch items perfectly.

Red & Green favor bags were displayed in chicken-wire baskets with kraft crinkle paper and a decorative little ornament ball. A Christmas tree can be decorated so simply and beautifully with white lights, printable paper ornaments, wooden garlands, red ribbon and jingle bells.


Since this is a book based party, the perfect serving station was an old leather chair. Gingerbread marshmallows and holiday chocolate chips in little mason jars with “Merry Christmas” wooden spoons. Hot coco mugs with Hammond peppermint candy canes and snowflake cookies on the mugs. Pop-bar hot cocoa on a stick is such a perfect way to have little ones make their own hot cocoa. The children had a blast stirring these cute little hot coco sticks into hot milk and watching the hot coco form before their eyes.


I always look around my home when I’m putting together a kids table. What pieces can I pull to put together a pretty kids table. The kids table is two white Ikea side tables pulled together with a red natural fabric runner. A little Christmas tree with favor ornaments made a wonderful centerpiece. Vending machine capsules were filled with candy and tied with bakers twine make the most adorable favor ornaments. A fun little take home treat for the kiddos and an easy craft for the hostess. Simply punch through the top of the lid and pull the bakers twine through to create a loop. Fill with candy and finish with a bakers twine bow for a quick and easy favor ornaments. Wooden cutlery decorated with “Merry Christmas” washi tape, nestled in mini chevron favor bags were at each place setting. Little holiday cheer cupcake stands holding adorable chocolate covered oreos decorated by Love & Sugar Kisses were at each place setting. I just love how the beautifully crafted little fondant house looks with the light of the Christmas tree behind it. So pretty and festive.

– Children’s Craft: I wanted to have a budget friendly craft for the little ones. Craft time, is a must and in this case, the kiddos were decorating printable paper Christmas trees. Little ornaments, a sleeping mouse with presents, stockings – so many little printables that are just adorable – printed and cute out and ready for little hands. Add glue sticks, crayons and glitter and you have a fun little “Decorate your Christmas Tree” craft.



– Event Design & Styling: Deliciously Darling Events
– Printables: Bird’s Party
– Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios
– Fondant Design & Chocolate Covered Oreos: Love & Sugar Kisses
– Sugar Cookies: Yummy Delicious Cookies by Whimsical Originals
– Popbar, Hot Chocolate Sticks: Popbar
– Mitten Advent Calendar, Rosanna cake stands, Mini Red & Green Cupcake
Stands, Paper Straws, Merry Christmas Washi tape, Mini Chevron bags,
Striped Treat bags, Decorative Ornament Balls: Waiting on Martha
– Lollipops & Large Peppermint Candy Canes: Hammonds Candies
– Large Vending Machine Capsules, Red & Green Bakers Twine & Wooden
Spoons: Shop Sweet Lulu
– Mini Vending machine capsules: Hey Yo Yo
– Santa Beard Lollipops: Cracker Barrel

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

6 responses to ““Twas the Night Before Christmas” Kids Brunch”

  1. Dina always does such an amazing job and it makes me want to live close to her so I can come over to party lol.

    Lots of fun ideas here. Thanks for sharing!

  2. We read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve and it is such a special tradition to us. This party is so well executed and detailed! Merry Christmas!!

  3. This is such an adorable party! All the sweets look so good!

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