Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Wonderland - 5th Annual Cookie Party

This past weekend we held our 5th Annual Cookie Party! I love that this has become an annual thing. Even though it's a lot of work, I really look forward to it every year.

Here are the 3 hostesses with the mostesses - my mom, Drew and myself :)

You can see past years themes here:

This years theme was Winter Wonderland with the colors being White, Silver and Blue. And sparkly glitter of course. This time of year I'm basically covered in glitter the whole time.

I spray painted letters to spell out Winter Wonderland on the mantel. The letters were perched in snow and a snowflake garland hung below. It was 55 degrees and sunny outside, so inside we didn't we didn't skimp on the snowy wonderland. 

Glass vases and a cloche (glass dome) were  filled with silver branches, white sparkles and blue ornaments to complete the Winter Wonderland theme! I loved how the cloche turned out, I think it  would be a great centerpiece item! In fact, this whole silver, white and blue theme would be a great tablescape theme for your Christmas dinner table. 

For the dining room (where the goodies aka cookies were) we had a backdrop made of silver wrapping paper. Mr. Fo cut out glittery letters from scrap paper that spelled out "Let it snow"...he's good with those freelance letters....and he likes doing it even though he claims he doesn't :) 

Drew (my sis-in-law and hostess partner in crime) hung ornaments from the chandeliers and it looked awesome! 

Sparkly, glittery trees were everywhere!

Most importantly, here were the real stars - the cookies!

These chocolate covered pretzels were festive and delicious!


Peanut Butter Blossoms were made a little more festive with candy striped kisses:

The Pecan Shortbread Trees were delicious and adorable - in fact, they won top prize of Best All Around Cookie!

Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprints Cookies were delicious (and another prize winner)!

I loved this Sugar Cookie Puzzle which tied for Most Creative - isn't it adorable? The puzzle pieces fit together perfectly to make this beautiful snowy scene! 

Lemon Ricotta cookies won Best Tasting for their fresh lemon-y flavor! You can find the recipe HERE

Peppermint Bark Brownies were a hit:

As were these AMAZING Nutella Sea Salt cookies! 

Here's a pic of all the cookies on one plate - our cookie guests know how to vote and took one bite (or more) of each! There were so many good contenders this year, people really brought their cookie A game. 

Each guests took home their cookies in silver gable boxes...

...complete with a cute sticker that matched our fab invitations from Party Box Design (my fave!) 

Hope you enjoyed our Winter Wonderland - we are still enjoying the cookies!!