So, our sweet Baby John Barton just turned 1. It’s so hard to believe that it has already been a year since the girls and I celebrated that baby boy’s birth with a festive Sip and See. Christmas is such a beautiful time of year spiritutally, emotionally and visionally and we knew it was the perfect backdrop to welcome this little boy into our crazy world. Christmas is also a very busy time of year, so we decided on an early afternoon soiree with a simple menu of sweet and savory delights. We decided to channel our artistic and creative (and thrifty) talents to add as many personal touches without taking yet another hit on the ole pocketbook that tends to get a lot of wear and tear with our holiday gift lists.
A delicious sweet and savory spread was called to order to celebrate our little soldier. Cupcakes, brownie pops, chocolate dipped marshmallows, chocolate truffles, pistachio goat cheese truffles, and spinach roll ups comprised our afternoon menu.
Christmas arrangements appear to be exquisite in design, but believe or not are very simple in composition. This arrangement uses a porcelain urn as the base. Wet floral foam was placed inside and then red roses, evergreen and gilded sticks were placed to create the full arrangement.
A red glitter gift box was easily transformed into a floral container when lined with aluminum foil and filled with ornamental lillies placed in wet floral foam. Nutcracker soldiers were a great decorative filler and were found for $1 each at Michael’s Store.
Basic white napkins were easily personalized with our guest of honor’s initials with pigment dye ink and a festive stamp.
We purchased blue champagne glasses at Dollar Tree and painted them with a festive design with enamel paint and they also became our hostess gift to our sweet Baby Momma Lauren.
Butter cookies iced with basic royal icing made perfect favors.
Brownie pop molds were used to make these Santa hat desserts. After making the brownie pops, melt white chocolate candies, dip the candy sticks in the chocolate to adhere to the brownie pops and then dip the bottom of the brownies in the chocolate and sprinkle with red sprinkles to create the Santa hats.
Cupcake wrappers and glitter sprinkles can dress up basic store bought cupcakes.
Jumbo marshmallows dipped in melted chocolate and adorned with holiday sprinkles are not only festive, but a delicious addition to the menu. They are also perfect if serving hot chocolate or flavored coffee.
Delicious chocolate truffles!!!!
The savory to our sweet stash.