A Christmas Affair - Modern & Vintage Holiday Party

Photography by Sarah Romohr

I am so excited to share this party with you today!  Last week, I shared my version of a kid’s Gingerbread house decorating party, but we all know Moms love to decorate too! 

 How to Host a Christmas Party for Ladies. It’s time for the moms to gather and celebrate the holiday season with hot cocoa and treats, talk about the Christmases of our childhoods, and decorate gingerbread houses and cookies. This gorgeous Holiday party inspiration is from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design. www.minteventdesign.com #gingerbreadhouse #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas

Last December, I hosted a ladies Christmas party for my friends.  We had hot cocoa and treats, talked about the Christmases of our childhoods, and decorated our gingerbread houses and cookies.  It was a perfect Mother’s Morning Out!

 Beautifully decorated gingerbread houses and desserts at this lovely Christmas party. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas
 Buffalo Check and Red themed Holiday party decorations. Love the farmhouse retro look of this Christmas party. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas

This party is extra special to me, not only because I got to celebrate with my lady friends, but because it was featured as the cover story for Mingle Magazine! Yes! Pinch me please!!

 Tasty & colorful dessert display at the farmhouse style Christmas party that combines modern with vintage. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas

I hosted the party at one of my favorite venues in the Austin area, One Eleven East.  It was the perfect location for this party, because I wanted to give this celebration a mix of modern and vintage flair.

 The inclusion of these retro/vintage finds really pop at this Farmhouse Christmas party, held at One Eleven East in Austin, Texas. See more holiday party inspiration from Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas
 Now these are Gingerbread house goals! This holiday party is so beautiful! See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #gingerbreadhouses
 These red and white striped reindeer with the green scarves add the perfect vintage touches at this beautiful modern and vintage Christmas party. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #reindeer

To bring my vision of this party to life, I used suitcases, cookie cutters, and toys that had the retro look I was going for.  The vintage items came from a lovely little shop, called The Nest Box.

 Vintage suitcases and oversized cookie cutters are the perfect addition to this farmhouse style holiday party. See more Christmas party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #cookiecutters
 Vintage toys add a touch of childhood to this beautiful Christmas party. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidaypartydecor #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas

Because we were going to be decorating gingerbread houses and cookies, I thought incorporating things like the red mixer,  cooking utensils, and the oversized gingerbread cookie cutter would be a perfect addition. I really wanted to make this huge shelf looked cozy and festive.

 Retro appliances and baking utensils add character to this holiday baking party. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidaypartydecor #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas

The invitation is the first impression you give your guests of your party.  It can really set the tone for your celebration.  I went with invitations from Ship Party Return, I’m so glad I did, they were just perfect!  In fact, all my paper goods for this party came from Ship Party Return, from my banner to my cups to my cupcake toppers and more!

 You’re invited to a merry little Christmas party. The buffalo check print on this Christmas party invitation gives it the perfect farmhouse/fixer upper look. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #partyinvitation #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas

I used buffalo check throughout this party.  I used it in the invitations, the banner, and on the gift bags.  It’s always nice to have a unifying pattern in different places throughout the party, it really helps bring everything together.

 The buffalo check pattern gives this Christmas party a perfect farm house look and it became the unifying pattern throughout the entire party to bring everything together. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #tablescape #buffaloplaid #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas

As I’m sure you know, Buffalo Check is so trendy this holiday season.  The black and white, with the use of red really pops, and gave this Christmas party the modern and vintage look I was going for. 

 Love these buffalo print gift tags. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #buffaloplaid
 Love the buffalo check and red theme of this Christmas party! See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #buffaloplaid #woodensign

To add some more color, I used a robins egg blue, hints of green, and turquoise as well. 

 Bringing in hints of greens and blues brings a pop of color to this Vintage Inspired Christmas Party. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas

The Hot Cocoa station was really the star of this show.  I mixed up two carafes of hot chocolate and paired them with toppings like marshmallows, caramel, chocolate chips, and peppermint candies. 

 The Hot Cocoa Station at this lovely vintage inspired holiday party is such a fun touch. Serve toppings in pretty glass jars - marshmallows, caramel chips, chocolate chips, and peppermint candies. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #hotcocoabar #hotcocoa
 This cute hot cocoa sign is the perfect addition to any holiday party. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #hotcocoabar #hotcocoa
 Cups at a holiday hot cocoa station, wrapped in a Merry Christmas wrapper. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #hotcocoabar #hotcocoa
 Hot cocoa stirrers for holiday parties will be such a treat for guests. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #hotcocoabar #hotcocoa

I served the hot cocoa toppings in small mason type jars, with wooden spoons.  I also added some adorable buffalo check Christmas tree cut outs, topped with red bows and added them to my wooden spoons, then I tied the jars with ribbons and string. 

 Peppermint toppings at a Christmas Hot Cocoa Station. Love the black and white ribbon tied around the mason jar. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #hotcocoabar #hotcocoa
 Don’t forget the toppings to create a beautiful hot cocoa station. Serve them in decorated mason jars with wooden spoons decorated with paper trees on top. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #hotcocoabar #hotcocoa
 Caramel bit toppings at a Christmas Hot Cocoa Station are a surprise for your guests. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #hotcocoabar #hotcocoa

If you’ve been watching my Instagram lately, you’ll already know that I love hot cocoa stations!  I usually set one up in our house every year!

 A hot cocoa station is perfect for any holiday party. And, when decorated with a vintage rocking horse in front, you know it’s going to be fun. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #hotcocoabar #hotcocoa

No good holiday party would be complete without tons of delicious treats!  I served assorted sweets including cakes, meringues, cookies, chocolate mousses, and more!  Many of our desserts came from the wonderful Latin Bakery Austin.

 These Christmas tree meringues topped with stars are just the cutest - perfect for your Christmas party. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #meringues
 Your Christmas party guests won’t be able to resist this Chocolate Mousse. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #chocolatemousse
 You can never have too many desserts at a Holiday party, can you? This whole party is beautiful! Love the tree toppers on the cake. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas
 Santa hat petit fours are a perfect addition to your Christmas party. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #petitfours

Can we talk about how cute these Santa Claus Macarons are?  I got them from El pan y la Sal.  I think they add just the right amount of whimsy to my table.

 These Santa macarons are just so cute served in a pretty red footed bowl. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #macarons

Another hit of our Christmas party was the beautiful Macaron Tree which I had made at Polka Dots Cupcake Factory.  They filled the tree with yummy macarons, cookies, and more that coordinated perfectly with my color scheme!

 Holiday Macaron tree at a beautiful modern & vintage Christmas party. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #macarons
 Macaron tree and assorted Christmas party desserts served in pretty red bowls and red cake stands. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas

To get all my guests inspired, I added several professionally decorated houses to my table.  I chose houses from Rommy Cacho.  Aren’t they just beautiful? And they’re all so unique!

 This is the gingerbread house of my dreams! So beautiful, this whole party from Mint Event Design is full of amazing holiday party inspiration www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #gingerbreadhouses
 Gingerbread house professionally decorated with nonpareils. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #gingerbreadhouses
 Beautifully decorated gingerbread house with ribbon candy. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #gingerbreadhouses

There’s just so much to love about this party, everywhere you look a little bit of whimsy, and a touch of Christmas cheer.

 So many beautiful holiday desserts at this lovely retro Christmas party. There’s a little bit of whimsy and a touch of Christmas cheer at this dessert table. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas

I hope my happy little Christmas party has inspired you to host a holiday celebration for your friends.  I think it’s always a good idea to get together and celebrate friendship especially during the holidays!

 Frosted wreath cookies at a Christmas party. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas
 Farmhouse style decorations help make this Christmas party a mix of modern and vintage. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #farmhousedecor #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas
 Brownies, meringues, and cakes - create a sweet display of Christmas desserts on a miniature size. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas
 Meringue Tree for Dessert at a beautiful Christmas party. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas
 Holiday decorated Christmas cookies. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #christmascookies #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas
 Vanilla cupcakes with buffalo plaid tree cupcake toppers. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #cupcakes #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas
 These marshmallows topped with chocolate and peppermint are a quick and easy dessert idea for holiday parties. Even perfect for topping your hot chocolate with. See more holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design at www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #marshmallows #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas
 Beautiful Christmas party dessert table with a sweet Christmas Tree decorated with frosting, cookies and macarons. Holiday party inspiration from Austin based party stylist Mint Event Design. www.minteventdesign.com #desserttable #macarons #christmasdesserts #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas

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 How to Host a Modern and Vintage Holiday Dessert Party. It’s time for the ladies and moms to gather and celebrate the holiday season with hot cocoa and treats, talk about the Christmases of our childhoods, and decorate gingerbread houses and cookies. This gorgeous Holiday party inspiration is from Austin Texas based party stylist Mint Event Design. www.minteventdesign.com #gingerbreadhouse #holidayparty #holidays #partyideas #christmasparty #holidaypartyideas #gingerbreadhouseideas

How are you celebrating this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Vendor Credits

Venue:  One Eleven East
Coordination and Styling: Mint Event Design  
Paper Goods: Ship Party Return
Assorted Desserts: Latin Bakery Austin 
Macaron Tree: Polka Dots Cupcake Factory
Santa's Macarons: El pan y la Sal
Gingerbread Houses: Rommy Cacho
Vintage Finds: The Nest Box

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