Two years ago, I threw my first Christmas Party, and the Christmas Cupcake Exchange was born!
On Sunday afternoon, all my girlfriends came over to my house for the Third Annual Christmas Cupcake Exchange.
I'm pretty sure that this one topped 'em all, though!
I typically decide on the theme for the party a year in advance.
Why so early?
Because I buy the invitations on December 26 when they're on sale!
So, I bought these cuties a year ago and settled on a "tartan plaid & pearls" theme.
I thought they turned out totally darling.
I got the dining room all ready with different cake plates & three-tiered servers to display the cupcakes.
She had it on very good authority that Santa prefers champagne & cupcakes...
Y'all know the bar cart had to make an appearance.
I bought clear glass ornaments, filled them with faux pearls & tied a tartan bow on top.
Perfect & easy decor to scatter throughout the house.
All the drinks set out on the bar including wine & champagne.
Many glasses for all the different beverage options
I use the topiary placecard holders to display who-brought-what.
Napkins for the canapes set up on the counter buffet-style
I borrowed this cute cooler from Courtney for all the chilled beverages (and for the Blue Bell ice cream!)
Diet Coke, Coca-Cola, Pellegrino & Champ!
My cupcakes this year! Vanilla with Whipped Strawberry Icing
Space for the canapes
On the menu? Brisket sandwiches on jalapeno biscuits, fruit and a trio of drips (including my fav, smoked gouda!)
Baby Bundts by Amy!
Cakeballs from Miranda
Mini Cheesecakes from Elyse
Hot Chocolate Cupcakes from Katie
Chocolate cupcakes from Holly
Banana Cupcakes from Courtney
Makes a pretty sweet spread, don't you think?
While we had a few cocktails & snacked on all these tasty things, we had such a fine time telling stories & laughing.
I'm so thankful for all my friends that were able to come!
Lauren & Courtney
Cassie, Emily & Katie
Lorien & Miranda
Elyse, Holly & Amy
From left: Lorien, Katie, Cassie, Emily, Helen, Lauren, Courtney, Andrea, Elyse, Amy, Me (Behind the lens, APU!)
After we finished snacking, it was time to make a to-go box of sweets!
Everything looks so pretty all together!
For their party favors, I sent everyone home with Kate Spade nail stickers & tartan plaid tissues...
...as well as a set of #FavoriteThings pencils that I made!
I received SUCH precious hostess gifts...
cupcake ornaments, a champagne ornament, a cupcake nutcracker,
bracelets from C.Wonder, wine, napkins, and the cutest cheese stationery!
I love my friends & I love celebrating with them!
Pop. Fizz. Clink.
Is it bad that I'm already thinking about next year's Fourth Annual Christmas Cupcake Exchange!?!