Up on the Housetops-themed holiday party

Kara Allen, straight from Kara’s Party Ideas, shares one of her adorable party ideas with SheKnows. At a very young age, Kara started planning birthday parties for her family and friends. Her creative mind, attention to detail and love for party styling became evident as her site grew quickly.

Up on the Housetops Christmas Party
Up on the Housetops Christmas Party

I’ve been so excited about the holidays this year, because I’ve been envisioning this “Up on the Housetops Christmas Party” for a long time now and couldn’t wait to actually style it!

The display

Up on the Housetops Christmas Party

The party consisted of a main dessert table full of treats and holiday goodness. The display was set up on top of a cream hutch covered in glittery paper and faux snow. Snow-flocked frames hung on the wall behind the hutch, creating a dreamy and wintery feel.


I made a vintage replica paper banner that said, “Up On The Housetops” and hung it on the wall below the main center frame. Inside the main frame was a glitter reindeer, cut out of light blue shimmery scrapbook paper.

Christmas houses

Christmas houses

I have a special place in my heart for cardboard Christmas houses and have collected them for years. They were perfect for this party and really helped create the “Up on the Housetop” feel! Among the houses were also bottlebrush trees in silver and cream.



Metal sleigh cupcake holders held beautiful vanilla cupcakes. A white ruffle cake stand was placed in the middle of the display, on it were lovely white and aqua cupcakes topped with edible sugar glitter.

Peppermint bark

Peppermint bark

Glass pedestal cake stands held other pretty desserts like peppermint bark and mint peppermint cookies.

White chocolate covered pretzels

At the front of the table were two long white ceramic platters holding divinity and white chocolate covered star pretzels.

Marshmallow treats

Marshmallow Treats

Regular marshmallows were dipped in white chocolate candy melts and light blue sprinkles. A sucker stick was then inserted into the top of each marshmallow.

Chimney smoke cotton candy

Cotton candy

I filled miniature clear gable boxes with white cotton candy and labeled the boxes as “chimney smoke cotton candy.” The gable boxes are available in the Kara’s Party Ideas shop.

Milk bottles

Milk bottles with rock candy

When I think of desserts and cookies, I think of milk! Glass milk bottles were dipped in Karo syrup and clear crystal candy sprinkles. Inside each glass was a white rock candy stick.

Tell us

How do you bring the magic of the season into your household? Visit Kara’s Party Ideas for more inspiration!

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