Kara Allen's modern Christmas party

Dec 15, 2012 at 7:31 a.m. ET

Kara Allen, straight from Kara's Party Ideas, is sharing 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.

Modern Christmas decor

I'm excited to share this modern and festive holiday Christmas party I recently styled! The bold colors and holiday-themed treats make this party fun for all ages, big and small. The printables you see throughout this party are available as a free download on Kara's Party Ideas!

Hot cocoa party favor tins

Hot cocoa party favor tins

These hot chocolate tins are a cinch to put together and make such a statement! Inside clear plastic pails (available in my shop) layer hot cocoa powder, crushed peppermint candies, chocolate chips and marshmallows! I tied the pails off with some red polka dot ribbon and a coordinating Merry Christmas tag, available as part of the free Holiday party collection via Kara's Party Ideas!

Santa beard cotton candy

Santa Beard Cotton Candy

Chevron print paper bags from my shop were filled with white vanilla-flavored cotton candy. A cute tag that read "Santa beard cotton candy" was attached to the top of each bag. The tags are also available for free via Kara's Party Ideas!

Milano cookie Santas

Milano Cookie Santa’s

Adorable Santa cookies were made with Milano brand cookies and a few other simple supplies! Dip both ends of the Milano cookie in melted white chocolate and add red sprinkles and a white chocolate chip to the top portion of the cookie to create Santa's hat. Then, by using a tiny dab of melted white chocolate, attach a red candy to the middle of the cookie for the nose and chocolate chips just above the red candy for the eyes.

Doughnut reindeer

Chocolate Doughnut Reindeer

These reindeer doughnuts were a big hit at the party! Chocolate mini doughnuts were used as the reindeer body, a red candy inserted into the middle of the doughnut was the reindeer nose, white chocolate chips were pushed into the top of the doughnut for eyes, and broken pretzel pieces were inserted into the top side of the doughnut for antlers! Easy and super cute!

Wooden hot chocolate spoons

Wooden Hot Chocolate Spoons

These wooden hot chocolate spoons were the perfect addition to the hot cocoa station. Guests stirred their hot cocoa with these adorable spoons, adding more flavor and fun to their hot chocolate! I dipped wooden spoons from my shop in white candy melt, then added green and red sprinkles to the top.

Fry box candy treats

Fry Box Candy Treats

I filled green striped fry boxes from my shop with more red cherry candies. I'm in love with fry boxes right now and use them for so many things! When it comes to parties, the possibilities are endless with these!

Place settings

Place Settings

Festive striped square paper plates from my shop were set at each place setting along with a polka dot plate, napkin and hot cocoa mug. The darling place cards are available as a free printable on Kara's Party Ideas!

Hot cocoa mugs

Hot Cocoa Mugs

We dressed up regular white ceramic mugs with red candy sprinkles! Gently dip the top of the mug in melted white chocolate and immediately add red candy sprinkles. The chocolate will harden, securing the sprinkles.

Polka dot gable boxes

Polka Dot Gable Boxes

Guests were able to take extra cookies and treats home in some polka dot gable boxes from my shop. Attached to the top of each box was a cute thank you tag (part of the free printable collection).

Marshmallows on a stick

Marshmallows on a stick

Make these yummy marshmallow treats in seconds! Regular marshmallows were dipped in red candy melt (follow the melting instructions on the candy melt package) and green nonpareil sprinkles. After the candy melt cooled a striped paper straw from my shop was inserted into the top of each marshmallow.

Santa's mustaches

Santa’s Mustaches

Santa mustaches were made with a mustache candy mold, white candy melt, white sprinkles, sucker sticks, and striped paper straws (all from the Kara's Party Ideas shop)! I placed the mustaches in a cute chevron patterned milk bottle, also available in the KPI shop. The tent card/label is available as a free printable on Kara's Party Ideas.

Peppermint cake stand

Peppermint Cake Stand

I dressed up the side of a ceramic cake stand with lace and peppermint candies! I used a low temperature glue gun to attach the lace and peppermint candies (because of the low temperature, glue can be peeled right off after use) to the side of a red cake stand. Such a cute way to add the Christmas feel to your table!

Reindeer cupcakes

Create more fun reindeer treats with cupcakes and pretzels! These cupcakes were made with frosting, brown sprinkles, miniature vanilla wafers and pretzels!

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The cupcake toppers, North Pole sign and North Pole cupcake tags are also part of the free printable holiday collection available on Kara's Party Ideas.

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