Monday, December 19, 2011


I'm delighted to introduce the stylish mother/daughter duo Kristy and Beth of Design Chic  to Home For The Holidays today. With their understated and sophisticated design aesthetic, I'm anticipating a very elegant and delicious dessert soiree. Thank you both for planning the Sugarplum Dessert Buffet. As a lover of all things chocolate and sweet, I've been looking forward to this delicious post for weeks. Are you up for a little indulgence? Me too! 

Welcome to the Sugarplum Dessert Buffet! Barbara must have known she was picking the right girls when she asked us to handle desserts at her fabulous virtual dinner party because, if there's one thing we know, it's sweets! While the sugar is the main event, planning the perfect dessert buffet, as we all know, involves much more than just the food. Making the right first impression is always key. We would make sure our entryway was simple, decorative and beautiful, just like this one, so our guests know that they are welcome!

Christian Dior said, "Zest is the secret of all beauty." This vintage Dior has plenty of zest and is Beth's attire for this dessert buffet. People just don't dress up enough anymore if you ask us, so we're asking our guests to please wear black tie.
Nothing says holiday like a gorgeous red dress. This is Kristy's pick for Barbara's holiday soiree.
Clothes may not make the man, but flowers can certainly make the table. There is nothing more classic than white, green, beautiful silver and a little candlelight. These are from Kristy's wedding, but we would have something similar for our guests' tables so that everyone could still talk.
Another beautiful arrangement, perfect for an entryway table.
An arrangement like this would be perfectly suited for flanking our delicious sweets on the buffet.
We would love something like this (from the White House floral designer, not my wedding!) in the living room for guests to enjoy while they mingle.
Few things are as elegant as a simple white rose. Piled on a cake platter, this arrangement is as delicious as the desserts.
This is a holiday celebration, after all, so we'd like to kick it off with a little bubbly. Waiters, in tuxedo, of course, will meet you at the door with a glass.
No holiday dessert is complete without a little eggnog, and you can't get prettier than this. 
Petit fours are one of our favorite Christmas desserts. Bite sized portions make them easy to eat.
Bouche trees are as tasty as they are beautiful on the table
Meringues are always part of our Christmas Eve celebration. Light as air and melt-in-your mouth scrumptious, they're the perfect finish to a decadent dinner.
Buche de Noel sure does sound more sophisticated than simply calling it a yule log, but, no matter what the name, this dessert looks festive and is sure to taste amazing.
No dessert buffet would be complete without a taste of chocolate. This chocolate truffle cheesecake is rich and filling, perfect for a cold winter's night.
You could eat it, sure, but we love a gingerbread house for a festive touch to our party table. After the guests leave, the house comes apart!

One of the most important elements of our Christmas dessert is the party popper. Everyone cracks theirs at the same time for a fun surprise, and, even better, a brightly colored hat! The photos are priceless!
Dessert simply tastes better with a warm beverage. We offer guests coffee and tea, always served out of family silver.
Hot chocolate is the quintessential holiday treat and a perfect ending to a delicious evening.
For a holiday soiree, leaving empty handed is simply not an option. A stunning package is almost as important as the treat inside. The best part of this party favor? Since this is a virtual dinner party, what's underneath this beautiful bow can be anything you want!
Thank you so much for coming to the Sugarplum Dessert Buffet, and thanks to Barbara for asking us to host!

Put on your dancing shoes and join the fabulous Bourbon and Pearls for the last stop on our Home For The Holidays Party for a Jingle Ball After Party In Scotland!


The Peak of Tres Chic said...

Yummmmm! This looks like a fabulous dessert buffet! I love your clothing choices, you can never go wrong with black tie. Beautiful!



The enchanted home said...

Fabulous and my kind of party from the formal attire (wish it was more en vogue to dress up again, its really a nice treat especially around the holidays) the scrumptious desserts, champange, all the yumminess and those flowers! Yes flowers can add so much to the ambiance and elegance of a soiree. Well done girls!!
Just beautiful........thanks for having me:)

Acquired Objects said...

The ambience and attire are the perfect things for a holiday event but you two managed to keep things elegant even with dessert…fabulous!

Splendid Sass said...

Kristy and Beth-
This is some dessert buffet! The two of you know how to put things together!
Everything looks wonderful, and I believe I would love a piece of the chocolate truffle cheesecake, please.
Barbara has done a fabulous job planning everything!
Have a wonderful week with the new little bundle.

Anonymous said...

How very wintery and welcoming.
I think that's the most beautiful gingerbread house I have ever seen, I had one as my wedding (December) cake, I wish I had spotted that design 13 years ago!


Oh this looks like such a divine soiree!!! I'd love to come. And I'll be sure to wear my finest :) xoxo

Party Resources said...

I love these ladies and their wonderful style. No wonder I love ALL of their picks! xx

Jalon @ All in the Detail said...

YUMMMMM-O. Believe it or not, (fortunately?)I have just acquired a sweet tooth in the past year or so. Now, my mouth just waters looking at all these goodies!

Thank you so much for the invite, what a wonderful time to spend with all of these wonderful things during the Holidays!

Can I say Yummmmmmmm-o again? (just did!)

CDS said...

Amazing! Everything from the clothes to the tables and the food! That's a party I want to go to! :) xo

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Every detail is perfect! This sounds like my kind of party!

Hamptontoes said...

Oh yes! I'd like to be invited to such a fun and festival soiree! I love seeing people dressed up, especially for the holidays. Super lovely post.

Splendid Market said...

Very pretty, love that first dress! The gingerbread house is gorgeous, I love it in all white!!

p-l-a-i-d said...

These are great holiday decorations! The garland is my favorite and Iove to use it on my house!

JMW said...

I love everything you have featured here, especially the dress. I would so wear that to any formal event. Simply elegant in every way. And, I adore the front entry and everything in between. Looks like an amazing fete!

Gwen Driscoll said...

These images are amazingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Hope you're well.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Everything looks yummy. The black dress is stunning..

Punctuation Mark said...

this is one delicious post... haha!!! love those dresses!!!

designchic said...

Thank you for having us as a part of your fabulous holiday party, Barbara...we have loved it all!!

Barbara@HausDesign said...

What a lovely sweet post! The dresses are perfect - I agree people don't dress up enough anymore. All of the sweets are amazing - I especially love meringues so I'd be diving into those, especially without the calories! Beautiful job ladies!

Unknown said...

How fabulous! I'm loving that gingerbread mansion! Everything looks just lovely and delectable.

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Those ladies know how to pull out all the stops! From the lovely, couture dresses to the elegant floral arrangements...and I feel like I need to go to the gym just imagining those tasty desserts.

traci zeller designs said...

Kristy and Beth -- it's just spectacular. You had me at chocolate truffle cheesecake ... and the hot chocolate sealed the deal. I'm so glad to be invited! ;-) xoxo!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Fantastic images and the gingerbread mansion...WOW, it could rival the White House version!!!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Fabulous post and it reminded me that I HAVE NOT had any eggnog this season. will have to take care of that. It's been a fabulous series. Mona

debra @ 5th and state said...

you girls know how to throw a bash! yummy, beautiful and very stylish.....loved participating!
merry christmas!

quintessence said...

Fun!! Beautiful and virtually delicious - the perfect combo!!

Unknown said...

This was just a magical journey!!! I agree, people don't dress up enough, so I'll pull out one of my long gowns for the occasion!

Bubbly? Why yes, thank you! I prefer mine in coupes as well..and I love the little bows.

And those flowers! Love the white roses with kumquats. Elegant indeed!

Thanks for all the delicious inspiration!
xoxo Elizabeth

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