Nut Cracker Christmas table ideas

This year we wanted a change from our traditional Christmas Table Setting, after some careful deliberation we decided on a Nut Cracker Christmas table.  This table setting allows for some creative arrangements and a lot of fun.

We trust you enjoy our Nut Cracker Christmas

Julie

Nut Cracker Christmas Table

We decided on gold chargers and flatware and added a vintage white, gold and burgundy dinner set.  Each place setting was topped with a nut cracker.

Nut Cracker Christmas table Place Setting

Our table centre piece was a very large nut cracker, we used a berry garland around the base.

Nut Cracker Christmas Table Centre Piece

We used small pine cone candles to throw shadows on the table.

Nut Cracker Christmas Table

Large wooden candle sticks were decorated with Christmas greenery and berries .  Small red bows were attached to the stems of our glassware.

Nut Cracker Candle Ideas

Christmas Wine Glasses

We used a large selection of nut crackers in various sizes and colours.

A musical nutcracker was placed in a bowl of walnuts and a small nut cracker perched on the base of the candlestick.

Christmas Musical Nut Cracker

Christmas Nut Cracker Candle

I decided on black and gold flocked bon bons and a checked table runner.

Christmas Nut Cracker Table Ideas

The table looked wonderful during the evening with a lovely warm glow from the candles.

Christmas Table Nut Cracker Ideas

Christmas Table Nut Cracker Ideas

Our sideboard held our favourite deer, more nut crackers and everyones favourite chocolates

Christmas Sideboard Nut Cracker decoration ideas

Zombie Apocalypse Party

Our Zombie Apocalypse party was set in a post apocalypse cafe filled with lots of tables, preserved foods and some pretty durable kitchen equipment.  

We created a game based on a skill exchange for food rather than money, a set of printables have been created for this game and are a free download.

This party complemented our Walking Dead Party and our Post Apocalypse Canapes. 

Enjoy Julie

Zombie Apocalypse Cafe

We created a number of small tables each with a table number, candle, flowers and salt and pepper.  

Zombie Apocalypse Table Setting

Zombie Apocalypse Zombie Warning

We used vintage gingham table cloths and a mix of old furniture which is what I imagine would occur in a post apocalypse world.  Zombie warning signs were positioned around the room.

Zombie Apocalypse Cafe with canned foods

This theme requires some lead time to collect lots of cans and large jars for cereals etc. 

Zombie Party Cafe

Zombie Party Cafe Counter

Our wait staff were using bloody aprons and we used some nice bats in the window.  The restaurant had a counter where you arranged your table and form or payment.

Zombie Apocalypse Party Food

Zombie Apocalypse Party Food

Sticking to our apocalypse theme we used a lot of very durable plates and cups, including tupperware and we did include some gruesome food, as it is halloween.

Zombie Party - Post Apocalypse Cafe 

Stone scene setter's were used on the wall and we added a Zombie baricaded at the window.  The television displayed a nice welcoming open fire.

Post Apocalypse Cafe

Post Apocalypse Cafe

Zombie Apocalypse Printables

The cafe was a good way to keep all the children busy.  We created a set of printables for this game that are available as a free download

Enjoy Julie

Download: Cafe Sign, Cafe Menu, Cafe table numbers or Cafe agreed payment

The Walking Dead Zombie Party

This was such an exciting party to put together, we are avid watchers of the walking dead and the battles against both the walkers and Negan.  For this party we went with a home invasion by the walkers and included elements from the governors room.  We also produced a post apocalyptic cafe serving some end of the world treats. 

The Walking Dead party - Zombie Invasion

For our table scene we positioned our dressed skeletons on the table with two animated zombies.  We made the scene quite gruesome by creating gut cavities that held various organs and intestines that were spilling onto the table. 

The Walking Dead Zombie Guts

The Walking Dead Carnage

The intestines were made with packing peanuts and liquid latex, you can find intestine tutorials on line, we used various organs including a beating heart.  Generous sprays of blood were used on the victims clothes.

The Governors Room

Ah, the governors room.  I can clearly remember the first scenes in the governors room with the rows of zombie heads in fish tanks.  This look was easy to create with skulls, latex zombies, fishtanks and pebbles.  We blacked out the sides and top of the tanks to make them look more gruesome.

The Walking Dead Zombie Heads

The Walking Dead Zombie Heads

In candle light, the zombie heads look very gruesome and the eyes tend to follow you around the room.

The Walking Dead - Zombie home Invasion

Tall candles and large vases of blood spattered roses completed our table.

The Walking Dead severed hands

The Walking Dead Entry Hall

We included severed hands and feet, reminiscent of many a butcher scene (aka Bob) and managed to find a zombie head scene setter that was perfect in the entry hall with another zombie.

The walking Dead Zombie

Zombie Front Door Protection

We used a lot of stone wall scene setters on our interior walls and card boards on the front door in an attempt to lock out the walkers.

The Walking Dead Post Apocalyptic Cafe

After much deliberation we decided to dress as zombies (a very comfortable option for halloween).  To keep the younger ones entertained we created a post apocalyptic cafe and post apocalyptic canapes.

Please Enjoy

Julie

The Walking Dead Party

Zombie Canapes from the Post Apocalyptic Cafe

In creating these canapes I asked the question:  "If it really was the end of the world, what would be left at the supermarket?".  After perusing the canned and bottled goods aisles I came to the conclusion that spam, gerkins, smoked oysters, champiginons and pickled cocktail onions could be contenders.  In isolation, many of these foods are completely palatable, but when you load a tray with mixed canapes with only these foods it becomes another matter.

Our canapes were skewered with long tooth picks and Zombie mini bunting.  These are available as a free download.

These are a must at your next walking dead or zombie party.

Enjoy - Julie

Zombie Canapes

The trick with these is to make each slightly different.  They can get quite tall so a tooth pick is a must.

The Walking Dead Canapes

Spam Canapes

Present the canapes on a vintage silver tray and be sure to make each guest try at least one!

Zombie Canapes

Zombie Party With Dessert Table

This party was a lot of fun to create.  Zombie's are currently very on trend with more than a few Zombie Apocalypse  movies and television shows available.  For our zombie party we created a zombie dessert table using a graveyard theme with tombstones and a grave digger.  This party includes free printable products so you can create this at home.

Enjoy Julie

Zombie Party Dessert Table

The dessert table was created as a zombie graveyard.  We used a plastic rock wall scene setter as the back drop.  We then added a black graveyard fence, tombstones and skulls.  Our stand out piece was our animated zombie grave digger complete with shovel.

zombie graveyard cupcakes

Zombie cake pops

Catering was keep simple but looked fantastic with graveyard cupcakes, eyeball and zombie cake pops, tombstone cookies and layered jelly cups.

Zombie cake pops

Eyeball cake pops

We made two types of cake pops. We made crazy green Zombies with bulging eyes and eyeball cake pops which we served with a fork.

Graveyard Cupcakes

graveyard and coffin cookies

The cupcakes were very effective, yet easy to make.  I made a basic chocolate cupcakes then iced with chocolate icing.  The tombstones were achieved by finding the right shape biscuit and giving them a generous chocolate coating, the ground was crushed chocolate ripple biscuits and a green plastic hand completed the look.  We included sugar cookies in tombstone and coffin shapes.  

Zombie Dessert Table

Zombie Dessert Table

The stone wall extended to the ceiling creating a formidable look for a graveyard

Graveyard with swarming bats

Zombie party dessert table

Graveyard with haunted Tree

To extend the graveyard look we extended the stone wall and created a cemetery using the same fencing and tombstones as the dessert table, this was completed with swarming bats and large spiders.  The front door was guarded by a creepy zombie and a haunted tree completed the look.

Zombie party dessert table

Zombie and eyeball cakepops

The colour palate of green and blue worked well with the grey stone and injected some colour into a dark palate.

Zombie party free printables

We created a small set of dessert table printable products for this party, these are available as a free down load (Download 1) - (Download 2).  

If you liked this Zombie party please see our Walking Dead party with a post apocolyspe cafe.

We hope you enjoyed our party 

Enjoy Julie

 

 

 

 

 

Zombie Brain Shooters

The perfect shooter for a Zombie party has to be a Zombie Brain Shooter. These are a great visual shooter and they are simple to make but require a slow steady hand to get the right separation of layers in the glass.  We served these at our Zombie party and they went were a real hit.

These are very nice indeed - Enjoy  Julie

Zombie Brain Shooter

To make a zombie brain shooter fill a shot glass 3/4 full with peach schnapps. Then very gently pour Bailey’s Irish Cream on top, I have found that pouring over a teaspoon can slow the flow to get a better result.  When almost full add a small amount of blue Curacao then grenadine syrup or a good heavy red cordial.

Swimming Pool Party Ideas With Dessert Table

In the summer months we always find it hard to extract the children from the pool, so a pool party is always an enjoyable option.  For this party we created a carved shark watermelon, beach ball cake pops, mini pavlova swimming pools and a pool styled birthday cake.  

For a different type of favour bag, we created small pools from plastic storage containers, filled them with goodies and topped them with a swimmer and umbrellas.  A range of printable items were created and are free to download.

A great day overall, a pool party is a must over summer.

Pool Party Dessert Table

Mini Pavlova Pools and beach ball cake pops graced the dessert table.  Mini Pavlovas have to be one of the easiest items to make, we used store bought pavlova shells then filled them with whipped cream with a touch of blue food colouring.  We decorated cake pops with simple edible glitter and topped with a silver ball.  The cake pops were placed in a styrofoam holder covered with blue celephane and a printable boarder.

Mini pavlova pools

Beach Ball Cake Pops

Fresh fruit is always great for a party and we loved this carved shark with a mouth full of fresh fruit skewers and an old barbie doll with some red syrup on the legs for good measure.  The eyes were also simple with olives and tooth picks.

Shark watermelon carving

Cup cakes are a must have and are always devoured, we includes some life savers in the spirit of a pool party and some blue jelly cups.

Pool Party jelly Cups and Life Savers

Pool Party Cup Cakes

Pool Party Birthday Cake

Our birthday cake was also pool inspired and was simple to make with a garden of crushed chocolate ripple biscuits and coloured gel for the pool.  These were topped with some pool sun lounges made from royal icing, palm trees, umbrellas and flowers.

Swimming Pool Birthday Cake

Pool Party Decorating Ideas

As this party was mostly outdoors we tried to refrain on the indoors,  just a nice water image table cloth and lots of balloons.

Pool Party Table ideas

Pool Party signs

Pool Party Favours DIY

I like to get creative with party favour's and this one was quite simple but very effective.  We purchased small blue plastic containers that were filled with goodies and covered with blue cellephane.  We added a thank you card, a swimmer and a couple of umbrellas,  The thank you cards and swimmers are available as a free down load.

Pool Party Games

Most of our games revolved around novelty pool races including races while sitting in rings or on kick boards.  We did have a number of team relays and you can download our team selection cards here.  These were laminated and used to create teams .  We included one treasure hunt using water proof items and making it slightly harder by naming some of the pieces.  

Pool Party team selection cards

Pool Party treasure hunt game

Free Pool Party Printables

Pool Party Free Printable products

We have created a range of printable products for this party that are available as a free download.  We had a lot of fun at our pool party and it is a very easy option for summer birthdays

Enjoy Julie

Christmas Table Setting Red and Gold - Christmas Decorations

We all absolutely love Christmas, a time of year to relax with family and friends and enjoy great food and company.  This year our table setting is rustic red and gold using lots of berries, pine cones and leaves.

Enjoy  Julie 

Christmas Table Setting Red and Gold Design

Table decorations include a large gold moose, red and gold pine cones, gold leaves and red berries.

Christmas Table Rustic Red and Gold

We alternated the table settings between gold and red with opposing bon bons.  This Christmas we used gold flatware.

Christmas Table Place Setting 

Christmas Table Place Setting

Small brass deers and gold tea candles were used among the foliage.

Christmas Table Setting Rustic Red and Gold Design

We decorated stemware with berries and holly leaves.  Long strands of berries were twirled around tall red wooden candles.

Christmas Stemware with Berries

Christmas Candles with Berries

The table looked wonderful both during the day and the evening when the candles all started sparkling.

Christmas Table Setting Red and Gold Rustic Design

A lovely vintage glass pedestal dish was a great option for mince tarts.

Christmas Table Setting Red and Gold Design

We decorated the sideboard with red and gold deers and a wonderful gold Christmas tree.

Christmas Table Red and Gold Design with Deers

Metallic chain and red string lights where thread into the design, this also looked wonderful during the day and the evening.

Christmas Sideboard Red and Gold

Christmas Sideboard Red and Gold

Christmas Sideboard Red and Gold

Halloween Vampire Party Game - The Blood Donation Room

At Halloween parties I always have an area dedicated to "keeping the children amused" so the adults can enjoy a quite, or not so quite drink.  This year was a vampire theme so we created a Vampire Blood donation room.  This had children dressed in bloody white coats taking blood donations from a group of happy donors.  A small set of printable items have been developed for this game.

Enjoy  Julie

Halloween Vampire Game - The Blood Donation Room

The Blood Donation room had lots of small bottles of blood (coloured water), blood bags, bloody bandages, syringes, white coats, face masks and bandaids.  Finally we included a reclining chair for the victims.

Halloween Vampire Party Blood Room

Halloween Blood Bags

We used a very old dresser as the counter for our blood collections, and a large black candelabra to hold the blood bags, the blood bags are easy to find on-line.

Halloween Vampire Party Decorating ideas

The decorations included a mix of vintage pieces including silver, glassware and bottles and modern halloween props.

Vampire Party Games

Vampire Party Games - Blood Drawing

Our young victims patiently waited their turn before being subjected to the blood drawing.

Halloween Vampire Game

Halloween Vampire Game - Blood Types

We developed a small set of printable items for the party, the waiting room had a sign, queue number and small circles for blood types.  The blood drawing room had small cards for the blood drawers to complete.  We found some blood syringe pens on-line.  This printable set is available in our shop.

Halloween Vampire Party blood decorations

Halloween Vampire Party games

We collected a lot of small bottles for this party, they were filled with water and red food dye to look like very dark blood.

Halloween Vampire Party Syringes and bandaids

Halloween Vampire Party decorating ideas

Syringes are easy to find on line. We included some small tweases and lots of bandaids in a vintage silver and glass serving dish.  The dressing table had lots of small shelves that were decorated with a few modern halloween pieces.

This was a great game for a vampire party and many an adult ventured into the blood donation room to emerge with a few artfully applied bandaids.  You may also like our other Vampire Posts: Vampire Dessert Table and Gothic Vampire Party.

The printable items we used for this party are available from our shop.

Halloween Vampire Game Printable Set

Halloween Vampire Family

Halloween Dragon Blood Punch - Alcoholic

Halloween Dragon Blood Punch, this is a delightful combination of Malibu Rum, Cointreau, tropical soda and ginger ale. Great for a Vampire Halloween party, recipe below.

See the full party here.

Enjoy  Julie

Halloween Dragon Blood Punch - Vampire Party

Halloween Vampire Punch

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Malibu
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau
  • 6 cups tropical fruit punch soda
  • 6 cups Cranberry Juice
  • 6 cups apple juice
  • 2 litres Ginger Ale
  • Lots of vampire teeth iceblocks

Method

  1. Combine everything except the ginger and iceblocks in the punch bowl.
  2. Top with the ginger ale.
  3. Add ice blocks.
  4. Enjoy