Hi Hoopla Events readers. It’s Jen Carver from Banner Events here today guest posting about a bright, whimsical “WHO-liday” Christmas party I had the opportunity to plan. “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.” If you aren’t familiar with that classic phrase, there’s a good chance you might be living under a rock. I’ll be honest, I love everything about the Dr. Seuss classic, from the cranky green Grinch to whimsical Whoville and the adorable Whos. A Grinch-inspired Christmas party has been on my party planning bucket list for a few years now! When the opportunity to plan and style such a party came about, I may have actually squealed, loudly.
WHO-LIDAY PARTY INSPIRATION:
Styling this party was so fun! When I think of a Who-liday party, I think of polka dots & stripes, pops of unexpected patterns like chevron, crazy shades of red & green & touches of whimsy! So when I began designing this party, that’s exactly what I included! Our Happy Who-liday party was literally inspired by a new exciting product to hit the party world, exclusively available from Smash Cake & Co. It’s “Party Paper”, and I think I’m in love!
What? What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of Party Paper? It might just be the best thing since Roast Beast or Who pudding! I predict that it will be a big party trend! Not only is it a premium quality 50# matte wrapping paper, but it was designed to coordinate perfectly with Smash Cake & Co.’s boutique party ware and can be used for so many purposes from the obvious gift wrap to table runners, party backdrops, banners, rosettes, chair backers & more! You will see it used in several creative ways for our celebration! In the past, I have found it hard to perfectly coordinate my background fabric with cardstock, ribbon & other party décor items. But now, with one product, I can easily coordinate my entire party at a fraction of the cost in far less time! No more going to store after to store trying to match products! Plus, with their Party Ribbon (basically thin strips of Party Paper), you can easily substitute it for things on which you would use wide ribbon. For this event, I used the cherry red & apple green lines of Party Paper as the basis for our entire event.
WHO-LIDAY INVITATIONS & PRINTABLE DÉCOR:
Tonya of Soiree Event Design knocked my candy cane striped stockings off with her perfectly coordinating Who-liday printable invitation and party decor. Her printable package includes everything you need to add that Seussical feel. From cupcake toppers, scroll chair backer signs, banners, favor tags & labels, folding food labels, straw/party flags & beverage wraps, there’s unlimited possibilities for your Who-liday celebrations! She designed everything to match the lines of Party Paper I chose & captured the wonder & whimsy of Whoville in a magical way. I love the cute wording on the invitation inviting friends to come to our Who-house at a quarter past 4 and to look for the Who wreath on our front door.
[By-the-way, when your invitation says to look for a Who wreath on your door, you have to have one and can’t disappoint. Our adorable Who wreath was hand created by the amazing Jordan of Designs by Jordan. We added a cute scroll sign from Soiree Event Design’s printable package to tie everything together.]
Our party goers arrived in Who-ish attire and accessories. I just adore the cute dresses, hair accessories, lace leggings and tie from Posh Peanuts! Necklaces for our little Cindy-Lous were handmade byAddy’s Attic and were the perfect addition to the girls’ outfits. And check out that hat! Doesn’t that just scream Who to you too? It’s amazing what a few perfectly selected accessories and pieces of clothing will do to create the perfect themed party mood!
Little Whos need a fabulous table for feasting! Our Who-liday party table was so festive and fun. Using Party Paper we added an eye-catching red striped table runner to our kid-friendly dining table & spruced up boring chairs with some chair backers made from green polka dotted Party Paper topped off with red paper ribbon accents and a cute Whoville Guest scroll sign. Each place setting had a fun Christmas cracker filled with candy from Candy Galaxy (an easy DIY idea using Party Paper, ribbon & toilet paper rolls), striped color coordinating plates, polka dot napkins and stamped cutlery from the Smash Cake & Co. shop, and of course the cutest bottles of Grinch green punch decked out for the holidays. (We wrapped the milk bottles in party paper & added a beverage wrap, ribbon and small wreath.) Affordable candy tree centerpieces were made from candy from Candy Galaxy hot glued to foam cones from The Dollar Tree. We made DIY mini dessert stands with candle sticks, glass plates (also from The Dollar Tree) and some Epoxy 6000 glue & accessorized them with a little Party paper circle.
Every Who down in Whoville likes sweet treats a lot… But the Grinch who lived north of Whoville did not. That is, until he came to our feast. We’re pretty certain we changed his mind. A dessert table was designed with fun Christmas treats that little Who fans would love, all displayed in colorful ways on a gorgeous ruffled tablecloth from Candy Crush Events. There were Cindy Lou cupcakes (we loved creating the Party Paper rosettes with cute WHO-liday printables for the toppers), Who Jell-o served in adorable dessert jars (such a fun layered dessert inspired by Anders Ruff’s tutorial), ornament and present shaped cake bites & chocolate covered Oreos for Santa (both by Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique). There were rice krispy treats, hand dipped in chocolate and jars of candy filled with so many red & green delights from Candy Galaxy. But, in the center of them all, were the cutest Grinch cookies ever seen, each with a heart that had grown 3 sizes that day! As you can see we carried the colorful Party Paper over to our dessert table as both the background, the table runner & to create rosettes for our banner & cupcake toppers and line our cake stands and trays. Polka dots, stripes & pops of chevron oh my! A darling whimsical tree portrait included in the printable package by Soiree Event Design was framed as a focal point for our table.
A Who-liday party must have Who favors. Darling gable boxes dressed up in holiday style (more paper ribbon & cute gable box labels & tags from Soiree Event Design) were available to each little guest to fill with treats from the dessert table & even more sweet treats from the treat hutch, where glittered laser cut candies & custom Who Hair cotton candy favors were displayed. Our cute little guests were able to take sweet Who inspired treats home to enjoy later.
I would like to give a big thank you to Karina Rigtrup of A Fresh Take Photography for working her magic behind the lens and capturing the fun of the day.
Jennifer Carver, Banner Events: complete event styling
Karina Rigtrup, A Fresh Take Photography: photography
Soiree Event Design: printable invitation and coordinating printable décor design, custom cotton candy
Smash Cake & Co.: party paper, paper ribbon, treat cups/cupcake liners, polka dot dessert sticks, gable boxes, paper straws, striped paper plates, mini glass dessert jars
Candy Galaxy: candy & suckers
Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique: chocolate covered Oreos, ornament and present cake bites
Scrumpalicious ~ Novelty Bakery Arts: Grinchalicious cookies
Posh Peanuts: chevron tie, hair accessories, chevron dress, lace dress, lace leggings
Addy’s Attic: custom chunky bead necklaces
Ten23designs: custom laser cut wood candy & presents
Designs by Jordan: custom Christmas wreath
Candy Crush Events: ruffled tablecloth