Kids Holiday Cookies & Cocoa Tablescape

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Christmas time in our house is all about family, fun, baking & decorating! One of the fun events that my son enjoys is a “Santa Cookies & Cocoa” party with his little friends Smile He chooses a few close buddies and occasionally a girl, to come make homemade cookies one day after school. We started this tradition last year when he was 4 and it was one of the first things he asked about this year when I started pulling out the Christmas bins!
The best part of this tablescape is that is cost under $12! I bought the red & white runner at homegoods for $9.99 and a few greens at the local tree farm to mix with the ones I picked in my neighbors backyard.
I used simple white plates and layered with some festive plates I bought a few years ago. The napkin ring holders are bell ornaments that I had in one of my Christmas bins. Each quest will be able to take theirs home Smile Aren’t the little snowman cups adorable! The kids love drinking their hot cocoa out of them!
These little snowmen I made with socks, tea & rice. I had purchased one about 10 years ago but it was starting to look a little worn so I decided to make one. This is the easiest craft on the planet! Aren’t they little cutie pies Smile I will post a tutorial soon!

When I was decorating the table, I wanted to make sure that it was easily “interchangeable” with my Gram’s blue willow china. Take away the snowmen & festive kid dishes and formalize it up! By adding the blue willow on top of the already placed white dishes, some silver and blue ornaments, candles & few other festive embellishments you’ll have a new look in minutes!

Now it’s time to make cookies and party like 5 year olds! Smile 

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  1. {darlene} says:

    so festive! my fave is the wreath and ribbon on the window!

  2. rachel@Acts of Life says:

    Jessica I LOVE your dinning room. It looks so warm and cozy…a place for family to gather. I Love it all…your table, the big window, the simple wreath with red ribbon. I really love the sleigh though that is on your table with some greens and the snow men…or is it a girl and boy? so cute!! Is your chandelier from Ikea?
    The red berries and fresh greens make it all look so alive…I think it's my favorite dinning room I have seen so far.


  3. Too cute! I love the sled and the snowmen. They look adorable!

  4. pam {simple details} says:

    Such a bright, fun and festive setting, Jessica! Love your new blog header, too! 🙂

  5. Jean @ Flower Hill says:

    Love the snowmen!

  6. Debbie aka Mrs. DP3 says:

    Perfect and cute all at the same time. I love it! It is all so adorable, festive and inviting.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Love love your wreath, is it real? And most of all where did you find it? Thankyou for answering, Your dining room is beautiful, so many clever ideas. I might just have to copy that white pitcher with the berries. Have a great holiday!

  8. So adorable, I love the little snowmen on the sled! The tree in the background is gorgeous too! Visiting from Centsationgirl's tablescape party!

  9. Jessica Bruno says:

    @Anonymous Commentor, thanks so much for your kind words 🙂 The wreath is boxwood and yes it is real. You can probably find one at your local tree farm or just buy some boxwood roping & a metal wreath frame and wrap around the frame 🙂

  10. I love your idea of using the sled on the table!!! Genius!! Where, oh where did you find it?? — Stacy

  11. Heather L. says:

    I love your tablescape! So simple yet so festive. Great job!

  12. Glenda @ Magnolia Bend Drive says:

    Love your tablescape. Makes me want to be a kid again. But, since thats not possible, I think I will try to create that magic in my kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Centsational Girl says:

    Cookies and Cocoa parties are my favorite!! And my kids too, thank you so much for linking up your festive tablescape today!

  14. Lori @ Lori May Interiors says:

    I love it, Jessica! It is just perfect for a hot cocoa party and for everyday. You must post the tutorial on those snowmen. They are adorable!

  15. Amelia @ House Pretty says:

    Hi Jessica! Just discovered your blog through Maury's – I'm a new follower 🙂 Love that red and white table runner and the cookies and cocoa tradition is such a great idea!

  16. the cape on the corner says:

    super cute snowmen! i love to decorate with them all winter, and they are perfect for a dual religion household.

  17. I am visiting from Centsational Girl. I am so glad I clikcked on your link. I love your table, but what I really love your dining room I am also dying over your barn doors. They turned out fabulous! Congrats on the feature, I'm sure we'll be seeing you featured often :).

  18. Love your table and enjoyed seeing all of your projects!

    I'm your newest follower.

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