Holiday entertaining ideas

Categories   Party + Entertaining Ideas

Alrighty… time to get our holiday inspiration on, Cakelets! We put together this gorgy shoot with the help of Erin Hearts Court, Brown Paper Design, and Sara Forte of Sprouted Kitchen. Dream team! It’s impossible to resist the romance of champagne and sweets, so we dressed up that time-tested party theme with our Holiday Bubbly Bar.

100 Layer Cake's Bubbly Bar

Right?! If this isn’t a recipe for a smash-hit party, we’re not sure what is. That centerpiece Danielle created had us pretty much gasping for air when it appeared at our shoot. And Sara’s beautiful deserts were as tasty as they are pretty.

100 Layer Cake's Bubbly Bar

This is actually a pretty manageable party theme. Grab a few (or 10) bottles of champagne and gather a handful of complementary syrups and liquors for mixing. Then add a few yummy garnishes and you’ve got a sparkly party on your hands.

Tal from the Pharmacie (our favorite cocktail guru) suggests soaking a sugar cube in bitters in the glass, then topping with bubbly. Or just add a splash of fruit-based liquor to your champagne for a DIY Royale.

flowers by Brown Paper Design

Sprouted Kitchen's trifle

Sara whipped up Pumpkin Gingersnap Trifle, Almond Date Truffles, Chocolate Peppermint Molten Cake, and a yummy cheese and fruit platter.

100 Layer Cake's Bubbly bar

And we created a few sparkly party details to make sipping even more fun.

Sprouted Kitchen's cheese plate

100 Layer Cake's Bubbly bar

100 Layer Cake's Bubbly bar

100 Layer Cake's Bubbly bar

holiday entertaining ideas

100 Layer Cake's Bubbly bar

100 Layer Cake's Bubbly bar

holiday cocktail ideas

100 Layer Cake's Bubbly bar

holiday entertaining ideas

Isn’t that cake dome amazing? Bountiful in Venice loaned us a bunch of beautiful cake plates and domes for the shoot. And guess what? They’re have a HALF off holiday sale right now!

Pretty, pretty, right? We’d love to actually attend this party. Anyone want to throw one? We’ll be sharing the rest of the shoot (yes, there’s more!), and a few DIY tutorials this week too. Plus we’re giving away a copy of Sara‘s beautiful new cookbook. Stay tuned!

Hop over to our Facebook page for more photos from this shoot.

Photography: Erin Hearts Court / Flowers: Brown Paper Design / Desserts: Sprouted Kitchen / Glassware: Bountiful

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Rachelle {wiley valentine} on Nov 26, 2012

LOVE LOVE LOVE! And I adore that you brought Sprouted Kitchen in on the fun. Bravo!

@WileyValentine on Nov 26, 2012

madly in love with this bubbly bar over on @100LayerCake right now!!! http://t.co/Jw5Q6Noq

jamie @ green beans & grapefruit on Nov 26, 2012

Everything is just so gorgeous!!

Courtney on Nov 26, 2012

Such a great shoot! Thank you!! :)

Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony on Nov 26, 2012

This is gorgeous. I love all the pretty little details!

ONEHOPE Weddings on Nov 26, 2012

This is too pretty for words!! Can't wait to recreate this idea over the holidays!

Tiffany Colvert on Nov 26, 2012

Impossibly gorgeous!

Lauren on Nov 26, 2012

Love everything about this shoot! Such prettiness in every detail!

Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls on Nov 26, 2012

Oh my goodness, this is one of the most beautiful party settings I've EVER seen! I'm in love with all the details, and I can't wait to recreate a few of these elements for my New Year's party! xx Ivana Macarons and Pearls

@ONEHOPEWeddings on Nov 26, 2012

So inspired by @100layercake's Holiday Bubbly Bar!! Must throw a party ASAP! http://t.co/TS28ABXd

Melanie on Nov 26, 2012

A bubbly bar!! I love the look of that trifle up top, too. Nom.

@stylebyivana on Nov 26, 2012

Now this is a party after my own heart: chocolate cake and lots of bubbly. I'm in love! http://t.co/U3bkVRIQ via @100LayerCake

Kristina Juarbe {Thirty Three and a Third} on Nov 26, 2012

Complete beautifulness! Love it! Hooray for the holidays!

@brookeljames on Nov 26, 2012

Champagne Bar | I need so much more of this in my life, thanks @hoppenheim http://t.co/uSBa4Bu7 via @100layercake

Lucia @ Utterly Engaged on Nov 26, 2012

gorgeous ladies!!!! i want to live in these pictures. so inspiring.

@museida_graph on Nov 26, 2012

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@TimDuncanEvents on Nov 26, 2012

Loving this glamorous winter inspiration! http://t.co/73VV89v5 #winterwedding #weddinginspiration

Limo Hire Melbourne on Nov 26, 2012

Oh my god, these images are amazing! This setting is just absolutely fabulous! I would love to do something like this at my Christmas dinner!

@andiw82 on Nov 26, 2012

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Baby Shower Invitations on Nov 26, 2012

Stunningly gorgeous! Love the holiday glam look and the food looks scrumptious!

@cranberrybwed on Nov 27, 2012

I absolutely love the inspiration 'bubbly bar' on @100LayerCake http://t.co/LjRaArBg

@craftypiepress on Nov 27, 2012

I love this bubbly bar via @100layercake It's perfect for a holiday party! http://t.co/Rjxe4XQo

@hoppenheim on Nov 27, 2012

@100LayerCake, your bubbly bar has been my most retweeted tweet in history! For everyone who missed it, it's heavenly - http://t.co/Q8UGe1Yc

Andrea Bellagala Intern on Nov 27, 2012

We love the idea of a champagne bar! What a fun and unique idea and an ideal way to satisfy guests with varying tastes and preferences. It would be the perfect finish to any holiday themed wedding or party.

Holkey on Nov 27, 2012

How do you make or buy sparkly stirrers?

Cheri {Woodsy Weddings} on Nov 27, 2012

That hot pink/gold/black palette is amazing! You guys totally inspired me to plan a holiday party so I can serve fancy drinks. :)

@ForteEventMgmt on Nov 27, 2012

LOVE this Bubble Bar from 100 Layer Cake. Just Stunning. http://t.co/K4AWA7uv via @100layercake

@beckoningdesign on Nov 27, 2012

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Liondragoncustom on Nov 28, 2012

Lovely, simple, perfect. I love that they love and embrace vintage everything!

@beliteevents on Nov 28, 2012

I'm in LOVE with this bubbly bar! http://t.co/qdNj6BxV via @100layercake

@TriniWedd1ngs on Nov 28, 2012

Holiday entertaining ideas http://t.co/N5zFfB8M

@efavormart on Nov 28, 2012

Be wintery warm and still bright n' cheery with these holiday entertaining ideas via @100layercake http://t.co/uGcHlLAK

Elizabeth on Nov 28, 2012

Good evening from L.A.! I don't know how I haven't been here before, but it's been a wonderfully decadent treat! The bubbly bar is just gorgeous. The colors, the arrangement, the pictures, I just feel incredibly inspired to ring in the New Year with something very similar. Thank you so much! I look forward to reading your newer posts and seeing what you decide to share with us. Enjoy your evening! Warmly, Elizabeth PS~ I made use of one of your pictures, with proper credit, and directed people to your site via my own blog as the post coming out tonight is all about a champagne bar.

Jennifer Rea on Nov 28, 2012

These photos are so gorgeous. I've never seen a spread so beautiful. Amazing inspiration!

@BouquetToujour on Nov 28, 2012

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100layercake on Nov 29, 2012

@hoppenheim WOW, thanks for spreading the love!

100layercake on Nov 29, 2012

@Holkey The stir sticks are super easy. You'll need bamboo skewers and Martha Stewart Eyelash yarn. Cut your stick to size, then add a dab of hot glue to the of stick, and wrap with yarn. You'll only need to wrap 2 or 3 times. Enjoy!

Matt @ Best Wedding Venues on Nov 30, 2012

Inspirational! A bubbly bar - just brilliant!

Vintage Finds on Dec 1, 2012

Love, love, love and timed to perfection! Am just collecting some vintage bar accessories to get my holiday 'spirit' happening at our house - and here your are putting so many ideas in my head!! Thanks for the inspiration! Jennifer x

E. on Dec 11, 2012

These photos are absolutely gorgeous, and I definitely got some good ideas about how to decorate for the holidays, especially some of the flower arrangements. Plus the Peppermint Chocolate Molten Cake looks to die for. Thanks for being a totally reliable source on how to decorate elegantly for my next holiday party.

Vinita Lindmeyer on Jun 4, 2013

Not clear on what you have got in mind, Laila. Can you give us some more information?

Claire Donovan on Aug 2, 2013

These photos are unbelievable... Simple wonders.

Sheila @Audrey Would! on Nov 29, 2013

This is just stunning, and so many great ideas! Love, LOVE the photos, and everything that's in them!!

Renee on Nov 30, 2013

What exactly is the black backdrop? Painted canvas? How did it work within the room?

100layercake on Dec 13, 2013

@Renee The backdrop is black craft paper, and we painted the frame gold. We hung it behind the table to frame the cocktail bar. Super easy way to create a unique backdrop.

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