26 Nov

Holiday entertaining ideas

categories Cocktail + Dinner Parties, Flowers + Greenery, Holiday, Wedding 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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  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE! And I adore that you brought Sprouted Kitchen in on the fun. Bravo!

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

  3. Everything is just so gorgeous!!

  4. Such a great shoot! Thank you!! :)

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

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

  7. Impossibly gorgeous!

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

  9. 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

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

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

  12. 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

  13. Complete beautifulness! Love it! Hooray for the holidays!

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

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

  16. Holiday entertaining ideas: Alrighty… time to get our holiday inspiration on, Cakelets! We put together this gor… http://t.co/7xf9LBYt

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

  18. 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!

  19. Holiday entertaining ideas – Alrighty time to get our holiday inspiration on, Cakelets! We put together this gorgy s… http://t.co/MmMIriyv

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

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

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

  23. @100LayerCake, your bubbly bar has been my most retweeted tweet in history! For everyone who missed it, it’s heavenly – http://t.co/Q8UGe1Yc

  24. 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.

  25. How do you make or buy sparkly stirrers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  32. 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!



    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.

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

  34. @hoppenheim WOW, thanks for spreading the love!

  35. @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!

  36. Inspirational! A bubbly bar – just brilliant!

  37. 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

  38. 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.

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

  40. These photos are unbelievable… Simple wonders.

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

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

  43. @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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