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How to Throw a Winter Wonderland Themed Party

By Twinkle Twinkle Little Party

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Every year, I look forward to kicking off the holiday season with a little bit of winter wonderland magic. So today, I've teamed up with Nellie's Free Range Eggs to share a few easy, delicious, and cozy ideas for hosting an adorable winter wonderland themed party right at home! This party is totally doable, and I hope these instructions will inspire even the busiest parents to create delightful memories with their own children.

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Just like the first snow each winter, this themed party is exciting, thrilling, and full of cheer. Needless to say, the kids will absolutely love it! Instead of working with an all-white color palette, I opted for a combination of white, soft pink, and shades of purple. I love the frosty, cool look of these hues and how they tied the winter wonderland theme together in my home.

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Winter wonderland themed décor

For my winter tablescape, I created a balloon cascade and hung a beautiful white acrylic chandelier above the table. To add height and a wintery feel to my setup, I incorporated two faux fur trees. In addition, I used a white pom pom garland that resembles snowballs as an accent fixture. Any white decorations, ornaments, and other treasures you can find in your craft closet or at your local craft store are great to start with! I was inspired by Daydream Society's beautiful Frosted collection, so I had to include their temporary tattoos as party favors at each place setting. Iridescent accents have been so trendy lately, and are defintely a must if you want to add a shimmery, sparkling, snow-like element to your party décor.

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Winter wonderland themed party treats

Speaking of snow, I made coconut snow cake balls to add to my treat table. They are super easy to make, and they will look absolutely stunning as part of your winter wonderland tablescape. And no winter party is complete without hot cocoa! Make my favorite pink hot cocoa to coordinate with your party décor and sip alongside your yummy snow cake balls.

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Snow Cake Balls

These snow cake balls are such a treat to make and eat. Have your kids help you roll and dunk them in white chocolate and shredded coconut. That's half the fun!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix, plus any additional ingredients called for on box
  • 3 large Nellie’s Free Range Eggs
  • 1 15.6 ounce container vanilla frosting
  • 1 12 ounce bag white chocolate melts
  • Shredded coconut

To make the cake balls:

  • Cook cake in a cake pan according to directions on the box. I used 3 large Nellie’s Free Range Eggs as well as the other listed ingredients. Let cake cool completely once removed from oven.
  • While the cake is still in its pan, use a fork to break it into small crumbs.
  • Transfer cake crumbs to a deep bowl. Add frosting to cake crumbs 1 spoonful at a time, mixing together with a fork or spatula until mixture is soft, but firm enough to be formed into bite-size balls without falling apart (this may not take an entire jar of frosting).
  • Using clean hands, roll cake mixture into about 25 1-inch round balls. Place balls on a baking sheet lined with wax paper, then place in the freezer for 1 hour to chill.

To decorate the cake balls:

  • In a bowl, melt white chocolate according to directions on the package.
  • Remove cake balls from freezer and use a lollipop stick or skewer to dip each cake ball into melted white chocolate. If white chocolate is too thick, add 1-2 teaspoons melted coconut oil, mixing well until the consistency softens slightly. Gently tap stick against the side of the bowl to remove any excess white chocolate.
  • After dipping each cake ball in white chocolate, immediately roll in shredded coconut to cover the entire surface, then place back on lined baking sheet.
  • Once all cake balls are decorated, place baking sheet in fridge until white chocolate is fully hardened.

Finally, arrange your finished snow cake balls on a dessert stand or in a bowl. They make the perfect snack for any winter wonderland party. Celebrating a winter birthday? Instead of making individual cake balls, roll them into larger balls, then stack with skewers to form a snowman cake!

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Winter wonderland themed craft

Including a craft or activity in your party planning is always a good idea. My daughter and I made a snowflake mobile using Nellie's Free Range Egg cartons, and we are in love with how beautiful it turned out! It's such a fun and nostalgic winter craft idea for both kids and adults to take part in.

Upcycled egg carton snowflake mobile

To make this frosty and festive snowflake mobile, my daughter and I reused the empty egg cartons from our recycling bin, along with a few other supplies. Here's everything you'll need to make your own mobile:

  • Nellie’s Free Range Eggs cartons
  • White, pink, and purple acrylic paint
  • Glitter
  • Paint brushes
  • Clear string
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch or needle

To put them together, you'll need to cut the "cups" out of your empty egg cartons, then cut six slits in each cup to create a snowflake shape. Next, paint your snowflakes and sprinkle with glitter before they dry. My daughter helped me create five garlands using clear string, which we attached together by poking holes into a retangle made from the lid of an egg carton. Don't they look magical?

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I hope you feel inspired to create your own winter wonderland party. Stay warm this season!

Did you throw a winter wonderland themed party? Tag your photos with #nelliesfreerange so we can see! Or click here to see our other themed parties in the series. And don't forget to check out Twinkle Twinkle Little Party for more inspiration.

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