The best way to spread Christmas cheer... is to throw a themed holiday party! Skip the ugly Christmas sweaters theme this year, and instead, get inspired by one of the best Christmas movies of all time, Elf!
Channel your inner Buddy to create "The World's Best Cup of Coffee" cocktail, candy garlands, and North Pole-chic tablescapes. Buddy the Elf is so full of joy and whimsy, it's impossible not to smile as you get creative and think: WWBD (What Would Buddy Do)? But please, keep the cookies out of the VCR!
World’s Best Cup of Coffee Cocktail
When throwing an Elf themed party, it’s best to serve foods and drinks authentic to the movie. But since a “crappy cup of coffee” isn't the most... festive... drink, I whipped up the World’s Best Cup of Coffee Cocktail. If this isn’t Christmas in a glass, then I don’t know what is!
- 4 ounces brewed espresso (or instant espresso)
- 1/2 shot peppermint schnapps
- 1/2 shot Kahlua
- 1 scoop of peppermint ice cream
- Candy cane pieces and mini candy cane to garnish
Mix the espresso, Kahlua, and peppermint schnapps in a cocktail glass.
Add a scoop of peppermint ice cream.
Top with crushed candy cane and garnish with a mini candy cane, perfect for stirring the cocktail. Cheers!
Elf Candy Themed Garland
One of my favorite parts of the ELF movie is when Buddy the Elf recites the elves' 4 food groups: Candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup. I mean what kid wouldn’t love to eat just that all the time! I took this inspiration and ran with it to create a garland fit for a sugar-filled fête. This garland is so easy to make that even the least crafty among us can create it.
Supplies and Materials
- Candy printable (PDFs are linked below)
- Gold ribbon or cording
- 1/4-inch hole punch
Begin by printing out the printable candy pages:
- Hard candy (green and hot pink)
- Hard candy (red and light pink)
- Hard candy (hunter green and turquoise)
- Candy canes
- Candy corns
Once printed, cut out the candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup bottle shapes. Use a small hole punch to punch two holes in the top of each candy, about 3/4-inch apart and about 1/2-inch from the top. Thread gold ribbon or cording through the holes and space out the candy types as you go.
Once all the candy is strung on the cording, tie loops on each end and use these to hang the garland above your dessert table.
For the rest of the party, I included colorful gift boxes as a table runner, painted “Son of a Nutcracker” nutcracker’s to adorn the table, framed one of my free Elf themed printables (choose from this one or this one!), and added tons of actual sweets and treats, like Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins peppermint popcorn balls, cupcakes, and sugar cookies.
With a theme like "Elf," it’s hard to know where you should stop! If you want even more ideas, try recreating the department store scene by hanging up hundreds of paper snowflakes over the dining table, or making snowball cookies to shovel in your mouth as fast as Buddy throws them.
All images by Kara Whitten, A Kalio Chic Life