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By now you might have heard that the Design Happens crew has teamed up with DIY Network’s Made + Remade to host a handmade holiday party. You’re invited to follow along as we design the invitations, put together our moodboards, plan the menu and make the decorations. And of course, we’ll show you how to create it all in your home.

We’ve already shared our plans for the fireplace and mantel, bar area and main dining table. Now, back to that menu. The party space has a rustic vibe, so we chose casual recipes and in-season produce to match.

Holiday Food Table Ideas

We’ll start with a rustic tree backdrop (1) , then line the table with a wood-burned cheese board (2) , homemade lavash (3) and custom winter relishes (7). A DIY tablecloth made of metallic marbled fabric (4) is the base of the table. We’ll also serve sweet potato soup shooters (5) and a variety of savory galettes (6).

Holiday Dessert Table Ideas
For the dessert table, we went for a mix of refined and rustic. Here’s the plan:

Getting hungry yet? We’ll share the recipes and DIYs for the food and dessert table throughout the month.

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

19 Responses

  1. Lili_HGTV says:

    Can you seat me next to that cranberry cake? Even if it means I'm sitting at the dessert table by myself.

  2. Sandra says:

    That cotton candy would be awesome dunked in some champagne!

  3. […] of the favorite things I’ve ever made, ever. To kick things off, my sites were set on the food table. I dusted off a wood burning tool and made this rustic modern cheese board—I don’t think […]

  4. Rachel says:

    Thanks for featuring our pumpkin pie dip recipe! It's a great seasonal treat this time of year. Rachel, Editor at RecipeLion.com

  5. […] of the favorite things I’ve ever made, ever. To kick things off, my sights were set on the food table. I dusted off a wood burning tool and made this rustic modern cheese board — I don’t […]

  6. Joeanna Anthony says:

    The menu lined up is excellent. I like sweet potato soup, specially because of its health benefits. Just made this soup, delicious and packed full of rich flavour! Added a little extra chilli as we like a bit of heat, yum!

  7. […] Own Funky Stockings Bar Moodboard Dress Up Your Holiday Party Invitations Dining Table Moodboard Food and Dessert Table Moodboard Weekday Crafternoon: DIY Wood-Burned Cheese Board DIY Felt Ombre Trees How to Style Your […]

  8. Sandi says:

    Yes, I am planning on hosting a party this year and thanks to all the wonderful ideas on HGTV, its going to be such fun. My wonderful son-in-law-to-be has been remodeling my small kitchen and living room into one big open room (you should see the before and after). So far my plans have been to make the Tis the Season tree card from "dressing up your invitations" blog (they turned out AWESOME by the way). And since ya'll have already taken all the angst out of planning a party, I'm going to use as many of your ideas as possible. Love, love, LOVE the use of the wood on the table as risers and servers… so rustic, warm Christmas will be the theme. The Pottery Barn pillows would be just the icing on the cake! Thanks HGTV for your inspiration!

    • Liz_HGTV says:

      Hi Sandi,
      I'm so glad to hear that you'll be crafting along with us this year! Be sure to share photos with us.

  9. a_fan says:

    I glanced at number 1 above for the dessert table and noticed that you happened to incorporate two of my favorite food groups: pumpkin and gingerbread. Looks “fantastic”!

    P.S. Congratulations on your new promotional opportunity, Liz. It is definitely well-deserved!

    • Liz_HGTV says:

      I agree, those are 2 essential food groups for a great holiday season. I can't wait to show you the final party recipes! And, thank you!

  10. dian clarke says:

    Can i have have the friut cake recipe that was in the diy holiday ideas

Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...


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