At the "Candy Cane Creativity Station," kids could decorate ballet slippers provided by Allegro Dance Boutique. The young guests used stick-on stars, pom-poms, ribbons, feathers, and more in their creations.
Photo: Robert Carl
The "Chocolate-Covered Candy Station" held large apothecary jars filled with treats from The Wrigley Company. Guests took home bags of chocolates, bubble gum, and Twix bars shaped like Santa Claus.
At a station with a large silver punch bowl, servers made kid-friendly Shirley Temples and decked the drinks with swirly straws.
And for the adults, servers passed small blood-orange martinis in sugar-dusted glasses.
Spin-Spun served cotton candy in seasonal flavors such as peppermint.
At the "Gum Drop Graffiti T-Shirt Station," guests could have tees personalized. The station drew the longest line.
At the dinner tables, a sign read: "In the Land of Sweets, it is proper etiquette to eat dessert first." For guests who wanted to abide by the Nutcracker-inspired protocol, tables held gold-dusted red velvet cupcakes from Magnolia.
Two separate menus catered to children and adults: While parents ate pumpkin ravioli with sage and brie, kids had burgers, mac 'n' cheese, and an "onion ring volcano" filled with French fries.
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