A couple of weeks ago I saw a blog post on LaurenConrad.com. It not only caught my attention, but trapped it in a room with only a pen and a pad of paper; the door only unlocking once I had drafted the outline of such a party for my friends and I. This idea of decorating donuts instead of the cliche cupcake is super unique. And trust me; everyone had a blast!
The theme of this party was Winter-Hardy; relating to the chilly days when you’re stuck inside, but are still able to enjoy yourself.
I lined the centre of the table with a white tablecloth embedded with gold and silver – adding that magic touch of wintery sparkle! For the centerpiece, I focused on the tower of donuts, presenting them on a detailed glass cake stand. A flat rectangular dish holding the glaze and crushed candycanes – the most popular topping – sat in front of the stand, making for easy dipping!
The rest of the toppings were displayed in glass dessert dishes and mini mason jars on pale pink chargers, lined down the tablecloth.
Each guest received their own dish, for a (hopefully) mess-free work area and the table was cleared of all chairs; we needed space to move around to all the neat toppings! Finally, I placed a bare bundle of branches (kind of like a tree) and laced them with twinkling lights, for a wintery, rustic feel.
Donuts & Toppings
I took Kristi Murphy’s advice and went with the Chocolate Nutmeg Cake Donut; it was perfect! Thanks to Coreen Murphy from The Food Click for this awesome recipe! Visit The Food Click for simple, healthy living tips. Recipe here: Chocolate Nutmeg (v & gf)
I had a variety of toppings layed out including: mini marshmallows, crushed graham crackers, candy canes, oreos and chocolate bars, chopped after eights, shredded coconut, various nuts, sprinkles and cinnamon and sugar.
Instead of frostings, I opted for a simple glaze, melted white chocolate with whipping cream and melted dark chocolate. They paired delightfully with the donuts and made for several unique and creative masterpieces.
I guess I was enjoying dinner a little too much as I completely forgot to take any pictures!
For dinner, we had a delicious vegetarian chili served in adorable carved sourdough bowls, prepared by my talented mother. Thanks mom!! Recipe here: The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World
We put sour cream and grated cheddar cheese out for guests to garnish their dished as they wished.
This warm dish was a perfectly hearty meal that readied us for the decorating, but stayed with our Winter-Hardy theme. It sure hit the spot!
Every donut was amazing, but here are a few of our featured creations!
From top to bottom:
Chocolate nutmeg donut dipped in dark chocolate and topped with crushed oreos, candy canes and shredded coconut.
Chocolate nutmeg donut dipped in white chocolate and topped with cinnamon and sugar and caramels.
Chocolate nutmeg donut dipped in white chocolate and topped with crushed oreos and festive red sprinkles, drizzeled with dark chocolate.
Chocolate nutmeg donut dipped in white chocolate and topped with crushed chocolate bars, after eights and oreos, drizzeled with dark chocolate.
I hope you enjoyed hearing all about this fun Donut Decorating Party; it’s something neat to try any time of year!