Dec 20, 2010

Santa Guest Dessert Feature + Williams-Sonoma Giveaway

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids, Swag

Jenny and Peggy of The Sweet Parlour sent over this fun and festive Christmas guest dessert feature with lots of inspiration for the upcoming holiday.  With just five days until Christmas, there are lots of fun baking ideas on this table to give you inspiration to jump into the kitchen. I think the upside Santa cupcakes are so cute!  I also love the peppermint lollipop cookiepops, mini-brownie wrapped presents, striped cakepops, and candy cane milk.  Very cute job, ladies!

Speaking of baking, we’ve partnered with Williams Sonoma for a baking giveaway today.  Williams-Sonoma is giving away their gingerbread house bundt cake pan.  Who would like one?   To enter, mention in the comment area what candy you would use to decorate your gingerbread house bundt cake.  The winner will be announced tomorrow.  Ready, set, gingerbread!

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  • I LOVE the Santa legs!!!

  • My favorite candy to use is good old fashion red hots! They make the perfect lining for any Gingerbread House.

  • Amazing! These desserts are incredible!

  • I would use mini gumdrops and cotton candy to decorate the house.

  • Everything looks so good!!! I would use lots of of red skittles, m&m and lots of coconut for a fun snow effect:) Since my son loves all of those that is what I would use to make him smile!

  • Lara

    Adorable! I would use lots of white chocolate shavings for snow, crushed rock candy for ice on the roof, and royal icing with luster dust for all the little details. What a cute idea! Thanks, Amy and The Sweet Parlour!

  • Janelle King


  • Jessica

    Red and green m & m candies would be perfect to decorate with and fun to eat as we go!!!

  • Maureen

    I would use rock candy for the smoke in the chimney and then I would use marshmallows as snowmen outside the house. I would use licorice strings for the edging of the window pane.

  • I would use pearly m&m’s, peppermints, and lots of white chocolate.

  • I love using Non-pareils , they look like stepping stones with little bits of snow!

  • Love the faux snow base and everything looks YUMMY!

  • I am ADDICTED to red and green spice drops made by Brach’s. I think they are also perfect for this house!

  • Annette

    I would use skittles, candycanes, coconut and licorice! Love all the inspiration here! Now, if I could find some time somewhere, hmm…..

  • I’d use m&m’s I’d have to buy extras though, because some might accidentally end up in my stomach!

  • Valerie Gardner

    So many choices….I would use all the white candy and supplies I could find to create a Winter Wonderland!

  • I would use M&M’s, jelly beans, and nestle white chocolate chips!

  • Excuse me. What candy WOULDN’T I use!? It’s all about the candy canes, gum drops, M&Ms… I could go on, and on, and on!

    I’d love to do this with my nephew, who’s coming for Christmas!

  • I would use candy canes, white sprinkles, m&m’s and coconut for snow. Yeahhheee!

  • Bridget

    I love the tiny white non-perils that are in stores now. They look like snow when scattered on a cookie or cupcake. Love your site, you are such a creative talent. It is just like opening a present when I visit – always something delightful inside.

  • Shandi

    I love the Candy Cane hershey kisses and I think they would look amazing on a gingerbread house I would probably use all red ,white and green candies so it really looks like christmas!


  • Wow – that is one gorgeous dessert table. I wish I had more time to create like that. For a gingerbread house, I’d definitely have to use peppermint pinwheel candies because stripes are good, gumdrops because it’s traditional, jelly bellies because they are delicious, and upside down ice cream cones covered in frosting for trees because I haven’t made those since I was a child and I have a craving to make them again. 🙂 Thanks Amy! Great as always!

  • Teresa Hemsworth

    I would Love to use all of those fun Fiona candies to decorate with!

  • Chocolate!! I would make a chocolate covered gingerbread cake with dark, milk, and white chocolate candies. I would also tint some white chocolate holiday colors and use some gold and silver glitter dustings (my new favorite find)!

  • Christine

    I would use lots of peppermints & green and red M&Ms 🙂

  • Christine

    I would use gum drops.

  • Melissa Irvin

    Classic sugared gum drops!

  • jenn a.f.

    I really like that cake with a simple powder sugar dusting, but I’d probably add in some red and white peppermints too

  • Danielle

    I love this table! I’ve only made a gingerbread house once, but if I were to do it again I would use lots of chocolate!

  • Susan

    Gum drops and peppermints!

  • I would decorate mine with spiced gum drop, peppermint candies, and marshmallows.

  • I would use red hots. They have been a gingerbread house tradition since I was a kid. Thanks for the chance!

  • Missty

    I would use gum drops and maybe some twizzlers on my gingerbread house.

  • Brooke

    M&Ms, Airhead strips, mints, Andes, anything chocolate!

  • beka

    definitely gumdrops and plain sugar for snow. 🙂

  • tracy

    what inspiration! Love it! I can’t wait to make those santa legs coming out of my cupcakes!

  • I would use gum drops, candy canes & m&m’s:) YUM!

  • Sherri

    I’d keep it with the old school candy. Red Hots, Necco’s, gum drops, and some rock candy for a path to the front door.

  • I would definitely use Salt Water Taffy!! YUMMY!!

  • Rian

    Candy Cane trimwork and gold foil wrapped chocolate coin pavers!

  • Rachel

    I would use gummy bears (they make a cute nativity scene, believe it or not!) and choc. covered sunflower seeds for Christmas lights.

  • Since I am in Canada, I would use red smarties on my gingerbread house!

  • Tamara

    I’d use a candy smorgasbord, ’cause the more candy to have as options, the more the imagination can flow. I’d use mini candy canes, peppermints, red hots, gumdrops, necco wafers, dots, m&m’s (mini and regular), jellybeans, lollipops, gumballs, icing sugars.

  • I love pastel colours, the softness of the colours as oppose to the bold traditional green and red Christmas colours. Any candies I can find in pastel, M&Ms would be perfect too.

  • We would decorate the gingerbread bundt cake with mini M&M’s and lots and lots of chocolate jimmies for the roof. (we’re a big chocolate family…haha!)

  • Stacie

    I would use Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark, probably for the roof. How cute would that be?!

  • Kim M.

    What a nice giveaway! I’d like to decorate the house with snowy white royal icing and those beautiful blue cake crystals and white sanding sugar. I’d love to see it sparkle!

  • Stef

    Hmm.. . .I think sixlets. Perfect little balls of chocolate.

  • Jamie

    I would use jelly belly’s. They have so many fun, bright colors and the flavors are delish!

  • Gum Drops!!

  • chatelaine b

    typically i reach for gumdrops but for this cake the simple dusting of powdered sugar is sooooo nice!

  • laua

    For Christmas I would keep it traditional but elegant, as this is by far the most elegant gingerbread house I have ever seen. I would use various colors of royal icing to “color” things in such as trim, doors, windows, etc. (yellow in the windows as if a light is on) red door… Then I would use gum paste to make wreaths and people. I would use glittery sprinkles to create the look of Christmas lights on the house and trees, then white icing and glittery white for snow.

    BUT i would also use this at Halloween to make a haunted house using candy corn, jellybellys, black and orange icing, and set it atop a giant rice krispy treat

  • Melissa

    Mmmm, I would use lots of white chocolate and peppermint kisses:)

  • rosemariee

    i’d decorate with m&ms of course!

  • I think my “main” candy prop for the house would be red and white peppermints in all shapes and forms!!! Soooo cute – just like this red and white dessert table featured! It is adorable!

  • You cant decorate any sort of gingerbread without gumdrops and red hots! And lots of snowy white icing.

  • Debra

    I think some Necco Wafers on the roof would be cute! I also love when people use pretzles around windows. Such a great pan. We have a castle one and it works great.

  • jolene

    Wow, a variety of candy is the best! To change it up, I would use square starburst and pipe on frosting to make presents and placed the front door or on top of chimney. Also, you can use string licorous to tie around presents. So cute. Happy Holidays!

  • Andrea

    Definitely lots of starlight mints and red hots and white chocolate chips. Red and white Candyland!

  • MJ

    I love the red and white goodies!!

    I’d love to win! 🙂 I’d use classic candies, like peppermints, licorice, gummy candies and so much more!

  • Rossana

    I will use gumdrops, chocolate wafers and icing!

  • Sheri

    Gumdrops, gumdrops, gumdrops!

  • vanessa

    How fun! I’d use plenty of gumdrops, peppermints, m&ms, kisses, and everything necessary to make it into a fantastic gingerbread wonderland!

  • Jill

    Non pareils and sanding sugar!!

  • I would use Holiday Nerds (because I’m a nerd) and gumdrops and chocolate chips!

  • Brittney S.

    I’m old fashion I like gum drops for all sorts of stuff when decorating my gingerbread houses

  • I would use m&m’s and lots of sprinkles!

  • Manette Gutterman

    I would Neco wafers for the roof! What a treat if I win!

  • Btrflywmn

    mini chocolate chips, gumdrops, little candy canes, sprinkles, skittles, so many choices. my kids would love this

  • Jenny

    Mini candy canes, gum drops, candy buttons & necco wafers are my standbys…thanks for another beautiful post!

  • Kasey Steele

    I would us M&M’s they make everything taste great!

  • 97karina

    What gorgeous eye candy (literally)! I would use white cotton candy as smoke coming out of the chimney. It could also be used as snow on the ground and roof. That pan would make the perfect Christmas cake as a centerpiece to any dessert table!

  • Angela K

    I would use Hershey’s Cookies & Cream Drops to decorate it – they are perfect for roof tiles.

  • Maria Malaveci

    Candycanes! & I would definitely have to use my favorite chocolate during the holidays — the red & white candycane kisses!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Skittles num num sorry I am addicted to them I secretly take them from the teachers at work J/K but I would def. decorate my house with skittles and lots of sprinkles from my daughters collection of course she would be helping and who knows what it would look like after we finished but who cares i know it would be beautimus and we would have so much fun:)

    Love these fun giveaways .

  • gumdrops for sure.. there is no gingerbread house without gumdrops.

  • Gum drops most definitely need to go on my house of bundt cake!

  • Cecily

    Love the dessert table. The Santa cupcakes are my favorite. I would use gum drops to make a walk way and to decorate the roof.

  • Maureen

    We love decorating our gingerbread houses (one for each kid!). One trick I learned is to go through the boys’ Halloween candy and take any that would work for our gingerbread houses. The boys trade in their candy anyway so they don’t get upset… Gives us a lot of variety and something to do with all that Halloween candy. Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

  • Royal icing, candy canes and sparkling sugar.

  • Autumn

    Old fashioned hard candy!

  • Kerrie

    M&M’s!! Not only would my kiddies eat all of them off the house – so would my hubby! I also LOVE the red and white colors in the Christmas guest dessert feature – beautiful.

  • Judy

    In addition to all the traditional candies, I like to add tiny broccoli tops with white sprinkle sugars for snow covered bushes, melted marshmellows for snow caps and tiny painted fondant people for the outside.

  • Angela Willis

    I would use necco wafers for a tiled roof effect! I love the way that looks!
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  • Peter

    I LOVE the look of red and white on a gingerbread house so I would use peppermint red and white striped candies as well as candy canes and anything else that would correspond with my adorable red and white house!

  • Carla Ecoff

    I think I would just use powdered sugar for the snow on the roof and maybe a fence with some candy canes….simple. I love that bundt pan!!

  • Mauri

    Oh, this table is adorable! On the Williams-Sonoma front, I would decorate with those old-fashioned round Necco candies. They remind me of my grandmother, and so does the house cake pan.

  • Aubrey W.

    I would use Andes Mints on my gingerbread house for the shingles on the rooftop!

  • Absolutely LOVE the cupcakes. So cute and clever…for the gingerbread house I would use lemon icing for snow and icicles and sanding sugar to make it sparkle!

  • Liz

    I like the mini M&Ms. And they are really yummy to eat…. 🙂

  • I would use homemade marshmallows, since I just discovered a great recipe and am always looking for an excuse to make more! Also spun sugar and the classic gumdrops.

  • I’d try twizzlers for something… maybe window frames. 🙂

  • I’d try twizzlers for something maybe window frames. 🙂

  • Shelby

    my family loves to use candies that aren’t normally used. we usually use necco wafers for the roof, and for the rest of the house, we use a huge assortment! chocolate covered gummy bears, mini chocolate presents, chocolate rocks for the walkway, etc!

  • Ann

    I would use dots in the yard, twizzlers for siding, and gummy bears for shingles!

  • Angela Morgan

    I would use cinnamon red hots!

  • Michelle Nelson

    Sparkly sugar to make all the icing look like its fresh snow

  • I love using twizzlers as “gutters,” Pez for a brick walkway, cinnamon red hots and mini-m&m’s for decoration, gum drops on the roof! all candy is good candy for a gingerbread house 🙂


  • Different color of buttercream icing, smarties, dots, mints, & sprinkles!!!

  • elle

    does it count to say i like the simplicity of dusting it with powdered sugar?
    i think i’d like to use it with a table of red, blue and white though and mini ginger-bread men decorated with those colors!

  • Erica

    I love mini m&m’s and any kind of sprinkle always adds something festive.

  • Gorgeous spread! I read somewhere using coconut as faux snow. Loved the idea 🙂

  • I love cotton candy, gum drops, and fresh coconut

  • Kerrie

    Silver candy balls, white Neco candies, chocolate rocks (they look like real rocks!) and cinnamon sticks make for an elegant gingerbread house!

  • Heather

    I hate to admit it – but I’d have used Necco wafers on my gingerbread house. Yes, they’re tasteless and brittle but they make such great shingles!

  • What a wonderful table! I just love it..I hope I can make something similar at my home! My brazilian friends are gonna love it too…

  • Ashley T.

    I would decorate my little house with licorice ropes and lots of gumdrops!

  • lisa olsen

    We’d use lifesavers!

  • Alexia

    Royal icing and peppermints, though I like it plain w/ the powdered sugar too.

  • Laura

    Looks to me like a little gummy ring would make a perfect wreath for this adorable house.

  • KarlaD

    My favorite candies to decorate gingerbread houses are the pink canada mints – I love to put pink ‘shingles’ on the roof!

  • Nancy T

    Oh I love this cake pan! I would decorate it with the William Sonoma glittery crystalized sugars in different colors and some cotton candy for snow.

  • This is a really lovely and festive post…I love the red and white and the Santa’s feet are adorable. Can I make gluten free cake with the cake pan? haha!

  • Jennifer M.

    Those desserts are lovely! I would decorate my house with lots of white chocolate, peppermints, red sugar, and nonpareils.

  • Laurie Underwood

    I would use all different colors of life savers, red hots and chocolate wafers on the roof. Yum!

  • doug yancy

    i would use gumdrops, gummie candies, peppermint disks and lots of chocolate

  • i would decorate mine with Neccos!

  • Stephanie Mina

    Peppermint bark sprinkled on top of slathered white chocolate ganache!

  • Jen

    Everything is so beautiful!

  • Melissa

    I would red and green m&m’s. My son’s favorite. I would also use coconut for snow!

  • GK

    I would use red and green sugar pearls to accent the roof as lights!

  • Denise Trigo

    I would use m&ms, peppermints, and jelly lifesavers!!!

  • LauraV

    I love using red and green candy fruit slices! I use them for the roof and cut green ones in half to make mini christmas trees. Another favorite of mine is the little circular candy pieces off candy necklaces.

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  • Angela R.

    uuuu i think jelly beans!

  • Kelly

    I love candy canes…so classic!

  • Zhaleh

    nonpareil mints!

  • Tiffany

    Super cute table, always a huge fan of the red and white. I’d love to decorate my gingerbread house with mini chocolate chips.

  • jessica

    I would use clear sanding sugar and gumdrops!

  • I would use MnMs.

  • Elizabeth

    Love the red and white tasty treats! I would use Necco wafers…yummy!!!!

  • Linda

    I love non pareils…not only for how they look…but it is also my favorite candy to eat!!YUM!!

  • Adriana

    gum drops of course for a yummy gingerbread house=)

  • I’ve been wanting to use some white sugar beads I found. What a beautiful pan!

  • Country Boy, City Belle

    I would use gummi bears, gum drops, red hots, christmas m&ms, and peppermints to create a Candyland version gingerbread house! It would be so fun &festive!

  • Love all the festive holiday goodies! I wish I was that creative! Good job!

  • ♥Wendi

    Oh, I would use gumdrops. So colorful and full of life, perfect for the season!

  • Greetings from down under!

    Thank you so so so very much Amy for featuring our Christmas dessert table! We’re over the moon!! You’re such a huge inspiration! To be on your blog is just wonderful!

    Thank you to Alissa and everyone for all your sweet comments!

    Happy Holidays!!

  • All kinds! Gum drops, peppermints, candy canes, etc…

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  • Kristy