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In the last year or so I’ve come to really embrace a more minimalistic, simple and neutral design sense. My tendency to gravitate to Scandinavian style makes sense considering these are a few of its hallmarks. And then, this year, I discovered to the concept of Hygge, which, depending on its origin, is a word that can describe both a physical and mental coziness, balance and well being. And during the sometimes stressful holiday season, couldn’t we all use a little more of that? So, these are my tips on how to host an inspired Scandinavian Winter Wonderland Party with a stylish, simple and stress-free coziness with all the winter wonderland you could want no matter where you live.
The first step to de-stressing the holiday season starts with the food. You want something beautiful and delicious and you think the only way to get it is by spending a ton of time and money on lots of fancy food. And I am here to tell you that it just isn’t necessary! You can still offer delicious and impressive without the cost of time and money.
Take these White Chocolate Salted Caramel Pops for example. There’s a reason salted caramel is a phenomenon, it’s incredible. These pops are as delicious as they are easy to make. They’re also perfect as a party treat or for gift giving.
A list of what you’ll need to recreate these cute pops is below. I got all of my ingredients from Walmart. You’ll find the RITZ Crackers on a holiday end-cap or in the cracker aisle.
And you’ll find the caramel dip in the deli section of Walmart. It’s the kind that’s super thick and requires refrigeration after opening. But go ahead and pop it in the fridge before putting your pops together to get it nice and cool. That’s the secret ingredient to making sure your pops don’t fall a part while dipping.
White Chocolate Salted Caramel Pops
You will need:
- Original RITZ Crackers
- White chocolate coating
- Deli-style caramel dip
- Paper straws
- Waxed paper
- Resealable bag
- Medium size glass bowl
- Large spoon
Lay out several RITZ Crackers onto a sheet of waxed paper, flat side up. Melt white chocolate coating according to package directions and dip the tips of each paper straw into melted coating covering approximately one inch of the straw. Lay straws on top of flat side of cracker. Cover with additional cracker, flat side down.
Prior to use, place caramel in the refrigerator until thoroughly cold. Scoop cold caramel into plastic resealable bag and snip off end of bag. Pipe caramel into the sides of the crackers creating a sandwich.
The cold caramel will help to immediately harden the chocolate coating on your straws securing each cracker to the straw. This will make your pops easier to dip. It also keeps the caramel firm so that it doesn’t ooze out while dipping.
Dip pops into melted white chocolate coating using a large spoon, if necessary, to completely cover.
Lay onto wax paper until firm. Drizzle with extra white chocolate coating or sugar crystals, if desired, to add extra pizzazz.
DIY Pop Stand
Tape up the ends and middle of an empty RITZ Crackers box. Wrap in decorative wrapping paper. I used a birch wood-style wrapping paper to cover my box.
Use an ice pick to poke holes into the box where you want your pops. When spacing out the holes make sure to account for the size of each pop so that there’s enough room.
Make a cross-hatch with a knife in the holes you made with the ice pick, just to make the hole large enough to hold the paper straws securely. Test with straw to ensure a nice, tight fit.
Clip off approximately 1/4 of the end of each straw to make the pops less top heavy and then poke into your pretty new pops holder stand!
It’s a great way to upcycle and the perfect solution to displaying pops.
Scandinavian Winter Wonderland Party Ideas
In addition to make the pops I also put together a couple of other easy snacks in monochromatic shades in keep with my overall design. Once you’re got your stressless menu planned it’s time to focus on the decorating. Make it fun, less stressful and less costly by using things you already have on hand.
I used the table runner I made for my Thanksgiving tablescape. I layered that with the same birch wood wrapping paper that used to wrap my DIY pop stand.
And my pretty minimalist tree on the wall is my DIY Advent Calendar from 3 years ago! I have to be honest, I think this is my favorite place I’ve ever used it.
For the other table decorations I shopped my home (and my attic where my props go to live when not in use) and generally used what I already had on hand. Some things I got from the Country Living fair last year.
The dishes are my everyday dishes, the same ones I used on my Thanksgiving table last year. And my new napkins from this year’s Harvest table. Then I finally found a use for these blingy ornaments that I got years ago. The only new things I purchased are my woodsy Christmas charger plates. I am so in love with how this simple, yet stunning tablescape came together.
It was fun because I wasn’t stressing over spending too much or buying more things that I would only use for a small fraction of the year.
And the monochromatic color scheme keeps everything simple, cozy and inviting.
Never has a cracker box looked so pretty, am I right?
If you’re serving a drink this holiday season consider popping a powdered doughnut on the straw. It’s pretty, there’s a certain wow-factor to it and it’s guaranteed to please anyone. After all, Christmas brings out the kid in us all.
What are your favorite tips for hosting the holidays and staying stress-free? Do you love the simple stylings of Scandinavian design as much as I do? Let me know in the comments below!