Host a Rudolph-Themed Fondue Party This Christmas
This fun Rudolph-inspired fondue party will keep the little ones entertained during the holidays. Get our party tips, free printables and easy recipes to create your own version at home.
By: Cristina Bird
A Sweet Christmas Soiree
Whether you're planning a winter birthday party, simple play date or large-scale holiday party, gathering the kids around a warm fondue station full of sweet treats is an easy and fun way to celebrate.
Delight your guests from the moment they receive your invitations with these printable candy wrapper invites. Simply print, cut and wrap around your favorite candy bar!
Traditional Holiday Colors
Color is key when styling a kid's party. This palette of red, bright green and brown with splashes of white is a nod to traditional Christmas colors and sets a fun and festive mood.
Sweets and Seats
By combining the dessert table and seating area in one spot, you not only make it easier on yourself, but the kids will also love having all the fondue treats and desserts right at arm's length, where they can share in the dipping fun together.
Make Rudolph and his sleigh full of goodies the star of the table with this fun centerpiece decor. Simply print and cut the Rudolph printable graphic and sleigh template, and hot glue them to a circular piece of white cardstock to make them stand up. Embellish with ribbon and cover base with fake snow or shredded coconut for a touch of seasonal sparkle.
DIY Dessert Stand
You don't have to splurge on an expensive cake stands in order to create an eye-catching display. This kid-friendly, 3-tiered stand is made by stacking cake drums (available at baking supply stores) of different diameters onto wrapped food cans. Secure each tier with hot glue, then top the rounds with fake snow. Finish it off with a printable buffet card to let guests know they can dive in and help themselves!
Fun with Fondue
By using several mini fondue pots throughout the table rather than one large one, you can ensure each child will get served without too much fuss or mess! It also gives you a chance to vary the fondue flavors by serving both white and dark chocolate fondue, or even cold dips like yogurt or peanut-butter. Label each fondue pot with a printable buffet card.
Sleigh Place Markers
Make your guests feel extra-special by placing a personalized sleigh full of goodies at each place setting! These printable sleigh place markers double as marshmallow holders, and are super easy to make. Simply print your template onto heavy card stock, add child's name in the space provided, cut and secure the parts in place with double-sided tape. Fill with fluffy marshmallows or your favorite take-home treat. Get the full step-by-step instructions here>>
Disposable party-ware is very inexpensive, child-friendly and super practical, but it doesn't have to be boring! With a little imagination and some crafty supplies (brown foam, pompoms and googly eyes from craft stores), you can transform even the most basic of paper cups into a fun and unique Rudolph goblet that makes any drink taste even sweeter.
Paper Rosettes Backdrop
Create a statement table backdrop with a grouping of hand-folded paper rosettes. Simply fold 3 rectangles of scrapbook paper into an accordion, fold them in half widthways to create a fan, and glue each fan with hot glue or double-sided tape. Finish them off with a printable Rudolph party tag in the center and attach to walls with double-sided tape. Varying the colors and size of each rosette to make your backdrop especially eye-catching. Get the full step-by-step instructions here>>
Rudolph Cake Pops
These Rudolph-inspired cake pops are sure to delight your little guests. To make, form balls of any baked cake mixture with your hands and chill for about 1 hour, then insert a lollipop stick into each ball and dip in melted chocolate. Chill until set, then decorate with marshmallows, cherries and pretzels. To finish off, insert a striped straw into each stick and decorate with a piece of ribbon. Display them upright in a white container filled with a block of floral foam. Top the container with fake snow and a printable candy jar label. Get the full recipe here>>
Flying Reindeer Cupcakes
Delicious and delightful little touches, like these whimsical cupcakes, help to add interest and make your table feel especially seasonal. Top your favorite cupcakes with chocolate frosting and sprinkle with coconut to emulate fresh snow! Adding the printable cupcake toppers and mini printable cutout Rudolph toppers onto tall straws makes them look like flying reindeer. Finish the look with a printable buffet card.
There is no better decoration at a kid's party than the edible kind, so let the food shine and take center stage.
Fun with Fondant
These edible fondant toppers by Lynlee's Petite Cakes are made to match the printable designs, and will turn even the most basic into a party showstopper.
Homemade marshmallows taste so much better than store-bought, and can be made up to a week in advance. Sandwich each piece between a graham crackers and tie with candy ribbon to create a seasonal s'more gift that is just waiting to be dipped in the chocolate fondue! Label the sweets with a printable Rudolph buffet card. Get the full recipe here>>
Let Kids Play With Their Food
Interactive food is part treat, part party activity. Leave some of cupcakes without frosting; little guests can have a blast decorating them to look like Rudolph.
Carry the theme throughout and use the printable Rudolph illustrations to make iron-transfer T-shirts. These make for super-cute party outfits for the host, or as a personalized favor for guests. Complete the look with DIY antler headbads made by hot-gluing the printable antler templates to plastic headbands. These also double as adorable photo props!
Simple + Sweet Favors
Send your guests home with a tasty reminder of the day. Using a reindeer-shaped cookie cutter, bake up a batch of gingerbread cookies. When cool, let the kids help decorate with melted chocolate, red candy melts and edible glitter. Package each cookie nicely into a clear favor bag topped with a printable favor bag label. Get the recipe here>>