Children’s Nutcracker Party

I’m excited to share a variety of Nutcracker-themed party ideas that are sure to captivate young imaginations. In my role as a party planner, I’ve consistently discovered that the holiday season provides lots of opportunities to create magical events for children. One particular theme that has always held a special place in my heart is the Nutcracker-themed party. Whether you’re organizing a pre-show celebration before attending the Nutcracker ballet or hosting a birthday party that draws inspiration from this timeless tale, this enchanting theme is guaranteed to captivate young hearts.


  1. Nutcracker Crafts: Set up a craft station where kids can decorate their own Nutcracker. Include washable paint or stickers for little ones. Additionally, set up a craft area for young toddlers with coloring sheets.
  2. Storytime: Read the original Nutcracker story to your guests. In addition, if you’re opting for a more modern twist, suggest watching the delightful Disney movie version.

Menu Options:

For the menu, offer a mix of candy sweets and practical foods:

  1. Candy Buffet: Create an array of candy sweets displayed in jars. Include gummy bears, candy canes, and colorful candies. In addition, have favor bags that children can fill to take their candy home in.
  2. Fruit Kabobs: Balance the sugar rush with a healthy option. Serve fruit kabobs with strawberries, grapes, and melon balls.
  3. Mini Sandwiches: Prepare kid-friendly mini sandwiches with peanut butter and jelly, cheese, and ham. These savory bites also provide a contrast to the sweets.


Transform your space into a Nutcracker wonderland with simple yet enchanting decorations:

  1. Nutcracker Centerpieces: Use small Nutcracker figurines as table centerpieces. These can also double as party favors for the kids to take home.
  2. Balloons and Streamers: Decorate with vibrant color balloons and streamers.
  3. DIY Snowflakes: Hang paper snowflakes for a touch of winter wonder.

I was honored to be invited to participate in a Christmas party preparation series by Dogwood Hill, a brand renowned for its elegant invitations and stationery. The project entailed a collaborative photo shoot where I curated party tableware and favors.

Courtney with Savor Style added that extra touch of elegance with her adorable candy graze, creating magic on a plate. Postbox Sweets provided the delightful Nutcracker-themed sweets for the party-prep. It’s always a joy to work with such talented individuals and businesses to make these moments truly special, whether it’s for a photo shoot or an actual event.

‘Tis the season for a magical Nutcracker party, and with the perfect decorations and accessories, your event will be a festive wonderland. You can shop all of my Nutcracker party favorites below. Happy Holidays!

Photos by Mary Margaret Smith, Styling by Casey Snipes


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