There is so much cuteness on this sweets table designed by Norene of Party Pinching!  I have had so much fun looking at all of the photos that she sent me and I know you will, too!  Norene has put so much party inspiration in one place, and I am thrilled to share these fabulous ideas that you can create with candies and treats that are easily accessible!  Enjoy~ and I hope some of these make it to your holiday celebrations!  How adorable are the North Pole Polar Bears from powdered doughnuts?

Have a look at the sleds made from wafer cookies and candies…

A tiny cup of cocoa never looked sweeter made from a marshmallow and placed on a cookie saucer~

These Puppy Packages may be my favorite- I really can’t decide!  The gift boxes are made from Rice Krispies Treats wrapped in Fruit by the Foot.  The puppy faces are white chocolate truffles decorated with candies.

Easy Rudolph Oreos~

Candy Cane hearts make a pretty addition~

Norene continued the candy theme with the decorations, too!  I love the beautiful candy trees and the easy candy flowers~

And it all comes together for a gorgeous and festive display!

There is always more to see at Party Pinching!  Norene has put together an e-book full of craft ideas like these little candy jars~ and it is on sale in her shop!  Visit her shop here and her blog here!

Thank you for inspiring us with penny-pinching, party ideas Norene! 


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