'Tis the season for holiday entertaining! Today we're taking things all the way back to the 1950s for a retro-themed party — complete with a recipe for peppermint icebox cake. Want to throw your own kitschmas party? Here's everything you need.
Before guests arrive, make sure to set the scene with plenty of mid-century modern accents. Put on a record, mix up a Manhattan, and toast to the holiday season.
- Mid-Century Table Lamp, $139 from West Elm
- 20-Piece Rush Gold Flatware Set, $79.95 from CB2
- KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, $349.99 from KitchenAid
- Hughes Loveseat, $1699 from Joybird
- Retro Recipe: Peaches & Cream Jello from The Kitchn
- Terrace Bar Cart, $399 from West Elm
- Star Metallic Napkin, from Canvas Home
- Merry Argyle Stocking, $38 from Anthropologie
- Classic Manhattan Cocktail Recipe from The Kitchn
- Crosley X UO Sterling Vinyl Record Player, $220 from Urban Outfitters
Now that you've got the decor covered, it's time to make a party-worthy dessert. Icebox cakes are traditionally made with chocolate wafer cookies, but to dress things up for the holidays, use Peppermint Joe Joe's from Trader Joe's instead. A drop of peppermint extract in the whipped cream and a sprinkling of crushed candy canes on top seal the deal.
Peppermint Icebox Cake
Serves 8; adapted from Taste of Home
3 cups heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 packages Trader Joe's Peppermint Joe Joe's Cookies
Crushed candy canes
In a large bowl, beat the cream, sugar, and peppermint extract on high until stiff peaks form. Fill a pastry bag with the whipped cream.
Arrange 7 cookies in a circle on a cake stand, using one cookie in the center. Pipe 2/3 cup whipped cream over cookies. Repeat layers 9 times. Refrigerate overnight.
Garnish with crushed candy canes.
A shout-out to a few friends of Apartment Therapy who helped bring our kitsch-inspired version of a modern holiday celebration to life: