The Nightmare Before Christmas dessert bar #Parties#big kids#birthday parties#diy#Halloween January 18 | Guest post by Taryn Williford Photos by Taryn Evelyn Fiol It's easy for the little ones' big days to get dwarfed when their birthdays fall on top of another big family holiday. If you and your winter kid celebrate Christmas, try working their birthday in to your holiday celebration with an offbeat table full of delicious sweets, all inspired by Tim Burton's epic Halloween-slash-Christmas claymation flick, The Nightmare Before Christmas. The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of those movies that—despite being creepy and haunting—just warms your heart. In the movie buff words of Mr. Roger Ebert, One of the many pleasures of "Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas" is that there is not a single recognizable landscape within it. Everything looks strange and haunting. Even Santa Claus would be difficult to recognize without his red-and-white uniform. It it has the kind of offbeat, subversive energy that tells [kids] wonderful things are likely to happen. If that doesn't scream for an awesomely offbeat birthday adaptation, we don't know what does. So here it is: A diy Christmas nightmare dessert table, with five different treats inspired by the characters and stories in the movie. Jack Skellington Cupcakes Supplies: Related Post DIY Gross out: How to make a horror-tastic intestine wreath If you want your house to display an original decoration, perfect for Halloween (or anytime of the year if you and/or the kids are horror... Read more Swirly-frosted cupcakes White fondant Circle cookie cutter Edible ink marker These are super easy to create with either home-baked or store-bought cupcakes. All you need to do is roll out your fondant (again, the store-bought stuff works just as well) until it's about 1/8 inch thick. Then, cut small circles with the cookie cutter to create the tops for your cupcakes. With a little practice, doodle the face of our skeleton movie hero onto your circles with the edible ink. His face is pretty easy to draw for even the least artistically inclined: Two big, dark eyes; small teardrops for nostrils and a long, smiley mouth covered in stitches. Christmastown Spirits Supplies: A drink These guys fit in to the theme with a name, Christmastown Spirits, that plays in to the story of the film. So go crazy with what you choose here. This mocha peppermint milkshake works, but so would iced tea or apple juice. Zero Kibble Supplies: Trail mix A dog bowl This is another one that works thanks to the name, on ode to Jack Skellington's ghostly pet dog, Zero. The only step? Throw some trail mix into a dog bowl. If you don't have a dog bowl, try this: Take your most dog-bowlish serving dish and decorate it with Zero's name using removable stickers from a craft shop. Oogie Boogie Guts & Sally Hair Strings Supplies: Gummy worms Licorice (like Twizzlers) A brown paper bag Black yarn Who doesn't love gummy candy? Serve it up in two batches as an homage to two of Nightmare's best characters: Oogie Boogie and Sally. Sally's hair strings are actually just Twizzler candies popped on a plate—adorned with a few buttons as if Sally had been there herself. Oogie Boogie's guts, just like in the movie, are made of worms and bugs—only this time, they're gummies. To give it that just-squeezed-from-the-boogie-man-himself look, get rid of the bowl and serve these gummy worms in a brown paper bag, stitched up with black yarn to look like Oogie Boogie is coming apart at the seams. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Taryn Williford Taryn Fiol is a lifestyle blogger by day and a faux Martha Stewart by night. Her writing and photography have been featured in national magazines and blogs like Apartment Therapy and Paw Nation. When she's not glittering skulls or baking cupcakes, she's playing mommy to a Boston Terrier puppy named Bacon. Taryn currently lives and writes from Atlanta, Georgia. http://tarynwilliford.com/ PREVIOUS Coming to terms with the limits of lesbian conception NEXT I spent my birthday shooting a Birth Day Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] This is next Halloween! Nightmare Before Christmas was my little one's first "scary" movie; she loves it. I'm inspired to come up with some Coraline-inspired treats too! 2 agree Reply My son would love this! Thanks for the great ideas. 1 agrees Reply OMG! My birthday is in December and I remember always feelign just a wee bit screwed by the christmas/Hannukah/birthday mish-mash. My folks always tried to make it seem like it was not a part of the holidays, but this would have been a great way to incorporate both! 2 agree Reply Love the idea. For moms who are a little squiffy about candy, there is http://www.naturalcandystore.com Vegan marshmallows!!! 2 agree Reply this is my husband's favourite movie and he's going to freak out when i show him this! 1 agrees Reply These are great ideas! How fun! 1 agrees Reply I LOVE this!! Just featured a picture on my blog. I would love to try this sometime. How did you make the labels? 2 agree Reply Yes, I'm interested in how to make the labels as well…my daughter wants a Jack birthday party! 1 agrees Reply This is fantastic! My daughter's high school is having The Nightmare Before Christmas as the theme for their fall dance. Using the snack size baggies, these ideas will work great! Not your cookie cutter theme! 2 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.