Last but not least, place a tabletop wire tree on a side table for guests to display their handmade ornaments. To break up the shapes of the other tables, use a round sidetable and cover it in a fun tablecloth like the polka dot cloth shown here.
Divide the table into three sections; sweet, savory and bubbly and indicate this on pretty tags. In the center of the table, place shots of rose lemon champagne punch, garnished with blueberries on a rectangle white plate. Using white highlights the bright colors and keeps the look streamlined.
Provide make-your-own-ornament kits for each guest. Place craft supplies such as glue sticks, scissors, glitter, washi tape, pens and decorative paper in each box. These orange boxes can double as favors.
Set up two tables for this party: a crafting station and another table for bites and sips. With the focus of this party on crafting, dedicate a large surface for guests to make their ornaments. Transform your dining table into a visually-appealing craft station and arrange chairs around it so guests are comfortable while working on their handmade ornaments. Dress with a simple white tablecloth, then layer with a fabric runner in coordinating colors for visual punch.
Sparkle is a holiday essential, according to Cathy Barnhardt, Floral Displays Manager of Biltmore Estates in Asheville, N.C. "At Biltmore and on my own tree, we use many inexpensive 'shiny brites' as the base of the color scheme, tucked into the tree to give depth, add color and reflect the lights. The more decorative ornaments are hung closer to the tips of the branches where they can be seen and appreciated more easily," she says. Photo courtesy of Sarah's Holiday Party
A pet party isn't the time to break out fine china. Instead, look for sturdy-but-stylish melamine and plastic dishware. String shatterproof teal and blue orbs on a floral wire for an easy DIY ornament garland. Hang it above the treat table and well out of reach of the guests' paws.
If your group is a lot larger than your dining room, even more reason to take your entertaining outdoors. An outdoor dining table is a great solution to accommodate extra guests! This low-key place setting is festive and casual. And sheet moss brings instant woodland sophistication to any setting.
Add an element of surprise to your table setting with charming party favors guests can take with them. Here, vintage pillar candle holders were repurposed as vessels to hold personalized black glass tree ornaments.
Select meaningful keepsakes as party favors and double them as napkin rings for the party. While figurines work well, tree ornaments are an even better option due to their attached ribbon. Simply loop the hanging ribbon or string around the napkin, and position the keepsake in place.
Store bought cupcakes are transformed into festive Christmas trees with some easy tricks. Hiding under that green icing is an ice cream cone thatâs been set right on top of the cupcake and covered with icing piped on with a decorative tip. Some nonpareils meant to look like ornaments complete this simple snack hack.
Reuse a Christmas card holder (and spray paint it gold or black) to hang ornaments or non-holiday party decor, depending on when you’re entertaining. Fast and cheap black and gold accessories include tassel garland, which is inexpensive to buy or which you can make out of tissue paper.