Conversation-starters are the best way to get a holiday meal going. Re-invent puzzle pieces as snowflake napkin holders by gluing several pieces together, then attaching to basic rings with twine or hot glue.
One spot in the house that's often neglected when decorating for the holidays is the kitchen. Why not add just a few Christmas touches to make it look and feel more welcoming? Hang the same wreaths used in other rooms on the kitchen windows to keep the look cohesive. Add red dish towels, red napkins and stock your cookie jars with treats for guests to take the festive feel a step further.
Celebrate the fall season with an all-American palette of red, white and blue with a warm, autumnal twist. To add a touch of texture, layer bright reds and blues with table cloths, napkins and placemats made of natural materials.
Rather than using flimsy paper plates, invest in a great set of neutral dessert plates that will suit most any party theme. Set these out at the front of the cookie buffet with festive red-and-white-patterned linen napkins for guests to grab on their own.
For a black and gold alternative to the traditional red and green Christmas color scheme, look for gold nutcrackers, or spray paint ones that you already own. Paper pinwheels in black and gold can hang from the ceiling, or you also can place them on shelves. Learn how to make your own paper napkin pinwheels.