Whether you’re throwing your first Christmas party for close friends and family or hosting the neighborhood’s annual holiday pot luck party, the decorations will set the mood. Christmas party decoration ideas are limitless. With so much to choose from, begin by considering the type of party you’re hosting, the space and atmosphere you want to create.
Before you start stringing the lights and decking halls, think about what type of party you’re hosting. Your decorations for an Ugly Sweater party will differ from a Winter Wonderland theme or even from an old-fashioned tree-trimming party. If you’ve chosen a specific theme for your party, plan to coordinate decorations, games, party favors and food with that theme. However, a traditional Christmas party theme is an opportunity to showcase your personal holiday style with fabulous decoration choices.
Look for one special outdoor decoration and two or three eye-catching pieces of décor for the interior, aside from your tree. Stylish decoration choices for 2014 include easy-to-place Candy Cane standees for the front porch and a glittering snowman with intricate swirling details that looks stunning in a foyer. The snowman stands almost 3-feet tall and is the perfect decoration for any Christmas or New Year’s Eve party. It’s a versatile piece that can be used with a whimsical or traditional décor theme.
Decorate the Space
Hosting neighbors and friends for a Christmas party potluck in the neighborhood community room means different decorating styles than a family Christmas Eve party where the main action is in the living room, dining room and kitchen area.
Choose larger free-standing decorations for rooms with open spaces. Create an area for photo opportunities. By combining props with fabric backdrops and hanging decorations you can quickly and easily create an unforgettable design everyone will be talking about for years.
For your Ugly Sweater party or any Holiday Open House, combine the “sweater weather” backdrop with the 2-foot white glitter tree for a 3-dimensional display that’ll turn heads and have everyone lining up for pictures.
When decorating more intimate spaces for 2014 holiday parties, opt for decorations that enhance what’s already there. Add lighted greenery to stairway banisters and across fireplace mantles as well as over patio doors and across tops of kitchen cabinets. Wrap architectural columns with red ribbon for a candy cane effect and don’t forget a chic berry wreath hung on the inside of the front door.
It’s the little touches
Food and the holidays always go together. Whether it’s a sit-down dinner, dessert buffet or a friendly pot-luck, the food and dining table should always be decorated exquisitely. It’s often the little touches your guests remember most, don’t stop at just a centerpiece.
For a sit-down dinner, place each guest’s silverware in a small Christmas stocking set atop the dinner plate. Deck out the dining chairs with a length of ribbon tied into a bow at the back and accented with a sprig of holly or evergreen. For a pot-luck meal, have each guest write down the name their dish-to-share on a small place card. Slip the cards into jingle bell place card holders and set it next to the dish.