Unique Ways to Decorate for a Holiday Party

Saturday, November 17, 2018

     People generally fall into two camps when it comes to the holiday season. The first has an unquenchable fire of fury over what they consider to be premature “Christmasing”. And then there are those that put their holiday lights up on November 1 and are positively giddy when they hear their first Christmas song. 

     If you fall into the latter camp, there’s a good chance you’re thinking of throwing a seasonal soiree on top of your other holiday to-dos. Spending hours on Pinterest for the perfect holiday recipes and cocktail ideas can be overwhelming enough, so you might be a bit worried about how to make your house feel festive. Don’t worry, as we can help. Read on for unique ways to decorate for a holiday party.

Unique Ways to Decorate for a Holiday Party
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Let There Be Light

     Yes, we all have that nightmare story about putting up Christmas lights. As one string lights up, another set seems to die … every dang year. The truth is, though, stringing some white lights above the fireplace and along the walls isn’t that hard. And the best part is that it can add just the sense of warmth and festivity you’re seeking to make the guest feel right at home. Candles are another way to do this. Of course, you want to be as careful as possible. If there are going to be high energy kids at the party, you might consider sticking to the fake candles. Put them in hurricanes all over your house for an inviting and whimsical look. 

     This can also be a great decorating approach for your patio and outdoor areas (if you live in a climate in which people can mingle outside!). Consider lighting a fire, your fire pit, or go “fireless” with this creative wood firepit that is only lit with festive lights. You likely have outdoor Christmas lights set to go, but you could go above and beyond with luminaria to greet the guests as they approach your door. Nothing says, “You are welcome!” more than this.

Three Cheers for a Chalkboard

     If you or someone you know has some artistic ability, consider setting a holiday scene on this chalkboard to greet your guests as they enter and bid them adieu as they leave. Even better, leave the room and some pieces of chalk so they can leave you messages. If you’ve got the means, sending everyone away with a small holiday gift would be a touching gesture. 

Set a Holiday Table

     No, this isn’t just for sit-down dinner parties. It can be great for buffet-style or even for serving appetizers and cookies. You simply want to give your normal table some festive touches. Sparkly pinecones, cinnamon sticks, poinsettias, ornaments, ribbons, and even partridges abound in this slideshow put out by HGTV. Some simple sprigs of holly strategically strewn about the table with silver and/or red candlesticks will go a long way in garnering “oohs” and “ahhs” from your guests. 

Bring the Merriment With Music

     This isn’t decorating, per se, but if you use a music visualizer to go with your holiday music that’s on display in the background, it very well could be. With geometrical shapes that move in time with the music, this is no ordinary music scene. If you love what you created at your shindig, you can even download it and share it again on sites like Vimeo and YouTube. 

Ring in the Holiday With Ribbon

     If you’re on a budget, this will be your best friend when it comes to holiday decorating. Find some gorgeous thick ribbon with metallic or holiday colors at your local fabric store and strategically place it around a piece of furniture in your house. It can go on crates. Coffee tables. Even around your tree! Another low budget idea that goes a long way is to wrap any photos or paintings on your wall in wrapping paper. It’s time-consuming but your guests will be beyond impressed with the festivity this creates.

Put Pine Everywhere!

     Fresh greens in the form of garland and other pine variations not only look fantastic all around your home, but they will it smell amazing. There is a downside in that they don’t always last that long and do drop needles, so make sure that you get these just before the party for the best effect. 

     Whether you’ve got a lot to work with financially or you’re on a shoestring budget, these unique decorating ideas for your next holiday party will be a huge hit with all of your guests.

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