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Christmas Party Decorations

Christmas party decorations turn a good time into a memorable event when you make decisions with love and care. From the holiday decor to the music playing in the background, to the fresh scent of evergreen or gingerbread cookies...plan your Christmas party decor and theme in advance so all will flow together. How beautiful is the natural, muted holiday tablescape above?

There are two simple methods for creating the foundation for your holiday party decor:

  • Use a Theme, or
  • Select a particular Color Palette for your Christmas party decorations

Your theme could be a particular figure or item that is identified with Christmas, such as angels, snowmen, Santa, reindeer, nativity, etc.

Or, you might decide to create your holiday event around a movie, such as It's a Wonderful LIfe, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer or White Christmas.

Selecting a holiday color palette for your Christmas party decorations is another way to create a memorable and festive atmosphere inside and outside of your home.

There are always the standard red and green of course, but think about what you already have on hand for holiday decor.

If much of your Christmas decoration material is gold and white, for example, consider using those colors for your party theme, or add one more color to them for a trio of holiday colors.

Christmas Decorating Ideas...My Favorite Things!

I searched long and hard to find unique decor for you, to dress up your home for the holidays. See what I've found for Christmas, 2017...

Nothing says 'holidays' better than a fuzzy faux fur mantel scarf! It adds instant style and a sense of the special time the holidays bring.

White-on-white styling with silver accents is awesome, too. 65"w x 10"d; $35.

Fanciful Reindeer and Ornaments removable and reusable wall decor will create a memorable display!

The wood patterned reindeer silhouette includes dangling ornaments in a variety of colors and styles. Place them as you wish 32" x 50", $26.99 from Roommates Decor

Serve your holiday guests with this 20 pc. nostalgic earthenware set.  Four each of dinner, salad, canape plates, 4 bowls and 4 mugs, in a red, green & brown vintage pattern set on an ivory background with twig style rim accent. Darling!  $100.00

Such a unique tree, I just had to include it!

Crafted of PVC and metal, 1137 tips and a sage frosted tree design, this 7 ft pre-lit hard needle Christmas Tree will be the focal point of your natural holiday decor. $410.00

I love the delicate detail of these handcrafted textured glass tealight lanterns from our friends at Plow & Hearth.

Battery powered LED bulbs create a safe way to light up these lanterns. $5.00 to $35.00 ea.

Hand blown glass trees with a lovely, rippled look are stunning. Display them as a pair or combine them with other, colorful holiday decor.

Small tree is 4.75" x 9"; Large is 5" x 12". $25 - $35

Use just one or purchase them all, this trio of faux fresh cypress topiaries will create a naturally colorful holiday look in your home.

At 22", 30" and 37" high, they are so versatile! $25 - $50

Happy Holidays quote that can be placed anywhere in your home, then removed and stored for next year!

Would look great in an entry, family room, or any area of your home. $23.99

Keep the reason for the season in your heart and in your home with this beautifully crafted Holy Family from Enesco Foundations. Gorgeous detail.

Size 8" x 12", $100

Natural looking noble fir needles with pine cones, eucalyptus and cypress create a beautiful holiday wreath and garland, offered in both lit and unlit options.

Priced from $85 to $169

Forego the tree skirt for a natural mango wood and galvanized metal tree collar. Also offered in seagrass, coastal shells, woven, and 'Santa belt' styles.


How adorable are these little reindeer tealight holders, with their holly berry antlers and hand painted bodies?

They're sure to bring holiday cheer to your home! 16" and 19" high, $28 - $36

Christmas Party Decorations, Inside & Outside

Once you have selected the theme and/or color palette, here are some ideas and tips for you to create a festive holiday home for your party:

Start with the exterior of your home. How can you make the entrance and walkway festive and become part of your holiday decor?

  1. Lighting up the walkway with paper bag candles,
  2. small Christmas trees on the front porch with white lights,
  3. a dusting of 'snow' (if you live in the south where there is none),
  4. holiday music playing for guests as they approach your entry...all these are ways to create the holiday atmosphere before guests walk through the front door.

Use your selected figure/item to create your own memorable entrance.

The Front Entry Door itself is always a blank canvas waiting for adornment, and a holiday party is no exception.

If you're not sure what to do and want to maintain a level of sophistication, a safe choice is always a beautiful, fresh evergreen wreath. Or, a natural looking wreath that looks great and won't ever drop a pine needle works for me!

Your wreath does not need a great big red bow, either. Sprinkle some gold or silver glitter on it and enjoy the simple sparkle that it creates...just sayin'

  • Inside, make the Christmas tree a focal point of the Christmas party decor, and follow your chosen theme and color palette. The key is to tie everything together so your theme is consistent.
  • The dining table is another focal point for your holiday decor. In addition to the centerpiece, place a small gift at each place setting that is consistent with your theme.
  • Short on budget? Bake cookies that are in the shape of your selected theme and take the time to decorate them beautifully. Place each cookie on a color coordinated paper napkin that is then put on each guest's dinner plate.
  • Your gift does not have to be expensive to be memorable, it just has to come from the heart. 
  • Place small holiday items in the areas that your guests will use or see, such as the powder room, entry way, coat room, kitchen, etc. Place them in groups of 2 or 3, and/or use filler around them such as small wreaths or garland.
  • Candles always create a beautiful holiday glow and can be placed in a number of different areas, just be sure that the flame does not come into contact with anything flammable. Use them in conjunction with your selected theme, as they will fit in with virtually any color scheme or holiday decor.
  • For example, if your theme revolves around snowmen, make sure there is a snowman (or two or three) in each of the areas mentioned above.Select a variety of materials, shapes, sizes and colors of snowmen to keep things interesting and eye-catching. From tiny snowman shaped candles to a 3 foot snowman that stands by the front entry, these are the things that make your home stand out and the Christmas party decorations memorable.
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Your Christmas party decorations will be even more memorable if you include two other holiday traditions:

Holiday Music and Wonderful Scents

Whether based on your theme, decor or just what you enjoy, be sure to have some background sounds of the season playing for your guests. There is nothing like listening to traditional Christmas music to bring on the holiday spirit.

Same applies to wonderful holiday scents....fruits, cookies, bread, spices, fresh greens, etc.

Have fun planning your holiday festivities, remember the scents and sounds, and you'll have an evening to remember!

Balsam Hill

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