December is almost here and that means it's time to start thinking about holiday parties. Whether your hosting a big party for friends or coworkers or just a small family get together, its important to give your party that festive holiday feel. You don't have to spend a lot of money to make a great impact with holiday decor, every store sells it so that means there are a huge range of price points and products to pick from. Whats also great about styling a holiday party is that most of us have decorations at home already that we use year after year which makes things easier and more affordable.
When styling a party its important to think of the look and feel you want, pick a palette and scheme and work from there. If you already have a lot of red holiday decor at home you should try to incorporate that into your look so you don't have to go out and spend a lot of money on things you may not use again. You'll also want to think of who your guests are, if your hosting family with children its fun to keep the whimsical aspect of the holidays in your decor whereas if its an adult only party with cocktails your grandmas vintage santa might not be the right choice. Look around your house and see what you have, not everything has to be "holiday" you can take basic decorator items and give them holiday flair with some ribbon or the use of greens like pine or red berries. Pinterest is a great tool when strategizing the look for your party, make a board for your specific party and pin away, when your done you should see a look to work towards.
For the particular party I'm showcasing here I wanted a casual but classic look and feel. Nothing screams the holidays more than red so I used that as my main color with classic holiday color pairings of black, white and a touch of sparkle. Pattern is a great way to add texture and warmth to party scheme. Here I used plaid, don't be afraid to mix patterns as long as they are in the same color palate they can work together. Greenery is another great way to add life and texture to your set up, holiday greens are sold all over the place this time of year so you don't have to look far to find them. There are also some great artificial greens you can buy and use year after year.
When setting up your table its important to have different levels to display the food and decor in a visually appealing way. If you throw everything on the table it will look plain and basic or very messy and cluttered. Using levels lets you put a lot more on the table without looking cluttered or basic. Having items with height really adds to the look of your table. This doesn't mean you have to go out and spend a lot on big decorative items. Here I made peppermint cones, there couldn't be a simpler or cheaper way to make a huge impact. Craft stores sell styrofoam cones that you can purchase but can get spendy if you are buying the large ones. Here I just took simple posterboard cut it into the size I wanted and hot glued normal peppermint candies onto the cones. When they are finished they are heavy so make sure to put something inside the cone to keep them upright. DIY crafts can be a great addition to party decor and add a unique one of a kind touch. Another DIY in this party was the peppermint tray. It was so easy to make, you simply take peppermint candies and place them in a circular pattern in a round spring form pan and bake it at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes.
Another fun element in this party was the falling snow. I had seen examples on pinterest using marshmallows and I thought that would be perfect for a hot chocolate party. Well I guess I was one of those pinterest fails, the marshmallows didn't stay on the string the way I wanted them to so I had to come up with another plan. I has used a white pompom garland and thought that individual pompoms would be perfect, they are fluffy, light and wouldn't slide down the thread like the marshmallows did. You can buy pompoms in various colors at any craft store. I strung them on clear thread and tied them to a branch mounted in the chandelier.
When setting up a party its important to think about the whole room. You can have that perfect table set up but if the rest of the room has no decor it can take away from the overall look of the party. Here the table was in the middle of the room with a buffet behind it so of course we had to deck out the buffet too. Here is where you can see the impact that greens can make. The majority of the greens were clipped from around the neighborhood, simple pine and boxwoods were what we used here but look around your neighborhood and see whats available. There are some artificial things tucked in like the white glitter branches, things like this are readily available at craft stores. Ornaments are a great addition and add dimension, shine and color to a display.
Whats a party without food? For this hot chocolate bar we just had some simple desserts and fun marshmallow stir sticks. Make sure and label what you put out on the table so guests know what they are grabbing. Here I used real mugs for the hot chocolate but disposable would work as well. Think about the various plates, cups and utensils that you will need for what you are serving. There are some really great disposable things out there now so shop around.
Holiday parties are a lot of fun and there is no better time to go over the top with decorations. This time of year can also be busy and stressful so if you don't feel up to setting up your holiday party let us do it for you. Cap and Crown is offering some great holiday party packages so please contact me for more information Kristen@capandcrownparties.com