Smart Budget Tips for Sparkling Holiday Parties

  1. Incorporate holiday cards and favorite photos into the décor – create a tabletop collage on a table runner or a tablecloth using holiday cards and favorite photos by hot gluing them to a fabric runner or linen.  Trim the edges to fit and end up with the perfect tabletop of Smiles and Good Wishes.
  2. Have a Kiss-Me Holiday Cake Party– a home-baked cake decorated with chocolate kisses used as a table centerpiece.  Cake adds a wonderful décor item and also doubles as dessert.  Hang mistletoe over the table and enjoy celebrating a wonderful ancient Christmas tradition.

    Kiss Me For Christmas

  3. Serve a signature drink to save money and tie in your color scheme.  Combining sparkling wine with Crème de Cassis creates a festive Burgundy Blast.  Vodka, Mellon Liqueur with a sprig of mint makes a sparkling Green Goddess.
  4. Shop at Trader Joe’s and Costco for easy-to-arrange fresh flowers or ready-to-go plants.  Priced at less than $10 each, holiday plants last a long time and can be planted in your garden later or given as gifts. Easy to set up – simply place inside a holiday bag from Target – the options are endless and cost-effective.
  5. Transform everyday household items into party decorations.  Colorful shower curtain (less than $10) became a festive tablecloth and coordinating duct tape adds surprising and fun decorator touches to drinking glasses.

    Holiday decor with colorful duct tape and shower curtain

  6. Shatter-resistant ornaments add brightness and cheer to a buffet table or centerpiece when placed in glass containers.  Priced at $15 for a set of 50, these fun colorful ornaments can be used again next year.  Hooray for green ideas!
  7. Serve up everyone’s favorite comfort food, with a gourmet twist and skip the expensive cut of meat – Fontina mac’n’cheese as part of a mac’n’cheese bar.  Include your favorite gourmet cheeses, such as Gruyere or Mascarpone and top it off with Panko (Japanese bread crumbs).
  8. Play the gift exchange game in lieu of entertainment.  Invite every guest to bring a wrapped unisex gift valued up to $15 and have fun with a gift grab game.

More tips on creating fun and festive holiday table decorations.

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