Christmas, Winter & Holiday Party Ideas

Christmas Holiday & Winter Party Ideas

DECORATING IDEAS

Shadowboxes make great Party Favors or even Game Prizes!

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Be creative when making your table decorations. Assign guests to a specific table number with a festive centerpiece. Beautiful wall decor using an empty frame, pine greens and old pair of ice skates. Perfect decorations for a girl baby shower. Beautiful pink pastel gingerbread houses and tree decorations.
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Make frosted apples from wax fruit and Epsom salts. Use stair rails from the lumber store to make snowman. Got an old bike tire? Decorate it with greens and holiday items.
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Put taper candles into wine or other glass bottles and decorate with greens and small pinecones. Go crazy… Decorate the bathroom! Santa hats from paper or foam cones.
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Something as simple as ornaments and beads, can come alive with a great presentation, plus a candle, of course. Fresh greens, stryofoam balls, sprayed with snow, equals a great display. Greens, pinecones, and a bow can also make a great hanging display.
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Fill a wood crate with logs, greens and candles or LED lights. Make apothecary jar terrariums from craft store Christmas items. Old crate with mason jar candles and greens.
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Add battery-operated light strings to wine bottles. Don’t forget to decorate banisters. Make a photo backdrop.
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Attach lanterns to candlesticks and give them festive decorations. Decorate your side tables with holiday items. Paint and decorate a craft store lamp post.
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Use thrift store frames spray painted and painted on letters. Old Box…filled With Vintage Glass Ornaments, Pine, Candles In Glass Holders, & Pine Cones For A Festive Holiday Centerpiece. Cinnamon sticks in a jar, wrapped with cranberry strings.
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Fill a craft sleigh with wrapped packages. Or, fill the sleight with greens and/or ornaments. Paint a tabletop wheelbarrow red, fill with holiday items, wrapped packages, greens, or ornaments.
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Put gingerbread house cookies into a large jar. Add Epsom salts for snow. Decorate with small ornaments and/or ribbons. Take an old sled (or use one from a craft store) and add holiday items to make a lovely table centerpiece. Lovely table runner from mason jars, greens, pearls and faux white poinsettias.
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Stacked wrapped boxes either outside, or stack them inside in a corner. Make festive Santas out of clay pots. Use mini clay pots, add a candle, and secure the candle with berries and greens.
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Candles with holiday greens and burlap. Use lettered ornaments on candlesticks for a centerpiece. Use odd items from the garage to make a rustic centerpiece display.
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Fill Apothecary jars with faux snow, pine cones and faux icicles. Put a string of Christmas lights under a burlap table runner. If you want to get really wild, sprinkle some confetti. Put a light string in any size or type of basket and then add ornaments.
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Use fruit and berries as candle holders. Make a pyramid tree out of mason jars and ornaments Add pinecones to ribbon for a unique holiday table runner.
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Soak pinecones in 1 gal. hot water with a 1 oz. bottle of red food coloring, then allow them to dry on paper towels on cardboard, they will have a stained look…much softer and prettier than the painted ones! Mason jars, candles, & wreaths up the walkway. What a great way to welcome your guests. Basic Epsom salts give pale blue candles an icy charm. Finish the scene with seasonal touches such as pinecones and bits of winter greenery.
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Use bits of nature to make hanging decorations. Make a eucalyptus table runner that adds beauty and fresh fragrance to your meal. Use fresh sage and pinecones on your table for beauty and fragrance.
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Tie candy canes to red taper candles. Use any container – the older the better – and fill it with logs, large pinecones, ornaments and wire ribbon. Decorate oval grapevine wreaths.
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Hot glue peppermint candies on a pillar candle. As the candle burns the room will fill with the scent of peppermint. Painted and/or natural pinecones in vases, jars, or under cloches. Light strings decorated with tied-on burlap, both colored and natural, for a rustic holiday garland.
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Place candles on a cake stand and decorate with berries or holly. Use Gingerbread houses to decorate your table. Give as gifts at the end of the party. Decorate your wine or drink bottles with beards and hats.
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Christmas Lanterns – Get inexpensive lanterns at a craft store or building supply store and fill it with Christmas items you already have stored away. Simple decoration using mason jars, cinnamon sticks and faux berries wrapped around the jar. Decorative candle lights for parties. Use
Epsom salt to hold the candles in the jar – it glistens like snow for Christmas. Decorate the jars with holly, berries, pine boughs and ribbon.
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Felt Trees. Make a forest! Using unfinished wood pieces glue felt on conical blanks and make a felt tree forest. Great with gingerbread houses. Package simmering spices in mason jars. Makes a great decoration, game prize or party favor. Use inverted cake stands to make a centerpiece for your table. Add candle(s), pinecones, ornaments, apples, oranges, or whatever you want.
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Using an oval (or square) picture fame, and holiday greens, ribbons, ornaments and bells make a festive door wreath. Also makes an excellent game prize. Great DIY project! Use a level small log or thick branch as the base for this project. Drill holes for candles or LED lights at intervals. Place a table runner and decorate with holly, pinecones and holiday greens. Get an unfinished wood sled blank from a craft store. Paint or stain it and then dress it up with holiday decorations.
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Holiday Evergreen and Ribbon Wreath Tutorial Or use our Deco Mesh Wreath Tutorial and make a fabulous holiday wreath. Or maybe two.
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Cut out some easy triangle trees out of wood, or use a wood blank if you can find one at a craft store. Paint as desired, and a bell or star on the top and you have cute decoration. String ornaments and make a garland. Add strips of tulle to light strings for the wintry look. Perfect for a party or even a Christmas tree.
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Take a large bowl and layer it with fresh fruit. Top with pine boughs. Make Cranberry Balls with any size stryofoam ball and toothpicks. Thread ornaments onto a sturdy wire and hang as swag banners.
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Make Centerpieces and table decorations with apothecary jars and ornaments. Embellish with Holiday decorations like snowflakes from the Dollar store. Arrange candles in a bowl or decorative dish. Keep them in place with small ornaments. Decorate the arrangement with strings of beads. Put pillar changes in Mason jars, decorate with Holiday greens, and tie a ribbon around the top.
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Cloved Orange Centerpiece – Place cloves in whole oranges and arrange them on a bed of holidays greens and pinecones. Holiday Candles. Using a little glue or other adhesive on pillar candles roll them in Epsom Salts (or glitter). Place a tray and decorate with pinecones and greens. 3D Gingerbread Trees
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Wrap cinnamon sticks round pillar candles and tie them with raffia. Poinsettias and Candles arranged into a centerpiece. Paint Pinecones and arranged them in bowls. Seal the pinecones before painting them (if you don’t like bugs).
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Jingle Bell Shadowbox – Use holiday scrapbook paper (or a photo) and fill with some bell. Add a great bow and you have a decoration or a gift. Make Candle Cozies from old sweaters or socks. Fill tall jars about 1/2 to 2/3 full of cranberries. Add water. Leave enough room at the top for a floating candle. Great for centerpieces.
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Make Glitter Balls of any size using hobby spray glue and craft glitter. These are hung with tulle. Use Dollar store candy canes and add a hanger. Surround a vase of roses with candy canes held together with a pretty bow.
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Using Dollar store Christmas town decorations make a winter scene in an apothecary jar. Place holly in a glass vase, add some cranberries. Then add water. Insert a floating candle into the center. Place on a bed of holiday greens and a string of cranberries. Use a tall glass jar and insert a tree branch. Fill around the branch with battery-operated lights and pine cones. Hang icicle ornaments from the branches.

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Fill the bottom of the vase with greenery from your yard. Boxwood, holly, and other evergreens work well. Pull a very long piece of plastic wrap from its box and crumple it up over the greenery. Place a layer of cranberries, then another layer of plastic. Fill slowly with water and top with berries, tea lights, and more greenery. Be sure none of the greenery will interfere with the candle’s flame.

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Fish Bowl Snowman – little vignettes in each bowl, topped with a hat.

Cut logs into slices and make snowmen

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Pinecones arranged on pretty candle holders, these make beautiful (and inexpensive) decorations displayed under cloches. A simple color palette can make a bold decorating statement. The following example shows green pudding cups along with some sparkly green ornaments, sitting on top of a silver tray. A final flourish of floating candles illuminates the arrangement. Make holiday terrariums from bits of nature and bottle brush Christmas trees.
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Place a long mirror along the center of the table. Top the mirror with evergreen sprigs,, candles, and small red plastic jewels for an eye-catching centerpiece. Just don’t crowd the mirror — it will reflect whatever you put on it, making it look twice as full. How about using large pickle jars, greenery and little faux snow and twine to make these fun votive holders. This fits in perfectly with a nature inspired Christmas decor. Have an old serving tiered tray? Dress it up for the holidays with some crystals or ropes of beads.
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Apple Trees – Use red apples and pine branches to make holiday centerpieces. Cut an “X” in ping pong balls and place over the bulbs on a string of lights. Nice globe effect. Give a bench some holiday spirit with an arrangement of holiday greenery, pinecones, gazing balls, and ornaments. Spray the arrangement with a light dusting of fake snow for extra winter flair.
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Use half a log to make a cool candle centerpiece. Use hurricane vases, fill with Epsom salts, add a candle, greens, berries, burlap to make a cheery centerpiece. Take a sheet of birch bark and wrap it around a mason jar. Add a candle and some greens. Very festive!
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Snowflake Pine Cone Tutorial – Cut out a piece of cardboard in the shape of a snowflake and glue pine cones on it. Frost the pine cone tips with faux snow and/or glitter. Ribbon Trees – Use a stryofoam cone and wrap it with holiday ribbon and top with a bow. Click image for lots of window ideas
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Candle Decoration Idea Make a snowglobe place card – can double as a party favor. Use a photo as a place card.
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Use 3 candy canes to make place holders. Tie them together with a bow. Use rustic logs to make shelves and then decorate them with greens, pine cones, and candles. Stuff some filler into a clay pot. Arrange pine boughs, pine cones, and small ornaments on top.
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Upscale white pillar candles (or PVC pipe) snowman, Santa, or Mrs. Claus faces. Use glue gun to make the melted wax. Top with a battery candle. String cotton balls to make a seasonal garland. Decorated clay pots make excellent decorations, game gifts, or even party favors.
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Paint and stack terracotta clay pots to make Christmas trees. Get crafty with empty wine bottles. These would also make great prizes, favors, or gifts. Upscale your boring chairs with covers, ribbon and greens.
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Make candle rings from holly, pinecones, and raffia. Add an ornament as a favor. Take clear plastic or glass ornaments and dip the bottoms in paint or dye. Dress up your chairs with ribbon and ornaments.
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Wrap balls with plastic wrap or cellophane – they look like giant candies. Or with festive candy canes and a name tag. Paint wine glasses with snowman, Santa, or Mrs. Claus faces. Decorate the stem and put a candled on the base.
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Decorate your place settings by tying mistletoe, holly sprigs, or other berries with ribbon around your napkins. Wine bottles centerpieces. Simply spray paint, spray with adhesive and roll in Epsom salt. Decorate your place settings by tying glittery bells with pine greens with ribbon or string around your napkins.
Reindeer clay pots as table decorations and serving bowls for snacks and treats. Large blue mason jars with silver balls and cranberry strings. Rustic bits of wood have cleverly been changed to unique holiday candleholders.
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Candle Cakewalk-use a cake plate as the base for votive candles, ornaments, trees, and snow. Place in front of a mirror for glittering reflections. Ice cream cones get a coating of shimmering, sanding sugar and… Voilà! Sparkling Christmas Trees! An elegant decoration for your holiday cakes and cupcakes. Tie ribbons to pinecones and hang from either curtain rods or holiday garlands.

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