18 Dec

REAL PARTY: Ornament-Inspired Holiday

budget-friendly Christmas party ideas

Today’s inspiring – and timely! – Real Party feature comes from the ultra-creative Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home. As always, Chris does a fabulous job with this party and shows how inexpensive elements like ribbon, gift wrap, and glass ball ornaments really can go a long way in creating a wonderfully festive atmosphere!

When it comes to stretching the budget for parties, presentation is also key, as well as maximizing the elements you already own – such as versatile white serving dishes, glass vases, home accessories, and decor from parties past – as demonstrated here.

budget-friendly Christmas party ideas

Read on for all the creative & inspiring details, as told by Chris…

budget-friendly Christmas party ideas


I hosted a Cocktail Party for 40 recently and really had to work the budget. I chose to use my IKEA frame for a focal point above the punch and desserts, and found a package of ornament wall stickers at Marshalls for $6 to display in the frame.  Thin ribbon was attached to create the “hangers”.

budget-friendly Christmas party ideas

I used different styles of ribbon to add interest to a white table cloth, coordinating gift wrap to line the trays (and decorate the bottom of the candlesticks), and made pretty labels for the desserts.

To help carry out the ornament theme, I also used a few oversize ball ornaments on top of candlesticks, and put some flowers inside the larger one.

budget-friendly Christmas party ideas

Ornament chipboard stickers were used to create drink stir sticks. I just attached a thin piece of ribbon to a lollipop stick to let the ornament hang off the glass.

budget-friendly Christmas party ideas

More pretty labels were made using a printable template from No Fuss Fabulous. Tiny gem stickers were used to top off the letter “i” in the words Mimosa, Bellini, & Poinsettia.

budget-friendly Christmas party ideas

The buffet table was set with white platters atop glass vases filled with decorative “snow” and red ball ornaments. Red & white flower arrangements, white candles, and a Manzanita “Tree” (which I had from a previous party) completed the look.

budget-friendly Christmas party ideas

To dress up the Champagne Bar, I filled a glass cylinder with more “snow” and ball ornaments, then topped it with feathers.

budget-friendly Christmas party ideas

This party was put together using things I already had. Just goes to show how versatile glass vases, ribbon, stickers, frames, and paper can be!

budget-friendly Christmas party ideas


Thanks for the inspiration, Chris!

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Party Box Design SAYS:

So cute! Love the cocktail tags and floral!

Reply December 18, 2009 at 8:23 am

Julie B SAYS:

VERY cute! Love the variety of patterns and shapes. Merry Christmas!

Reply December 18, 2009 at 8:24 am

Amberly SAYS:

Very, very nice! I’m going to try to duplicate this for our upcoming holiday festivities! Thanks.

Reply December 18, 2009 at 8:51 am

Luschka SAYS:

Stunning, and so creative without being totally unachievable in a home setting and on a home budget!

Reply December 18, 2009 at 9:05 am

Elisha Akram SAYS:

Oh so very nice! I love all the cute details that make this celebration grand! love it!

Reply December 18, 2009 at 9:20 am

Heavenly Blooms SAYS:

I love it – fabulous job Chris!!! I love the food table and the little bling accents. I have those exact stockings!!!

Reply December 18, 2009 at 10:06 am

Amy Nixon SAYS:

Absolutely adorable! I especially love the use of the feathers…I’m a feather fanatic! Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!

Reply December 18, 2009 at 10:11 am

[email protected] At Home SAYS:

What an exciting day for me Jenn! Thanks so much!

Reply December 18, 2009 at 10:17 am

Kristen SAYS:

So festive! Beautiful and yet not over the top. Love the little embellishments. So thoughtful.

Reply December 18, 2009 at 10:52 am

Kristin SAYS:

This is so original! Love it!

Reply December 18, 2009 at 11:22 am


this will look very nice for jan 1st football watching day. no decorations, just the food. don’t forget the scotch!

Reply December 18, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Bella SAYS:

This is fabulous, love the frame, and that Manzanita centerpiece is fabulous. Great Job Chris!

Reply December 18, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Coniqua SAYS:

I love the platters set atop the vases with the ornaments in them. I was just dreaming up decor for a New Years party and I think this would work Great!

Reply December 18, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Keri SAYS:

So beautiful and fun (and affordable)! I love that you used the typical Christmas colors without making it look too typical and cheesy at all! Very nice!

Please tell me, where the heck did you get those awesome high heel stocking? My mom has one that she had from when she was a teenager, and I would love to have one for my own stocking! :)

Reply December 18, 2009 at 9:34 pm

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