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

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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

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Thanks for the inspiration, Chris!

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Party Box Design SAYS:

So cute! Love the cocktail tags and floral!

December 18, 2009 at 8:23 am

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Julie B SAYS:

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

December 18, 2009 at 8:24 am

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Amberly SAYS:

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

December 18, 2009 at 8:51 am

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Luschka SAYS:

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

December 18, 2009 at 9:05 am

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Elisha Akram SAYS:

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

December 18, 2009 at 9:20 am

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Heavenly Blooms SAYS:

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

December 18, 2009 at 10:06 am

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Amy Nixon SAYS:

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

December 18, 2009 at 10:11 am

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[email protected] At Home SAYS:

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

December 18, 2009 at 10:17 am

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Kristen SAYS:

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

December 18, 2009 at 10:52 am

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Kristin SAYS:

This is so original! Love it!

December 18, 2009 at 11:22 am

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Dad SAYS:

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

December 18, 2009 at 1:08 pm

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Bella SAYS:

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

December 18, 2009 at 3:42 pm

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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!

December 18, 2009 at 8:52 pm

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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! :)

December 18, 2009 at 9:34 pm

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small cabin SAYS:

I love it all! Great job Chris! The food table is so lovable! It is an inspiration!

December 19, 2009 at 2:42 am

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[email protected] At Home SAYS:

Keri, I believe those red stockings are Department 56. I got them a couple of years ago at TJMaxx for about $15 each. Your best bet may be a Google search for “high heeled Christmas stockings.”

Thank you to everyone for your kind comments!

December 19, 2009 at 7:10 am

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Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe SAYS:

Beautiful job Chris!

December 19, 2009 at 12:06 pm

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robyn SAYS:

I love the printable templates that you made for the drinks from No Fuss Fabulous. I looked on their site and couldn’t find it. Do you mind telling me where to look? Thanks!

Robyn

December 19, 2009 at 1:01 pm

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[email protected] At Home SAYS:

Hi Robyn! Here is the link to the post. The actual printables are not exactly what is shown in the post, so you may have overlooked it. Enjoy!
http://www.nofussfabulous.com/?p=9435

December 20, 2009 at 8:56 am
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