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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small cabin SAYS:

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

Reply December 19, 2009 at 2:42 am

[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!

Reply December 19, 2009 at 7:10 am

Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe SAYS:

Beautiful job Chris!

Reply December 19, 2009 at 12:06 pm

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!


Reply December 19, 2009 at 1:01 pm

[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!

Reply December 20, 2009 at 8:56 am

Ebony Sparkes SAYS:

Chris….. This is absolutely great and I hope to use some of these ideas for my dessert table for Christmas day! Phenomenal work!!!!


Reply December 20, 2009 at 12:34 pm

down pillow SAYS:

LOVE the different ribbons used to decorate the tablecloth & the glass cubes filled with ornaments to elevate the platters – such good ideas :)

Reply December 20, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Never teh Bride SAYS:

Way to create a holiday party that doesn’t look tired, Chris Nease! I think that holiday parties (or holiday themed weddings) tend to be the worst offenders when it comes to a lack of creativity, just because there is so much established in terms of colors and imagery that one can fall back on. I love this… it’s holiday without being cliched.

Reply December 22, 2009 at 8:57 am

robyn SAYS:

Thanks Chris! So on the printable tag – were you able to erase what they had written and reprint something? I couldn’t figure that part out! Sorry!!! :)

Reply December 22, 2009 at 9:49 am

[email protected] At Home SAYS:

Reply December 22, 2009 at 10:27 am

Ebony Sparkes SAYS:

Robyn…you can modify it in Illustrator if you have it. I can make some changes for you if you want….

Reply December 22, 2009 at 10:29 am

robyn SAYS:

Thanks! I might take you up on that! :) I am wanting to have different sayings on them for different food tags….I’m going to see if I can do it in a bit, and if I can’t, I’ll let you know!!! Thanks for the help!! :)

Reply December 22, 2009 at 2:48 pm

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