Christmas Cocktail Party

Saturday night we hosted 40 of our closest friends for our 12th annual Christmas Cocktail Party. With good friends, food, fun, and even dancing(!) this has become, literally, my favorite day of the year!

I’m not sure which is smaller, my budget or my storage space for party supplies, so I decided not to spend much money on decorations but use what I have in some creative way. For the Dessert and Punch Table, I used ribbon (both ‘new’ and remnants) to add color and design to a white tablecloth. I created a focal point with my IKEA frame, and a few large ‘ornament’ wall stickers and more thin ribbon (for the hanger effect). The stickers also became my inspiration for the drink charms, and the candlestick/large ornament display. Click the pictures for a better look.

The Champagne Bar:

A simple and easy table arrangement using a tall glass vase, ‘snow’, ball ornaments, and feathers. Cute juice labels were made using the printable tags from No Fuss Fabulous.

The Buffet Table:

I reused the manzanita centerpiece from the party last week, and replaced the blue leaves with red balls. To add height and interest to the table I filled clear vases with ‘snow’ filler and ball ornaments and set platters of food on top. Flowers, candles, and plain white serving pieces round out the look.

The ‘ho, ho, ho’ flower arrangement was set on the bar table. I used small stickers again for the champagne glasses. I found that they come off easily if you soak the glasses in hot soapy water for just a few minutes.
For more photos check out Flickr or our Facebook Album.
This party was also featured on Hostess With The Mostess
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  1. Shelley@divinepartyconcepts says

    Everything looks great and it definitely looks like a party I would love to attend! Hope you had fun!

  2. amy * stem * says

    Love it. THIS is what I wanted to see. Well, next to you in your red dress on FB. Clothes or party decor? Which is more fun? Tough call!

    xoxo –

  3. denise says

    It looks like it was a lot of fun. Do you not love that Ikea frame? There are so many ways to incorporate it into a party. Where did you get the feathers? I'm looking to get some for a Old Hollywood Prom that I have to decorate for in the spring

  4. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says

    Thanks for your kind words, everyone!

    Denise, I got the red feathers from, and the white ones from Michael's. PlumesNFeathers is a great way to go if you need several.
    And, YES!, that IKEA frame has 1001 uses! 😀

  5. Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige says

    What a fun party! I love the cake pops, I'm a big fan of making them and giving them as parting gifts at my parties! Everything looks so yummy!

  6. Laurie says

    WOW!! That is gorgeous. Next time invite me. {{please please please}} Thank you so much for linking it to Tip Junkie. You rock!