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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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Susan Crabtree says:

    love it-so merry & cheery!

  2. Kelly - The Party Dress says:

    Looks like a fun party!

  3. Wonderful as always! This is my favorite Christmas party every year!

  4. Shelley@divinepartyconcepts says:

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

  5. Ms. Jasmine says:

    Ilove it especially the feathers.

  6. 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 –

  7. Simply Creative Insanity says:

    Everything looks great!

  8. laura@makemerry! says:

    I LOVE the frame with the ornaments, and the drink charms – so creative!

  9. 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

  10. 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! 😀

  11. I love it!! Wonderful job, Chris! Everything turned out amazing!

  12. Antowedding says:

    Guauuuu!! super your party decoration!!
    Kiss fromo Argentina

  13. 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!

  14. Everything looks great! The drink charms are sooo cute!

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

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