Christmas party ideas for hosting the best festive soirée

It's almost party time! Don't host your festive shindig without reading our top Christmas party ideas, to help you do it in style
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  • The halls are decked with holly, the tree is dressed with tinsel meaning all that’s left now is to enjoy the festivities to the full. If  you’re looking for some last minute Christmas party ideas look no further than right here.

    From nifty upcycling ideas to make your own table decorations to fashioning a bar area, these Christmas party ideas are simple yet effective.

    Looking for further party ideas? Read Dreamy Christmas table decoration ideas to celebrate the season in style

    1. Make homemade festive lights

    Christmas party ideas

    Dan Duchars

    Lighting plays a key role in setting the scene for any party, especially a Christmas one where ambience is all important. Simple candlelight is the perfect way to make a festive soirée more intimate and heartfelt. Even if you have an abundance of votives already, you can bet you’ll need more to decorate for a party. That’s where upcycling comes in handy.

    Save yourself the trouble and expense of buying more votives than you would normally need. Simply spray paint used jam jars and other glass pots, to make your own  shimmering mercury-glass-effect votives.

    Lay an empty glass jar on its side, on newspaper and mist with water. Immediately spray over the water droplets with silver spray paint. Leave to dry, rotate and repeat. Once full covered pop a tealight inside.

    2. Tie in Pom-Pom decorations

    Christmas party ideas with pom pom decorations hung above the dining table

    Mark Scott

    Colour code your party decorations to create a wow statement. Pair pastel shades of iridescent baubles and glasses with decorative paper pom-poms. Even tealights and foliage can be in-keeping with the scheme.

    Suspending on-trend paper pom-pom decorations above a dining table creates a clear party zone.

    3. Extend a warm welcome


    Create a wow factor the moment your Christmas guests arrive through the front door. Style up a hallway console table with a seasonal display, to add some festive cheer to your entrance. Twinkling lights and Christmas go hand-in-hand, so try to add a bit of sparkling illumination to your hall. Create a warm and opulent atmosphere with scented orange and cinnamon candles set alight inside burnished and bronzed lanterns.

    If you don’t fancy a whole string of fairy lights, place a few battery-operated tealights in glass jars. Realistic faux flowers are a great alternative to fresh blooms, to ensure they last throughout the festivities.

    4. Adorn your hallway with foliage


    Light the way into the party! Line your hallway bannisters and door frames with festive foliage in abundance. Aromatic evergreens such as eucalyptus and pine make wonderful garlands as they release their scent when brushed past, ideal for high-traffic hallways.

    Use delicate herb wreaths decorations to add further delicate fragrance. And why not throw some fairy lights into the mix to add an extra bit of Christmas sparkle?

    Looking for more hallway ideas? Read Christmas hallway decorating ideas to impress your guests

    5. Fashion a self-service bar

    Christmas party ideas drinks cart

    David Brittain

    Home bars are all the rage, as the trend for entertaining from the comfort of our own homes is more popular than ever. Hosting house parties are ideal, not only do you save money on hiked up drinks prices – there’s no closing time  (at your own discretion).

    Set up a drink trolley of sorts by dressing a unit with all the accessories your guests will need to make their own drinks. From an evening tipple to a morning cuppa, a self-service station means guests can help themselves.

    6. Prepare a props table

    Christmas party ideas props table

    Dan Duchars

    Did you even host a party if you didn’t get a pic of family and friends with props?! From specs and lips on sticks to characterful hats, the photo prop is the party accessory du jour. Keep party props to hand on a sideboard or console table suitably dressed for the festivities. Alongside bottles of bubbly, all the ingredients for fabulous photos to treasure the happy memories.

    7. Create a seasonal menu

    Christmas party ideas menu board

    TI Media

    Set the tone of what guests can expect on the menu front, by fashioning a chalkboard sign. Taking the pub-like approach of a menu board helps to make a dinner party feel all the more special, setting it aside from just an everyday dinner.

    8. Deck the halls

    Christmas party ideas paper decorations in hallway

    Jon Day

    It doesn’t have to be merely all about the tree, parties are the perfect excuse to dress every wall, of every room. Use over-sized paper decorations and paper chains — an affordable, yet effective way to instantly transform a room. Talking Tables has a wide range, to help you create your desired look.

    Alternatively to be more effective and eco-friendly you could make your own paper chains, using upcycled wrapping paper.

    9. Dress your table to impress


    Your guests will have dressed up so make sure your home is adequately attired too. A striking arrangement of foliage above the dining table will add a sense of occasion – easy to do you can simply bend some pliable twigs, such as willow, and fasten with garden twine. For further visual impact fill large glass vessels with seasonal foliage and berries. Accessorise with a cluster of tapered candles for added drama.

    10. Make a table centrepiece


    Christmas is not the season for shrinking violets; instead it’s the perfect excuse to really go for it with accessories. A quirky terrarium filled with seasonal foliage and baubles is all you need to create a statement centrepiece with a twist.

    Looking for more quirky ideas? Christmas bauble display ideas that will put a creative spin on tradition

    11. Serve festive drinks


    Festive tipples are always an instant win for Christmas parties. Try spiced cider as an alternative to mulled wine or really wow you your guests with a serving of home-made vodka.

    Simply dissolve 100g of caster sugar in a pan of 100ml water, simmer for 3-4minutes. Leave to cool then add clementine and zest, leave somewhere cool for 24 hours. Strain the mixture and hey presto you have yourself a flavoured vodka for Christmas cocktails. Serve in pretty glass tumblers and garnish with sprigs of edible berries for a festive flourish.

    12. Turn a dresser into a glamorous bar


    Convert an existing storage space or dresser into a drinks station. Here, wallpaper-lined walls and glass fronted doors create a dazzling display space for coloured glassware and a selection of everyone’s favourite seasonal tipples. The built-in shelves makes a great drinks prep and serving space. Keeping wine and spirits out on display rather than hidden away creates a warm and hospitable feel in a house full of guests.

    13. Dress a console table for a buffet


    For a more relaxed Christmas party, load up a console table with party food and allow guests to help themselves, buffet style. A smart runner and a vase of decorated branches will add a festive party feel.

    14. Blow up festive balloons


    Balloons are the easy way to make a big impact when it comes to party decorations. Set a sleek dining table with gleaming candlesticks and sparkling crystal to make a Christmas or New Year bash go off with a bang. Tie white balloons to mini decorative weights with lengths of ric-rac braid, ribbon or tinsel and surround the table.

    15. Make sure your party sparkles

    Christmas party ideas

    Stuart West

    Want your dinner party to go off with a bang? Add small sparklers to each place setting to create a sense of drama. Just don’t allow them near the brandy-soaked Christmas pudding.

    16. Light up your garden


    Show guests the way to your Christmas party with decorative lights. Here, three faux rattan stars make an eye-catching contrast against the leafy hedge, while a rope of mains-powered outdoor fairy lights entices people through the arch. Use fairy lights as up-lighters rather than all-over decorations to subtly draw attention to key features in your garden.

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    We hope you’ve enjoyed these Christmas party ideas as much as we’ve enjoyed writing about them. Time to get planning!

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