26 Christmas Party Ideas for the Most Epic Night Ever
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26 Christmas Party Ideas for the Most Epic Night Ever

‘Tis the season for presents, festive dessert shots and (our personal favorite) holiday parties. Whether you’re throwing a fancy party with your family or a more casual affair with your #squad, this is the time to start up your holiday decor pinboards, stockpile entertaining essentials and come up with a cool holiday party theme. Instead of throwing the same old party you’ve been hosting for the past few years, mix things up with a holiday shindig that’s totally epic. Check out these 26 DIYs, decor ideas and trendy themes that’ll have your guests RSVPing YAS!

1. DIY Clay Words: First order of business: a steaming mug of spiked hot cocoa and a handful of frozen whipped cream “marshmallows.” Put together a hot chocolate station and spell it out with this easy clay sign. (via Oh Happy Day)

2. Honeycomb Backdrop: If you’re looking for a colorful, swoon-worthy backdrop to your dessert table (who isn’t?), you can’t go wrong with a wall covered in honeycomb shapes. How pretty are those jewel tones with pops of gold? (via Sugar & Cloth)

3. DIY Snow Globe Cake: The best way to do snow globes? DIY edible versions, duh. Ace the holiday entertaining game with a bit of creativity… and a lot of sugary goodness. Take your cake to the next level with a little fondant and some summer-inspired cake toppers. (via Brit + Co)

4. DIY Bubbly Balloon Backdrop: Simple, gorgeous and DIY — all of our favorite things! This easy balloon backdrop will transform any blank wall — and the tree! — into a breathtaking party backdrop. (via A Kailo Chic Life)

5. Jazz Up the Bar Cart: It doesn’t get much more festive than a bar cart full of presents and gold barware. Layered garlands and mini bottlebrush trees create the perfect punchy decor accents to any holiday get together. (via Sugar & Cloth)

6. DIY Edible Chocolate Trees: Use foil-wrapped chocolates to make these pretty trees the main attraction at all your holiday parties. Line them up along the mantel or use them as an inexpensive table centerpiece at your next shindig. (via Brit + Co)

7. Gift Wrap Holiday Party: Grab your best girlfriends for a night of warm cocoa, must-know gossip and holiday festivities at your house. Stock up on pretty gift wrap (don’t forget the washi tape!) and cool DIY gift toppers for a fun gift wrapping extravaganza. (via Studio DIY)

8. Ugly Sweater Party: If you’re of the firm belief that tacky equals awesome, an ugly sweater party might be in your future. This is the one holiday-themed bash that requires zero outfit stress, because the flashier the sequins and the cheesier the baubles, the more you’re winning. (via Brit + Co)

9. Holiday Cookie Exchange: It’s the most wonderful time of year to bake cookies, share cookies and eat cookies. Throw a little cookie exchange party where you and your BFFs can swap your fave recipes over a glass of red wine. (via Oh Happy Day)

10. Christmas Photo Booth: Creating a photo background can be as easy as taping candy-striped streamers to the wall. After all, the real point of a holiday shoot is to show off that red lipstick and those terrible sweaters, so don’t stress the backdrop too much. (via Promise Tangeman)

11. DIY Disco Ball Tree: Um, yes, this disco ball tree beats vacuuming up pine needles any day. It’s bold, it’s glam and it’s actually pretty easy to put together with this DIY. (via Studio DIY)

12. Holiday Card Party: If you’re going with good old-fashioned snail mail this season, nothing beats a sassy holiday card. Get all your friends in on the fun and throw a party dedicated to hand-lettered addresses and actual stamp-licking. (via Brit + Co)

13. DIY Giant Candy Cane: The guests have RSVP’d, the pies have been baked and now it’s time to put together some seriously cool decor. These oversized candy canes are so rad, you might just catch your guests trying to sneak them home. (via Oh Happy Day)

14. DIY Printable Holiday Gift Wrap: Round up a group of friends for a spur-of-the-moment holiday wrap party. Make sure to run to the store to get plenty of tape, then warm up your printer and go crazy with this tropical-themed gift wrap. (via Studio DIY)

15. DIY Punny Tree Ornaments: DIY queens will love the idea of a holiday party based on crafty-everything. Stock up on plain glass balls at the dollar store and let your friends have a blast coming up with holiday puns. Then let them take their ornaments home at the end of the night as a fab party favor. (via Brit + Co)

16. White Elephant Gift Exchange: Skip the grand festivities in favor of a cozy night in with the people you love. Order in some pizza, break out the Trader Joe’s wine and get ready to share some hilariously weird and wacky gifts. (via Brit + Co)

17. DIY Giant Paper Snowflakes: Skip the bad weather and fake your own blizzard this season. Roll out a massive sheet of white paper and get your scissors ready to make gigantic lacy paper snowflakes. (via Oh Happy Day)

18. DIY Candy Cane Treat Box: Peace, love and peppermint! Every party needs a good favor, and these candy cane gift boxes are a breeze to put together. Fill ’em up with chocolate truffles dunked in pink chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy cane. (via Brit + Co)

19. DIY ’90s Throwback Tree Ornaments: Our sources say, these are the ornaments your party needs to be wicked cool. Instead of Santa or reindeer, turn your tree into an homage to everything awesome about the ’90s, including a disco ball. Obvi. (via Aww Sam)

20. DIY Giant Ornament Balloons: While mini decorations are pretty adorable, there’s no denying the appeal of a supersized ornament. Let these guys bounce across the floor, bunch them together for a photo shoot or hang them on your porch — they’ll rock the party no matter where you put them. (via Studio DIY)

21. Tree Decorating Party: Turn your tree lighting into the main event. Invite your entire squad over for coffee and cocktails, then get your decor on by DIYing a few baubles. Bonus points for getting your friends to untangle your string lights for you. (via Brit + Co)

22. DIY Advent Calendar: Marble backdrop. Check. Teensy packages full of goodies? Check, check. Congrats, you’re well on your way to counting down to Santa’s arrival in style. (via Brit + Co)

23. DIY Christmas Light Balloon Garlands: String ’em on the tree, hang them across the mantel or use them as a photo booth prop: Seriously, these light bulb garlands can do it all. The best part is that you can totally customize the dye job to go with your unique color palette. (via Studio DIY)

24. DIY Confetti Cannon: Ain’t no party until the confetti shows up. Pop the bubbly, then pop these rad DIY confetti cannons to kick off your bash in style. (via Brit + Co)

25. DIY Blendo Ornaments: This teal, pink and red take on holiday decor is simple and chic. Dress up your tree with gold stars, red ribbon and soft sage leaves for an extra pop of texture. Then follow this DIY to recreate the soft pastel ombre ornaments. Ooh, magical. (via A Kailo Chic Life)

26. Holiday Happy Hour: Decking out your bar cart for the holidays can be a snap. Hang some swag and swap out your wine glasses for something gilded to show off your signature Christmas cocktail. (via Brit + Co)

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