It’s already November, and that means the holiday season is upon us! But before you start freaking out over throwing a holiday party, among other things on your to-do list like gift shopping, you’ll want to check out Instagram’s best holiday #partyhacks. Set up a show-stopping centerpiece made out of wrapping paper, deck out your tree with ornaments you can make in 10 minutes or less and wow guests with an impressive tree-shaped cheese platter. Whatever your shindig calls for, these 23 #partyhacks will definitely help you pull off the perfect holiday party.
1. Holiday Cake: Use wrapping paper and gift boxes to create this cool tiered holiday cake display you can use as a centerpiece or mantel decor. When you’re done, place the cake on a stand and surround the base with a festive wreath for the finishing touch.
2. Temporary Tattoo Ornaments: Whip up these whimsical ornaments using temporary tattoos, decoupage, a brush and a sponge. In about 10 minutes or less, you’ll be left with the prettiest tree decorations you can hand out to guests as party favors.
3. Tree Ornament Cheese Plate: This super festive cheese plate is SO easy to make. Using a baking sheet, lay down then decorate a triangular piece of parchment paper with an assortment of cheeses, deli meats and rosemary sprigs.
4. Edible Gold Stars: You won’t need to fuss with drink stirrers with this quick and easy hack. Use edible gold stars to rim your Champagne glasses for a fancy touch.
5. Pumpkin and Apple Candles: Set the mood for your holiday party regardless of the celebration with these autumnal accents. To make, you’ll need apples, mini pumpkins, a melon-baller, tea lights and small tapered candles. Pro tip: Use lemon juice to prolong the freshness of your fruit and veggie votives.
6. Fall Foliage Candles: Upgrade your home decor for the holidays with something as simple as fall leaves. Bring seasonal foliage indoors by wrapping them around pillar candles with twine or string.
7. White Pumpkin Succulent Planters: Pumpkins aren’t just reserved for Halloween! Make use of this autumn staple by painting it white and adding succulents. And there you have it: a whimsical centerpiece for your holiday dinner party!
8. Photo Frame Cookie Platters: Use photo frames when serving holiday cookies to your party guests. Paint the frame and/or coordinate the paper inside to match your party’s color scheme.
9. Cranberry Ice Cubes: Spruce up those holiday cocktails with festive cranberry ice cubes. Pro tip: To give your drinks a more flavorful punch, substitute juice for water when filling up your ice cube tray prior to freezing.
10. Holiday Tree Bouquet: Whether you’re working with a small space or can’t be bothered with a tree this year, a holiday tree bouquet makes a suitable substitute. Gather fir branches and flowers for a unique and festive arrangement.
11. Gold Balloons: A little gold goes a long way in elevating your decor. Decorate plain white balloons by painting them half gold. The metallic sheen will give your party a sophisticated finish with minimal effort.
12. Painted Wooden Cutlery: Give your party a personalized touch with DIY cutlery that matches your party’s color scheme. Go with this color-dipped look for a trendy way to upgrade basic utensils.
13. Holiday Cards Tree: Display the tons of holiday cards you receive by turning them into a holiday tree. It’ll transform a boring white wall into a creative and festive display your guests will applaud you for.
14. Tile Gift Tags: Use rather inexpensive bathroom tiles and paint pens to create stylish gift tags. If turning them into ornaments, add hooks with hot glue.
15. Glass Ornaments: Make memories with friends and family you invite over by setting up a fun craft activity. Have guests fill clear glass ornaments with tinsel, confetti or little jingle bells, which they can later take home as party favors.
16. Herbs Ice Cubes: Keep those holiday drinks chilled with herb-infused ice cubes. Pour water into an ice cube tray and add fresh mint or thyme for this super easy hack.
17. Paper Cups Lights: Stick paper or plastic cups onto string lights for unique mood lighting at your holiday party. Coordinate the cup colors to fit your party’s aesthetic.
18. Wrapping Paper: Save your little one’s scribbles and drawings and repurpose them into wrapping paper. Not only will you save money on wrapping your party favors, but guests will appreciate the personalized touch from your li’l artist.
19. Flavored Booze: Add fresh herbs to your drinks to infuse them with subtle flavor. Think basil, lavender, mint and thyme, to name a few.
20. Honeycomb Garland: Instead of popcorn, string other snacks like honeycomb cereal for a fresh take on an old tradition. Trim your holiday tree with your edible decoration or hang it from the ceiling for a cute and simple way to make your party decor unique. This DIY is easy and yummy enough to get the kids to help!
21. Chalk-Painted Cocktail Glasses: Guests won’t have to worry about losing track of their glass thanks to this handy hack. Personalize cocktail glasses by painting their base with chalk paint and having guests sign their names.
22. Snowy Wreath: Instead of buying new decor, save money and upgrade your old items with a fresh coat of paint and glitter. Replicate this pretty upcycled wreath with mint green spray paint, white glitter and silver jingle bells.
23. Personalized Photos: Have guests write and draw on instant photos taken at your holiday party for a throwback way to capture fun memories. Your friends and family will appreciate the mementos from their favorite moments of the gathering.
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