If you’re like most of us across the country, you’re deep into decking the halls or prepping for a holiday party or two. Once the Christmas decorating done, the entertaining needs to be easy! In my recent set of posts for Celebrations.com, I show you a few fun tricks to make having people over for a meal a little less stressful. A Christmas dinner party should always be full of wassil and cheer, not worry and stress!

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With all the cooking, serving and cleaning up you’re going to do at your party, you’ll want to keep the table setting simple. Gold is totally trendy this year, and our inspiration table stays in that theme. Gold chargers from the craft store make this look–they’re easy to find, inexpensive, and can easily be changed to match a different theme later on!   Add in simple plates, silver and glassware and just one special touch to make the table pop like these mini rosemary wreaths, and you’ll be ready to impress your guests.

 

Christmas Dinner Party Inspiration upcycled tray

Have a color scheme in mind for your party but don’t want to shell out for a whole new set of serveware? A visit to your local thrift store for a few frames and some coordinating wrapping paper and you will be on your way to some upcycled serving pieces that will be the envy of your guests.

 

Christmas Martini Dinner Party Inspiration

A signature drink is always a perfect (and easy) way to make guests feel special. Make one big batch and shake these Christmas Kiss cocktails in a martini shaker with ice as you’re serving them.

Christmas-Dinner-Party appetizer inspiration

One or two appetizers is all you need for a dinner party. A cheese or crudite tray – something you just have to plate up – and one appetizer that is delicious but easy like these goat cheese cranberry pecan bites is perfect!

 

Christmas Holiday Cheer free printable wine tag

Not throwing your own party? No problem! Download these free printable wine tags to dress up your bottle when you hand it to your holiday party host!

PAPER-FLOWER-TUTORIAL

As part of my "Will you be my bridesmaid?" box for Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, I made pretty paper flowers to cover the wooden box the bridesmaid's gift was given in. These are completely inexpensive to make, they only require a few sheets of cardstock! Paper Flower Tutorial Our beautiful "Will you be my bridesmaid" box is decorated with pretty pale pink paper flowers. While they look { Read More! }

DIY Will you be my bridesmaid? box tutorial

I was asked to participate in the #BRIDEnBEYOND program, sponsored by Jared® The Galleria Of Jewelry. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. One of the most exciting things about getting married (besides a new sparkly ring) is getting to spend a pretty wonderful day with those you love most. Because Its such a special and important event, you want to ask those who you { Read More! }

Happy Thursday! Today's the Season to Sparkle blog hop tutorials are about cupcakes, garland and fringe--all in glamorous sparkly colors! Hop over to Holly at Paisley Petal Events for a darling sparkly golden bow tutorial. Amy at Mod Podge rocks has this fun and sassy DIY Messy Garland tutorial that little hands are sure to want to help with! Bump Smitten has a tutorial a DIY Giant { Read More! }

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Welcome to day 2 of the Season to Sparkle blog hop! This is where the good stuff comes in--the tutorials where you learn how to make all the neat stuff in the party. My donation was these glam little Christmas tree cupcake toppers. They're cute, and they're pretty easy to make. And they love getting beauty shots done. There is so much flexibility in the design of these toppers, you can { Read More! }