Bloggers Best Holiday Party Tips

Extend cheer to friends and loved ones by throwing a simple and festive party using tips from some of our favorite bloggers.

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Low Maintenance Mixology

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Low Maintenance Mixology

"Set up a cocktail bar and drink menu before guests arrive, and let them play mixologist," suggests Katie of Meyers Styles. "Having guests serve themselves is a conversation starter and it frees you up from refilling glasses all night!"

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Sanity Saver

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Sanity Saver

"I wire my fragile ornaments to the tree using floral wire," says Traci of Traci Zeller Designs. "That way, they are nearly impossible to knock off."

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A Sweet Activity

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A Sweet Activity

"Fill a glass vase or jar with tiny red hot candies (they're so festive!) and let the kids guess how many are inside," suggests Christina of Celebrations at Home.

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An Evergreen Idea

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An Evergreen Idea

"Give a flocked tree a try," says Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect. "It looks more expensive than what you'll actually pay for it and an added bonus -- it looks fully decorated with less ornaments!"

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Tabletop Tree

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Warm Hearted Wall Art

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Warm Hearted Wall Art

"Celebrate the twelve days of Christmas with this craft that does double duty as a fun holiday decoration and a meaningful activity," says Dawn of Party Blueprints. "Decorate envelopes with pictures or old holiday cards, and place a good deed for your child to do inside each envelope."

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Tablescape Tips

Kim Cornelison

Tablescape Tips

"When setting your table, keep it simple and use what you have," says Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. "Make sure to keep décor on the table low and open so guests can chat comfortably. If you have any items above eye level remove them before guests sit down."

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Greens Are Good!

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Greens Are Good!

"Plop fresh cut evergreens and put them into vases for instant holiday cheer (and that amazing scent)," says Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect. "Don't have any evergreens in your yard? Ask a neighbor or head to your local tree farm. Chances are they'll have clippings you can have for free."

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Add Some Spice

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Add Some Spice

"Add festive pops of color and some unexpected elements to your table," says Katie of Meyers Styles. "Let the kids get involved and ask them to help tie a cinnamon stick or a fresh sprig of rosemary onto each napkin."

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Takeaway Treats

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Takeaway Treats

"Give the kids something sweet to take home," says Christina of Celebrations at Home. "Fill clear plastic ball ornaments (available at crafts stores) with small candies like M&M's, and tie a ribbon to the top."

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Family Fun

Lucy Schaeffer

Family Fun

"Send your guests home with a fun, family activity by giving them the dry ingredients for your favorite cookie in a mason jar," says Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.

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Take-Home Treat

How to Make a Minty Mouse

Take-Home Treat

For the perfect end to any party, send guests home with this adorable, edible treat.

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