18 Party Ideas For The Ultimate Christmas Party

Make sure the mistletoe is hung where you can see.

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If you want to host the best holiday bash on the block, it's going to require more than a strand of string lights, store-bought cookies, and Christmas music on repeat. Prep for the merriest Christmas party ever with some our favorite recipes and decorating ideas. Deciding what you're going to wear is on you, tho.

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Break Out The Garlands

Is it even Christmas if you don't have a garland? Dress yours up by crafting a wreath out of three gold rings.

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Chelsea Lupkin
Serve Christmas Classics

People will go nuts for this adorable pigs-in-a-blanket wreath.

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Set Up A Hot Cocoa Stand

Make sure everyones favorite holiday drink is flowing. Add marshmallows, peppermint sprinkles, and red cups.

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Add A Balloon Tree

If you have a party without balloons, you're doing it all wrong. If you really want to go all out, DIY your own balloon wall.

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Jonathan Boulton
Stir Some Punch

You absolutely need to know about jingle juice.

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Use Festive Gift Wrap

Just when you thought presents couldn't get any more fun.

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Ngoc Minh Ngo
Cover the Ceiling

Fluffy paper snowflakes make this dining room feel like a winter wonderland.

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Pretty Up Your Tabletop

Attach holly leaves to napkin rings. Add a garland as a runner and you've got a festive, nature-inspired table.

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ETHAN CALABRESE
Bake (Lots of) Brie

Melty, gooey cheese is always the star of cocktail hour. Set out a fresh-from-the-oven wheel with crackers, pita chips, or even sliced apples

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Jonathan Boulton
Brew Cocktails in Your Slow Cooker

Delegate bartending duties to your crockpot this year. This mulled wine is a classic everyone will be obsessed with.

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DIY An Alternative Christmas Tree

Save your evergreen for your fam on Christmas morning and DIY a fun, unconventional tree for your party, like a Christmas cactus. Now it's a fiesta!

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Ngoc Minh Ngo
Stock Your Bar Cart

People are inevitably going to gather around the drinks station. Pretty it up with a garland, sparkly glassware, and, of course, plenty of booze.

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Jonathan Boulton
Combine the Centerpiece With Dessert

Don't rush out to buy boatloads of flowers. An over-the-top cake can also be the star of the room.

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Kate Sears
Make Everything Smell Like Christmas

Tuck pomander balls in every niche of your house. Studded with cloves or star anise, the decorative oranges make the house smell amazing.

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Light Lots of Candles

Dress up your mantel or table with a mishmash of red and green tapers instead of generic white ones, or DIY festive pine-scented candles.

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Dress Up Drinks

Thread a skewer through frozen cranberries or raspberries for a flavorful chiller.

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Hang a Photo Backdrop

Want to have an insta-worthy party? Give people a picture-perfect background for some fun snaps.

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Lindsay Conchar
Send Guests Home With Treats

Friends don't let friends leave empty-handed.

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