Perhaps nothing helps you get into the warm holiday spirit like a cheerful Christmas party with friends and loved ones. When planning your holiday soiree, be sure to use this helpful and comprehensive Christmas party decorations list, and don’t forget to check it twice! We’ve broken down the décor must-haves and more that you need to transform any venue into a dreamy winter wonderland.
Essential Christmas Party Decorations for a Picture Perfect Celebration
You’ve chosen a theme and set a date, so now you just need to prep for a picture perfect celebration. Every good party needs a few basic décor elements to make guests smile and enhance the atmosphere. Here are the essential items to include at your Christmas blow-out:
Balloons & Balloon Weights
Colorful and bouncy, balloons add instant delight to any space. Keep them in place with colorful coordinating balloon weights.
Hanging Decorations & Streamers
The easiest way to give any room a party vibe is with colorful streamers and hanging decorations. Take any decoration that matches your theme and string them from ceilings, light fixtures, doorways, etc.
Wall Décor & Cut-Outs
Don’t leave walls bare! Use cool cut outs with images that match the party theme. Wall décor can instantly convey the Christmas vibe you’re seeking to achieve at your event.
Merry Christmas Banner or Garland
Greet guests as they enter with a Merry Christmas banner or cheerful garland strung from walls, around window frames, and on railings.
Signage (Indoor and/or Outdoor)
Use signage to indicate the location so guests know when they’ve arrived. Signs are also helpful inside, clearly marking specific rooms, items, activity supplies, and more.
Excellent Christmas Table Decoration Ideas
Don’t just deck the halls; deck out your tabletops, too! Create colorful and charming holiday tablescapes for serving, snacking, and dining with these Christmas party decoration ideas:
Centerpieces are the ideal way to turn a simple tabletop into a stunning visual element. Create a simple, yet stylish centerpiece using candles, holly and berries, colorful glass ball ornaments, etc.
Plates (food & cake)
While you may not typically think of plates as a part of the Christmas party decorations, the color and design you choose can enhance the décor. Whether you go with paper or plastic, do color-coordinate plates for both meals and desserts.
Cups/ Glasses/ DRINK-WARE
Have the right kind of cups for the beverages you’ll serve. Opt for disposable if having a large gathering, unless you’re serving wine, in which case actual glasses are preferred.
Forks, Spoons, Knives
Cutlery is a must for meals and dessert items like cake and pie. Go with plastic for easy cleanup, or use silverware for an upscale look.
Like plates, napkins can be a good way to add to the Christmas party decorations even though it’s a disposable item. Offer your guests both cocktail and dinner napkins in colors or prints that match the plates and other décor.
Keep tablecloths simple by going with a solid color, or opt for a fun pattern or design. You can’t go wrong with red or green, whether it’s a fabric or disposable option.
Skirting adds another layer of depth and colorful design around tables.
Use a runner to layer tabletops and enhance the tablescape.
Place Cards & Place Card Holders
For sit-down meals or crafting Christmas parties, give guests an assigned seat by using place cards and place card holders.
Give tables a little extra sparkle and shine with fun confetti sprinkled around.
Why not add some holiday pep to chairs with fun Christmas chair covers?
Christmas Party Decorations to Consider for Serving
One of the best parts of the holiday season is the many delicious foods and sweet treats to be enjoyed. Serve up your selection of Christmas party favorites in style with color coordinated or seasonally themed dishes and utensils.
Take note of the many items to include to be sure your serving essentials play a part in the décor:
Serving Knife (Cake Cutter)
Use a stainless steel or disposable cake cutter to serve dessert.
Use color coordinating serving dishes, or choose fun patterns and designs with holiday themes.
Chaffing Dishes or Buffet Server/Warming Tray
For buffet style meals, keep hot foods at a safe temperature with stylish chaffing dishes.
Apothecary Jars for a Sweet Table or Simple Candy Dishes
Create a Christmas-themed candy bar using colorful sweets and elegant glass apothecary jars. Another option is to use simple candy dishes to offer sweets throughout the party place for guests to grab and enjoy.
Serving utensils should all be the same color, material, or design to keep a cohesive look.
Cake Topper/Figurines & CUPCAKE TOPPERS
Top off the Christmas party cake & cupcakes with a cool figurines or toppers that match the party theme. It could be a small Santa, a simple snowman, or any other holiday-related character or item.
Cake and/or Cupcake Display
Don’t just set the cake or cupcakes out on the table. Instead, create a whimsical and fun display using a tiered tray or handsome cake stand.
Lovely Christmas Floral Arrangements to Create Atmosphere
An easy way to add seasonal beauty to your celebration is with Christmas floral arrangements.
Flowers bring a natural touch and help create a colorful atmosphere indoors.
Here are some favorite winter flora to consider including in arrangements and using as décor:
- Christmas Rose
- Phalaenopsis Orchid
- Christmas Cactus
Stand out with Proper Christmas Party Lighting
Create the ideal Christmas get-together ambiance with the right lighting. Often overlooked, lighting can make or break the party atmosphere, giving it just the right glow to set the celebratory mood.
Here are some excellent lighting options to consider:
Flameless LED Candles
For a safe alternative to wick candles, use flameless LED options. They’ll cast a soft, warm glow for hours, so there’s no need to worry about the flame going out.
Hanging Paper Lanterns
Colorful paper lanterns can easily be handcrafted or purchased ready to be used. Hang them from ceilings to add a festive touch and provide ambient lighting.
Fairylights add a soft, delicate glow to small areas. They’re perfect for use in centerpieces and other décor elements.
The tinier version of string lights, mini lights are great for adding shine and mood lighting to small spots and enhancing décor elements.
Hang white or rainbow colored string lights on Christmas trees and drape it along walls, hang strands around windows, or use outdoors along a fence or deck.
Uplighting helps to bring a dance floor to life, but it can also be a fun way to cast colors and light on any wall.
Led Light Curtain
Transform a bare wall or ordinary doorway with a cool LED light curtain. It’s an excellent way to draw the eye to a specific area, such as behind a buffet table.
Candles & Tealights
The soft, warm glow of candles and tealights can be the perfect touch for tabletops, bar tops, and in powder rooms and hallways.
Have fun with these Christmas Party Decorations
The best part of Christmas party décor is how colorful, cheerful, and upbeat it can be. There are no limits to how you can dress up your party location, especially when you’re working with a specific holiday theme.
Don’t forget to include some of these extra fun and festive Christmas party decorations:
Oh, Christmas tree! A beautifully decorated Christmas tree is an absolute must, whether it’s real or fake, large or small, one tree or a few! Add bright lights and colorful balls or special ornaments to bring the holiday spirit into the home or venue.
Fringed Door Curtain
Dress up doorways with a creative and fun fringed door curtain. It’s a fun way to keep some rooms separate and private or to differentiate between rooms in the party place.
Christmas Crackers & Blowouts & Noise Makers
Highlight a certain time during the celebration by handing out Christmas crackers, noisemakers, and blowouts. These are especially fun for kids and can be used indoors or outside.
Dessert or Buffet Table Backdrop
Highlight the food serving station by making the backdrop a main focal point. Draw attention to delicious bites and sweet treats by setting up buffet and dessert tables.
Photo Booth or Scene Setters
Guests love taking photos to commemorate special events, so why not set up a photo booth at your Christmas get-together? Add fun holiday related props and encourage everyone to take a few silly pictures together. Scene setters can be used in the background to play up the holiday theme. You can also create a background with Christmas party decorations to customize your photo booth backdrop.
More Wonderful Christmas Party Decorations to Consider
Oh, what fun it is to add a few of these wonderful Christmas décor ideas to your party place!
Consider using any or all of these cheerful and creative decorative ideas:
A “Welcome” Wreath
Greet your party guests at the door with a warm “welcome” wreath made of fresh pine and a bright red ribbon.
Photo Garland, Retrospective Poster or Photos of Christmas’ past
Put together a fun photo or holiday card garland or sweet retrospective poster to reflect on Christmases past. Guests will get a real kick out of looking at the old pictures and remembering the good times of years gone by.
Another twist on adding photos as décor involves lighting them up. Transform your photos into calming, colorful luminaries by adding a light inside. Photo luminaries make for one of a kind Christmas party decorations that you won’t find in any store!
Giant Candy Canes
Add over sized candy canes as Christmas party décor for a fun and playful touch. It’ll make your guests feel like kids again, and the younger set will certainly enjoy them!
Choose a few colors to create a cool DIY tassel garland to string up around the venue. You can use paper, fabric, or ribbons to achieve your desired look.
Giant Wall Poinsettia Flowers or Mistletoe
Cut out giant paper poinsettias to hang up on the walls. You can put them together in bunches for an extra vibrant look. Don’t forget to hang mistletoe from doorways, too, so guests can share the holiday love with one another!
Wooden Christmas Gift Box Décor
Set up a display of gifts with wooden Christmas gift boxes. You can paint the boxes, cover them in wrapping paper, or decorate them with colorful holiday fabric to mimic the look of actual gifts.
Treasure the memories by asking your guests to sign a book. They can include their names and favorite holiday party highlight.
Sound the Party Horns!No party is complete without colorful, cheerful décor. Use Christmas party decorations to transform your home or the party venue into an exciting winter wonderland that guests will absolutely love. With the right décor, you can bring your Christmas party theme to life, creating a most memorable event.
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