How to Throw an Ornament-Crafting Party
Because your friends have been to enough gift swaps this month.
The holiday season is upon us, which means entertaining season is most definitely upon us. If a dinner party isn’t your thing, but you’d love to have a more casual shindig, consider hosting an ornament-crafting party. Keep things simple by mixing up a big bowl of punch and setting out a few appetizers. Select a DIY ornament all your friends will love, and buy enough supplies for each guest to make one. Spread out supplies on a large table, and make sure the appetizers are nearby. Turn on some holiday tunes in the background, and you’re all set.
I’ve rounded up a few of our cutest DIY ornaments and most delicious punch and appetizer recipes to make party planning a breeze. Scroll through, pick your favorites and send out some invites … or a group text.
SUPER-CUTE DIY ORNAMENTS
Mini Pinecone Elf Ornament
Photographer: Christina Wedge
This adorable elf requires six steps — perfect for crafty, hands-on friends.
Make It: Mini Pinecone Elf Ornaments
Paint-Dipped Wooden Ornaments
Painted Wooden Spheres
Step 4- Remove Tape While the paint is still damp, carefully remove the tape from the sphere. Prop it in a glass upside down and allow to dry (appx 10 minutes).
Ultra-chic yet easy to make, these paint-dipped ornaments would be great for pals who lack the patience for detailed crafts.
Make It: Paint-Dipped Wooden Ornaments
Wooden Bead Star Ornament
Wooden Bead Window Stars
Less is definitely more when it comes this ornament. Made from simple ribbon and wooden beads, this lovely star is beautiful hanging in a window, on a door or nestled in a tree.
Photographer: Christina Wedge
Made with wooden beads, this beautiful ornament boasts a cool, bohemian vibe, and the DIY is just a few, simple steps.
Make It: Wooden Bead Star Ornament
Embroidery Hoop Sweater Ornaments
This craft is super-easy, super-cute -- and it may even inspire you to clean out your closet.
Make It: Embroidery Hoop Sweater Ornaments
Mini Ugly Sweater Ornament
Friends will go crazy over this ridiculously adorable idea. Because who doesn’t love an ugly Christmas sweater?
Make It: Mini Ugly Sweater Ornaments
Painted Glass Ornaments
If you want to keep the crafting as easy as possible, simply set out glass balls and acrylic paint. Let your friends’ creativity shine.
DELECTABLE HOLIDAY APPETIZER RECIPES
Cranberry Brie Bites
Everyone’s crazy for cranberries during the holidays and why not? Their delicious sweetness complements just about everything from classic cocktails to crowd pleasing appetizers. You can’t go wrong with cranberries!
The perfect combination of sweet and savory, these cranberry brie bites only require four true ingredients.
Make It: Cranberry Brie Bites Recipe
Mini Quiche Florentine
Mini Quiche Florentine
These easy mini quiches are perfect for holiday entertaining. The classic combination of spinach and Swiss cheese paired with the robust flavors of fresh thyme and Parmesan make them an instant hit with even the pickiest of palettes.
Spinach and cheese will make these mini quiches a hit with even your pickiest friends.
Make It: Mini Quiche Florentine Recipe
Taleggio Crostini With Apple + Thyme Honey
Apples give these light bites a seasonal crunch.
Brie + Sun-Dried Tomato-Stuffed Mushrooms
Flynnside Out Productions
You can’t go wrong with a stuffed mushroom — especially when it’s packed with gooey cheese.
Chocolate-Dipped Kettle Chips
Chocolate-Caramel Kettle Chips
Super-crunchy, salty, kettle-fried potato chips are the perfect canvas for the addition of sweetness and chocolate. A thin layer of caramel and chopped nuts makes this chip satisfy all your cravings at once. Get the recipe.
Guests will gush about this dynamite sweet-and-salty pairing.
Make It: Chocolate-Dipped Kettle Chips Recipe
Maple Chili Popcorn
Courtesy Kelsey Nixon, 2012 CookingChannelTV.com
Make a couple of batches of this seasonal popcorn to display in an oversized bowl. Friends can munch while they craft.
Make It: Maple Chili Popcorn Recipe
BOOZY HOLIDAY PUNCH RECIPES
Mulled Pear Punch
Brandy, prosecco, pears and blood oranges form a mulled winter punch that’s sure to impress.
Make It: Mulled Pear Punch Recipe
Sparkling Grapefruit Punch
Grapefruit artfully pairs with rum and rosemary in this tasty holiday punch.
Make It: Sparkling Grapefruit Punch Recipe
Apple Cider Punch
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Apple cider with a boozy kick? Yes, please.
Blackberries, bourbon, black tea and mint create this deep, fruity punch that pairs well with appetizers.
Make It: Pitchfork Punch Recipe
Rose Lemon Champagne Punch
Add some bubbly to your night with this refreshing champagne punch.
Make It: Rose Lemon Champagne Punch
White Christmas Sangria
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Opt for a seasonal spin on sangria with this white Christmas drink.
B.Y.O.B(ow) Wrapping Party
Make the traditionally tedious holiday chore into a chore no more by throwing a Bring-Your-Own-Bow wrapping party. Promise pals a booze-stocked bar cart, curated charcuterie boards and festive wrapping paper aplenty. All they’ll need? Ribbons, bows and a bundle of holiday gifts ready for wrapping.
Gingerbread House Curb Appeal Competition
Compete with friends to find out who has the design chops necessary to give plain-Jane gingerbread house kits the sweetest curb appeal. This trio of sugary-sweet homes created by Sprinkle Bakes blogger Heather Baird can serve as the ultimate icing design inspiration. Buttercream frosting, glittery gum-drops and hot-cinnamon candy are essential, while multiple bottles of pinot, cabernet and Chianti are strongly encouraged.
Classic Holiday Movies Marathon
Cozy up couch-side with a festive and fizzy cranberry cocktail, candied popcorn and your closest friends to view all of the classic holiday movies. Sure-fire crowd-pleasers include: It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone, A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and, of course, the beloved Elf. Have yourself a very merry, little movie marathon and take one sip of booze each time Santa makes an appearance on screen.
Ice, Ice, Cookies
Turn up the volume and up the ante this year with a laid-back, '90s inspired holiday cookie party. Have friends break out their shiniest velour tracksuits and come prepared to trick-out and ice-up some gooey vanilla sugar cookies. The soundtrack? Look no further than to our very own '90s breakout star and rap sensation turned real estate expert and entrepreneur—Vanilla Ice (ice), baby.
Boozy Holiday Brunch
Host a boozed-up holiday brunch and gift your guests with a heavy helping of holiday cheer, first thing in the morning. Bust out those neglected holiday plates and deck the dining table with holly, mistletoe and glitzy garland. Classic brunch staples, like chicken and waffles, breakfast burritos and homemade cinnamon buns, will be a source of celebration. But the true stars of the show include big-batch mimosas, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and the seasonal favorite, spiked hot cocoa.
The Tackier, The Better
Tacky Christmas sweaters are wardrobe staples during the holiday season. Throw a DIY tacky sweater pre-party with your pals and prepare for the festivities that await. Thrift store sweaters, glue guns, glittery puff-paint and an active imagination are all the makings necessary for some good, clean (albeit, tacky) holiday fun.
Pancakes + PJs Sleepover
Encourage friends to wear the most outrageous Christmas onesie they can find and join you for a Pancakes + PJs sleepover party. Lure them from their sleep with the earthy coffee aroma and the hissing and popping of bacon on the stove. Pile their plates high with sugary, syrup-drenched stacks of fluffy pancakes and gather around the kitchen table for an especially holly-jolly breakfast.
Spiked + Sprinkled Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate—bettered with booze. Invite your closest comrades over this holiday season and gift them with a tasting in what can only be described as “liquefied Christmas joy”. Some of our favorite alcoholic additions to the classic hot chocolate include (though are not limited to): whipped cream vodka, peppermint schnapps and a nice, spicy bourbon.
Pinot, Pallet + Paint Party
Let the inner artist shine through with your crew and host a Christmas-themed pallet paint party! Wooden pallets are easy on the wallet and make darling holiday decorations that look right at home on the front porch, foyer and even hanging on the wall. Supply pals with pallets, paintbrushes and a constant flow of pinot for a creative and crafty afternoon.
Santa's Wreath Workshop
You’re decking the halls, you might as well deck the front door while you’re at it! Ask friends over to join in on an afternoon of cocktails and catch-ups, while crafting one-of-a-kind Christmas wreaths to hang on their front doors this year.
Mistletoe + Margaritas Fiesta
Roasted turkey and whipped potatoes are great and all, but sometimes tacos and tequila are just the ticket to spice up the holiday season. Invite friends over for a holiday fiesta! Dangle mistletoe over doorways, prepare some chunky guacamole, and stock up on plenty of salt and lime. All are sure to grant your guests an extra festive time.
Follow along with friends to make some festive and easy Christmas stockings, because no holiday mantel is complete without them! Be sure to send friends on their way with stockings filled with small, thoughtful goodies. You can't go wrong with classic gingerbread cookies or a Mason jar of homemade hot cocoa mix.