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Merry, Mod, and Bright Holiday Party


Creative Reindeer
Spray-paint inexpensive paper mache reindeer (available at most craft & holiday decor stores) to match your theme, and embellish them with festive holiday trims and decorative paper. No time to spray paint? Just embellish the reindeer in their natural kraft paper or metallic gold state! {Download the paper patterns pictured above right here.}

Table Centerpiece
Pair your "all decked out" reindeer with a cluster of ornaments, pinecones, and candles. For added punches of color, spray paint some of the pinecones red and white. For the finishing touch, add paper "Merry" and "Bright" banners to each reindeer. Print the banners out here, cut them out by hand, leaving a small white border around each, and glue them to a wooden dowel (available at craft stores).

Mood Lighting
Add some festive mood lighting with votive candles! We used the frosted red and green Apple Cinnamon and Spruce It Up! votives from Glade here, and dressed them up with festive paper patterns and yarn to coordinate them with the reindeer and place settings.

Festive Place Settings
Dress up your place settings with decorative paper. Wrap a wide band around your charger plates, then use different, but coordinating papers as "napkin rings". Top each paper napkin ring with a decorative pinecone or wicker ball/potpourri element.

Garnished Glassware

Make wine glasses extra-festive by covering the entire stem with colored yarn and securing with a knot or glue dot. Pull 3 artificial berries from a wired berry pick and twist the wires or hot glue the berries together to form a traditional 3-part holly berry shape. Secure the berry cluster to the base of the wine glass with a glue dot  or hot glue. Dress up water glasses with a band of holiday ribbon, like the "snowy" white pom trim utilized here.

Let it Snow

Turn your ordinary light fixture or dining room chandelier into festive holiday decor by decorating it with “snowy” garlands made from white silk rose petals strung onto fishing line.  Tie several garlands to the light fixture or secure them with scotch tape, then suspend glittery snowflake ornaments (also hung from fishing line) amidst these snowy strands to complete the winter wonderland look.

Sitting Pretty

Don’t forget about the option to decorate the chairs around your table! It’s often those little, unexpected details that end up making the biggest impression.  To decorate these chairs, we paired a small cluster of artificial berries with short lengths of the the same “snowy” silk rose petal strands used in the "snowy chandelier" hanging above the table.


– Party Styling & Graphic Design: Jennifer Sbranti / HWTM
– Paper Elements: HWTM (available to download here)
– Photography: Sonny Sbranti / HWTM

– Square Charger Plates and White Plates: Target
– Candles: Glade
– Paper Mache Reindeer: Michaels
– Christmas Ornaments: Target & Michaels
– Yarn & Craft Embellishments: Michaels
– Wicker shapes for napkin rings: IKEA
– Sparkly Pinecones: Pier 1