Two-Step Holiday Party Decorations

Planning a holiday party? Forget week-long cleaning sprees and complicated crafts. You can deck your whole house with our easy, two-step party decorations. Each decorating idea is as simple as it is gorgeous.

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    Display Party Favors

    Party favors like these adorable fire starters can do double duty as party decorations until the guests head home.

    Step 1: Attach wicks to pinecones with wax.

    Step 2: Put each pinecone in a pretty foil baking cup.

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    Wrap Vases and Candles

    Create an easy holiday centerpiece by dressing up candleholders or hurricane vases.

    Step 1: Wrap colored velum around vases or candleholders, and adhere it in place with double-stick tape.

    Step 2: Use strips of aluminum foil tape to add easy metallic sparkle.

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    Light Up Champagne Glasses

    Set your holiday toasts aglow with a display of bubbling golden champagne and candles.

    Step 1: Decorate your buffet table with a runner and candles.

    Step 2: Stagger filled champagne glasses among the candles.

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    Layer Snack Bowls

    Up your party decor with a tasty decoration for the buffet table.

    Step 1: Place a filled bowl in a wider, shallower dish.

    Step 2: Fill the bottom dish with small ornaments.

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    Make It: Easiest Wreaths Ever

    Adorning your front door with a wreath is an easy way to welcome party guests. Try one of these so-simple, two-step wreaths this holiday season.

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    Make Snowflake Garlands

    Decorate any table with a sweeping garland of snowflakes.

    Step 1: Cut an array of white paper snowflakes.

    Step 2: String them onto twine or ribbon and secure in place with tape or staples.

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    Play with Place Cards

    The key to a gorgeous holiday table is a variety of scale. These clever place cards add height without taking up too much space.

    Step 1: Add a sprig of pine to a tall shot glass.

    Step 2. Top the glass with an ornament tied with a name tag.

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    Deck Dining Chairs

    Help party guests find their seats with this easy numbering idea.

    Step 1: Adhere wooden crafts numbers to burlap wreaths with glue or wire.

    Step 2: Use a wide ribbon to tie a wreath to each chair.

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    Style Party Favors

    Let party favors dress up place settings at your holiday party.

    Step 1: Fill take-out style boxes from crafts stores with your favors.

    Step 2: Top the box with a leaf, flower, or sprig of greenery -- whatever matches the rest of your party decorations.

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    Decorate with Garlands

    For a dramatic banister, double up on garland.

    Step 1: Wrap a traditional green garland around your banister.

    Step 2: Attach a contrasting garland, like this one made of felt flowers, to the first garland with wire ties.

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    Hang Stuffed Stockings

    An overflowing stocking on each chair gives your dining room a party-ready look. If you're in the giving mood, fill each stocking with inexpensive party favors like candies and cute ornaments.

    Step 1: Tuck greenery and vintage ornaments inside the stockings.

    Step 2: Hang the stockings from your dining chairs for a festive Christmas dinner decoration.

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    Use Family Photos

    Hosting a family dinner? Make it even more personal with family photos as party decorations.

    Step 1: Trim family photos into circles.

    Step 2: Place the photos under glass salad plates.

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