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Paul Spano

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Missing a few pieces for the holiday party? Don’t sweat it. There are plenty of fun, creative ideas you can incorporate that don’t take up too much of your time.

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Here are five last-minute holiday party ideas that will add a special touch to your event.

1. Basic Bubbly

A simple bar can still have flair. Stick to bubbly and stock up to ensure you have plenty for your guests. Garnish glasses with fresh fruit—cranberries, oranges, and raspberries are tasty options guests will love—and offer sparkling pops for extra fizz. It’s one of those tasteful, classic holiday party ideas that provides an easy way to add fun and flair without the necessity of stocking a full bar.

Bubbly is always festive. Making it the main drink, along with small extras, is an easy way to reduce the fact that you waited till the last minute to plan drinks.

2. Crafty Décor

You don’t need to get hung up on the fancy décor because, at the end of the day, it’s likely to go unnoticed. Elevate the ambience at your holiday party in a new way.

Everybody’s here for the food, the company, and an overall good time. Instead of splurging, purchase affordable pieces from local craft stores.

Hang ornaments on ribbons around the venue for a seasonal twist.

Gift wrap packages in similar paper and matching colours, then place them in strategic groups around the space and under the tree.

Cut fabric into triangles and add a holiday message with a fabric marker. Wrap twine around pinecones to hang alongside the message.

These simple tricks can be added in a pinch, look great, are festive, and won’t break the bank.

3. Metallic Embellishments

There’s no need to spend a fortune on shiny decorations when you can make them yourself.

Everything looks good in a metallic shine—especially at this time of year. Create your own decorations by purchasing dollar store pines and acorns, or picking a few from the backyard. Get a few cans of spray paint, in either the same colour or different shades, depending on the party vibe. Go to town and paint each piece.

In no time, you ‘ll have glamorous acorns, branches, and pine cones that merely needed a touch of colour. Place them however you’d like, whether it’s around the buffet tables or as table centerpieces.

4. Mix and Match

Don’t fret about matching your serving dishes to your glassware. This party doesn’t have a uniform requirement. Add character and embrace the new vibe with an assortment of serving dishes. The diverse textures, colours, and containers add a casual element. You’ll find it’s a decorating trick that’s a blessing in disguise.

Your guests are there to enjoy the food: They’ll be less focused on the fact that the plates don’t match the cutlery. Take advantage of the fact that you’ve placed wood grain boards beside solid coloured trays and white serving bowls. If opposites attract, work that angle to your advantage.

5. Games: The Holiday Edition

For a party that’s sure to bring everyone together, let loose with a few holiday games. There are so many entertainment ideas to add for an unforgettable holiday party.

Games connect coworkers and are an instant way to spice up the night. Have a mini polaroid and sharpies on hand for guests to snap pictures and write messages below. The pictures can be hung around a holiday wreath for everyone to see, indirectly adding to the festive decoration.

Leave photo props in a sectioned-off area to play dress up and take fun, holiday photos.

Set up holiday karaoke for everyone to show off their singing skills or play Christmas movie trivia with printable sheets and see how well your coworkers know the seasonal classics.

These quick, entertaining holiday party ideas will leave everyone in the holiday spirit.


Paul Spano

With over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Paul was the driving force that brought Seventh Heaven together back in 2001. Having started his career in the kitchen, Paul’s passion and thirst for knowledge helped him move quickly through the ranks. He is now Seventh Heaven’s Senior Sales Consultant, Event Planner, and Director of Venue Development. Managing different venues that seat 750 to 1800 guests, Paul brings exceptional operational skills to his role. No matter what you envision or what your dreams and desires are, Paul makes them a reality by getting it done. According to Paul, there is no greater joy than surpassing all of your clients’ and guests’ expectations. His expertise and passion make him one of the pillars of Seventh Heaven.
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