Since Christmas is exactly a week from today, I wanted to share a few fabulous entertaining accents that I will be incorporating into my holiday entertaining repertoire this year. Sure there are the larger planning tasks, like determining your Christmas dinner menu and finishing up your holiday shopping that most definitely take priority over the fun little extras. However, in the off chance that you are ahead of schedule and do have a little extra time/bandwidth, these fun and very festive holiday accents can definitely bring your party to the next level! These are simple and affordable touches that I love and will definitely be incorporating into my holiday entertaining this year.
This 19th Century British tradition is one that my family has been enjoying for as far back as I can remember. Christmas crackers are cylindrical shaped gifts with poppers built into both ends of the package, so that when you pull your cracker to open it, you experience a lively and festive popping sound followed by a cascade of tiny gifts. Contents of the Christmas cracker traditionally include: a paper crown, old fashioned game, a joke and sometimes a trivia question. The jokes tend to be a little cheesy, but everyone always has fun opening their Christmas cracker and sharing the contents with everyone at the dining table. Traditionally my family has used these Christmas crackers, but this year I am trying out these crackers just to mix it up a bit.
Mini Santa Party Hats
I love a fun and unexpected touch of whimsy when I'm hosting a party, so when I came across these fabulous mini santa hats I was sold on site! Whether you have kids, pets (yes, Dolly will be wearing one) or simply feel inclined to have a festive moment, these party hats are too cute to resist! Unfortunately these hats are no longer available for sale online, but you can still find them in stores!
From table gifts to coffee table decor, peppermint candy canes are a fabulous holiday accent. Classic candy canes placed in a small bud vase are a great way to accent almost any space with a festive pop of holiday red. In addition, these candy cane ornaments from Hammonds are going to look divine on my Christmas dinner table this year. These classic christmas candies are a fun, festive and very affordable holiday accent that I absolutely love to use (and snack on) during this time of year.
Festive Paper Napkins & Guest Towels
What would this post be without a nod to my favorite cocktail napkins and guest towels this holiday season!?! For guest towels, I am completely over the moon for these Caspari Wild Christmas Guest Towels. As for cocktail napkins, I actually found these Papyrus "Holiday Cheer" napkins in the checkout aisle at Whole Foods and had to have them. One last paper napkin that will be part of my entertaining ensemble this year are these Caspari Wild Christmas Luncheon Napkins. Thanks to a fabulous suggestion from a co-worker, I am going to be setting up a Panini Bar on Christmas Eve to serve my family for lunch. How much fun will that be!?!
Next week I will be revealing my Christmas Tablescape along with a few other fun ideas for celebrating Christmas, so stay tuned!!!