Holiday party planning on a Budget & free Christmas Printables

As that famous Christmas song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”. It’s also the time of the year when the words “Christmas” and “budget” often appear in the same sentence. On my blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams, we specialize in boy’s parties so I have lots of fun party ideas. I can help you create a holiday party with a department store look on a dollar store budget!

One of the first things to do is look at this list of FREE Christmas printables. There is a variety of colors and styles. You’re sure to find inspiration and products you can use for hosting a Christmas gathering. Included here are entire party sets, ornaments to make, subway and wall art prints for decorating, advent calendars and more.

Pay attention to how you present your serving table. Give the spread a main focal point by featuring a great dessert on a pedestal. Arrange the various offerings with symmetry and display the food on different levels. Use these free party circles and food labels to dress up your serving table. For instance, instead of just setting a bowl out, wrap it with ribbon and use a food label so guests know what is being offered. Next, pop party circle medallions in the cupcakes. Use a piece of the art work as interest on the table. Back the entire arrangement with a holiday banner.

Choose a theme and then shop your house. For example, if you are a nature lover, you might have animal or bird figurines. Use them in your holiday arrangements. You can elevate them on a pedestal or a stack of books, tie a ribbon around them (how about a ribbon bow tie or hair bow?), perhaps add a candle and surround them with ornaments and pine cones. Use more of the party circles as embellishments in your arrangements. I love this vintage Christmas party idea, since you could use items from Grandma’s attic to add a special touch.

Christmas tree lights add lots of holiday sparkle. Beside using them in the traditional tree, they can be added to larger house plants, too. Have you ever seen a string of lights nestled within a feather boa on a mantle? It looks a little like snow and a lot like fun! Another way to display lights is to arrange them on a bookcase, a table or whatever surface, and cover them with inexpensive white tulle; that produces a dreamy effect and looks especially wonderful with gold and silver ornaments.

Paying attention to details and presenting a cohesive theme ramps up the style of a party—which gives it more of a high end look; it lets your guests know you’ve been preparing for them. Use imagination and these free party printables to plan a holiday bash that doesn’t bash your budget!


  1. Glorious writing about holiday party planning !

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