I had a great time decorating for our church Christmas party. I love having a project like that to ruminate about while I'm falling asleep at night. The challenge--a minimal budget, over 300 guests and a giant, not-so-pretty room.
I found these striped tablecloths at Oriental Trading Company. Perfect.
We used the felt circle garlands for runners on the non-striped tables. That was Tara's idea--much cheaper than center pieces and they don't block your view.
I learned from some clever friends in St Louis that hanging stuff from the ceiling is key to distracting from the basketball hoops and burlap wallpaper.
I ordered these cardboard cake circles online. They were already white so we cut a sun shaped stencil to cover the white and spray painted them with red and aqua spray paint. It was actually pretty easy--a whole lot easier than hanging them up.
Cookies and Cocoa adorned Santa's Sweet Shop. Those peppermint cutouts were also from Oriental Trading Company.
To make these trees, I used hot glue to wrap fabric around some foam cones. I attached the buttons with hot glue too. Easy peasy.
The party was a hit. I'm still trying to catch up on house work. Decorating for a party is just way more fun.