how to throw a holiday paper party: food + decor

welcome back! now that thanksgiving is over, it's officially christmas season in my home and i'm SO excited. to kick off the holiday season, i'm sharing some of my best party tips -- all related to paper, of course. 

for part 3 of my holiday stationery party how-to, i thought i'd give you some tips on food & decorating for your party. i believe adding some unique, small touches give any party an extra sparkle -- doesn't need to be anything extravagant, but you can still do a few things to set your party apart from the rest. 

first: the food. my party started at 7 p.m. on a weeknight -- i didn't want to have to prepare a meal or anything. so instead i just set out some festive snacks -- my favorite products of the holiday season [and all from trader joe's]. we had pumpkin muffins, peppermint joe-joes, sparkling cranberry juice and a mini cheese plate. it was my first time doing a cheese plate and i was a little too excited about it. [mmm, peppered toscano cheese.]

see that table runner up there? that's a piece of holiday wrapping paper, picked up in the target $1 section. one of my best-kept decorating secrets, that dollar section :) 

i love those stripey paper straws and had been needing a reason to buy some. i got these cute red ones from paper source, but you can buy them online at green party goods

and finally, what's a party without decorations? i made a holiday-colored garland [modeled after my halloween garland -- i told you i'd be making another one soon!] and hung it up around the kitchen. i thought it was a perfect touch. 

so, there you go. this week we've covered everything you need to throw your own holiday paper party -- invitations, activities, food and decor. whether you're throwing a big christmas party this year or just inviting a few friends over to help you address holiday cards, i hope my tips will help you spice things up. 

come back next week for the stationery place's 2011 gift guide! hooray for the holidays :) 


  1. Ahh, now I see where all the Jo-Jos went to ;) Looks like so much fun - I envy those straws, might need to place an order.

  2. you are correct :) and yes, get the straws! my box had like 120 in it, i'm finding a zillion uses for them that i never knew existed.