Christmas Party Ideas
We have Christmas party ideas to ensure your guests are extra jolly during the most wonderful time of the year. From cheese balls to bacon-wrapped dates, to DIY party decorations, handmade garlands, place cards, and wreaths for your holiday party. We also have eggnog and sugar cookie recipes to finish off the night.
A Woodland Christmas at Martha's House
During the holidays, a cottage at Martha's Bedford farm is transformed into a magical woodland wonderland for her grandchildren, like a storybook come to life.AdvertisementAdvertisementGallery
12 Wildcard Christmas Desserts for a Spectacular FinaleChristmas is all about tradition, right? Wrong! Who says you can't have a little fun this holiday season? Opt for the unexpected when it comes to the sugary-sweet finale for your Christmas meal.
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Christmas Checklist: EntertainingChristmas is reason enough for a party (not that we need one at all). But if you’d like to evolve your theme beyond just “holiday,” these are some wonderful ways to do it.
Christmas Decorating Ideas
Deck the halls, walls, and tables with Christmas accents. Our wreaths, garlands, and other decorative touches will fill your home with the sights and smells of the season.
Welcome to the Land of Sweets: A Soirée Inspired by Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker"In the classic ballet, a little girl named Clara discovers that her toy nutcracker has transformed into a handsome prince and she's whisked away into a whimsical winter fantasy. Our party is just as fantastical with a flurry of snowflakes, sugar plums piled high, ballerinas, toy soldiers, and of course, a dessert buffet of sparkly treats and shimmering sweets -- all entirely on pointe.
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Christmas Star Decorations
The season’s most hallowed symbol need not be limited to the top of your tannenbaum. Expand the heavens with these down-to-earth ideas.
Sugar "Plums" Holiday CenterpieceThese glistening fruits appeared in Martha's first Christmas book and in the premiere issue of Martha Stewart Living.
Quick Christmas Decorating Ideas
Decorating for the holidays doesn't have to be stressful or difficult to be beautiful. Here, we offer simple yet elegant ideas that you can use to decorate your home for Christmas.
Deck the Halls and Eat Them, Too: Edible Holiday Decor IdeasLearn to transform familiar snacks into a festive feast for the eyes.
Martha's Christmas Brunch MenuA little of this, a little of that ... Martha's Christmas brunch buffet includes plan-ahead recipes, specialty foods, and plenty of fresh, seasonal citrus fruits.
A Holiday Punch – with a punch!Martha shares how to make a delicious and fun punch for holiday gatherings! And what makes this punch special, is how it’s served.
How to Host an Easy Holiday Party
Throwing an elegant holiday get-together -- whether a sit-down dinner or a cocktail party -- doesn't have to be stressful. Here are a few tips for hosting a wonderful Christmas gathering without breaking a sweat.
8 Steps to Hosting a Cookie Swap
Simplify your holiday baking by hosting a cookie swap. Invite a group of friends, and have each person make enough of one kind of cookie to share. At the party, sample the treats, then trade and package them in appealing assortments. Everyone leaves with finished gifts -- and plenty of new recipes.
Last-Minute Christmas Ideas
It's the week before Christmas and not a decoration is hung -- not even a stocking. But there's no need to panic, because there's still time with these quick, easy, and festive holiday ideas.
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A Christmas Cookie Decorating Party to Satisfy the Sweet Tooth
Grab an apron and join in the fun! Hosting a Christmas cookie-decorating party is a low-stress way to celebrate the holiday season with friends.Article
Shatterproof Ornament Garland
Martha shares her easy technique for making cheerful and beautiful garlands using our large ornaments! You can shop for all the supplies at The Home Depot.Post
DIY Mini Santa Favor Boxes to Hold All Your Christmas Treats
These little Santas are the cutest possible way to give someone a tiny present. It's also a great activity to do with your kids -- and if you have little ones, be sure to supervise them while using scissors, or precut the pieces for them.Gallery
Treat Yourself (and Your Guests) with a Holiday-Shopping After-Party
Have you started planning your gift-giving strategy for the holiday season? Scout out your favorite shops, get shopping, and afterward, return to a cozy holiday party with your friends and family -- because the only thing better than shopping all day, is showing off your goods afterward.Gallery
5 Creative, Nontraditional Table-Setting Ideas
We're not sure who decided that red and green looked good together, but we respectfully disagree. If you’re craving more creative, modern, and elegant options, think outside the box and try these tips.Post
4 Simple Ways to Make Your Holiday Table Setting Instagram-WorthyFollow these four simple decor trends and everybody will be oohing and ahhing over your holiday table setting.Article
Golden Christmas Globes
To create a soft glow -- especially desirable around the dining table -- we put LED votives inside these "snow globes," which are white pendant-light fixtures, in three sizes, that we covered with clear shard glitter.Gallery
Wrap It Up: Holiday Main Dish & Sides Recipes
Main dishes enrobed in beautiful edible wrappings -- like phyllo, potatoes, and Swiss chard -- make the holiday meal a gift unto itself.Post
7 Ways to Make Your Home Super Inviting for the Holidays
'Tis the season to entertain loved ones -- even those who arrive at your doorstep unannounced.Post
Martha’s 10 Genius Time-Saving Tips for a Frazzle-Free Holiday
The holiday season is enough to turn even the finest host into a complete Grinch. With these simple shortcuts, you can turn your fete from madness to Martha-fied in no time.Video
4 Drinks to serve at your Holiday PartyCheers your friend on New Year's with fun cocktails they will love.AdvertisementAdvertisementVideo
Sequined Christmas TreesWhether you make one or a whole forest full these embellished paper trees will make an enchanting statement this holiday season.Gallery
DIY Christmas Tree Garland Ideas to Personalize Your Holiday
Sorry, tinsel: Your time is over. These festive embellishments are made with twinkling lights, colorful candies, and fruits you'll find only at the most wonderful time of the year.