By Vanessa Greaves

You don't have to spend a sleigh load of dough to deck the halls for loads of parties. Try these fun, affordable decorating ideas to celebrate the season with style, whether you're hosting a cozy dinner party, a cookie exchange, or a holiday brunch. Cheers!

Babes in Toyland Dinner

It's that time of year when we reconnect with our childhood; so let's totally own it. This table setting is all about whimsy and wonder, but balanced with sophisticated touches of gold. Your grown-up friends are going to love the playfulness of it all, and the kids will think you're doing it just for them. It's a win-win winter.

Winter Wonderland Dinner Party


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Santa's Sweet Tooth Dessert Party

Holiday hosting doesn't get much easier than this effortless buffet of treats. And who says you have to make them all? Think cookie exchange and cake swap. You supply the mulled wine and hot coffee, and let your guests bring the rest. Warning: Check your diet at the door.

Dessert Buffet


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Reindeer Games Brunch

Rustic colors and textures like wood and burlap set the scene for this hearty winter brunch. Evergreen garlands and bare branches bring in the great outdoors, while Rudolph and his gang keep things merry and bright. And to make the whole thing easy to host, set out a buffet full of make-ahead breakfast casseroles, bacon for a crowd, citrus punch, mini doughnuts, and a DIY yogurt parfait bar.

Reindeer Games Brunch


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