Top Drawer from the Dollar Store

3 12 2010

Now, while I’ll admit I have expensive tastes for truffles, shoes, travel, let’s be honest… real world budgets don’t always live in this realm. So this year, I’m challenging myself to come up with a Christmas party entirely themed from items found… at the Dollar Store. To keep the theme simple, I’m going with a palette of white and gold — a Snowflakes and Stars theme. Of course, feel free to use what decorations you already have, but there’s lots of thrifty fun to be had at the Dollar Store!

First, let’s start at the table. I’m sure you can come up with a host of delicious treats you’ll want your guests to sample, so hang some of these stars from the ceiling at varying heights.

Then, in the center of my food table, I’ve clumped a huge batch of these gold star balloons, instead of flowers. Nothing says party like balloons, and these gold foil ones are an elegant mix with white traditional balloons. Now you’ve got interest from the top down.

You’d be surprised at the amount and quality of serving platters the Dollar Store has. These cute glass star bowls are perfect for holding party treats — candies, dips, you name it.

How adorable are these snowflake glass tumblers? Serve guests a chocolatey drink from these. Or take a cue from Santa’s favorite beverage, and serve ice cold Coca-cola from these classic shaped glasses.

Ready for a fun party activity? Make Gingerbread houses. You can bake gingerbread cookies ahead of time, then have plenty of icing and candies available from the Dollar Store for decorating. Candy canes, gumdrops, animal cookies, and sprinkles are favorites!

In my party favor bags go many things… one great item I found was these cozy white gloves. Perfect for keeping warm while winter ice-skating.

More white and gold is inserted in the form of cookie tins. A Christmas party isn’t complete without baked goods. And guests automatically know what’s in these cookie tins. Plus, after the parties over, bake an extra batch, place with some lovely tissue paper, and take over to neighbors, or just anyone you’d like to bring the Christmas cheer to.

Be sure to check around. There are so many “dollar” stores around — Family Dollar, Dollar General, The Dollar Store, only the popular and large Dollar Tree seems to sell their wares online, so that’s where my examples are from. But check around… each store carries different items. And think outside the box too. There are plenty of other online stores, such as the Oriental Trading Catalogue. Do be aware of what you’re purchasing. Sometimes, just because it’s a dollar doesn’t mean it’s a deal, but for decorations, I often find these deals just can’t be beat!

If you love the Dollar Store idea, I regularly read a beyond creative blog called “Dollar Store Crafts.” I don’t know where this lady comes up with all her ideas, but almost every project is shamefully cheap, adorably cute, and inspirational. If you’re wanting to throw a more formal dinner party, check out her tablescape place settings here. You could make a gumdrop wreath for your guests to be greeted with Christmas cheer as they come in the door, use her photo frame topiary idea for another activity at your party, or any number of cool gifts, such as this hardware chess set that would be perfect for a guy in your life.

There are so many great crafting blogs out there on the web. I also came across this beautiful ornament wreath from My Backyard Eden and several other cute Pottery Barn-inspired ideas from “mad in crafts.” Many of these items are things you can find every day at your dollar store, or elsewhere for cheap!

For more ideas, and a good laugh, check out this story from the New York Times a few years back, where the writer is challenged to create an entire dinner party from just items found at the dollar store! You can supplement some of these cheaper items with ribbon and other decorations you may already have, as well as purchasing just a few other splurges to give it a rich touch.




4 responses

3 12 2010
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3 12 2010
J. Hill

Thanks for the mention!

4 12 2010
Carolyn at My Backyard Eden

Thanks for featuring my ornament wreath! Have a great Christmas!

5 12 2010
Heather - Dollar Store Crafts

Thanks for the shout-out! 🙂 I don’t know where I come up with my ideas, but a lot of the things I post on the blogs are links to other people’s great ideas. 🙂

This sounds like a great party! 🙂

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