Home for the Holidays Party

Get holiday entertaining and decorating ideas from the editors at DIY Network and HGTV.

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Photo By: Jason Kisner ©2013, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Photo By: Jason Kisner ©2013, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jason Kisner ©2013, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jason Kisner ©2013, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jason Kisner ©2013, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Photo By: Jason Kisner ©2013, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Home for the Holidays

DIY Network editors teamed up with our friends over at HGTV to throw a holiday party and share the results with our readers. Find step-by-step instructions and tips for everything from our table to table setting to fully stocked bar.

Let's Celebrate

We held our celebration at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens here in the hometown of HGTV and DIY. The historic stone building, complete with grand fireplace, was the perfect backdrop for our rustic chic party theme. We added color and sparkle through our projects, recipes and holiday spirits.

Fireplace and Bookcases

The fireplace is flanked by built-in wooden bookcases that were blank and dark before we styled them. Learn how to style your bookshelves at HGTV.

Mix Traditional and Funky Stockings

We hung both traditional, store-bought stockings with funky handmade ones on our mantel. Find easy-to-make stocking ideas at DIY Network.

Holiday Mantel

We wanted a focal point above the fireplace mantel, and a bright, glowing handmade star was the perfect choice. Learn to make a light-up holiday star for your mantel from Marianne on HGTV.

Stylish Shelves

Check out this subtle trick: To brighten up the dark shelves, we backed them with paper. See how to wrap bookshelves with festive paper.

Felt Christmas Trees

Christmas trees of various styles and materials add height and interest on the mantel. See how to make the felt ombre trees at home.

Glowing Fireplace

Rather than light a fire in the fireplace, we wrapped logs with Christmas lights for a subtle, safe glow. It's so easy!

Kraft Paper Gift Wrap

What's a holiday party without gifts? Marianne cleverly wrapped ours with inexpensive paper and tape. Learn how to use Kraft paper to make gift wrap three ways on HGTV.

Pretty Farmhouse Benches

To allow more seating at our holiday table, Dan designed and built benches for the side seating. Get his woodworking plans for building these farmhouse benches on DIY Network.

Handmade Table Setting

We mixed china and chargers with handmade elements on our table, including hand-printed napkins and place card holders made of dogwood branches and wire. Learn how to make your own rustic place card holders on DIY Network.

Planted Gutter Centerpiece

To brighten up the table, Marianne created this clever centerpiece with succulents, ferns and cockscomb planted in a coppery gutter. See how you can design a holiday centerpiece in a gutter on HGTV.

Mercury Glass Votives

Small candles create ambiance on our table. Camille shows you how to add a subtle glow with these easy DIY mercury glass votives on HGTV.

Branch Chandelier

This was a project we all had our hearts set on ... a hanging branch chandelier with hanging blooms! See how to design a hanging branch chandelier for your own holiday table.

Cozy Sitting Area

A small corner of the large room served as a cozy seating spot for our holiday event.

Pine Cone Specimen Plaques

For a new twist on the specimen art trend, we mounted glittered pine cones to wooden plaques.

Leather Wrapped Books

Books wrapped in various shades of leather add a subtle, masculine touch on a side table. Make leather-wrapped books to dress up your space.

Decorate the Holiday Bar

We didn't just set out beer and wine for our bar, we dolled up and decorated! Learn how to style the perfect bar for any party.

Magnolia Garland and Holiday Memories

A magnolia garland tops off our holiday bar, while childhood holiday pictures serve as fun conversation starters.

Cocktail Garnishes

You can easily make plain cocktails feel special with simple garnishes. Get garnish ideas on HGTV.

Stock the Holiday Bar

Make sure your guests don't go thirsty. Get tips for stocking a bar for your holiday party.

Signature Cocktail and Sugared Cranberries

Choose a signature cocktail for your next party to set the tone and the color palette. For our signature cocktail, we chose a pleasant evening shim cocktail that was complemented by sugared cranberries, served on an antiqued mirror tray.

Set a Stunning Food Table

Our food table was loaded with fabulous recipes and colorful, creative tips. Learn how to set up a gorgeous buffet table for your holiday party.

Sweet Potato Pear Soup Shooters

Savory soup warms and delights every guest, whether it's a formal cocktail party or casual open house. Get the recipe for Farima's sweet potato pear soup shooters on HGTV.

Choose Fruit for Color

Much like fresh flowers, fresh fruit adds color and life to a table. We piled grapes, pears and pomegranates on a tiered stand on our food table. Bonus? These pretty decorations are totally edible.

Cheese, Please!

Much like your fun cousin, a cheese plate is always a hit at parties. Learn how to make the perfect cheese plate and cranberry-walnut relish for your next party.

Savory Galettes

Galettes are like more-forgiving pies. For our party, Liz made a few savory galettes. Get her recipe on HGTV.

Dessert Table

To dress up the wall behind our dessert table so all the yummy dishes would pop, we made a fabric strip backdrop. Find out how to make an easy ribbon backdrop on HGTV for a similar look.

Gingersnap Cookies and Pumpkin Pie Dip

Here's a new twist on classic holiday dishes: pumpkin pie dip (yes, dip!) served with gingersnaps. Find recipes and advice for serving gingersnap cookies with pumpkin pie dip from Farima on HGTV.

Layered Cake on Log Chargers

Natural log chargers serve as a clever, rustic alternative to a plain cake stand. Liz served her cranberry-maple layer cake on a stack of wood pieces. Tip: Place foil or wax paper between the cake and wood.

Glittery Cotton Candy

What, cotton candy at an adult party? Yes. We loved the idea of making our own cotton candy and dressing it up with edible glitter. Get our recipe for spice-scented cotton candy on HGTV.

Cheers: A Toast for Your Holidays

Our decorations, table setting and menu led to a festive and fun party. Happy holidays from us all at HGTV and DIY!

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