As The Nutcracker begins, we meet the Tennenbaums whose house is all a glitter with party trimmings for their Christmas Eve celebration. As their guests arrive, gifts and drinks are passed around gathering by the Christmas tree and escaping the cold winter’s night.

The Milwaukee Ballet performs the Nutcracker on Flee Fly Flown

Whether you’re hosting a cookie party or gathering at a friend’s house for Christmas cocktails, with this time of year comes parties and holiday cheer in abundance. Party hosting or not, decorating for the holidays always makes the season more festive. Below is inspiration for decorating the home as well as hostess gift ideas if joining friends for a holiday party.

Decorating for Party or pure Holiday Pleasure on Flee Fly Flown

Top row, left to right: Garland: d.i.y. or buy. Festive Tablecloth, $34.99. Middle row:Traditional Party Crackers, d.i.y. or buy. Holiday Print Trays,  $5.99. Bottom row: Vintage Inspired Party Invitations, $3.75 each. Snow Flake Candleholder, $8.95.
Gift ideas for the Holiday Hostess:

Holiday Party Hostess Gift ideas on Flee Fly Flown.

Top row, left to right:Ornament, $12.95. Mulled Wine Spice Pack, $9.98. Bottle of Christmas Cheer. Middle row: Homemade Cookies. Nutcracker, $24.99. Make a Christmas Apron for the Hostess. Bottom row: Spiced Nuts Recipe. Festive Glasses & Carrier, $24.

The next scene of inspiration: The Battle between the Rat King & The Nutcracker.

- Colleen