Host a Mod Christmas Party

For this year's Christmas party, try a new, mod holiday theme. You can set a stunning table with an array of geometric shapes, festive colors and monogrammed items.

For colors, think hot pink, deep purple, and pumpkin against a clean, white backdrop. Who says Christmas has to be red and green?

Dinner choices could include a fuss-free menu of penne with alfredo sauce completed with individual chocolate pots de crème and a sumptuous cider bar.

Invitations
Purchase a box of simple white invitations and envelopes from your local office supply store. Look for ones that have printer instructions, and whip up the invites on your home computer. Be sure to send out the invitations three weeks in advance to give guests time to prepare over the busy holidays.

When creating the text for the envelopes, which should include the recipient address and your return address, add the word "invitation" in bold, all-caps in the lower left-hand corner. This will make your invitation stand out from all the regular Christmas cards being sent this time of the year.

Decorations
To keep the mod theme, first select an all-cotton white tablecloth. Then, from pieces of felt in hot pink, purple and pumpkin from your local art-supply store, cut circles of various sizes. Grab a few glasses, plates and biscuit cutters to use as circle templates. Glue them to the tablecloth in random patterns. However, be sure to leave space for dinner plates and glasses to sit flat at each place setting.

To set the table, use white plates and bowls with brightly colored acrylic glasses. Each place setting should have a wine and water glass. Personalize each with a monogram. To do this, you will need large letter stickers, masking tape and etching cream.

Using the masking tape, block out a square towards the top of the glass that gives the letter sticker about a half an inch of space on all sides. Rub on the etching cream according to the directions. When you remove the sticker, you will have a frosted square with your guest's initial in the center. Repeat on both glasses for all guests.

You can also monogram napkins using iron-on letters from a craft store. Look for large ones in your color scheme, and iron them on white all-cotton napkins. At the end of the party, each guest will have monogrammed glasses and a napkin to take home as a reminder of your fabulous party. Complete the setting with lots and lots of white candles and white flowers.

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