Holiday Entertaining Ideas from The Party Goddess - How To Be Festive Without Going Broke in the Process

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Celebrity event planner, Marley Majcher, CEO of Los Angeles based, The Party Goddess! (, shares her tips about planning a great holiday party without breaking the bank. (Up to the minute advice is found on her blog:

Celebrity event planner, Marley Majcher, CEO of Los Angeles based, The Party Goddess! (, shares her tips about planning a great holiday party without breaking the bank. (Up to the minute advice is found on her blog:

"It's STILL a Wonderful Life":

  • Think like a Beatle - Or at least his wife. Currently Yoko Ono has a "Wish Tree" project installed in cities around the world because when she was a child in Japan she used to write wishes for the coming year and leave them in the temple. Why not create your own wish tree? Cut out squares of paper and pre-string them. Invite guests to write their wishes for the new year on a card and place them on your tree (or in a vase). Then, when the holidays are over, save the cards and put them in a scrap book to whip out the following winter.
  • Get personal - Place card holders should be fun and festive enough to glam up the table while also letting guests know where they will be sitting (think individual snowflakes, ornaments or even mini evergreens tied with beautiful ribbon scraps and each person's name).
  • Collect it yourself -Take a nature walk and pick up fallen branches, evergreens and pinecones. Take interesting branches and evergreens and "flock" them using the store bought canned stuff or spray paint pinecones silver. Don't forget to use spray adhesive to add a little extra glittery fascination. Create a centerpiece or buffet decor with what you found and adorned.
  • Repurpose what you've got - Tired of your old holiday gear? Why not just switch it with a neighbor. You deliver two boxes of ornaments or supplies to them and they deliver two boxes to you. That way the house will feel totally festive and no one has spent a cent!
  • Or just reorganize your manpower - Don't feel like switching with a friend? Then why not simulate your own version of Trading Spaces? Pull out all of your usual holiday decorations and have a few close friends or family members decorate your place using your own stuff (then of course you do the same for them!) Tuck things in unexpected places like the bathroom windowsill or even the counter of the master bath. You're guaranteed not to get stuck in your same old holiday decorating rut.
  • Spell it out - Create unique and memorable place cards for your guests by using seasonally inspired "Thank You/Gratitude" cards. The hostess (or family members or dinner guests) should jot down on the card why they are thankful for that person. Place the card in its envelope (the envelope can also be seasonally decorated if you enjoy creating paper crafts) and with a calligraphy pen (color coordinated with the predominate color from your holiday decorating palette or gold), write their name and place the gratitude card at their assigned seat.
  • Create edible centerpieces - Individual sweets on a pedestal in the middle of each table double as décor and dessert. Example: Picture candy apples dipped in caramel or chocolate and then individually wrapped in cello with beautiful ribbon and nested among evergreen sprigs. Not only will the centerpieces look festive and different, guests can either eat their candy apples for dessert or take them home as favors at the end of the party.

Speeches and Event Planning
Marley frequently speaks before various professional organizations, offering her patented guidance about throwing killer events and being an entrepreneurial success. To book Marley for your next speaking engagement or to get more tips and tricks, please contact Lewis Fein at 310-472-0520.

About The Party Goddess!
Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Party Goddess! has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox (Fox and Friends) E!, HGTV, MTV on Martha Stewart Radio and a host of other media outlets. Events/clients include Britney Spears, Pierce Brosnan, Katherine Heigl, Snoop Dogg, the opening of the Hollywood Bowl with Stevie Wonder and Bonnie Raitt, the Critics' Choice Awards honoring Harrison Ford and featuring Christina Applegate and Jennifer Connolly, Keyshawn Johnson's Birthday Party and launches for the Porsche Carrera and Bentley automobiles. Clients include Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer), Earthlink, Cedars-Sinai, Georgetown University, Art Center College of Design, Rusnak Automotive Group, San Diego Polo Club, See's Candies, Cal Tech and Whole Foods Market.


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