You basically need two things to make your casa look great for a holiday party, and they are Modge Podge and glitter. The peanut butter and jelly of DIY decorating are cheap and easy to find at craft stores.

You basically need two things to make your casa look great for a holiday party, and they are Modge Podge and glitter. The peanut butter and jelly of DIY decorating are cheap and easy to find at craft stores.

Sparkling votives

We be-glittered some unscented votive candles by simply brushing Modge Podge ($1.70 for a small bottle, $1 for a foam craft brush) along the lower half or so of the glass and dusting glitter ($1.50-$3 per bottle) over the goo. We mixed things up by using a bottle of miniscule gold glitter and another of octagonal mixed-metallics glitter.

Glitter-bomb balloons

Turns out Modge Podge and glitter are good friends with balloons, too. We took a Pinterest suggestion and ran with it by blowing up iridescent ivory balloons ($3 for a dozen), painting Modge Podge around one end and, yep, dusting it with glitter. Try hanging several of these in a cluster by fishing line from a light fixture or ceiling fan (in the off position) or scattering them around your buffet table.

Tissue puff balls

Lastly, we tried tissue-paper puff balls, a Martha Stewart classic that's become ubiquitous at weddings. They are not easy, but they can be quite pretty.

To make them, stack several (8 to 10) sheets of tissue paper ($2.70-$4.30 per package). Fold them up along the narrow edge, accordion-style, making folds about 1 ½ inches wide, until you have one long folded strip. Tie a piece of fabric-wrapped floral wire ($2 for a small spool) around the middle. Using a very sharp pair of scissors, cut a half-circle or point into each end of the accordion strip. Then gently (gently!) pull each sheet of tissue paper away from the others, in a move that can only be called tszujing. If you have patience and a gentle touch, you will wind up with pretty puff balls that can be scattered on a buffet table, attached to a wall or hung from the ceiling or light fixtures. Keep it classy with a mix of gold, black and ivory paper.