10 New Holiday Party Ideas Because Mistletoe Is Creepy

Let's face it: hanging up some weird plant in a doorway in an attempt to force strangers to rub their lips together is a pretty weird tradition. Also, that giant animatronic Santa your mom sent secretly scares the hell out of your roommates — they're just too polite to tell you.

Instead of going with the old standby holiday staples this year, try a few new ways to jazz up your white elephant exchange, ugly sweater rager, or annual Love Actually viewing/cry-fest. Read on for 10 fresh, festive ways to up your holiday decorating game.

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Retro Bulbs

Skip the rainbow string lights and opt for some classy, vintage-looking bulbs.

Clear Globe Lights, $12.99, Target

Modern Candle Holders

Inject some coziness into your gathering with tall, elegant candles.

Statement Spindle Candle Holders, $108, Zestt

Stress-Free Candles

Nervous that eggnog-loving friend-of-a-friend might get a little too rowdy? Pick up some sparkly little LED tealights — they’re chic and totally fire-proof.

LED Tealight Set, $9.95, Z Gallerie

Delicate Garland

Grab a simple yet eye-catching garland.

Pearled Garland, $14, Anthropologie

Glowing Mini Cottage

This minimal, light-up cottage scene looks way more modern than any tchotchke we’ve ever seen.

Light-Up House, $17, Zara Home

Gold On the Rocks

Keep your drinks cool and cool with these glitzy ice gems.

Gold Ice Gems, $26, Z Gallerie

Snowy Cutting Board

This cutting board manages to be both modern and totally festive.

Precious Flakes Cutting Board, $49, KESS InHouse

Mood Swing Pillow

Start your party with the cheery plaid side showing…then flip it over after your friend pukes on the tree.

Bah Humbug Reversible Pillow, $55, Socialista

Gilt Flatware

Invest in some holiday-ready gold flatware to add oomph to your place settings all year round.

Gold Flatware Sets, $29, West Elm

Everything-You-Need Kit

Lazy, or just not sure where to start? Pick up this box and you’re party-ready. To all a good night!

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