Quick and Easy Holiday Entertaining (on a Budget)

Alright girls! Holiday entertaining is in FULL swing, so today I’m sharing a SUPER easy holiday setup that looks cute AND is inexpensive too. You girls really seem to dig my Trader Joe’s post so I tried to keep the majority of pieces in this post from there! I decided to focus on our little breakfast nook but you can easily recreate this on your dining table or kitchen island too. So here are my quick and easy holiday entertaining on a budget for you girls!

As mentioned above, almost everything on the table is from Trader Joe’s-the garland, the wreaths, the giant pinecones, cookies, champagne, sparkling cranberry juice and even the candles! Trader Joe’s can literally be your one-stop shop for quick holiday cocktail party decor.  You girls know how much I love TJ’s especially during the holidays with all their festive desserts and holiday greens! (and no this is not sponsored but think we can agree that TJ’s is the shizzzz 😉 Okay let’s talk budget friendly holiday entertaining!

Here’s a list of what I bought. You can literally throw this together in 15 minutes, I promise!

Garland with added berries (they sell the berry branches separately in the floral section)

Taper and Pillar candles in various sizes (you can purchase the holders here and here)

Large and small wreath (I hung them with command strips on the actual window so my hubs doesn’t kill me for taking paint off the wall like I did with the Halloween bats!)

Giant pine cones, these ones don’t have the cinnamon smell but I loved the size.

Tiered serving stand with all the sweets on it.  This one is super cute (and only $17)!

Decor and tablescape are the area I like to tackle first. I start with decor (florals, greens and serving trays to get a feel where I want the spread to go)

Christmas is the honestly the easiest time because a couple wreaths, a little garland, and some oversized pinecones really go a long way (and bonus they last a lot longer than floral arrangements too)

Once I get the greens all set up, I like to add in a little pop of color like some berry branches or a few pomegranates.

Next up, let’s talk sweets!

It doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m all about convenience, yumminess, and pretty presentation in a hurry… so in comes Trader Joe’s. They seriously have endless treat options (especially during the holidays) and you don’t have to spend a ton to create a cute festive platter like this….

trader joes holiday desserts

I just grab a few containers to give a variety and texture and just pile them in! They seriously take 5 minutes to throw together and everyone will enjoy!

and lastly let’s talk about a festive and crazy easy cocktail that literally takes two minutes to make! 

The festive drink is CRAZY EASY to make, and you can purchase all the ingredients at Trader Joe’s.

It’s only bubbly (pick whichever you like…I went for this one because I like the festive looking bottle), a splash of sparkling cranberry juice and fresh cranberries as garnish. SO easy, festive and tastes REALLY good! I like to have a few poured and ready for sippin’ as soon as our guests arrive. Which I always feels sets the tone for the evening! 

So pretty right?!!

and that’s it! I hope this post gave you girls a little inspo for entertaining/decorating  this Winter and know that it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money or time!

Happy Holidays loves!

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  1. Andee! Love love love your post! If I may ask, on one of you insta stories I noticed that gorgeous runner in yiu kitchen!
    Where can we we get?!

  2. Sooo pretty! Definitely love the Trader Joe’s posts 🙌🏼 I’m a frequent visitor hehe I love putting together gift baskets with goodies from there ♥️ Thanks Andee! Xo

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