Archive | December 2014

Christmas Party Ideas To Make a Fun-Filled Holiday Experience

christmas-partyChristmas is the merriest time of the year. Having a feast with family and chit chatting during the holiday season has its own charm. The colorful decoration, the delicious food, and the companionship make the Christmas party more enjoyable.

The most important thing while planning a Christmas party is- decoration, invitation, and food. Prepare three master lists to keep a track of everything for the party. To inspire you, here are some Christmas party ideas to make your gathering more memorable.

Christmas Party Themes

Rather than throwing a conventional holiday party, why don’t you make it a themed Christmas party this year? It will get everyone in the holiday spirit and will make it memorable. Some of the creative party themes include:

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  • Cookie Exchange Party

Nothing says the holidays more than the delicious homemade cookies in different shapes and sizes. This year, why don’t you host a cookie exchange party to try out a variety of sugary goodness? Ask your guests to bring a batch of their homemade cookies to share with everyone. You can ask the baking beginners to bring store bought cookies and ask the guest to guess which ones are homemade and which ones are store bought. Do not forget to serve milk for dunking the cookies. You can also tell the guest to choose a cookie category from bars, bark, and cutouts. This will avoid getting identical cookies.

  • Tree Trimming Party

Putting up the Christmas tree as a grown up is always a joyous occasion. A tree trimming party is ideal for such occasion. Set up a mini evergreen tea with lights or garland. Then ask each of your guests to bring an ornament to hang on your tree. You can also ask the guests to tell stories about the ornaments they brought. When you have hung the last ornament, do the honors of adding the tree topper and plugging in the lights. Return the favor to your guest by hanging a small gift bag on the tree for each of them to take home. You can fill the bag with candles, chocolates or any holiday treat.

  • Holiday Movie Party

If your family loves, watching movies, then organize a Holiday movie party for them. You can host a movie marathon with classics like “Silent Night, Deadly Night”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Bad Santa” . You can also make it a black tie affair. This will give everyone an excuse to dress up.

  • The Wrapping Party

Wrapping party is one of the most tiresome and frustrating activities. Watching the recipients tear your wrapped masterpiece can be heartbreaking for some. So, to make this a fun activity, throw a gathering for friends where everyone brings some basic supplies and their bundle of gifts to wrap together.

  • Gift Exchange

A gift exchange party theme is a great idea for a Christmas party. It keeps the cost low, and the suspense high as the guests try to figure out who their secret Santa is. While you are making the invitation, do not forget to mention “Gift Exchange” as your event type. You can also set a price range for the gifts. Use Evite’s gift exchange feature to ensure that choosing names are completely random. A week before the event, send everybody an email with the name of the person they will be shopping for.

Christmas Party Invitation Ideas

 

Invite the guests as soon as you set a date for your party. Try to give them more than three weeks’ notice. Invite them first by phone and then follow up with a written reminder. You can also send the guest a Christmas card. This will do a double duty- as a holiday greeting and an invitation.

Picking up the right christmas invitation wording is very important because it sets the tone for the event. It also lets your guests know how to plan to plan for the party. The invitation messages also depend on the type of party, the guest lists, the location and the theme that you want to incorporate.

If you are inviting only close friends and family, then the wording for the party invitation should reflect the atmosphere that your party will have.

If you are holding a formal event, inform the guests about the proper etiquette by specifying the dress code, meal, type of drinks and any other essential details. Address the recipient using the proper titles such as “Mr.” , “Mrs” or “Miss” . Write the date of the events in words rather than using numbers. Also, let the guest know if a reply is needed or not. Look over the information to check for any spelling or grammatical errors.

Christmas Party Food Ideas

Food is the most important factor in any party, whether you are holding a brunch or a cocktail party. Here are some simple ideas to help you sort your food menu quickly.

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The first thing you need to do is plan the main dish. List the recipes that you are confident about cooking. Then build the rest of the menu around it. If you have chosen a complicated main dish, then keep the rest of the dishes simple so that they can be easily prepared in advance. Limited food choices will keep things easy for the host and even the guests who may be traveling from party to party. Make sure you have enough to feed a crowd.

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Impress your holiday guests with some mouthwatering christmas appetizers like mini pizzas, part dips, and tomato tartlets. You can also serve barbecue chicken on platters of fresh iceberg lettuce. Make sure you arrange the party food into a beautiful display.

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For the drinks, plan a variety of nonalcoholic drinks beforehand. Buy more than you think you will need. Keep lots of ice in the freezer. You do not need to set up a full bar at the partyunless you are having a cocktail party.

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For a Holiday brunch, you can offer savory dishes like strata, quiche, muffins, French toast and zucchini bread. Round the meal with holiday cookies, tray of fruits and decadent dessert. For drinks, you can serve freshly squeezed juice, coffee, and mocktail.

Snack parties are easier on wallets and a lot less messy. Keep the menu simple with cheese and crackers, olives and assorted nuts. It will get the guests in the spirit of the season. You can also serve mini-sandwiches, mini pizzas, and cheese fondue and meat skewers for heartier snacks.

For desserts, you can choose bright red candies, cream filled macarons and fruit tarts. Top the tart with berries to make it look colorful.

Christmas Party Decorations

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Set a Christmassy mood throughout the house with these simple decorating ideas. While decorating the house, make sure you cover all the indoor spaces. Do not forget the mantelpiece. You can dress up the mantelpiece with wreaths, garlands, stockings and twinkling Christmas lights. You can also hang different decorations in a single color like red tree lights, red ornaments, and red tinsel.

You can keep the Christmas decorations modified and modern by hanging just one type of decoration like ribbons or lights. You can use colorful paper into origami ornaments and decorative garlands. Tie good quality ribbons on your tree branches. You can tie small bows on upper branches and big bows on the lower branches. If you want to keep the decoration simple, choose red or white ribbon or shiny metallic ribbons for a rustic look.

A beautifully set table can make the food look elegant and inviting. You do not always have to spend a lot of money to do it. A beautiful tablecloth, fruits, flowers and candles can create an elegant table decoration. Do not organize candlelight feast, as it can be dangerous.

A flower decoration is a must for a Christmas party. Keep a big bunch of red and white flowers at the centerpiece. Use white plates, crystal and napkins to add elegance to the table. You can top your napkin with rosemary wreaths to add a festive fragrance to your dining room. You can also dress your wine bottles in style for the party. It will look stunningly beautiful.

You can also make use of your scented candles as Christmas centerpieces. There are so many christmas decorating ideas for candles. You can turn it into something magical. I saw some beautiful Christmas candle decorating ideas here.

You can also give a tasty twist to your traditional decoration this year by going for a candy themed party. You can try chocolate bar ornaments or gummy bear garlands for decorating the house. This decoration idea is cheap, colorful and will let you snack while you work.

You can also make Christmas ornaments with dough. Take two parts flour, 1 part salt, and 1 part water. Knead the dough until it is liable. Use cookie cutters in different shapes and sizes like candy canes, balls, and gingerbread men. Bake the cookie in the oven at low temperature until the dough hardens. You can then color the ornaments with paints, glitters, and markers.

It takes a lot of efforts to pull off a Christmas party. These merry Christmas ideas will make your party holly and jolly for your near and dear ones. We hope you like our tips and ideas. You can share your experience with us in the comment section. We would love to receive them.

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