Between dealing with the furious gift shopping, holiday decorations, and food preparations, gatherings at a holiday party is a fun way to entertain. From casual to high end themes, here are 5 great Christmas party ideas to make your guests have a wonderful time.
Ginger Bread House Decorating Party
Let the kids join in on the fun! Build your own ginger bread house mixed with goodies like peppermints, M&M’s, jolly dots, and anything else you can think of. Find ginger bread house sets anywhere during this time of year. Especially grocery stores and retailers like Target and Wal-Mart. This may seem like a messy project, but a simple solution like a plastic party table cloth can easily be thrown away. The mess stays on the table, and it keeps your furniture spotless! A perfect Christmas party idea for the entire family.
Ugly Sweater Contest
Get creative with an ugly sweater contest party,that typically includes over the top Christmas decorations thrown on a sweater. Turn it into a Christmas wonderland! Have the drinks flowing and Christmas music on shuffle as you check out everyone’s crazy outfit. Later, get votes on who brought the ultimate, hilarious, ugly get-up. Easy to find at most clothing stores, Amazon.com, or create your own version starting with a plain sweatshirt which is even more fun for the extra creative party guests.
Holiday Cocktail Party
Drop off the kids at grandmas and get ready for some adult fun with holiday inspired alcohol beverages. With tons of different types of holiday drink combinations, choose which looks most presentable to you. One classic refreshing light drink called “White Christmas Mojito” shown above contains minimal ingredients and 3 easy steps to follow.
In a large pitcher, muddle the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves until the leaves have broken down.
In a blender, combine the white rum, coconut rum, and coconut milk and pulse until smooth. Pour over the mint/lime sugar mixture and stir to combine. Chill until ready to serve.
To serve, divide ice among glasses and fill halfway with the mojito mix. Top with sparkling water, mint and pomegranate.
Add finger food appetizers to the evening to keep the balance. Enjoy delicious festive drinks with friends and family on a cozy night in at home. Not a “mixologist”? Plenty of websites such as Delish.com and CountryLiving.com provide you with easy steps for fun custom drinks.
Classic Dinner Party
A classic dinner party with loved ones is a great way to spend the end of 2017. Choose from traditional meals to serve (similar to Thanksgiving), or go along with your own family favorite meal. Make sure to have plenty of delicious sides. Dinner parties always bring everyone together not only for great food but also for great conversation and laughter and what better place to create memories than a warm home.
Christmas Movie Marathon
Do you feel the holiday spirit but want to have a relaxing quiet night wit your favorite snacks? A Christmas movie marathon night is your type of gathering. Download (of course legally!), buy, or rent all of the season’s best comedies. Our personal favorites:
-National Loops Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Bad Santa, Elf, A Christmas Story, The Grinch, The Polar Express, Christmas with the Kranks, Four Christmases, and A Christmas Carol to only name a few.
Creating a snack bar with your favorite seasonal treats as everyone sits around the living rooms couches. Be ready to be entertained and enjoy the intimate evening.
What is your favorite holiday party? Let us know in the comments below!
*Contents of this article were written by guest author Joel Barcenca.