It's the most wonderful time of the year, so get into spirit and throw a holiday bash! I absolutely love Christmas, it is my favorite time of year along with summer. It's the best holiday for many reasons, a) it's Jesus's birthday, b) it's jolly and fun to prepare for, and c) it's the best time to spend with family and friends. Oh, and let's not forget about the awesome free gifts ...
Even without the big man in the red suit, there is something just magical about the season. One of my favorite things to do around Christmas time is to host a holiday party, and not just on December 25th with the whole family. If my winter break schedule is not packed, I try to set up a holiday get-together with some friends where we can eat dinner, listen to music, play holiday-themed games, etc. I don't know if I'm planning on throwing a party yet, but here are some of my hostess tips if you plan on doing so ...
The first step is to figure out how many people you want to invite. Make a list of friends you plan on having over, and try to send the invitations out two weeks prior to the day of the event. Target, PaperStyle, and Hallmark are all great options for holiday invitations, or of course a Facebook event is perfectly acceptable, too.
2.) Decorate, A LOT
It's not a Christmas party without decorations! The biggest key for a party is a sparkly tree of course, no Christmas is complete without one. Garlands, colored bulbs, Christmas-themed glasses/cups, wreaths, scented candles, candy canes in glass jars, and tables covered in white cotton fabric (to look like snow) are all great ways to make the house look in spirit of the season. Pinterest has a lot of good DIY ideas as well.
3.) Have a Good Meal Plan
I doubt it's required to order a big Thanksgiving-like meal, unless you are planning your big party on December 25th. Pizza or a type of meat would be totally acceptable. I also recommend finger foods because they make plates easier to clean and they satisfy everyone's hunger. Also don't forget about desserts especially! Christmas cookies are always a great option, you can either have decorated homemade cookies, Pillsbury cookies, a s'mores bar, and so much more. If you look on Pinterest, you can find many different ideas for recipes. Any type of food can make the holidays even more merry and bright!
4.) Holiday-Related Activities
It's a tradition in my family to play games every holiday. One of our favorites is Holiday Charades where we pick Christmas-related categories and act out what we are. I also recommend other fun games like HedBanz, Say Anything, even card games. They may not all be themed for the holiday, but it's still fun when you're playing with the ones you love!
5.) Set Up a Playlist
Christmas wouldn't be the same without some classic tunes. Take your phone, iPad, or laptop and set up a Christmas playlist on your iTunes. Spotify is also good if you want free songs.
6.) Photo Booth
At one of the past parties I hostessed, we had a photo booth with a red picture frame, tree lights and festive headwear which guests could take fun holiday pictures. The holidays is the best time of year to make the best memories, and good times with family & friends get the most likes on Instagram!
7.) Wear a Festive Outfit
You don't have to go all out and dress one of the Clauses or elves, but it doesn't hurt to try to wear something festive. A red or green dress/outfit is always a great idea. One of my favorite outfits is a green T-shirt from Target that says, "Keep Calm and Grinch On!" Anything that's classy and festive will make you look like the world's best host/hostess of any event.
8.) Christmas in a Cup(s)
Picking out drinks will be a lot easier than picking food recipes. It's absolutely good to have water when in doubt, but also have other options like pop, alcohol (depending on age group), and hot chocolate/coffee for dessert time. I heard that cider punch is a popular Christmas drink, so I am going to try and make some myself this year. I will be sure to post the recipe on my food blog if I do so!
9.) Make Space
It's important to get you're furniture positioned to make enough room for guests to walk around, sit, play games, etc. Christmas is about being comfortable and cozy!
10.) Don't Stress, Enjoy The Moment
Hosting a holiday party may seem like a ton of work, but I promise that it's not worth stressing over. It's a lot fun to prepare, and it's even more cheerful when you finally get to celebrate with everyone you love. Don't worry if one little detail goes wrong, not every party is perfect. Just make sure you have plenty of food/drinks and decorations and you should be good to go!
I hope these ideas were helpful if you're planning on throwing a holiday bash soon! I know it's still early November and I shouldn't be getting into Christmas spirit so early, I am of course still excited about Thanksgiving! I just want to make sure these ideas come sooner before you start you party-planning!
Comment below some of your favorite holiday traditions! Have fun preparing your upcoming party! Eat, drink, and be merry. :)