Tips for Throwing a Fun Christmas Party
Get in the mood...
Throwing a Christmas party can be a daunting task. However, if you get in the mood, then you will have fun planning and setting up. You will not have the party thrower's anxiety that many face when throwing a Christmas party. How do you get in the mood? It's simple. Start getting yourself in the Christmas spirit by wearing a Santa hat and listening to Christmas music. Sounds like it won't work? Wrong. You may not feel in the "spirit" yet, but it will rub off on you extremely soon, and then planning a Christmas party will be more enjoyable!
Firstly, you need to decide if you are going to have alcoholic beverages for the adults. Most times a Christmas party has alcohol, so it will be listed in this section. If you are throwing a party for those who are not quite drinking age yet, just disregard them off of the list. If you are throwing a Christmas party for mainly adults who enjoy the holiday season with alcohol, then do not forget about those who will not be partaking.
- Soda (diet, non-diet, and caffeine free)
- Apple Cider
- Hot Chocolate
- Mulled Wine
For those who are not familiar with punch, I am including a recipe for you to use as a guide. Remember that punch can be altered to your liking.
- 2 Cups Pomegranate Juice - Chilled
- 1 Cup of Cranberry Juice - Chilled
- 1 Cup of Vodka - If you choose to make this an alcoholic beverage.
- 1 Cup of Coitreau or other Orange Flavored Alcohol - if you choose to make this an alcoholic beverage.
- 1 Cup Club Soda - Chilled
- 1/2 Cup of Lemon Juice
- 1/2 Cup of Simple Syrup - Typically used for mixed drinks.
* DIRECTIONS: Mix all of the ingredients into a punch bowl and add 2 cups of ice.
Your Christmas party guests will need to eat. There are many different ideas for Christmas party foods, but to make it easy here is a list.
- Chips and Dip
- Festive Popcorn Mix
- Cheese Balls with Crackers
- Baked Ham for Sandwiches
- Cheesecake Dip
- Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks
- Peppermint Candies
Find the perfect recipe or even just purchase pre-made foods to make it easier on yourself. There are many people that opt to have every guest bring a dish to make it a pot-luck Christmas party, which would save you money. All you would have to do is provide the paper plates, napkins, utensils, cups, and one dish.
There are many things that you can do to make it festive. Break out all of your decorations that you already have and go crazy. Decorate, decorate, decorate! Make sure that your tree is up and bright. Add wrapping paper over your frames that are on the wall to make it look like floating Christmas gifts.
Parents, have your children do Christmas crafts and use them as decorations. This is a great fun time for all those who love crafting and Christmas. I am including a video on how to make paper snowflakes. You can hang these all around the room to make it a winter wonderland.
Now that you have your plan written down, it is time to make that guest list. Make sure that you have enough invitations and give or send them out at least three weeks in advance. Ensure that you list any special instructions. For example, maybe it is a "ugly sweater" party or if they need to bring a dish. Make sure that you set a date and a time.
Invitations are important. Do not just tell your guests when and where, it is more than likely they will forget. Using festive Christmas invitations will allow them to make note, hang it on the fridge, and keep organized so that they can make sure they attend your awesome Christmas party.