Creative Ideas for Holiday Parties
As we get into the swing of fall, preparation for a variety of holiday occasions begins. Planning ahead can make the celebrations go smoothly and keep you from suffering with too much stress, so check out these creative tips for some of the season’s biggest holidays and make every party you throw an event to remember.
Use a delicious and healthy recipe for ooey gooey pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, or really go with the spook-tacular theme and create some gruesome but scrumptious snacks. Carmel-covered granny smith apples make for a delicious treat, and for an eerie touch, you can add a dribble of melted chocolate in the pattern of a spider’s web. A punch bowl filled with your favorite drink and a bit of dry ice serves as an excellent “witches’ brew”. If you want a healthier snack option for hungry kiddos and adults alike, draw a jack-o-lantern face on clementine oranges for an infusion of Halloween cheer.
The pumpkin is indicative of Halloween, so feel free to spread them throughout the house before your party. From the classic carved pumpkin on the porch, to a jewel-toned dipped white pumpkin as table dressing, it’s easy to go kitschy or elegant. Make your own spooky apothecary by painting some old glass bottles with black spray paint, and make homemade “poison” labels to glue on once dry. Place candles around your house, and fill the votives with candy corn, popcorn kernels, or any other Halloween-inspired decoration you can come up with.
The main event of Thanksgiving happens at the dining table, so make sure your decorations are on point. Your centerpiece can be as simple as littering candy corn around painted pumpkins, or as elaborate as a beautiful Thanksgiving floral arrangement. Tie name cards to small white pumpkins and lay them on top of table settings to indicate seat placement and use orange and red napkins to add a bit of detail.
Okay, turkey is the normal Thanksgiving fodder, but don’t be afraid of trying something different in your spread this year. Do you love lasagna? Go for it! Is chicken more your style? Grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and add it to your menu. Guests will love the variety, and you can branch out beyond the normal food items to find your perfect Thanksgiving fit. You never know, the new food could become your new traditional staple.
If you’d like to entertain the kiddos during your thanksgiving festivities, set up a craft table and arrange an easy project for them to complete. It can be a scrap paper cornucopia craft, or a sweet project that makes a turkey out of some candy treats.
These days, Christmas parties that require attendees to wear ugly Christmas sweaters are all the rage. Because of this, there are more and more places to find unique ones. Find one ahead of time to avoid price increases, and plan to host your own ugly Christmas sweater party. There is actually a national holiday for it now – December 18th is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, so mark your calendar.
Cookie Get Together
If you and your friends have a serious hankering for sweets, plan a party around a delicious Christmas treat—cookies! You can plan to bake and frost them together, or ask everyone to bring a plate of their own making to enjoy for the evening. Pop out the cider, pour a little bubbly, and laugh the night away while you chomp on all sorts of cookie creations.
Make it Useful
There are so many things to think about as the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays draw near, and wrapping presents may be the last thing on your list. Why not cross it off and invite your friends over for a festive wrapping party? Buy bulk wrapping paper rolls, have a few pairs of scissors and some tape, and you’ve got yourself a practical party. Have some snacks and bottles of wine ready, and make the chore of wrapping gifts a fun activity.
If you’re ready to celebrate the season, but not ready to prep your house for a bunch of guests, plan a themed bar crawl and meet everyone at the first bar. You’ll have a great time dressing up as Old St. Nick or an elf, and wander the town spreading cheer. No prep or cleanup required, just find yourself the perfect outfit and prepare for a good time.
Holiday parties are meant to be fun, not stressful, so start planning now and use these clever party tips to make any event a cheerful success.