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Hosting the Perfect Family Christmas Party

Kids make parties fun. They bring all the energy and action making a Christmas party exciting and memorable. The perfect Christmas party can be a fun, family-friendly affair geared toward the younger crowd, but appealing to the youth-minded adults. We’ve rounded up a few ideas to help get the planning started for your next family Christmas party. And, of course, since we’re completely dedicated to all-things Christmas, we have Christmas ornaments to go with every idea!

Traditional adult Christmas parties seem to happen in the evenings, but a family-friendly Christmas party, doesn’t have to be relegated to the night. The whole day opens up! Hosting a morning-time Christmas party like a “pancakes and pajamas” party could be more convenient for your guests during a busy time of year. Kids (and parents!) could wear their favorite Christmas jammies and feast on Christmas pancakes with all sorts of red and green toppings (mini m&m’s, red hots, Christmas sprinkles!) and a generous dollop of freshly whipped whip cream. 

If you wanted to have even more flexibility for your guests, and if you didn’t want to plan specific games or activities, an open house with open-ended hours creates a more laid-back schedule instead of having everyone at once. Simple activities like a photo stop makes for a great party favor and special memory. Photo stops are so easy to set up and there are so many cute Christmas-themed accessories to spice up the photos. If you had a jolly volunteer, Santa could make a guest appearance at the photo stop. 

PJs and Pancakes as well as a family-friendly Christmas open house could both feature a hot chocolate bar complete with whipped cream, sprinkles, marshmallows, and topped with a candy cane stir stick. Cookie decorating could be set up as another activity for guests. A table set with plain Christmas-shaped sugar cookies and plenty of colorful frostings and toppings would be a fun and sweet activity for kids. Small, plain gingerbread houses could be another enjoyable kid-friendly activity, and parents would appreciate having the mess at your house, not theirs. Nothing ushers in the Christmas spirit like a candy-laden gingerbread house to take home from a Christmas party. 

Instead of Christmas-cookie decorating, the open house or kid-friendly party could also feature a cookie exchange. Guests could be instructed to bring a couple dozen cookies, of any variety, and they’d all be laid out on a big table or counter. Before a family would leave, they’d be invited to grab a festive Christmas-themed plate and load it up with a variety of different cookies than the ones they brought. 

And no party is complete without some music. There is an endless supply of family-friendly Christmas songs and carols which can be playing in the background or with a few musically-minded friends the Christmas party can transform into a full-blown sing along. Full participation is required for maximum volume and fun. The singing could be turned into a game or contest between families of who can name the most Christmas songs, who can remember the most words to a certain song or who can alter the lyrics of a Christmas carol into something funny. A little creativity can go a long way. 

Creating Christmas memories are special, and seem to be easier to do with kids and friends. A family-friendly Christmas party doesn’t have to be perfect, but the heart and energy behind it will create a warm memory for all involved. Chances are good your party will be louder, messier and with a lot more whipped cream and frosting than an adult Christmas party could ever produce. 

May 04, 2021 by Rachael Mitchell

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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Ann J Phelps

Ann J Phelps said:

My Mom always placed a candle in the East window on Christmas Eve. She said it was for the Christ child, & that on Christmas Eve, He visits earth looking to see where people who are waiting for his return put out candles to light His way. Hispanic people put out Faralitos or Luminarias (votive candles set into sand in bottom of small paper bags.) These little lights give off a soft sepia glow, & are seen on driveways, on porch railings, along walls, & atop the edges of flat building, in New Mexico. on Christmas Eve. There are also dried red chili wreaths, or dried red chili crosses for Christmas decorations (There are also dried red chili heart shaped wreaths, made from small dried red chilis). Chili wreaths are hand crafted. N.M. also has iconic from sheets of tin, they are hand cut into shapes & hand tooled with designs. There are also tin ornaments that are cut in shapes, tooled & then painted in brilliant colors.

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