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 (we also have a collection of music Christmas ornaments too!). 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.
Visions of sugar plums danced in my head as I nestled back into my cozy seat, and in a flash the train was off. Reflecting on my trip while munching on the second pretzel I was amazed with my unexpected trip wondering how I’d describe my trip. If only I had a memento. I carefully unwrapped my early Christmas present from the hands of the man himself to discover delightful replicas of each place I visited. Knowing I’d set it up each Christmas, as a magical visual of an incredible trip, I was thankful for the story to go with it.