How To Throw the Perfect Christmas Party

The holiday season is the perfect time to reconnect with the ones we love. Family, friends and neighbors enjoy getting together around Christmas. It’s a busy time of year with many commitments and end-of-the-year responsibilities. It doesn’t have to be stressful! You can throw the perfect Christmas party for any age group with a few of these festive ideas. 

Christmas Party for the Kids

Kids are easy to please. With a few planned, hands-on activities a Christmas party for the kids can be an easy and fun affair. Decorating cookies seems to be the gold standard for Christmas party activities, but it can be overdone. Christmas party activities don’t always have to be centered around food. A different craft like making a Christmas ornament, garland, or Christmas slime are a few alternatives to more cookies. Pinterest or the local craft store has so many fun ideas for busy kids and active hands. Snacks for the party can be simple and Christmas themed. Finger sandwiches cut with Christmas cookie cutters, fruit skewers with grapes, strawberries and bananas make Christmas colors edible!

Family Party at Christmas

A Christmas party for the whole family can be made less stressful by simplifying. Holding an open house puts less pressure on the guests, and by having easy-to-refill snacks and simple activities at the party gives a natural focus. Not having to arrange a babysitter will be a relief for parents! A community focused idea would be to have families bring canned goods or non-perishable items as a donation for a local food bank or one of the party activities could be to pack self-care packs with socks and personal toiletry items for a local shelter. If a party with a set time works better, why not have Christmas trivia or Christmas character charades be the focal point of the party? Snacks for a family party can be served family style with nothing too precious, strong or spicy for the guests.

Christmas Cocktails for the Adults

Sometimes the adults need a night out, and will happily find a sitter for the kids in order to be with friends for an evening. A Christmas party for the adults can be fancy with cocktails and appetizers, but a lighthearted theme can also make a Christmas party for the adults funny and festive. A tacky Christmas party (someone might bring their dog), a redneck Christmas party (Bud Light only), a costume Christmas party (how many Buddy the Elves can you fit in one living room?) would change up the traditional party to something unforgettable. There are plenty of funny games to challenge your guests, to make people laugh, and possibly embarrass. To make food and drinks easy, hire a bartender (or ask an experienced friend!) and order food from a local restaurant. Chances are your party will be a hit and friends will expect it to become a yearly tradition. 

Being together at Christmas is the highlight of the holiday season. Celebrate with those you love this year with some planning ahead. The perfect Christmas party doesn’t have to be precious or put together—it can be wild and funny—and it will be remembered with joy for years to come. Hanging green Christmas ornament and red Christmas ornaments is always a good idea too!

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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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