Throwing a Christmas party at your home is a great way to bring all your friends and family together to celebrate the season. Here are a few quick and easy tips to make sure your party is a huge success.
The first thing you need to do is set the mood. A beautifully trimmed tree is a good start, but there are plenty of other ways to make your home merry as well. Try festive candleholders or hurricane lamps. Decorate them with greens, berries, or ribbons and place them around your house. If you’ll be inviting children to your party, you can set them up with some lace doilies, scissors, and glitter, and have them make snowflakes that you can hang around the room as well.
Who says Christmas lights are only for outside and ornaments are only for your tree? Give your room a little sparkle by adding lights to your table or moldings. You can also decorate tables and windowsills with ornaments like bells, crystals, and beads. Wreaths look nice on your door, but they also make great centerpieces. You can also accentuate your table with chestnuts or cranberries. And, don’t forget the mistletoe!
No Christmas party is complete without yummy holiday food. If you’re hosting a more casual affair, you can suggest that your guests bring their favorite holiday treat. Otherwise, don’t fret. There are plenty of easy ways to please your guests with festive and delicious party foods.
Try some asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. First, break off the dry stems from each spear. Place them on a baking sheet and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast them until the asparagus is cooked, but still crunchy. Once cool, wrap each spear with a piece of prosciutto, leaving the tips exposed. Make a mustard vinaigrette by combining one half cup of extra virgin olive oil with 3 tablespoons of mustard and rice wine vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste. You can either drizzle the asparagus with the dressing and chopped almonds, or you can leave it on the side as a dipping sauce. Warm spinach artichoke dip is also always popular. Try serving it in a hollowed-out sourdough loaf for that little extra something.
No holiday party is complete without the sweets. Peppermint bark and peanut brittle are especially festive. Also try gingerbread cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, and cupcakes. And, a lot of specialty cupcake shops are even making special creations just for the holidays. Yum!
No one needs to tell you that drinks are the key to a good party. In addition to your standard fare, try some warm spiced cider with brandy or eggnog with bourbon. If you’re having children, remember to clearly separate the spiked drinks from the regular!
A fun way to get into the spirit of the holiday is with a white elephant gift exchange. The rules are quite simple. Everyone brings a wrapped gift. It can be something simple, something funny, or something nice. Once everyone has arrived, have guests pick a number out of a hat or bowl (No peeking!). The first person chooses a gift and unwraps it. The next person can either choose a new gift, or “steal” the gift the first person opened. A gift can only change hands twice. Go through all your guests until all the gifts are unwrapped. This is a fun way to get everyone involved, and everybody gets to take home a party favor!