How to Throw a Memorable Christmas Party
Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s time for you to pack away all of your fall decor and bring out your stockings, lights, and candy canes. The holidays are a time for families to come together, friends to reacquaint, and life to be celebrated. What better way to make this happen than with a Christmas party? Whether you’ve been throwing an annual winter bash for years, or you want to host your first holiday get-together, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Below, we’ll go over what it takes to throw a memorable Christmas party. Get ready to deck the halls and blast some Mariah Carey while you follow these party-planning tips!
Make it a theme
Once you set a date for your party, you’re going to want to send out invitations to your friends and family members. If you’re looking for a fun way to put your guests in the holiday spirit, host an ugly Christmas sweater contest and let your attendees know on your invitation! Then, at the end of the night, all of your guests can vote on their favorite sweater and the winner will win a special prize.
The holidays can be a stressful time, which makes an ugly Christmas sweater party a great way to evoke some laughter and make everyone forget about all of the things they need to complete on their to-do list. Whether your guests take the DIY route and create a sweater of their own or purchase one online, this will be a Christmas celebration that will turn into a lasting tradition.
Bring out the decorations
After your invites have been sent, it’s time to turn your home into a winter wonderland. Your holiday decorations will make or break your party. After all, Christmas only comes once a year, so why not go all out? As you decorate your home, throw on some holiday tunes or play a Christmas movie such as the classic family film Saving Christmas, and get going! Take a look at these Christmas decor ideas:
- Place wreaths over your windows and doors
- Wrap pine garland along your staircase railing or on your fireplace mantle
- Place vintage electric candles on your window sills
- Hang stockings above your fireplace
- Place bowls of candy canes throughout your house
- Display light up reindeer or a nativity scene in your front lawn
And don’t forget about your Christmas tree either! This will be the epicenter of your ugly sweater party, so make sure your Christmas tree is filled with plenty of ornaments, tinsel, and other cheerful pieces like cranberry garland and a star on top.
A party isn’t a party without food. If you have a small kitchen or don’t have time to prepare enough food to satisfy fifty guests, you can turn your ugly Christmas sweater party into a potluck. But make sure you don’t forget the essentials, such as a Christmas ham, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and decadent desserts. Some holiday-themed recipes you should try this year include:
- Honey glazed ham
- Reindeer cupcakes
- Christmas brunch casserole
- Yule log
- Gingerbread cookies
- Vegetable medley
Host a gift exchange
If you’re dreaming of a tight Christmas, there are plenty of ways you can save money and still spread joy through the act of giving. If you’re hosting a Christmas party, it’s not feasible to get a gift for every attendee. Instead, you can organize a gift exchange where you only have to buy one. This year, make sure you take a look at our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide to find the perfect gift. Once you have your gift chosen, try one of these fun gift exchange ideas:
- Secret Santa
- White elephant
- Grab bags
- Christmas cookie swap
- Yankee swap
- Musical gifts
Bringing it all together
With these ugly Christmas sweater party-planning tips in mind, you’ll throw a celebration worth remembering. Christmas is a time to reunite with friends and family to celebrate traditions and throwing an ugly Christmas sweater party is a new custom you can add to your yearly calendar. From sending out Christmas card invitations to decorating your home with wreaths, garland, candles, and more, your home will transform into a real-life snow globe.