Get in the holiday spirit this season alongside friends, family, or coworkers with these Christmas party tips!
Setting the Mood
The holidays bring back childhood memories of Christmas dinners, opening presents under the tree, and drinking hot cocoa by the fire. For some of us, Christmas was a gourmet eating experience, filled with mouthwatering recipes that only appeared once a year and presented on the family’s best china. For others, Christmas was about elbowing for room at the dinner table, sneaking pieces of the ham, and laughing at grandma’s burned rolls. Whether you decide to go elegant or rustic, whimsical or cozy, your party is bound to reflect your own Christmas memories.
Whether hosting lunch with Santa or the company holiday dinner, providing a selection of appetizers or finger foods is never a bad idea. The heavier meat and cheese selections of charcuterie boards are perfect for the cooler weather, and these can act as filling additions to a brunch or stave guests over until the main dinner event.
Santa isn’t the only person who loves cookies! Desserts are a staple for most holiday traditions. Yule logs, gingerbread, and fruitcakes are just a few of the big hitters. That being said, we’re not all professional pastry chefs. Look into local bakeries for fun options like European Christmas cookies or specialty cupcakes to wow your guests without the extra stress.
Desserts aren’t the only Christmas traditions from the kitchen. Hot cocoa and apple cider are seasonal favorites that never get old. We like to dress up our hot cocoa with whipped cream and chocolate chips, and don’t be afraid to offer guests cinnamon or peppermint sticks to personalize their cup of cocoa. Want to amaze guests without breaking a sweat? You can make apple cider at home using a stock pot or crock pot in a few simple steps.
Looking to impress older guests? Need a break from the sweets? Ali Francis from Bon Appétit compiled a list of 79 Festive Christmas Cocktails to Get You Through the Holidays. Pre-make a punch bowl, designate a mixologist, or hire a bartender to add an adult-only perk to your party.
Keeping the Crowd Merry and Bright
If you’re worried guests may want more to do than mingle, consider adding a family-friendly activity to your party. Organizing a meet and greet with Santa is sure to win over the kids, and parents will love having a memory to take home with them. S'mores are a timeless classic, and it's a great way to spread guests out or encourage them to use outdoor spaces. Crafts can be fun for all ages, and there’s a wide variety in level of difficulty to choose from. From making Christmas cards to supporting a local toy drive, Good Housekeeping came up with 40 Christmas Party Themes That Are Guaranteed to Excite Your Guests.
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