Break the tradition with these holiday party ideas!
I love a good party as much as the next gal, especially at the holidays. When I think of holiday parties, I think of bringing loved ones together, opening your home, sharing the spirit of giving and cherishing and laughing, lots of laughing! The pure simple joy of being together with people that make you happy is what it’s all about.
While I love the traditional holiday cocktail party, I find that many people are reluctant to throw these kinds of parties. Maybe they don’t like to cook or are intimidated by holiday decorating. The cost can certainly be prohibitive as well, it can be quite expensive to treat your loved ones to a night of food and holiday cheer! For years we threw a big Winter Solstice Party for 100 guests and it was exhausting. In efforts to alleviate our work at the party we hired help which of course added to the budget significantly. It’s understandable why many of us choose not to host.
I’m here today to offer alternatives to the traditional holiday party. Simple ideas for gathering your friends and family to toast the season. Casual parties are sometime the most fun! Why not host a Hot Cocoa Party or a S’mores Roasting Party? Only a few items to buy, everyone comes dressed casually with warm coats and mittens, the whole thing can even be outside round a fire pit. Caroling Parties are also a fun way to include all ages. Set up a drink and dessert bar, pass out lyrics and go make some neighbors smile.
I love parties that help you through the season. Why not get together with friends AND be productive. These kinds of parties are active and creative and easy to set up. Try a Wreath Making Party or a Holiday Gift Wrapping Party. A fun idea I had this year is a Soup Making Party where everyone goes home with dinner in the bag! These types of parties require minimal food and drinks, maximum fun and everyone walks away with something checked off their list at the same time! Simple.
What are your favorite non-traditional holiday parties?