A Twist on Holiday Parties
I love the holidays. They are my favorite part of year. I love the Christmas Trees, lights, buying presents…I especially love the parties. As a full time working mom I like the idea of pretty easy parties and I always like a party that is a bit silly or has a Twist. So are you ready Colleen….ok let’s Start with
Christmas Costume Pub Crawl:
• All of your guests have to dress up as their favorite Christmas Character…Santa, Elf, A misfit toy, A snowman, Mrs. Clause, the Abdominal snowman …a present…anything holiday related.
• Invitation sent by Paperless Post…beautiful and easy.
• Tips: Designate a starting location/ pub for all of your guests to meet.
• Start the party off with a round of drinks or an appetizer.
• It is ideal if you can find a location where there are fun bars in walking distance like the Epicenter. Therefore, guests will not need to get in their cars and drive to each location.
• Tip: Call the bars ahead of time and tell them that you may be bringing in a big group of people and estimate the times. Sometimes they will work out something special for your group like a drink or appetizer special.
• Tip: Have the bars mapped out ahead of time and estimated timing at each bar. As the host, you will need to keep the party moving and the energy up.
• Tip: Have a few Santa hats or easy costume props for the people that didn’t dress up. Once they have a drink they may loosen up and have fun.
• Tip: Have the phone numbers for a car service/ taxi’s so no one has to drive home. I even offer to drive groups of people the next day to go pick up their cars.
• You must give out a fabulous trophy at the end of the night for the best costume. I spray painted this Santa Figurine that I got at a Hardware Store Gold.
• This party is similar to a traditional caroling party, but your guests will compete against one with the carols they sing.
• Start the evening off with festive food and beverages. This is always a good way to get your guests warmed up.
• As the host you will hand out a packet of Christmas Song Lyrics to each guest. Songs can easily be found online and printed on festive Christmas paper.
• Tip: I like a mix of Classic Christmas Songs and Current Ones as well.
• Separate teams into two groups. Have songs sheets for each ..everything from classic to current.
• Each team will have time to practice before you head out in the neighborhood.
• Once you get to the house each team can pick what song they will “perform” for the house.
• The house gets to vote which group was better.
• The team with the most votes win a prize…..I love a trophy of some sort that can be passed down year after year.
• This is a great party for Friends for families with kids and actually I think this a great party for tweens and teens.
Cocktail Christmas Challenge
• Like a Chili Cook Off, but with Cocktails
• Have all of your guests brings a signature holiday drink…enough for everyone to have a few sips. Example: Gingerbread or Peppermint martini’s or a pomegranate mimosa…hot spiced apple cider, etc.
• I provide small cups for guests to enjoy sips..key word..sips of each beverage.
• Tip: Have lots of appetizers for the guests to absorb the beverages.
• Each guest will vote on which drink is their favorite and it can be announced later in the evening.
• You can also tie this party in with Christmas Kareoke.
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
• I love an interactive party and anything that gets my friends and children doing really goofy or silly things.
• I love to host a casual dinner of sandwiches..lasagnas…something comfy and warm.
• There are a few ways you can do scavenger Hunts. I like to do a scavenger hunt where I put guests in funny situations and they have to take a photo or video of it.
• You can make up these ideas on your own or there are a million ideas on the internet to help inspire you.
• You can also do this on foot in a populated area like an outdoor shopping mall or in a neighborhood or even you can separate your party into groups and put them in cars. Everyone please be careful if you are in cars and drive safely.
• I like to give everyone a list of tasks that they must complete as many as they can in a set time.
• They must use their cell phones to take pictures or videos and then they email them to the host. I then pop them into a slide show that will be played at the party after the hunt set to music.
• A few of my favorite things to do is making each group get other random people involved.
o For example: the group has to get at least 20 people singing a Christmas carol a crowd and record it.
o Re-acting a scene from a favorite holiday movie …like the Grinch or Elf. I will supply the lines and the team has to get other people to participate in the “scene”
o Pictures with Santa
o A picture of them all jumping in the air…everyone has to be in the air…they must send all shots of them trying to do this….funny.
Christmas Carol Karaoke Night
Turn on the Christmas Lights, light a fire, put out some simple hors d’ oeuvres and some wine and beer..maybe a holiday drink and set up the karaoke machine. You have the making for a Holiday Party.
• Set up a Karaoke Station …you can rent one for about $150.00 or buy purchase one for anywhere from $50 to $100.00 and then you can buy the CDS that you want to go along with them. They are anywhere from $10 to $20
• Start the party off with yummy Hors D’oeuvres and beverages. It helps to loosen up the crowd a bit with a few drinks. Perhaps a signature Holiday cocktail
• Get the holiday song set Old And New
• Tip: I love to have a basket of props for guests next to the karaoke machine like boas, sunglasses, hats, reindeer antlers, a Rudolph nose, etc.
• Tip: Delegate certain friends to take pictures and video. The pictures and video are hilarious and you will be very happy you had someone capture the moments.