It’s the holiday season, and though our schedules can get crazy, part of the fun is celebrating with friends and family. One of my favorite ways to celebrate is with an open house. Instead of trying to schedule time with various people throughout the busy season, pick a date and time, choose a limited menu, and invite your friends.
My theory behind hosting is that it should be fun and not completely overwhelming and stressful, so I try my best to come up with easy menus and to let others help out. To host a successful party this year, try these fun and easy Christmas party ideas!
Identify What Kind of Party are You Planning
There are plenty of ways you can host a party this holiday season without getting a migraine. Choose whether you want a formal dinner or a cocktail party. A potluck also makes hosting easier for you as it gives you more time to focus on other things, such as decorating and the entertainment. You can also ask for your friends’ help when getting the place ready for guests―a couple of good friends will be delighted for the chance to help out!
My Idea This Year: Open House Party
– for 10 to 12 people
– includes cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, and tea
Another variation of this is a cocktail open house party, from 7 p.m. to midnight, with hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, and drinks.
Here are some other easy Christmas party ideas:
- Buffet dinner party (Each family or guest brings something to share)
- Kids’ Christmas party (Usually goes from 10 a.m. to 12 noon) – We did this last year with my preschooler twins. Everyone brought a fun snack to share, we made holiday crafts, and sang Christmas carols. Afterwards, the kids played while the moms chatted.
Send Out the Invitations
Make a crafty invitation for your Christmas party
Invitations these days vary―they can be a simple text, email, or the old-fashioned letter. However you want to send your invitation, have your guest list at the ready to make sure you don’t accidentally forget to invite someone.
Quick Christmas Decorations
Your Christmas party decorations don’t have to be too intricate! If you already have your Christmas tree set up right after Thanksgiving, then adding some red berries and Christmas balls in a bowl will work great as a centerpiece. Another way to have quick and easy Christmas decorations is to get your old wreath out of storage, lay it on the center of the dining table, then fill the middle with Christmas balls, berries, and a handful of pine cones. You’ll have a beautiful centerpiece for your Christmas party in no time!
Prepare Party Favors
Delicious party favors for your guests
Round up a wonderful Christmas party with some party favors! I like the idea of giving away hot chocolate as a party favor. I also love making biscotti and giving those as gifts as well. When we’re feeling particularly ambitious, my husband roasts his own coffee. That’s another fun party favor that can also double as a great holiday gift for your friends and colleagues!
Enjoy hosting this holiday season with these easy Christmas party ideas! If you have your own Christmas party ideas, share them in the comments section below!