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Make your office Christmas party, family Christmas or home Christmas party with friends and neighbors one people look forward to all year long!
As you can see there are lots of Christmas party ideas here at CheersAllYear.com. But, I wanted to take a moment to share some of my personal favorites: the party ideas that I use at my own parties.
In my neighborhood, everyone on the block is responsible for one party: Halloween, New Years, St. Patricks Day, Valentine’s Bruch, Chili Cookoff, 4th of July, and so on. We have LOTS of parties!
I selected the Christmas party. I’ve done it 8 years straight. I simply LOVE Christmas parties!
Since I host an annual Christmas party, I start my Christmas party planning well in advance. (and I couldn'’t do it without some great friends who help!).
I like to introduce a new Christmas party theme every year. I’m still trying to top my Christmas in New York party theme from a few years back. So, this year I’ll be hosting a Merry Mid-Century Mad Men Themed Christmas Party. You’ll hear all about that very soon.
Aside from changing the Christmas party theme each year, I also like to change up the icebreaker games and Christmas party games. Annual Christmas parties host many of the same people every year. I think it’s important to keep things fresh.
I once commented to a friend that I was thinking of not doing the white elephant game (because we do it every year). She said, "OH, Please, please, please, have the white elephant game. Everybody loves it and I’ve been planning my white elephant gift since last year."
She’s right, everybody loves the white elephant game. And once you’ve done it a few years in a row, inside jokes, like reocurring bad gifts, create instant laughs. One year, some friends were crazed over a 2-foot ceramic pig soup tarrine that I thought no one would want. We still talk about that pig today (three years later)!
Our printable Party Talk funny conversation cards are my other "go-to" Christmas party idea. Here you see a photo from my last Christmas party. The printable cards are on the top. Because they’re printable, I have several sets. I put them in every room because they're the best icebreaker game out there.
True story, at last year’s Christmas party, I was in the kitchen when I heard laughter and heckling from the next room. I made my way toward to crowd to join in the fun. They were all marveling over PartyTalk cards. You wouldn’t believe the conversations that arose from these funny yet philosphical conversation starter questions.
Print "Party Talk" conversation cards on cardstock or on Avery 5371 or Avery 8371 business card stock, available online, or at your local Walmart, office or box-store. You can also print them on card stock and simply cut them apart.
Party Talk cards are one of the many printable party games we have for Christmas.
Christmas Party Ideas
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This helpful Christmas party planning guide keeps the chaos of the season under control and helps you, the host or hostess, actually enjoy the party. After all, that's what it's all about!
Planning a Christmas party is half the fun! And, a little planning means you'll enjoy your party just as much as your guests enjoy it.
You don't want to be running around the day of the party trying to pull it all together. If you're like me, and you like to do most of the cooking and decor yourself, a party plan is essential.
It's true that I plan my party well in advance. Last year, I was even lucky enough to have my best friend travel from out of state one week prior to my party to help with the Christmas party decorations, food, Christmas party favors, and the like.
Friends often ask, "How do you do it all yourself, serve everything hot, and pull it all together in just one day?" The secret? I don't! Unless you hire someone else to do it for you, you can't pull off a fabulous party without planning in advance. I enlist friends and start early!
Here's a Christmas party planning guide to help you enjoy your party and pull it together with ease.
Note: If you're planning to book a band, caterer, or venue for your party, start 2 to 3 months in advance.
Christmas Party Planning Guide4-5 Weeks Before:
Go ahead and plan your Christmas party music playlist. A party without music just isn't a party. Mix Christmas traditional Christmas songs with modern music so that the autmosphere remains lively.
Send out Invitations. It may seem early to send out invitations, but keep in mind how many parties happen during the 3 weeks after Thanksgiving. E-vites are completely acceptable, but a real snail-mail invitation is a great physical reminder. A real invitation also creates a sense of excitement and importance about the event.
If you'll need wait staff, arrange this now. Arrange for a babysitter and pet sitter if needed. Pick a fun Christmas movie to play (mutted) on the T.V.
2 Weeks Before (or longer):
Plan your Christmas party favors. Christmas party favors can be a nice reminder of the party. They don't need to be expensive. If you plan to make Christmas favors, do it now.
Plan your party menu and gather recipes. If you're doing the cooking, plan a variety of dishes that can be prepared a day in advance, with only a few items that need to be prepared the day of the party. Need to plan for the right amount of food? See the Party Food Planning guide.
Arrange your cleaning service for the day before the party (or arrange for a friend to help).
1 Week Before (or longer):
Put up your tree and household decorations such as lights, stockings, wreaths and garland. This is usually a pretty big job and should be done well in advance of the party.
2 Days Before:
Pick up the wine, party mixers, and party supplies such as extra glasses, dishes, servers, etc. Put away excess clutter. Plan the flow of the party. Move furniture to accomodate the flow if needed. Plan how you will set out food.
1 Day Before:
Pick up rental items such as chaffing dishes and punch bowls. Make menu items that can be prepared ahead of time. Do preparation work for menu items that need to be cooked on the party day. Set up party decorations. Pick up fresh flowers from florist, or create your own floral arrangements.
Christmas Party Day:
The countdown is on! Plan what you're going to wear and set it out so that you're able to stop cooking and get dressed in a fifteen minute time slot. Pick up extra ice and set up drink station.
Chill drinks that need to be cold. Set out dishes, party supplies, light the fire in your fireplace (if you have one), turn on Christmas lights and music.
Cook items that will be served hot. Plan to have these items ready 30 to 45 minutes before the party begins, and keep them warm in chaffing dishes.
Set up the food table. Plan to have everything set up at least 20 minutes before guests arrive.
Freshen up for the party. Greet guests and enjoy!
Christmas Party Planning Tip: Funny Conversation StartersWhat's in the photo? I put PartyTalk printable funny conversation starter cards on all the tables for every party I host. They serve as a great icebreaker. Here they are on my coffee table at my last Christmas party. (There are 120 funny conversation starter cards in all).
There's no need to say a word, guests discover them on their own.
At my last Christmas party, I was in the kitchen when I heard people laughing hysterically in the other room. I made my way over to see what they were laughing about...it was the funny conversation starter cards. Easy. Fun.
I print mine on Avery 8371 business card stock, available online, or at your local Walmart, office or box-store. Because the Avery business card stock is perforated, they easily come part. You can also print them on card stock and cut them apart.
The great thing about a Christmas party printable like this is that you can print off more than one copy...one for every room!
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