Do you want to throw a holiday party, but you’re feeling overwhelmed by the competition? Those last few weekends before Christmas are often packed with office parties and fancy cocktail bashes - so this year, get an early start and do something different!
Plan your Christmas party for first weekend of December when holiday schedules aren't as booked. Start with a low-key brunch at your home and then head out as a group to go Christmas Tree Hunting. This is a really fun and easy party activity – and let's you check getting a Christmas tree off the list of holiday to-dos.
To feed your crew, you can make a few breakfast casseroles the night before and warm them in the oven the day of the party. I’d suggest a yummy egg strata and a potato casserole with muffins on the side. (Apple cinnamon or pumpkin are perfect for this season.) If you’re feeling really ambitious, whip up fresh pumpkin pancakes. Does your crowd love spicy food? Serve all the fixin's of a breakfast burrito bar, complete with different salsas.
The Tree Hunt
Once your guests tummies are full, it's time to head out. You can bring everyone to your family’s favorite tree lot, or use this an excuse to branch out.
Search around your area before your party. Is there a fabulous cut-your-own-tree farm near your house? Or a great lot with already cut trees, a Santa, and festive music playing?
The place(s) you choose should be close enough by your home, but also have great Christmas atmosphere. Prepare a map to hand out to each car as people leave for your next destination.
You can also bring coffee, hot chocolate, and spiced cider for guests. Be sure to have to-go cups ready for guests to take with them on the tree hunting adventure. (See if you can buy some paper to-go cups with lids from your local coffee shop so you’ll have plenty on hand for the party.)
Consider giving festive party favors as well to thank guests for taking time our of their busy holiday schedule to get together. A small Christmas ornament is the perfect favor (you can often find them in the dollar section of your favorite discount retailer) or a bag of trail mix with red & green candies added (to give strength for the hunt that lies ahead.)
With such an easy party to throw, you may just start a new Christmas tradition!
Ask the kids to do this skit for the family.
You hear them all season long - how well do you know your Christmas tunes?
Family Christmas parties just got more fun with these ideas!