Planning A Holiday Party? Spice It Up!
by Jordan Marston
Are you tired of the same old boring
Holiday parties that everyone else is having? Here are some surefire hits
for Christmas parties and other holiday parties with a little more life.
The Cookie Exchange
For this party, each person bakes a pile of
Christmas cookies before hand. If there are seven couples or people
coming, then each person bakes seven dozen cookies. This way, everyone can
go home with a dozen of everyone's cookies. This cuts down on the baking
for everyone and always makes for a fun time.
A Themed Party
Sure, it's the holidays. But why not have a
themed party anyway? This is the time that everyone has to get a little
break from work, so make your holiday party memorable by having a themed
party. This could be as simple as having a Star Trek party and learning to
say Happy Hannukah in Vulcan, or it could be as elaborate as having a
Tarts'n'Vicars party. You might even want to have a football party one day
and have everyone over to watch your favourite sport.
A Costume Party
A costume party is an extension of the
theme party idea. You could allow people to choose their own costumes. You
could have a fancy dress masquerade ball, where everyone wears fancy dress
but has to have the small masquerade mask too. (These ones are always a
lot of fun!) Of course, if you can also have themed costume parties, such
as a superhero costume party. For more information on costumes, visit the
website below, The Guide to Costumes.
Do some Charity
Why not collect canned goods from your
party goers for admission? Or you could have a party where each person
brings a small toy to be donated to needy children. You could consider
theming your party around such organizations as Operation: Shoebox, where
you could each bring in a shoe box with gifts.
A Tasting Party
While we are all familiar with certain
holiday tastes, can you and your friends stump each other with food? Bring
in your most exotic recipes. Each person has to guess five ingredients
from the recipes. The person with the most accurate taste buds wins a
door-prize (often, a recipe book is a good door prize).
You can also have a wine tasting (or beer
tasting, or even pop tasting) party. See if your friends have discerning
palates by testing out their taste buds. Often, a beer tasting party is a
good time because people think they can tell a lot about different kinds
In the end, the main rule for throwing
holiday parties is that there are no rules for holiday parties! Choose
your venue, choose your theme, and choose your entertainment. Why not
celebrate a Christmas in July like the Australians do, when they celebrate
Christmas six months late (or early, depending on how you look at it),
because their seasons are backwards. You can have people over for a
tropically themed party. Shrimps on the bar-b, anyone?
About the Author
Jordan Marston is an expert party and event
planner. Her specialties include costume and game-based parties.