Throw a winter wonderland-themed holiday party
November 17, 2010
The holiday season is fast approaching, and people around the country are planning their annual holiday parties. However, selecting a theme for the event can be tricky. While it may be easiest to center the event around Christmas or Chanukah, those who aren't religious may feel uncomfortable with such a motif.
Hosts who want to throw a party that doesn't focus on a specific holiday but does boast a cohesive and appropriate theme are in luck - simply turn your celebration into a winter wonderland-themed event! It will effectively capture the holiday spirit.
When writing your invitations, make sure to include specific pieces of information, such as what type of attire is expected. If many of your friends have young children, make sure to indicate whether the party is kid-friendly or an adults-only gathering.
Talk to a few friends before you select the date for your party, as people's schedules often quickly fill up with end-of-the-year celebrations. Once you have a sense of when most pals are free, send out the invitations and start to gather decorations for your holiday party.
A winter wonderland scene setter is the easiest way to instantly transform a space into a snowy oasis. Additionally, banners that boast images of snowflakes or snow-covered cottages can fill a room with wintry charm.
When selecting decorations, opt for items that will remind guests of snow and ice. Look for white and silver items - the more they sparkle the better! Metallic decorations like tinsel, balloons and streamers are always festive accents. String up twinkling white lights that look like stars and hang ornamental snowflakes from the ceiling that shimmer as they twirl.
Cover tables in pure white table cloths and sprinkle them with a light dusting of glittery confetti. Disposable dinnerware makes for an easy cleanup and won't lead to any plate-breaking, party-stopping accidents. Paper party supplies are available in a wide range of styles, such as sophisticated, solid-colored items to charming snowflake patterns.
Remember to include wintertime-staples on your party menu, but feel free to put a unique spin on the classics. For a more grown-up take on grilled cheese and tomato soup, serve guests red pepper and tomato bisque with Parmesan crostini. Spice up mugs of cocoa by adding some Irish creme liqueur, or turn it into a frosty treat and serve frozen hot chocolate.
Finally, don't send your guests home empty-handed. There is a wide range of party favors perfect for this holiday party. Why not hand out small snowglobes? These adorable trinkets are sure to remind your friends of wintry bliss year-round. Snowflake-shaped items, from chocolate to candles to key chains, are also festive ways to thank guests for coming.
Turning your home into a winter wonderland is sure to get your guests into the holiday spirit, and is a festive way to celebrate the season.