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Celebrate the Festival of Lights and the Hanukkah Holiday with these Party Ideas from Windy City Novelties

Celebrate the joyful holiday of Hanukkah by inviting friends and family over for a night of fun and festivities.  Whether you and your guests all share the same religious beliefs or come from varied backgrounds, a Hanukkah party is a wonderful time to share your traditions with friends and family and introduce them to the joys and blessings of the holiday. 

If you're inviting a large crowd, splurge on personalized Hanukkah invitations that you've customized with all your party details.  Not only will it save you time on filling out the details by hand, but your guests will love the elegant look of your invites.  Plus, paper invitations are more personal than email invitations.  Be sure to include a firm RSVP date so you'll know how big the crowd will be for you Hanukkah party. 

Hanukkah is known as the festival of lights, so be sure your party space sparkles and shines for the big event!  String blue and white twinkle lights around the house, on stairway banisters, the mantel, along the porch railing, and in the windows.  Pick up the twinkle of the lights with blue and silver twirly whirls  hanging from the ceiling.  Place your menorahs in a prominent spot and have your Hanukkah party start early enough that your guests can take part in the lighting of the Hanukkah candles as the sun sets. 

Set the table for your Hanukkah party with festive paper goods that will make cleanup easy but still fit in with your holiday atmosphere.  If you're expecting a large crowd, a buffet is the perfect way to feed the crowd, so set your buffet table up to one side of your party space.  Start with a festive Hanukkah tablecloth with coordinating plates and napkins to serve your traditional Hanukkah treats on.  For an elegant and updated twist on the traditional Hanukkah centerpiece, instead of a menorah, place eight votive candles down the center of your table with one larger candle in the center to serve as the Shamash candle, which the smaller candles will be lit from.  Elevate the Shamash candle on a glass cake platter and scatter the traditional gold coins,  or "gelt", associated with the holiday around the base of the candle.  If you're concerned about burns or fire hazards, consider using flameless LED candles for your centerpiece. 

Fill your holiday table with the treats associated with Hanukkah, including delicious latkes, or potato pancakes, served with applesauce, the jelly donuts known as sufganiyot, cookies cut into shapes associated with the holiday, like the Star of David, dreidels, and menorahs and decorated with blue and white sugar, silver sprinkles, and candies, and other fried foods like chicken wings. 

Have Hanukkah music playing in the background for your party.  This will add to the festive atmosphere, but you'll probably want to have some activities planned as well.  Of course, no Hanukkah party will be complete without a lively game of dreidels!  Have enough dreidels to pass out to all the kids, and a few extras in case the adults want to join in on the fun and stock up on plenty of gold wrapped chocolate coins to hand out as prizes.  These gold covered chocolates make great party favors as well!  Simply bundle a few of the chocolates up in a small section of tulle and tie it off with royal blue curling ribbon for a festive party favor.  You can also print off Hanukkah bingo cards from the Internet for a fun game that kids and adults of all ages will enjoy!

When all the guests are gathered around to sing the prayers, and no worries if not everyone knows them, as long as you have a strong leader, everyone will be able to follow, you'll be able to create a magical moment all your guests will remember for years to come, perhaps even starting new traditions that will bring you all together again for the next holiday. 

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