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Take Some of the Stress Out of the Holidays with a Low Key Cocktail Party for Neighbors and Friends

Kick up your heels this holiday season and invite your friends over for a low key Christmas cocktail party.  The perfect way to escape from the stresses that pop up during the holidays, a Christmas party where all your friends can get a little tipsy, enjoy good food and good company, and have some fun is a surefire way to trade in some Bah Humbug for some Christmas cheer! 

Invite everyone over with fun and festive Tis the Season to Be Tipsy personalized invitations with all your party details.  With all the craziness that goes along with the holidays, sending out invitations is a better choice than evites that might get lost in the shuffle.  Plus, these cute invitations will bring a smile to everyone's face! 
Since you'll already have your house decked out for the holidays, you don't necessarily have to do much decorating for your Christmas party, but if you want to go the extra mile, a laid back party like this is the perfect excuse to go completely over the top with kitschy decorations!  Fill your house with plenty of red and green snowflake holiday latex balloons and don't forget to tie some to the mailbox so your guests know where the party is!  Hang colorful holiday snowman swirls from the ceiling and be sure the windows are covered with Merry Christmas glitter clings! Even Ebenezer Scrooge himself would be hard pressed to resist the Christmas spirit with so much Christmas cheer with these festive Christmas decorations! 

Keep the Christmas cheer going at your food table and bar with red and green plastic tablecloths that will make clean up a snap at the end of the night.  Stock up on plenty of Tis the Season to Be Tipsy napkins to handle sticky fingers, spilled drinks, and messy mouths.  And for the finishing touch, top off your table with a cute reindeer decorating kit and some Christmas confetti sprinkled amidst the dishes. 

Rather than a sit down meal, you'll want to plan plenty of munchies to feed the hungry crowd, and since no one should drink on an empty stomach, you'll need to keep the platters and serving trays filled throughout the night.  Choose plenty of snacks and treats that can be prepared ahead of time and easily replenished so you're not stuck in the kitchen while your guests party the night away.  Stick with traditional crowd pleasers like meatballs, eggrolls, chicken wings, mini sub sandwiches, chicken quesadillas, and mini quiches, which, along with being tasty, are hearty enough to keep stomach's full and absorb some of the alcohol your guests will be consuming.   In addition to your heartier appetizers, serve up sweet treats that are a staple at holiday parties like chocolate covered pretzels, holiday cookies, brownies, fudge, candy, nuts, and mini cheesecakes.  For an extra special treat, you can even set up a cupcake bar where guests can choose from vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet cupcakes and top them with their choice of frosting and toppings, including sprinkles, sanding sugars, crushed cookies and candies, and nuts! 

The centerpiece of your Christmas cocktail party will be the bar, so be sure to have plenty of alcohol on hand.  If you don't want to be pouring drinks all night and aren't comfortable with the idea of guests helping themselves to the liquor supply, hire a professional bartender to pour for the night.  If you're setting up a self-serve bar, be sure to have a well-rounded supply on hand, stocking up on basics like vodka, gin, rum, scotch, and whiskey, as well as beer and wine.  Plan on one bottle of wine for every 3 people and one six pack of beer for every two guests.  Don't forget the mixers you'll need as well, including club soda, orange juice, tonic, ginger ale, cola, and garnishes.  Stock the bar with plenty of glasses, and if you're looking for a fun twist, surprise your guests with festive red LED glasses that will add some glimmer and shimmer to the party!  And of course, you'll need to make sure you have more than enough ice on hand!  Luckily, unless you live in the south, Mother Nature will provide some natural refrigeration and you can store some extra bags in the backyard instead of wasting valuable freezer space. 

Be a responsible party host and remember to collect everyone's keys when they arrive for your Christmas cocktail party.  At the end of the night, call a cab for anyone who can't drive home, or let them crash at your place and serve up a nice breakfast the next morning!  Your Christmas cocktail party will be a great time for all as long as everyone remembers to party responsibly and have a good time!

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