How to Throw a Great Party for the Holidays

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The holidays are back. You want to invite some friends over for a festive holiday party. Read this article for some ideas on how to throw a great party for the holidays

Things You'll Need

  • alcohol
  • holiday music
  • desert
  • paper
  • pen
  • The invite list. Invite about 15- 30 people. You want a small enough group so that people will mingle with each other. Remember, the attendees will create the atmosphere of the party.

  • The invitations. Make simple invitations. You can by a pack of simple invitations at any local stationary store. Include the date, time, dress code [informal] and you could write something like: "Join us for Desert, Drinks and Fun."

  • The timing. Have the party in the evening after dinner. Have the party around 7 or 8. You want people to have a few drinks and relax so they can mingle.

  • The Mistletoe. Be sure to hang a mistletoe over one door-way. Hang the mistletoe on a doorway inside the house. The mistletoe can be a great way to break the ice so try to put the mistletoe in a high traffic area.

  • The drinks. Serve drinks that are festive for the holidays. The simplest way to serve festive holiday drinks is to follow a holiday color scheme. For example, if you celebrate Christmas, then make the drinks red and green. Some red drinks to serve include Vodka and Cranberry Juice, Strawberry Margaritas, Strawberry Daquaris and red wine. Some green drinks include apple puckers.

  • The desert. You want your guests to mingle during desert. To make your guests mingle, serve an assortment of holiday cookies. This way your guests can select some cookies and walk around instead of sitting down to eat a huge piece of pie. Include a bowl of mini candy canes as well.

  • The set up. You want your guests to mingle at the party. To encourage mingling, you can set up the bar so people can make their own drinks. To make things easier you should make yourself responsible for making any blended drinks. Set up the desert on one side of the room and the drinks on the other side.

  • The activities. Play sherades. In sherades, person A pulls a piece of paper out of a hat. Person A will then "act out" what the piece of paper says. For example, the paper could say "dog". Person A will have to act like a dog without making any noise. The other guests at the party have to guess what or who person A is imitating. As soon as someone guesses correctly, then that person pulls another piece of paper out of the hat and the game continues. To start the game, give each person three small pieces of paper and a pen. Each guest writes one word on each piece of paper. The word must be something that someone could act out. For example, you could write an object, such as a car, or you could write a person that everyone knows- such as a celebrity. If all the guests know each other, encourage people to write each others names on the pieces of paper. It can be very funny when your guests stand up and start imitating each other.

  • Party Favors. Have a gift exchange. Have each guest bring a wrapped present. Set a price limit on the presents and remind your guests to bring generic gifts that could be enjoyed by anyone. Place the presents in a pile and have each person choose a present. For an exciting gift exchange, see "How to Have the Ultimate Holiday Gift Exchange."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you decide to serve mixed drinks at your party be sure to have extra ice.

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