How to Throw an Ornament Exchange Party

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An ornament exchange party is a different way to celebrate the holidays and it may very well become an annual tradition. Whether serving simple appetizers or a three-course meal, an ornament exchange party can be as simple or extravagant as desired to accommodate any budget. When the ornament party is over, guests leave with a lasting memento that can be displayed on their own trees for years to come.

Things You'll Need

  • Invitations
  • Food and beverages
  • Decorations
  • Wrapped ornaments
  • Bowl
  • Slips of paper (numbered)
  • Purchase or create party invitations. The invitations should clearly reflect the theme of the party while providing all of the necessary information the guest needs to attend. In addition to the date, time and place of the party, ask the guests to bring a gift-wrapped ornament and note the maximum dollar value for the ornament to be exchanged. If suitable invitations are unavailable, create invitations using red or green colored card stock, ribbon, glitter and scrapbooking stickers.

  • Choose between 10 to 15 guests for a manageable group.

  • Place Christmas decorations, such as nutcrackers, poinsettias and miniature Christmas trees, on tables, candy canes in bowls, hang a garland on a mantel or fill clear bowls with color-coordinated ornaments to reinforce the theme of the party.

  • Serve food and beverages. The amount and type of food served is dependent upon the time at which the party occurs. Provide a variety of appetizers and miniature cupcakes or cookies for an afternoon ornament exchange or serve a complete dinner for an evening party. If serving alcohol, include a non-alcoholic option, as well as coffee.

  • Exchange ornaments. Ask each guest to draw a slip of paper from a bowl. Each slip will have a number written on it that correlates with the number of guests at the party. The guest who draws number one will choose one of the ornaments to unwrap. The guest who has drawn number two will have the option to choose a wrapped ornament or to take the unwrapped ornament from the person who chose first. If she chooses the unwrapped ornament, person number one then chooses a new ornament to unwrap and is then followed by the person who has drawn the number three. The steps are repeated until all ornaments have been unwrapped and have been traded a maximum of three times.

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