Invite With Style
With the convenience of Facebook’s Event feature and countless other ways to send paperless invites, it’s been quite a while since any of us received a good old fashioned invitation in the mail. Before your guests even arrive, set the stage by choosing some modern, eye-catching holiday paper to print your invitations on. Or, get creative and make your invitation into a mail-able ornament or magnet. They’ll be tickled to get something in the mail that isn’t a bill or junk mail…and the added bonus of a holiday decoration. Check out PaperStyle invitations and find unique invites your guests will adore.
Craft a Menu
If your Christmas party involves a sit-down dinner, consider printing out a menu to place at each setting detailing the appetizer, courses, and dessert. If you’re featuring a special holiday cocktail or two, get artsy and hand letter the beverage options and place it in a pretty frame on the dinner table or cocktail cart. If you know your guests are foodies, plan a potluck-style party and ask everyone to bring their most loved holiday dish along with several copies of the recipe. At the end of the evening, guests can swap and take home a new favorite.
Go With a Theme
Have a bit of fun and go with a themed affair. You can run with the classic ugly sweater motif, or ask your guests to get a little fancy and put on their best Christmas dresses and suits. If you want everyone to stay extra comfy, make it a Christmas onesie party and have a costume contest: most outrageous, creative or funny (your choice) onesie is the Christmas party king or queen.
Spruce Up Your Space
Don’t forget about the little details. Natural elements including wreaths, poinsettias, bowls of pinecones or some simple topiaries add an effortless, yet classy touch of holiday magic. Candles are also a great way to bring some soft light into a space. Either create some statement pieces by grouping candles of varying heights on a mantle or accent table, or consider a few bowls of floating candles. Obviously, no holiday party is complete without at least one or two conspicuous sprig of mistletoe. While most everyone uses their phones to take pictures, make sure to scatter a few disposable or Polaroid cameras around so guests can capture all those surprise mistletoe smooches.
Transform some nooks in your place into cozy spots to lounge. If you have a fireplace or some nice floor space, add some big, fluffy floor cushions so guests can cozying up while enjoying their drinks. Create some flow by placing snack trays in one area and beverages in the others and encourage people to mingle. Don’t forget about the mood music. Plan ahead and make a Christmas music playlist, or go old school and set up a record player. You may also consider setting up a Christmas movie marathon to have going in the background or, if you have a prime spot outside; set up a projector in your backyard so guests can enjoy the cinematic effect while cuddling under the stars.
If you plan to invite a playful, group make sure to line up a few games or challenges. Ask your guests to bring their favorite Christmas goodies, sweets and treats and hold a mini contest. Present the winner with a bottle of wine or small gift. A Christmas karaoke contest is also a fun way to get showcase your guests’ skills and get some free musical entertainment at the same time. Queue up a list of favorite old, time Christmas classics, get the eggnog ready and enjoy the show. Better yet, have a unisex Santa costume on hand for each participant to don as they hit their high notes. If your crew is more of the epicurean type, consider asking a few willing participants to go head-to-head in a Christmas cocktail or Christmas cookie craft-off and make sure to crown the winner with something festive such as a Santa hat or reindeer antlers.