Post # 1
So my husband really, really, really wants us to have a Christmas party with all our friends. He wants it to be fancy and awesome, because he mistakenly thinks we are grown-ups. I thought we could just have a lot of tasty alcohol and get everybody drunk, but oh no – he wants this to be the soiree of the year, complete with hor’s d’oeurves, decorations and dressy clothes.
Now, some of you would likely say – if he’s that crazy about it, let HIM plan it! But I can’t. Because it will be stuffy and boring and it will suck, and that will reflect on me as the wife, not him, because that’s how things go. And he’s so excited I can’t say no to the idea. I’m not opposed to it, I just don’t want to have a lame party!
So, hive, please tell me. How can we have a not lame Christmas party? ANY suggestions are appreciated, from witty invite wordings, to not-corny decorations, to awesome food and drink ideas, to activities/themes/other ideas that will keep it from being boring! Thanks pals 🙂
Post # 3
Have a wine tasting, and be sure to have a ton of different kinds of cheese! I would also have a dessert bar so people will be up moving around and mingling. I went to a ‘grown-up’ Christmas party hosted by one of FI’s shift captains last year, and it was really fun. I think it worked because the hosts had the appetizers in their kitchen so everyone gathered around before the meal and then broke up into groups for dinner.
Post # 4
Try Martha’s or Better Homes and Gardens websites for food and decorations,
but I agree, a little alcohol can go a long way when setting a fun party atmosphere- make sure to have fancy themed cocktails!
Post # 5
I’ve been dying to have a holiday cocktail party. But it’s always too crazy around the holidays, expensive for us due to 9 birthdays in the month before Christmas then Christmas itself.
I would go with modern e invitations.
A nice modern adult silver holiday color theme.
I would totally make it a cocktail party though and ask people to come dressed in their holiday attires.
Wine, champagne. Cold Hor’devours that can be premade. Hot ones that can be preassmebled then popped into the oven to warm up.
Some soft jazzy music in the background.
And yummy bite size desserts!
Ask friends to bring a app and/or bottle of wine to share.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I would term it a cocktail party — people would get the hint to dress up and stuff. You must have plenty of booze (obviously of the cocktail variety!) and non-lame music.
I don’t know what these CDs are called, but they’re holiday cds from restoration hardware or something that have dance/jazz beats underneath, basically holiday remixes. They will not start a snoozefest like regular old Bing.
Decorations won’t make a party more fun, but they’re festive. If it’s not a huge party (i.e. you have room to serve people dinner), consider a prime rib roast. Very freaking impressive.
Hopefully your husband knows that having a fancy party is expensive 🙂
Post # 7
One of our friends asked people to bring their favorite cookie and then placed them around the party area. It was a great conversation starter as people would wonder who made what cookie and where they should go next. It could also work with wine, but you’d need to have them in order of the way they should be tasted and some palete cleansers.
Post # 8
Best place would start would be a budget.
Post # 9
We are having out second annual appetizer party this year as last years was a HUGE success! All guests invited are required to bring some sort of appetizer and $5. Everyone then gets to try all of the different apps and then vote on their favorite- the one with the most votes wins the pot of money! Last year our winner got $80! I provided the beer, wine and a signature drink (it was winter white cosmos, cranberry vodka, white cranberry peach juice, a splash of lime and served with fresh cranberries that had been soaking in vodka!!)
This year people are already talking about stepping it up and bringing fancier appetizers to try to win!
Post # 10
We are big on holiday parties around and one of my favorites that we go to, has an “adult” yankee swap. Omg it is so funny and makes people crack up! We also have a holiday party every year with just our friends, and last year we did it as an ugly sweater party, but had appetizers and a sit down dinner. Really I think as long as your guests are there to have a fun time then it will be a killer party! (Our ugly sweater party ended with everyone taking their cocktails outside and going sledding down the huge hill on my driveway at about 10:00pm)
Post # 11
I love the idea of punch. I think it has a neat 50’s/60’s feeling to it. I recently bought an awesome milk glass punchbowl for $6 at a flea market (the pièce de résistance of my collection) and I am totally busting it out for a holiday party.
Post # 12
One holiday party I went to had paper snowflakes dangling from the ceiling which made the room look really cool. Not sure how big into DIY you are but I don’t think it would be too hard to look up a template! Also, paperless post: http://www.paperlesspost.com/ has really cute e-invites.
Post # 13
@Lolasmomma: OMG! genius!! why didnt i think of that??? of course, my luck would be out of 50 guests, only 3 bring food…haha!!! lol
Post # 14
@Lolasmomma: This is a genius idea! We are totally going to do this. Thank you! Did you do the voting at a certain point or was it throughout the evening?
I still need decoration ideas, and drink ideas! I was thinking a couple white wines, a red, wassail, hard cider, and then a couple signature cocktails. I’d like to do something with hot chocolate – maybe peppermint patties? We have to watch the $$ though!
Post # 15
Mulled wine gets my vote for a drink! 🙂
Post # 16
I sooo want to have a Cocktail party now even more!
I would keep the # of cocktails to a minimum honestly.
If you go fancy I would go with one red and one white and 1-2 staple liqours.
If people want something specific they can bring with.