(Closed) How do we have a not lame Christmas party?

posted 9 years ago in Holidays
Post # 18
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808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

The one problem we encountered was that all the food was not in the dining room.  We had a table set up in the kitchen and in the dining room.  This year it will all be in one place.  I recommend business card holders or some way of writing down the name of the appetizer so that people don’t just make up a name!  (we had that happen!)

To solve the problem of “incase people don’t bring food” I had made 3 appetizers myself.  But we had so much food leftover it was insane!  People were really into the idea!

We had the voting about 8:30 (the party started around 7).  Everyone was given a piece of paper as long as they paid their money.  I was shocked that everyone came with their money!  I counted the votes and announced 3rd place, 2nd place and 1st place!

The only decorations that we had out were our normal Christmas decorations.  We had the tree lit and the fireplace going (not a smart idea with a house of 30 people!) 

I had people asking me in July if I was having the appetizer party again because they had already began thinking of their recipes!

I’ll think of some drink ideas and get back with you!!

Post # 20
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808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I made pumpkin bars (I posted the recipe a little over a month ago under “pumpkin bars”) and they were a super huge hit!  Everyone was so stuffed from the apps no one really missed the dessert.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m telling you, *LIGHTING* is crucial!!  

You should have lots of candles everywhere (in places where they won’t get knocked over), and keep the lights low.  Nothing sucks more than being at a party with terrible overhead lighting, or just bright lighting in general.

Post # 24
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875 posts
Busy bee

My family hosts a fabulous Christmas party every year.  I have to be honest… your idea sounds dreadful in comparision to your husband’s fancy festive affair!

Post # 25
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340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My husband and I are planning a festive holiday soiree. We have decided to do desserts and cocktails only. To make this happen, we have:

1.  hired a bartender and hostess. The cost was actually reasonable: each was $25 per hour, with a 5 hour minimum and cost of 1 hour as tip. Works out to $300 total.  This will ensure that I am not running around picking up after guests, making drinks, etc.

2. “Professional” invites. You can get these cheaply printed online.

3. Desserts only (the party starts at 8:00 p.m.) – will have 8-12 available desserts. IMO it is easier to just serve one or the other. Appetizers require heating, or cooking – desserts can be done easier. I will do a combination of home made desserts, and some from a local bakery.

4. No plastic cups! Even if you get real glasses from the dollar store, it instantly makes a party nicer.

5. Our apartment will be fully decorate for christmas! Helps set the mood.

6. Put away things such as an x-box, computer. When we have parties, we make those items “off-limits” so that the party doesn’t end up with people sitting around playing video games.

7. Plan something fun if needed. Do your friends all know each other? Are they the type to “mingle”? If not, Christmas poppers are a great conversation starter. They also lighten the mood and invoke jolly-ness!

Just my thoughts – hope it helps. “Fancy” parties are fun. But, if your friends aren’t used to you having these types of parties, then expect that not all will adhere to your rules the first time. If you dress and act the part, guaranteed you will set a standard and going forward your friends will comply (or they won’t, but it’s their loss, not yours!). Most importantly, have fun with it. If you are enjoying yourself and not stressed, your guests will as well!

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