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This year my husband and I hosted our 4th annual holiday party. It’s one of those parties that started as a gathering with a few neighbors and has grown…and grown…and grown. This year our attendance was the biggest yet at 65 people. I’m not going to lie, when the final RSVPs came in and we tallied up the guests, even I didn’t expect it to be quite that many. I was a little nervous as to how it was all going to work out, but now that the day has come and gone, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Nothing says the holidays like families coming over to share good food, friendship, and a little Santa magic!
But, of course, the success of our party wasn’t just luck. Having thrown this party 3 times in the past, we kind of had an idea what we were doing, we just had to adjust it to the growing number of guests. Truth is, hosting the perfect holiday party doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive; there are tons of simple ways to make your party fun and festive. Here are 5 holiday party hacks that I’ve discovered over the years:
Deck the Halls. Heard of less is more? Well, that doesn’t apply to holiday parties. During the holiday season, more is more, especially when it comes to decor. But decorating doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. Normally I use candy cane holders for place cards or food labels, but this year I decided to use them to share pictures of Christmases past! I think they turned out great. To make these holders, all you need to do is hot glue 3 candy canes together and then place whatever you want to display (name tags, place cards, photos, ect.) inside. Oh so easy and very festive!
Tip: To pull this project off, glue two candy canes together (resting them on the counter top while gluing to make extra sure they are even) and then glue the third. I had several uneven ones when I tried to glue all three at once.
Create Your Own Cups. Don’t stop at just decking your halls, deck your table too! Using a little black ribbon, yellow foam, and hot glue, create these cute Santa cups to set the mood of your party.
Can’t get enough holiday cheer? Use non-toxic permanent markers, ribbon, yellow foam, and hot glue to create this adorable snowman cup. Just try your best to keep the design away from the very top of the cup, so as to allow room for the person to drink.
This simple and small party touch goes a long way!
Sweet Treats with a Red Nose. Brown card stock, red pompoms, and hot glue easily transform a regular dessert plate in a reindeer surprise. My kids loved these and they only take a minute or two to create! Use them as dessert plates though so you don’t have to make as many.
Pour Your Own Signature Drink. Signature drinks aren’t just for weddings! Once you have your cups decorated, fill them with a holiday drink…think drinks infused with cinnamon, spice, peppermint, or cranberry. Our drink this year was this Cranberry Orange Fizz, made with Sprite Cranberry and Minute Maid that I picked up on sale at Albertsons. Simply pour Sprite Cranberry over ice, and then top with an equal amount of orange juice. Toss in some extra cranberries for garnish and cozy up by the Christmas tree. My kids actually ate the cranberries after they finished their drink!
Arrange a Little Santa Magic. When I was a kid, we attended an annual holiday party where Santa made a visit and I’m thrilled to bring this tradition to my own holiday party. We typically arrange our Santa through the Fire Department (who makes visits for a nominal donation), but even if your town doesn’t offer something like that, try tracking down a Santa suit. I recently found out that one of my friends owns their own Santa suit and another has a connection at a costume show which would rent us a Santa suit for a relatively low cost. If you’re looking for Santa on a budget, simply asking around might yield more results than you think. And while you may think that this is only for the kids, I can assure you, Santa was a hit at our party with the adults too!
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What’s your holiday party hack? Leave me a comment letting me know!