Throwing the Best Christmas Party Ever!

Hey Ladies,

It is about to be December and that means… (insert Peanut characters) “Christmastime is here!” This is definitely one of my favorite times of the year! One of my greatest joys is to host and attend holiday parties! Don’t get me wrong, I love spending my New Years Eve cuddled up on the couch with my family in our PJ’s, but for Christmas… I like to go ALL out!

1 Peter 4:9 says, Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

Many of you are probably getting to the age where you and your friends can drive, or your parents are used to driving you around. Why don’t you consider having your friends come to your house this holiday season? Today, I want to share some helpful tips on how to throw an amazing Christmas party!

Step 1: Pick a Good Date

advent-calendar-1780949_1920Choosing a day that everyone can attend will most likely be impossible, so contact a couple of your closest friends and see if a date works with them before putting it on the calendar. I recommend…

  • Checking the school calendar.
  • Avoiding Friday night because of sporting events.
  • Having your party early enough where it won’t run into family vacation, but late enough where people are in the mood for Christmas cheer!

Step 2: Determine the Audience

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This is key to creating your party. Who is going to be on your guest list? If I have an all girl party it might be a sleepover, but if I have a co-ed party, it would be full of games and a cut-off time.

Here are my hints:

  • All Girl: Keep it smaller (no more than 10) and have a sweet time with your dearest friends.
    • 1: Eat heavy hor’derves! Have everyone bring a dish. (this helps in cost and girls love sharing recipes)
    • 2: Do an activity: Gingerbread houses, cookie decorating, secret santa, etc.
    • 3: Cuddle up by the fire and/or tree and talk/watch a Christmas movie!

 

  • Co-Ed: Do a larger invite, but make sure people RSVP for a heads up on parking. (encourage carpooling)
    • 1: Eat heavy hor’derves! Have everyone bring something. (this helps in cost and it makes it possible to feed everyone) Admission to eat is essentially bringing a contribution. (You know the boys will chow down)
    • 2: Do a game: Christmas Charades, Four on a Couch, Christmas Pictionary, Family Feud, etc.
    • 3: Watch a funny Christmas movie (Elf, The Grinch, etc.)

 

  • Friendsmas | All Girl: Invite 5 or 6 our your friends to bring their other friends from other circles to come to the Friendsmas Party as a way to make more friends and connect with old ones. (Hebrews 13:2)
    • 1: Eat heavy hor’derves! Have everyone you invited bring a dish. Make the invited friends feel extra special. If they want to bring a dish they can, but if not, they are guests.
    • 2: Do an activity: Gingerbread houses, cookie decorating, sock exchange, etc.
    • 3: Talk/watch a Christmas movie

How to incorporate giving into your party? Instead of watching a movie or doing a game (or in addition to) your group could do something kind for someone else: i.e. operation Christmas child boxes, Christmas cards for the nursing home residents, Carol for shut-ins or around the neighborhood, make a meal for a sick person, etc. This is an opportunity to pray together and share Jesus with others in your community.

Step 3: Set the Stage

christmas-tree-1081981_1920The best part of decorating for this party is that your family’s Christmas decor does the job for you!

 

Maybe you have never thought about hosting a party or the idea of being in charge overwhelms you? Pair up with a friend and co-host together! This is a wonderful life-skill to learn how to host others well.

By: Emma Danzey

1 Peter 4:9 says, Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

 

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