Christmas parties can all start to blend together after a while, so it’s a good idea to make yours stand out.
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Make your Christmas celebration a unique one with a few bright ideas.
1. Make it pop with white
Everyone goes with the standard green and red color scheme for the holidays, so why not mix it up a bit? Choose red or green and surround it with plenty of white. A red plate on an all-white table will really stand out. When you use holiday colors as an accent, they will be noticed.
2. Use twinkle lights as a centerpiece
When you can’t untangle your twinkle lights, just shove them into a vase or a fishbowl and light them up. It will look like you did it on purpose. Of course, you could always put perfectly good lights into a vase, as well. It gives a unique effect, particularly if you dim the main lights.
3. Add some pillows
Grab some giant pillows in red, gold and green and toss them around the living room. Even if you have more guests than seating, people will be able to stay comfy by sitting on the pillows.
4. Choose non-traditional colors
Instead of the usual, boring colors, why not decorate your home in purple or teal? Any color that isn’t normally associated with the holiday season will work, as long as you stick to that color throughout your home.
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5. Host a potluck
It can be tough to find the time and energy to turn out an amazing meal for everyone this time of year. Let your guests chip in by assigning each one a part of the meal to bring. Don’t dictate everything, just let them know if they’ll be bringing a side dish, dessert or salad. You can take care of the main dish.
6. Exchange gifts simply
Many Christmas parties require some kind of gift exchange. Since this can add a lot of extra stress for everyone involved, you can limit the gifts to one per person or just for children. Put everything under the tree and let guests draw names from a basket to give their gift to. Swaps can be made if the gift is obviously unsuitable.
7. Offer a buffet style meal
Lacking room for a sit down meal with all your friends? Why not use the table as a buffet and make sure there are plenty of finger foods that everyone can enjoy?
8. Break out the board games
A holiday party doesn’t have to be all adult chitchat and sipping wine. Bring out the board games and let people choose what they want to play. Even if they break into smaller groups to enjoy the games, the party will be a big hit.
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9. Give the gift of food
Ask your guests to bring one can or box of food to the party. Set up a box near the door and have everyone drop something into it. The day after the party, you can take the box to the nearest food pantry so that your party will benefit those who don’t have enough to eat.
10. Set up a photo booth
Hang a holiday backdrop and put some buckets with fun props like mustaches on a stick or party hats near the backdrop. Take photos of everyone with their chosen props. You’ll have lots of silly pictures, but this is a great way to save the memories. For the best photos, wait until the first round of drinks has been consumed.
Christmas parties don’t have to be dull at all. With a few simple ideas like the ones on this list, you can easily transform an ordinary party into a truly fun one.