If you follow me on Instagram, you know that there’s nothing I love more than planning and throwing parties for every occasion. Call me domestic, but I just love entertaining! Christmas parties are easily my favorite. Below are some ideas for the best holiday parties you’ll ever throw!
The Secret Santa/White Elephant Exchange | The easiest way to check multiple people off your guest list in one night. Set a budget (anywhere from $15-50 is acceptable, depending on who is attending) and everyone brings a wrapped gift. When each person arrives, a sticker with a number is placed on their gift. Once everyone is there, each person draws a piece of paper from a bowl. The number drawn should correspond to the gift that person receives.
The Cookie Exchange/Gingerbread House Making Extravaganza | The most stereotypical housewife Christmas party you will ever attend. Everyone brings a tray of cookies to share as they frost and decorate gingerbread houses. When hosting this type of party, I always ask each person to also bring a gift valued at $10+ to donate to a local homeless shelter.
The Christmas Movie Marathon | My favorite to host for a group of 10 or so teenage girls. Can easily be combined with either of the above ideas. Best movies to watch include Elf, A Christmas Story, Home Alone, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, The Santa Clause, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
The Tree Lighting Ceremony | The ultimate combination of bringing people together and making your family the center of attention. How many tree lightings have we been to for shopping malls and performing art centers? I’ve been to three this year alone. Invite all of the family friends over for a dinner party and tree viewing. While eating dinner, explain to the crowd how much of an honor it is to see your tree being lit for the first time all season. Once lit, make sure to give the background information about each and every ornament. “See that Santa Claus? That’s the Radko that Great-Grandmother Briggs handed down to me. It was hung on her tree in the fifties.”
Last, but certainly not least…
The Christmas Boat Parade Viewing Party | What better way to combine an amazing holiday with the prep culture? Honestly, I’m not sure how many cities host boat parades around Christmastime, but I can promise that Newport Beach’s is one of the best. Going into the 104th Annual, it never disappoints. Plus, there are so many viewing places where this party can take place: the yacht club, the bay front homes, or from the boats themselves! Stay tuned to see pictures and details from the boat parade parties I’ll be having this year!