Last Updated on August 8, 2021
With the holidays right around the corner and your loved ones calling you to organize this year’s events, it’s definitely time to start preparing! Of course, volunteering to entertain a group of people in your home can be a bit daunting, especially during the busiest time of year. However, with various ideas in mind and materials at hand, you’ll soon be the talk of the party and the “host(ess) with the most-est.” Let’s take a look at some fun holiday gathering ideas and all the things you’ll need to make them a success.
Make your gathering festive with traditional holiday colors and accessories that will be aesthetically pleasing for your guests
Christmas Games Nights
The beauty of the holidays is that they tend to bring friends and relatives from all over together under one roof. Even if your people are only going to be in town for a few days, a great way to share the time is by playing a variety of games together. Whether it’s simple board games or more strategic activities like a home poker match, some friendly competition will be fun and exciting for everyone involved. As the host of the night, you’ll want to prepare gaming tables in advance by setting up your materials. For playing card games, it may be necessary to invest in a reliable package of plastic cards like those manufactured by COPAG which have been used by professionals for years. If your friends would rather play classic board games like Monopoly, there are many different versions of the old-school game to choose from and you’ll be shocked by how much fun you can have playing a game that was first patented in 1904.
To prevent yourself from being too overloaded in the kitchen for this event, market it as a “Christmas Games Night and Dessert” evening where your guests know ahead of time that only sweet snacks will be served. Having just little cakes and cookies will also make it simpler and less messy to eat while playing games. Because, let’s face it, the last thing you or your guests want are game materials smudged with sauce remnants.
Holiday Gift Exchanges
Whether you call it Secret Santa, White Elephant, Yankee Swap, or Dirty Santa, one of the best parts of the holiday season is the opportunity to exchange gifts. These parties often come with their fair share of belly laughs and memories as people give funny gifts to people they may not know that well. If you end up hosting a gift exchange event, providing your guests with a tasty dinner is the number one priority. However, before deciding on a menu, talk with the group and see if they would like to make this a “pot luck” gathering where each person brings a different dish and everyone shares. If not, preparing a buffet-style dinner yourself can be a great way to ensure that your guests will leave full and happy. Just be sure to ask if anyone in the group has special dietary requests or restrictions. And for the party side of things, you can even try out a few gift exchange games that are sure to make the night even more memorable.
The stress of hosting any medium to large sized party can be eased by serving dinner in a buffet-style way where your guests can pick and choose their favorite foods
A New Years Eve Dinner Party
What are the holidays without festive dinner parties? If you plan on having people over for a New Years Eve gathering this season, a great way to get your guests excited about it is by creating a unique dinner menu. Instead of watching the ball drop surrounded by the same old traditional black-eyed peas meal, why not try your hand in the kitchen making some creative new dishes for the special night? A great way to do this easily is by serving a variety of appetizers or hors d’oeuvres which can be uniquely crafted. When people hear “finger food” they normally expect to see the typical pigs in blankets or cucumber sandwiches, but there are thousands of appetizer ideas out there that are also extremely tasty, healthy, and of course, festive. Have your guests send you a list of their preferred ingredients and convert them into new recipes for everyone to sample. Your party goers will be elated and you’ll be refilling plates all night long, well after the clock strikes midnight.