Even though the delicious Thanksgiving turkey is yet to be carved, itís not too early to start putting your Christmas party plans into motion. The first step, of course, is deciding what type of Christmas gathering to host. Here are some excellent ideas to help you and yours spend some festive quality time together this holiday season.
Trim The Tree or Put Up The Lights
This is a wonderful idea that gets everyone in the holiday spirit. Invite over a crowd of friends and family to help decorate your tree or put your Christmas lights up. This is perfect for progressive parties too - just go from house to house decorating like little elves - great for a neighborhood party!
Pick A Theme
The themes for Christmas parties are endless. If you are entertaining at home this year, pick a festive holiday theme and co-ordinate food, decorations, games and invitations to fit the theme. Popular choices for this time of year are Winter Wonderland, Candy Canes, Dickens Old Fashioned Christmas and The Gingerbread House.
One of the easiest ways to feel truly festive and giving over the holidays is to give back to your community. Visit a local retirement home with some home baked cookies or dress up as elves and take a small gift to each of the residents. It will make their day and make you feel wonderful too. Homeless shelters and food banks are another way to share your generosity with those less fortunate.
Get Out of the House
For your Christmas soiree, why not take the party on the road? Take a tour of your town to look at Christmas lights. Go caroling. Take a winter hike or visit the closest outdoor skating rink for a romantic twirl or a rowdy game of ice hockey. Christmas parties donít always need to be held indoors.
Make it Fun
Sometimes the best parties are the ones in which guests participate. For Christmas, ideas for an interactive party are easy. Get a group of friends together and bake tons of Christmas cookies and desserts. Or make it a craft party where everyone creates a beautiful Christmas decoration to take home. Exchanges are also lots of fun and are a popular choice over the holidays. Each guest brings a tin of cookies, a gift, or an ornament to exchange with other party guests.