Christmas Party Ideas, Games & More

I recently hosted an annual Christmas party for 58 women and we had a wonderful time.  We always use the slogan, “What happens at Girlfriends stays at Girlfriends.”  I wanted to share my Christmas Party ideas, games & more with you today.

Christmas Party Ideas, Games & More

Because I was very busy before and during the party, I didn’t get many photos and the ones I did manage to get were with my phone. No, they don’t look professional, but that’s OK.

Christmas Party Ideas, Games & More

Every year I try to come up with a different theme.  I’ve hosted a winter wonderland, coastal Carolina, and everything in between.  One year we had spa night and had stations where the girls could get mini massages, manicures and facials.

Christmas Party Ideas, Games & More

This year I went with a rustic glam look, complete with a herd of deer, mason jar candles and rustic Christmas trees as the centerpieces.

Girlfriends Christmas

The mason jars were covered in Mod Podge, rolled in Epsom Salts and allowed to dry.  I filled them with cranberries and tealights and tied snowflakes and tags with different greetings on them.

Christmas Party Ideas, Games & More

Black tablecloths and chair covers created the perfect backdrop for the red, white and gold tableware. The burlap and black striped chair sashes brought the look together.

Christmas Party Ideas, Games & More

The burlap chair sashes were a lot thicker than they looked online and it was a hot mess trying to tie those babies into bows.  It took several hours and I got the best back workout.  I was actually sore the next morning!  I tied them in bows and knots, alternately, and they looked really good.

Christmas Party, Games & More

I used heavy duty paper plates because no one wanted to wash a pile of plates afterward!  I placed the utensils in brown paper envelopes and stamped each one.

Christmas Party

I also had favors for each guest; Bath and Body holiday hand cream and lip balm from Ulta.

Christmas Party

Before the guests arrived, I prepared the coffee bar and my daughter put together my famous Mocha Punch so we could offer all the women drinks as soon as they walked in the door and said hello.

mochapunch

I prepared enough punch for 60 and it was gone in no time flat.  I had many requests for the recipe and I told them to type “An Alli Event Mocha Punch” into their browser and it would pop up.  Good thing I had a few business cards with me.  A blogger is always prepared. Wink.

Christmas Party Ideas, Party, Games and More

There was a time when I cooked the entire meal, but for the past couple of years I’ve had the main meal catered and I do the dessert bar, punch, etc.

Menu

Assorted Party Sandwiches (Philly Chicken, Pimento Cheese, Ham & Cheese)

Vegetable Soup

Potato Soup & Toppings

Iced Tea

Water

Coffee Bar

Mocha Punch

Dessert Bar

Red Velvet Trifle

Chocolate Trifle

Banana Pudding

Lemon Squares

Assorted Fudge

Oreo Truffles

Macarons

Assorted Mini Cheesecakes

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Candies

I guess you can tell that I like to give the ladies a large choice of desserts.  My daughter made the fudge.  The mini cheesecakes were from Sam’s and I made the other desserts.  Oh, yeah, the caterer had a strawberry trifle, too.  We had a table full of desserts and I forgot to take photos. Duh!

As soon as the party started, I drew a name and gave away a cash door prize and other prizes were given out through the night (high-end makeup, skin care, etc).  The grand prize ($500) was given away right before the party was over.

Christmas Party, Games & More

The most popular game of the night was Jingle/Junk in the Trunk.  Empty tissue boxes were tied around the volunteer’s waist so that the box would sit on her behind and 5 jingle bells were placed inside each box.  The first one to get all the bells out of their boxes was the winner.

Party Tips

We also had a Fill-The-Stocking game.  Two teams competed to fill stockings with a teaspoon and M&M’s.  They had to run to the stocking with their spoonful of candy and pour it into the stockings and run back to the bowl and do it again. The first team to empty their bowl of M&M’s into the stocking was the winning team.

We also played the “Left, Right” and “Decorate the Tree” games where two teams had to decorate one of the members of their team like a Christmas tree. Each team was supplied with red and green crepe paper and decorations.

We had such a great time and as soon as the Christmas party was over, I started brainstorming on what theme, etc. I would use for next year.

These two ladies didn’t leave until they had washed every dish. I’m eternally thankful! 🙂

Christmas Party, Games & More

Are you hosting any Christmas parties during the holidays?

 

 

About Alli

Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!

Comments

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    You really go all out, huh? We have a HUGE Christmas eve get-together at my sister in law;s house on Christmas eve and we always try to play some fun games with the kids 🙂

  2. Wow! You are incredible at decorating! The whole set up looked great! And the games sound fun. I like the stocking idea. I always forget to incorporate games during holiday get togethers, but I think it helps bring people together and enjoy the evening.

  3. I would have said we host a get together, but ours is small compared to yours! We usually keep it fairly small and play lots of games together with the kids and then watch a fun holiday movie and drink too much hot chocolate!

  4. I LOVE the rustic glam look! So adorable! I love a good Christmas party. They never fail to get me into the holiday spirit <3

  5. Alli, really! This is so unbelievable I can see your heart and soul put into it. It loks like such a wonderful time. Lucky ladies

  6. What a nice gathering. That jingle/junk in the trunk game is awesome!

  7. I love all the decoration that you have at your party, so pretty!! These are great ideas for Christmas parties it can be hard to plan them when you are in charge of them.

  8. Sounds like you hosted a really successful Christmas party, I have never done that before and not sure I know where to begin. I love the desserts you make so I am sure they were a hit with the ladies

  9. These are such great ideas for Christmas parties! You always have wonderful suggestions. That game of decorating someone like a Christmas tree sounds like so much fun!!

  10. That sounded like such a fun party! I’m loving the rustic glam theme! The games you guys played sounded fun!

  11. I love that you still showed us your party even if you took it with your cell phone – great memories. Your party themes are so much fun and the colors are always so striking. Also, I love the games especially that one with the box at the “trunk”. So glad you get to minister to these ladies in this yearly event!

  12. Rebecca Swenor says

    I am not hosting a Christmas Party this year but my sister is and I will have to share some of these ideas with her. I love the jars with the Epsom salt and filled with cranberries with a tea light in the center. These make really cute centerpieces. Thanks for the idea.

  13. What a fun time you all had! I love getting together with and supporting women of all ages.

  14. I don’t know that I know 58 people to invite over for a party. It looks like a great time was had by all. The $500 door prize is just amazing.

  15. This is a really nice Christmas setup and you have everything covered. The fill the stocking with M&Ms would be such a cool game.

  16. This looks like so much fun! I love the whole set up. What a great party and such great ideas.

  17. Wow this looks like it was going to be one great party! I can’t wait to check out the punch recipe.

  18. I love this! What a great group of friends, and what a special thing for you to host these shindigs regularly! It’s so important 🙂

  19. What cute ideas! I love your menu and all of the decorations. The fill a stocking game sounds like fun.

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