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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I also had favors for each guest; Bath and Body holiday hand cream and lip balm from Ulta.
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.
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.
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.
Assorted Party Sandwiches (Philly Chicken, Pimento Cheese, Ham & Cheese)
Potato Soup & Toppings
Red Velvet Trifle
Assorted Mini Cheesecakes
Chocolate Chip Cookies
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.
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.
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! 🙂
Are you hosting any Christmas parties during the holidays?