Before you pull out that tacky Christmas sweater for another round of holiday get-togethers, why not try a fresh and creative party theme? There are many affordable ways to generate yuletide joy without spending a sleigh-full of cash.
American Idol Holiday-Style Borrow a small amplifier and microphone from a musician friend. Pull up karaoke versions of Christmas carols on YouTube and get singing. Spiked eggnog may help give guests a boost of courage.
Christmas Tree Sock Hop
Silly holiday socks are everywhere—even your local dollar store. Encourage guests to pull on some festive footwear for a fun alternative to last year’s tacky sweater party. Make sure guests remove their shoes at the door so everyone can enjoy the Santa socks.
Food can eat up a big part of your holiday party budget. Stick to sweets instead. Ask guests to make their favorite Christmas cookies and bring enough to share with the group. Need inspiration? Score hundreds of free cookie recipes at Christmas-cookies.com.
Holiday Movie Night
Invite guests to a Christmas-themed movie night. Let them vote on their favorite: It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street perhaps? Here’s a free printable Christmas movie matchup game you could play during intermission.
Hot Cocoa Bar
Pick up an array of hot cocoa and create a chocolate lovers dream. A two-pack of Williams-Sonoma gourmet hot chocolate sells for $35.50 and comes in three flavors: regular, peppermint and salted caramel. Include add-ins like peppermint sticks and even homemade marshmallows using this recipe from MarthaStewart.com. This could just end up being the hottest—and sweetest—party of the season.
By Alison Storm
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It's all treats and no tricks at many retailers this Halloween. Here you'll find a list of stores and restaurants we've comprised that are offering up special deals and maybe even a freebie or two to celebrate the spooky holiday. Keep checking back, we'll be adding new ones as we find them!
Barnes & Noble - Free Halloween storytime on 10/31/2014. Contact local stores for times.
Bass Pro Shops - Free 4x6 photos & Halloween activities for kids from now through 10/31/2014.
Chipolte - Participating restaurants are offering a $3 "boorito" to those that arrive in a costume. Offer valid from 5PM to close on 10/31/2014.
IHOP - Free Scary Face Pancake for kids 12 & under on 10/31/2014 only from 7AM to 10PM.
Krispy Kreme - Free doughnut to customers in full costume. Only on 10/31/2014 at participating restaurants.
LEGO Stores - Free Halloween sticker for kids in costume on 10/31/2014.
Outback Steakhouse - Free kids meals w/purchase of adult meal. Limited to kids 10 & under and 2 free kids meals in a visit. Participating restaurants on 10/31/2014 only.
Sonic - 50 Cent corn dogs all day on 10/31/2014.
Wendy's - Halloween coupon booklets are only $1. This book contains coupons good for free Jr. Frostys. Of special note: 90 cents of the purchase price goes to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Offer's ending is unknown.
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