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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