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14 Wonderful Christmas Party Ideas

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Are you planning a Christmas party, or maybe just looking for some great ideas?  Are you finding yourself in a panicked situation because you’re just not sure what kind of party you should throw? Well, we have wonderful news for you and we are here to help! This article was created to showcase some awesome Christmas party ideas that can be used this holiday season. We searched the Internet for tips, as well as gathered recommendations from our friends and family, and put them all in one place, just for you! Enjoy!

1. Christmas ‘’Minute to Win it’’ Style!

 

We really recommend this party. This theme is amazing and it is going to be fun, trust us. It is on first place because it is the best. So get your family and friends together to have a knee slapping good time. Here are some ideas for games you could play!

 

-         Use marshmallows and wreaths to a basketball style competition in your living room. See how many can make the marshmallows through the hoop (center of the wreath) into a bucket behind it in only one minute.

 

-         Christmas wrapping competition – Have your friends and family compete to wrap an awkward-shaped present in only one minute. Have the onlookers judge.

 

-         Make sure to have prizes for the winners of whatever games you decide to play

 

    2. Photo Booth

 

Photo booths will be at every great party before too long, you can bet that. They are a lot of fun for guests of all ages, and provide an easy and creative way to capture wonderful memories. Photo booths can be rented, or you can make your own! Either way, make sure you have plenty of props on hand!

 

       Here are a few ideas for Christmas Games for intended for adults…make sure to include the wine!

3. Two truths and a lie game

 

This game is a great idea for an ‘’ice breaker game’’--it will really loosen your guests up. The point of this game is telling three stories and everyone has to guess which one is not true. Not everyone will want to participate in the story telling, but they will definitely enjoy hearing them! Best advice is to have that one outgoing and funny friend or family member start it off. Tell them to really ham it up, as if you’ll have to, and sit back and watch the laughs roll out!

4. Card/Board Games

 

We aren’t talking Gin or Crazy Eights here, no. Think Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples, and any sort of Pictionary game. These games are great because they encourage laughter and really will “break the ice”. This will go over even better if everyone is wearing an ugly Christmas sweater…

 

Christmas Party Games For Everyone

5. Guess the Christmas song from the picture

 

Split your family or friends up into teams to play this game. Have pictures ready that describe a popular Christmas song. You can print them out from online searches, use ones you already have, or create your own. The more outside of the box you get with the pictures, the better. Make it hard, and make your guests really think about what song the picture describes. It is lot of fun!

6. Christmas Carol Pictionary game

 

Wonderful game for all ages! Get your paper ready and get to drawing! Have your players guess what popular Christmas Carol you are illustrating! Teams works well on this game also.

7. Christmas Gift Wrapping Party (For the Ladies)

 

Wrapping gifts can be extremely boring, so make it fun--throw a party! Sing songs, drink some wine with the girls if that’s your thing, and enjoy! Make sure to have plenty of snacks and get ready to gab all night long while knocking out the dreaded gift wrapping. Bring bows, glitter, anything to decorate! Maybe your friends will teach you a new Pinterest trick they learned.

8. Ugly Sweater Party

 

It doesn’t matter how played out everyone might think this idea is becoming, it will forever be a timeless party theme. Who doesn’t love seeing their Uncle Phil dressed in a hideous, too small, Santa sweatshirt from 1982? Have your guests vote for the ugliest sweater, and provide door prizes for the winner!

9. Cookie Decorating Party

 

Decorating cookies? Sounds good! How could it not? This is the perfect party! You’ll get to lick the icing, try everyone’s concoctions, and it’s great for all ages. The only downfall is that this party idea is very, very bad for your diet. Oh well though, it will be the New Year soon -- and you’ve already promised yourself you would get in shape come January, so what’s another cookie today? Right?

10. Christmas Art Party

 

Are you good at art? Maybe you should make some Christmas art! This would be a great get together for all ages and you could even create some great Christmas gifts. Get your one artsy-fartsy friend to head the party! Bring wood, paint, glitter (lots of glitter), glue, ribbons, and anything else you’ll need to decorate. Have your guests bring the same!

11. Santa Clause’s breakfast

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On Christmas morning, cook a jolly ole Christmas breakfast by using a Santa Clause theme! Your children will be delighted at this idea! Especially after they open all of their presents from Saint Nick! See photo below for some ideas!

12. Winter Cocoa Party!

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The photo says it all! Have your friends RSVP what kind of cocoa they will be bringing to the party. Make sure to have each guest bring a completely new kind. Provide sampling cups for each cocoa. You can give door prizes for the best tasting drinks. We have decorations available in just about every color and style for you to create the perfect setting for your get together.

13. Gingerbread Christmas Party

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Mostly for the kids, but come on-- it looks awesome for all ages. Gather all of your building materials (graham crackers, candies, icing, etc) or buy the premade kits from the store, and invite everyone over for a yummy time! The best part is getting to try all of the different houses!

14. Company Christmas Party

 

If your company isn’t already throwing a Christmas party, why not do it yourself? Getting together with your coworkers outside of the office is a great way to connect with each other and really build comradery. You also have the chance to meet someone new and make great friendships!

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Why not change it up this holiday? The following are some updated versions of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

Simon & Garfunkel Stuffing

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Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 30 mins

Bake: 1 hr 10 mins

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ingredients

  • 1 1 pound loaf  country white bread, torn into 3/4-inch pieces (about 10 cups)
  • 1 stick (4 oz.) butter
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 ribs celery, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

directions

  1. Place racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 300 degrees . Divide the bread between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Bake, stirring bread and switching sheets halfway through baking, until bread is toasted, about 20 minutes. Let cool; transfer to a large bowl. Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees .
  2. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, 1 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft, about 8 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the broth and the eggs. Pour over the bread. Add the vegetables and herbs; toss to combine.
  4. Transfer the stuffing to a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish. Bake until the top is browned, about 45 minutes.

Spicy Cornbread & Sausage Stuffing

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Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 35 mins

Bake: 1 hr

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ingredients

  • 1 1/3 pounds cornbread, coarsely crumbled (about 10 cups)
  • 3 large poblano chiles
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounces andouille or kielbasa sausage, sliced 1/3 inch thick
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper

directions

  1. Place a rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat to 300 degrees . Scatter the cornbread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes. Let cool; transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Working over a gas flame or under the broiler, char the poblanos. Transfer to a paper bag, close it and let the poblanos steam for 15 minutes. Peel and discard the skins, then chop. Set the oven temperature to 375 degrees .
  3. In a large skillet, melt 2 tbsp. butter over medium-high. Add the sausage; cook until browned, 5 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of cornbread. In the same skillet, melt the remaining 2 tbsp. butter, then add the poblanos, onion, celery and garlic. Reduce the heat to medium; cook, stirring, until the onion is soft, 5 minutes. Add to the cornbread.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together the broth and the eggs; season. Pour over the cornbread mixture; toss. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Bake until the top is browned, 35 minutes.

Everything Bagel & Bacon Stuffing

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Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 30 mins

Bake: 1 hr 15 mins

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ingredients

  • 3 - 4 large everything bagels, thinly sliced, then cut into 2-inch-long pieces (about 6 cups)
  • 12 slices bacon (12 oz.) , chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

directions

  1. Place a rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat to 300 degrees . Spread the bagel pieces on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once, until toasted, about 30 minutes; let cool. Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees .
  2. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring often, until crisp, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Add the onion to the bacon drippings and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the broth and the eggs; season. Add the bagel pieces, bacon, onion and parsley; toss to combine. Let stand, tossing occasionally, for 15 minutes. Transfer to a greased shallow 2 1/2-qt. baking dish. Bake until the top is browned, about 45 minutes.

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes, Three Ways

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Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Bake: 1 hr

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ingredients

Sweet Potatoes

  • 6 large sweet potatoes (3 lbs.), scrubbed and dried
  • EVOO
  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • Salt

Topping Options:

  • 2/3 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • EVOO, for tossing
  • 2/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2/3 cup mini marshmallows

directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees . Rub the potatoes with EVOO and place on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool slightly. Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees .
  2. Halve the potatoes lengthwise. Scoop the flesh from 8 halves into a large bowl, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell. Scoop the flesh from the remaining 4 halves, add to the bowl; discard the skins. Mix the butter, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne and 1 tsp. salt with the potatoes. Mound 6 heaping tbsp. of the potato mixture into each potato skin.
  3. Choose and prepare your toppings. For pepitas, toss the seeds with EVOO and salt in a bowl. For pecans, using your hands, mix the nuts with the butter and sugar in another bowl. Sprinkle the pepitas, pecans or marshmallows over the potatoes; bake 10 minutes.

Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

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Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 30 mins

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ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 rosemary sprigs, plus 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

directions

  1. In a large pot, combine the potatoes and rosemary sprigs. Add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Season with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Discard the rosemary. Drain the potatoes, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking water. Reduce the heat to low. Return the potatoes to the pot and toss 1 to 2 minutes to thoroughly dry.
  2. In a small skillet, heat 1 tsp. chopped rosemary and 1 tbsp. EVOO over medium, swirling the skillet occasionally, until the rosemary is crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the potatoes. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup EVOO and enough reserved cooking water to make the mixture smooth. Mix in the lemon zest; season. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the rosemary oil.

Recipes taken from Rachel Ray :)

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A Few Easy Tips to Help You Have a Stress Free Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving: a day of joy, a day of thanks, and unfortunately sometimes--a day of stress! In addition to the pressure of having to prepare the world’s greatest turkey, entertaining a large group of family and friends can really get to even the best of us. So, unless you’re taking the family to the local Sizzler this year, it might be helpful to read a few of our tips on how to stay stress free this Thanksgiving!
 
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Supplies, Supplies, Supplies -- “Just in case, I keep a plethora of back up supplies and ingredients in my pantry just for holiday parties! You never know when you will have an emergency, and the stores are normally closed on these days” says local Fort Smithian Amanda Blake. “All of them serve as a back-up plan in the event one of my dishes takes a turn for the worse!” What a perfect idea! Picture yourself distracted by a phone call and burning the Green Bean Casserole—what would you do then? Well, with a few things in your arsenal ready and waiting for you to whip up in a hurry, Thanksgiving dinner can be saved.
 
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B.Y.O.F. Bring Your Own Food – While we’re on the subject of food, why not ask your guests to bring their own dishes! Go a little further with this idea just for some ridiculously perfect flair, and make it a themed party. Maybe this Thanksgiving, instead of just traditional courses only, tell your guests to make a recipe from another culture; encourage a melting pot of food! Not only will you and your party be able to try the different delectables, it will take the stress off of you from having to prepare it all alone.
 
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Take it Easy – Don’t overwhelm yourself, stick to recipes you are familiar with. Don’t make 4:30 am on Thanksgiving morning the first time you decide to try out a special soufflé or complicated bread--no no.; save that stress for another day. You’ve already got enough on your plate, no pun intended, so just take it easy.
 
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Stay Away From Stuffy – Why not this year trying something a little different with your get together? Crazy as it may sound, some families have given up the traditional dinner party, and spiced it up by adding fun games, including Beer Pong. A good laugh always alleviates stress!   Find bonding games that complement your family and values and bring them into the fun. Having a photo booth is another great idea that you could incorporate into your dinner. Imagine all of the memories that will be created, and everyone can take a piece of the experience home with them!
 
 
The holidays are about family, fun, and warmth, and this should always be your main focus. We hope these tips help you get closer to achieving that goal, so this season you can give thanks for having a stress free get together. 
 

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