At this time of year, it’s pretty easy to get caught up on what to buy everyone for gifts and putting up decorations. But there is another vital element to the holiday celebrations as well, and that is the Christmas party. But what make a cracking Christmas do? Read on to find out.
One of the most important things you have to remember if you want to host a successful party is that you shouldn’t give you guests a chance to get bored. That means once the food is over and done with, there should be plenty of activities to get everyone interacting with each other and breaking the ice.
The activities that you do is your choice, but it can be seriously fun to set a minute to win in style tournament in teams. You can do this by splitting the guests into two or more teams. Then give them Christmas themed minute long activities. You can do such silly games as how many snowballs (mini marshmallows) they can pick up with chopsticks in 60 seconds. Or how many baubles they can get through wealth etc. You can find some more suggestions at www.maxabellaloves.com.au.
If you don’t think that your guests will be up for that, then board and card game are another great options for keeping people interested and amused.
For example, a classic game of monopoly or pictionary can be hilarious, once everyone is full of the Christmas spirit. If your guests are less traditional, you can always try a more modern card game like exploding kittens. Or try your hand at something like the darkly comic one available at www.cardsagainsthumanityaustralia.com.au.
But no matter how many games you have going on, the party isn’t going to be much fun without some grub. So what sort of food should you serve? Well, you can choose to provide nibbles, a buffet or even a hot meal.
If you are hosting an informal Christmas get together, then it’s best to just put some nibbles out for people to pick at while they enjoy a Christmas drink. Dipping chips with a homemade salsa or sour cream dip can work well. As can crudities. Or you can get packs of frozen party food and serve hot items instead.
You can also easily make your own pinwheel sandwiches by using wraps. Just fill them, chill them, and then slice the rolls vertically. You can add any filling. Although particularly seasonal fillings cranberry and camembert and smoked salmon and cream cheese.
If you are doing a buffet, you have a range of options. You can include cold seasonal meats like turkey and ham and well as Christmas preserves. You can even include hot items like bread or potatoes to make sure everyone gets a good feed.
Full hot sit-down meals are usually only provided if you are having a formal get together such as a dinner party. Try and steer clear of turkey and other festivities meats for this option. As you don’t want to your guests to be sick of them, come the big day. Go for something like a beef joint or a lamb crown to provide some variety.