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20 Easy Holiday Party Ideas
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"Not another ugly Christmas sweater party," you think. After all, you’ve thrown it for the past three years.
If this sounds like you, you may be experiencing pre-holiday season party fatigue. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to inject new life into your annual Christmas-Hanukkah-Dress-Up-Like-Santa fiesta and host an unforgettable party that won’t leave you completely wiped out the next day. Having a party during the holidays can be time-consuming, expensive, and exhausting. But it doesn’t have to be — we’ve masterminded a list of 20 unique party ideas that won’t leave your bank account overdrawn and your internal gas tank running on empty.
Change up the now-clichéd crazy Christmas sweater theme for a crazy Christmas pajama party where everyone arrives wearing, yup, ridiculously decorated pajamas and indulges in a spread of bite-sized breakfast-themed appetizers like mini French toast. Or instead of a cookie exchange party, challenge your friends to dust off their baking skills for a country fair-style pie exchange where food is the star of the night, not the presents.
Avoid throwing a stuffy annual holiday open house where the only thing that differs from year to year is the strength of the cocktails. When everyone's calendars are so packed, the most laid-back party is often the biggest hit, so go casual with a traditional Southern-style oyster roast. It's easy to plan. Just think: cold drinks and oysters still warm from the grill that everyone can shuck for themselves (meaning party prep is easy). Love classic rock 'n' roll? Host a Blue Christmas-themed soirée inspired by none other than the King himself, complete with plenty of blue drinks, blue foods, and lots of blue lights — with just enough irony to be Graceland-cool rather than Disneyland-tacky.
If the kids outnumber the adults, put them to work with aprons on and rolling pins in hand to help give Santa a hand by baking dozens of cookies to send to troops abroad who otherwise might not have much to put them in the holiday spirit. There's even a party idea for those of you who’d rather pop open a cork than lift a knife or spoon in the kitchen — a bash where bubbly is the star of the show and, like at any great party, having an empty glass is frowned upon.
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