Are you finding your holiday routine to be the same year after year? If you’re looking to break out of your usual mode, here are some ideas for you!
If you are the kind of person who dislikes wrapping gifts, turn it into a fun activity and have a Holiday Gift Wrap Party at the same time you partake in a holiday cookie swap. Get everyone to bring a different kind of holiday cookie as well as a different pattern of wrapping paper and enjoy the deliciousness while you are all wrapping gifts together; throw in a bottle of wine and you will have yourselves a party!
For your party near the holidays, instead of doing the ‘same old, same old’ with food, make things interesting by serving a variety of different appetizers. Add some holiday flare to it by calling it “12 Days of Appetizers”; try to align the different appetizers with the different items sung about in the song. For example, for the “partridge in a pear tree”, place some crumbled blue cheese on top of a piece of baguette and bake until the cheese just starts to melt. Then top with a slice of pear that has been lightly coated in honey. Finally, finish with a sprinkle of thyme. Do this for the remaining 11 days mentioned in the song and you have yourself an easy way to use a traditional holiday idea and turn it into something brand new and exciting!
Power of Song
If you’re having people over anyway and are looking for something fun to do instead of just sitting around talking, use the power of song! Have holiday carols playing and print out some lyrics to the songs of your choice. Have everyone pick a song and have a Holiday Carol karaoke contest! Once everyone has had a turn, have everyone write down who they thought the best performer was (aside from themselves). Then have one person tally up the votes. Whoever gets the most votes is the winner. Have something small set aside for the winner. You can never go wrong with a gift certificate or a bottle of wine.
If you’re tired of having the same typical holiday parties, you will enjoy our final idea for how to spice up the season! Take your party outside of the home and grab your friends and partake in a pub crawl.
Make it festive by wearing holiday-inspired costumes in your trek from bar to bar. Or, dive into the spirit by wearing an ugly holiday sweater; turn it into the contest and have the person with the ugliest one not have to buy their drinks all night!
Use these tips to help get you in to the holiday spirit, and to make it a year to remember; one that is full of new ideas and food!