Host A Holly, Jolly Christmas Party
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Host a holly, jolly Christmas party

Home holiday entertaining ideas that will spread some cheer this season    

‘Tis the season to spread love and cheer. Holiday gatherings are a great way to do this, and there are plenty of ways to throw a merry little Christmas party that is fun, festive, and easy on the bank account.

Crank up the Christmas tunes, and settle in with these cheerful party ideas that are sure to please everyone on your holiday guest list.

Build gingerbread houses

Nothing says Christmas better than gingerbread. It smells like Christmas, it tastes like Christmas, and the treat options are endless. So why not host a gingerbread house decorating party?! This age-old holiday tradition is kid-friendly and filled with plenty of creativity, fun and sweets.

Construct a mini gingerbread house for each guest, and attach to a cardboard base with icing. Set up a candy buffet inspired by the colours and flavours of the season, and include a bowl of Royal icing for each guest.

Add a gingerbread person for each guest to eat (or use for decorating). Don’t forget to include mugs of hot chocolate, flavoured steamed milk, or apple cider to enjoy.

Exchange cookies

Invite your best baking pals over with a dozen of their homemade holiday cookies. Sip, laugh, and nosh on cookies, before you send everyone packing with a bag full of treats.

Set out recipe cards so your guests can share their favourite Christmas cookie recipe with everyone.

Have a movie marathon

Light a fire and curl up with your family and friends to watch holiday movie classics like ElfHome Alone, The Polar Express, and Miracle on 34th Street.

Serve fresh popcorn, hot chocolate, and other movie snacks. Make things extra cozy by asking your guests to dress in their favourite holiday pajamas.

Gather the sleds

A sledding party is the perfect way to toast the season with friends and their kids!

Hit your favourite sledding spot for an afternoon of fun in the snow. When everyone’s done, warm up with steaming mugs of cocoa. Step up your cocoa game with an assortment of cherries, whipped cream, and crushed candy canes for garnish.

Get snappy

Host a photo booth party this year! Encourage your guests to dress up in their best ugly sweater, keep a festive playlist on repeat, and step in front of a holiday themed photo backdrop for some serious merriment.

Have a selfie stick and props on hand. Holiday masks, Santa beards, elf hats, and reindeer antlers are great additions to any Christmas-themed photo booth.

It’s not a party without food and refreshments, so be sure to set out appetizers, holiday cocktails and pitchers of water and other non-alcoholic drinks for the designated driver(s).

Don’t forget that we’ve shared the secret to mixing the perfect margarita—it’s a great addition to any party. If you don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen creating mouthwatering appetizers to feed your guests, we’ve got your back! Our tapas menu has a great selection of crowd-pleasing items for take-out.

Make ornaments

A handmade ornament is a decorative touch to any Christmas tree, so host yourself an ornament-making party. Your guests will have plenty of fun getting crafty and creating memories for years to come.

These cute little snow globes, super easy fabric balls, and ugly sweater ornaments are great suggestions that require minimal supplies and artistic ability. Organize the craft supplies in glass jars or holiday containers, and be sure to have enough hot glue sticks on hand.

Don’t forget to set out snacks and cocktails—crafting really works up an appetite!


However you choose to celebrate, we wish you safe and joyful holiday season.