How to host a Christmas party
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With Christmas only about five weeks away, it’s not too early to begin thinking about what to do for the season.
To add a little pumpkin spice to your holly jolly Christmas, have you thought about having a party? Why not throw a Christmas party in your dorm or apartment?
Because we’re college students and we have to be wary about spending money, it is important to make a budget. One way to be realistic about your budget and still create a jolly atmosphere is to “start with what’s most important when it comes to hosting a Christmas party: paper goods, main dishes, appetizers, desserts, (UMHB appropriate) drinks, decorations, and tablecloths” (daveramsey.com). The blog goes on to say that if you run out of money as you buy the items, you can avoid buying the decorations that don’t matter as much as the main attractions.
For decorations, you can get a small Christmas tree that can fit inside your apartment. Make sure you check with your RA or RD about what kind of lights you can hang, but if you can, Christmas tree lights will really make your living room stand out. One source suggests that a fun and cheap way to get decorations is to make your own.
Including your friends in the decoration process is another sure way to start a fun and successful Christmas party. Another suggestion is to plan classic holiday activities such as stringing popcorn and cranberry garlands, or cutting paper snowflakes (voices.dyouville.edu).
After the decoration portion is done, next you would need to plan either to cook or buy food. Naomi Michaelson is a junior education major who has hosted a few Christmas parties on campus with her friends, and she agrees that food is an essential ingredient in planning a party.
“I think we all know that, especially in college, the main way to get anyone to go to anything is food,” Michaelson said. “Food is a very important part of a party. I personally love themed snacks, especially for holiday parties.”
Cookie decorating is always a good idea for a Christmas party. Allowing your guests to be a part of the experience is even better.
Also, you can never go wrong with hot chocolate. Providing these kinds of traditional treats is a sure way to keep your guests in a cheerful mood.
Now that the party is well under way and your guests have settled in, you should plan to bring out some more activities.
Some ideas are: having a holiday movie marathon, holiday karaoke, and secret Santa or white elephant (hercampus.com). You can use YouTube to pull up the lyrics for karaoke if you don’t have a karaoke machine.
Emily Mahan, a senior English and public relations major, is the treasurer for the Student Event Planners Association. She is currently planning a Christmas party for Drama Ministry.
“I’m focusing on coming up with delicious snacks and fun activities for everyone. I want everyone to have a great time,” Mahan said.
Naomi Michaelson explains the mindset that one needs to be in in order to host a Christmas party.
First, you need to think about what you’re going to do to make this party special,” Michaelson said. “Especially in college, we have a lot of “hangouts” with people, so what are you going to do to make this more than just another hangout? Secondly, you need to think about how to get people to come.
What makes people want to go to a party? It could be the fun and games or it could be the friends and photo opportunities.”
Mahan says that the best way to prepare for planning a Christmas party is to start as soon as possible.
“If you’re planning a party, start early,” Mahan said. “You don’t want to put off preparations until the last minute and find yourself scrambling to get everything done. Starting early ensures that your party will be great.”
Michaelson lists some ways to make sure you have a perfect holiday party:
• Photo booths are always a hit.
• Invite a lot of people.
• Plan ice breakers for new guests.
• Plan games and activities that are simple to explain.
• Do gift exchanges.
• Make a music playlist.
• Decorate sugar cookies.
• Get others’ ideas/collaborate.
Like the saying goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” And what a great way to finish off the semester than by cherishing the holiday spirit with friends, and even new faces.