EASY Holiday Entertaining

With all the to do’s this holiday season, planning a Christmas party can easily become your worst nightmare.  But have no fear! We have compiled a list of ideas to help you to turn your holiday party into something everyone will enjoy (even you.)

The best way to decide on who, what and how is to come up with a party theme. This makes it easy to plan decorations, food and party games. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Gingerbread House decorating (with prizes at the end.) You can purchase a ready made kits at the store or bake your own. I am all about easy so I get a pre-made kit or have even taken graham crackers and hot glue and made my own house.
  2. Cookie Swap.  Each person brings one batch of their favorite holiday cookies plus the recipe for everyone at the party.  Everyone swaps one cookie of each party goer and you go home with a plate full of different cookies and recipes to match. #easy
  3. Host a brunch, switch things up a bit with a morning celebration.  Break out the Christmas morning recipes including cinnamon rolls, quiches, breakfast casseroles and fresh squeezed orange juice. This is also a great option for those of us who have children as we can plan it while they are in school. 
  4. Ugly Sweater Party, simply come dressed in your most hideous sweater or jump on pinterest for some really easy ways to create your own.  We separate into teams and play minute to win it games. A contest of who has the ugliest sweater is also a must.

Decorating for a party doesn’t have to be stressful.  When I pull my Christmas decorations out for the year I don’t always use everything I have.  Save a few key pieces for your holiday party. Dollar store decorations can be cheap and paired up with bows and ornaments can create a very elegant look. Decorate your tables with a simple draped tablecloth look using this hack from our co-owner Marianne.  Add a photo booth to a corner of the room with funny props and a red or green sheet for the background.  This will help you fill your space and also preserve the memories for years to come. 

Holiday entertaining doesn’t have to break the bank. I have some genius ideas I have pinned including creating a  hot cocoa bar instead of serving alcohol as that is one of the most expensive aspects of a holiday party. You could also host a potluck to save money on food costs.  And of course a cute text or email invite will save costs on invitations. You can keep it simple and watch your favorite holiday movie saving on entertainment.  


Wherever this holiday takes you we at In A Pikle want to wish you a Merry Christmas!




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