Gift Wrapping Party

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Have you been busy holiday shopping only to find yourself now staring at a pile of unwrapped presents? Why not invite over a few friends for a gift wrapping party! Here are some suggestions for turning this holiday chore into a fun day of catching up with friends while you check one more thing off your to-do list!

The Invites:

It’s best to limit your guest list for a gift wrapping party to 2-3 friends so that everyone has room to spread out and get creative. Consider using a free online invitation such as this one, available from Evite.com.

On your invitation, ask each guest to bring their gifts to be wrapped, along with 3 rolls of wrapping paper, 1 roll of tape, 1 pair of scissors, 2+ varieties of ribbon, and any other fun decorative items they may have to contribute.

The Set Up:

This party is about wrapping, chatting, nibbling, and getting into the holiday mood. Here’s how to set thing up…

Start by creating a festive atmosphere in your home. Light a fire or some holiday scented candles, and play some classic holiday music to get everyone in the spirit of the season.

Set your wrappping stations up in a room with a big table (or a cleared floor area) so that everyone can spread out a bit. On a side table, create a gift wrap supply station with all of your supplies, such as:


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  • A variety of wrapping paper
  • Tape (you might include some colored tape or even duct tape)
  • Scissors (or pinking shears)
  • Ribbon (twine and raffia also work well)
  • Colored pens
  • Decorative tags
  • Ink stamps
  • Any other embellishments you might have, such as small bells, pine cones, candy canes, or whatever strikes your fancy.

In the kitchen, create a buffet table with a few of your favorite nibbles and drinks. It’s a good idea to keep the food mostly separate from the wrapping to avoid spills. Here are a few easy menu suggestions:

As everyone completes their wrapping, assign them an area to stack up their gifts. Then at the end of the day everything will be organized and ready to go.

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Host a MINUTE to WIN IT Christmas Party!

Lots of fun Minute to Win It Christmas party ideas

Minute to Win It is a fun, fast paced game show that takes everyday objects and creates crazy games that must be completed in under a minute. The best part, however, is that all of these games can be done in your own home, making  Minute to Win It an awesome theme for a party!  If you’re looking for a hilarious and truly engaging holiday party theme, check out these ideas for hosting a Christmas Minute to Win It party. 

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Minute to Win It party ideas

For even more ideas for Minute to Win It games you can play throughout the year, visit the Minute to Win It Party page at creative-party-themes.com.


MINUTE to WIN IT Christmas Party Game Ideas

Gift Box Christmas Ornament Roll — One player must move a round Christmas ornament across a smooth floor to land on a 12×12 piece of wrapping paper in one minute. They can move the ornament only by fanning it with a flat rectangular gift box.

Wreath Relay — 2 partners must relay a wreath from one end of a course to the other. To do this, one partner starts with the wreath around his neck, and the other slips his head into the opening as well. Then the first partner slips out, the second partner turns around, and the first runs around to join the second so that they gradually move as a team from one point to the other. (No hands allowed.)

Jingle in the Trunk — 12 jingle bells are placed in a rectangular tissue box, which is then attached by a belt so that it rests, with the opening facing out, over the player’s rear end. Shake, dance, and prance to get all 12 bells out of the opening of the box in less than a minute.

Face the Gingerbread Man — A player is seated in a chair, and a gingerbread man cookie is placed on her forehead. The player must move the gingerbread man from her forehead into her mouth using only the muscles in her face and neck.

Christmas Ball Conveyor Belt — A huge Christmas ribbon is tied in a continuous loop between the waists of two players standing about 15 feet apart. One player hooks a christmas ornament to the ribbon and then both must rotate conveyor belt style to get the ornament around in a full loop to the original player. The team must get two ornaments around the loop in less than one minute.

Do You Hear What I Hear? — Two players work as a team to put seven boxes containing different numbers of jingle bells into order from least to most in one minute. They do this by shaking each box and listening to see if they can determine the number of bells in each. The boxes contain bells in increasing increments of 5 (5,10,15,20,25,30,35).

Christmas Cliffhanger — 10 folded Christmas cards are set up tent-style along a long, narrow rectangular table. A player has one minute to blow one of these cards about 8 inches across the table so that it lands with the front flap flat on the table and the back flap hanging vertically off the table’s edge.

Raise Your Glass — In this balancing challenge, a player must make a four-tier stack of martini glasses by alternately stacking a glass, filling it with four round Christmas ornaments, stacking the second glass, filling it, and so fourth, until they create a tower of four stacked glasses. (The final glass does not have to be filled with ornaments.)

 

Whipped Cream Tannenbaum  –  Provide a paper plate and 3 cans of whipped cream per player. Each player has one minute to spray the whipped cream on the paper plate in the shape of a Christmas tree. The player with the tallest Christmas tree after one minute wins.

Napkin Ring Ornament Madness – Provide 5 to 10 large napkin rings in a basket or on a tray and an unsharpened pencil or chopstick for each player. Set the basket on a table or the floor, a few feet away from a Christmas tree. (A small artificial tree works well.) Players must use the unsharpened pencil or chopstick to pick up a napkin ring, carry it to the tree, and slide the napkin ring “ornament” onto the tree. The player who gets the most napkin rings on the tree in one minute wins!

Snowball Fight – Provide white paper for each player or team. Place a dividing line in the middle of the room. Players or teams will need to wad up the white paper and have a snowball fight. The player or team who has the least number of “snowballs” on their side after one minute is the winner!

Marshmallow Toss –  Provide a wreath, a bag of marshmallows, and a bucket for each player. Have one person hold the wreath to their side and place the bucket behind the wreath. Players will have one minute to throw marshmallows through the wreath into the bucket. The player with the most marshmallows in the bucket after one minute is the winner!

10 Great Holiday Party Themes

A Christmas Caroling Party A Christmas Cookie Party An Ornament Exchange Party An Ugly Christmas Sweater Party A White Elephant Party A Minute to Win It Christmas Party A Gift Wrapping Party A Gingerbread House Party A Winter Wonderland Party A Winter Sledding Party Image Map

Well, Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is upon us. What better way to spread Christmas cheer than by hosting a party. Here are 10 great holiday party themes, with lots of festive seasonal ideas, to help inspire you.

(Click on the text links for any party theme to find more ideas for planning.)

snowflake divider image1. Gift Wrapping Party —  This is a great holiday party theme makes the job of getting all those presents wrapped a lot more fun! Invite 2-3 friends over for some snacks and winter cheer while getting your wrapping done! On your invitation, ask each guest to bring their gifts to be wrapped, along with 3 rolls of wrapping paper, 1 roll of tape, 1 pair of scissors, 2+ varieties of ribbon, and any other fun decorative items they may have to contribute.  Light a fire, clear a table, and get creative!

2. Gingerbread House Party — This is a fun holiday party idea for any age, and everyone comes away with a great souvenir to decorate holiday table.  Start with a pre-made gingerbread house for each family, group, or individual. You can usually find these at your local grocery store or a craft store such as Michael’s.  Spread plastic disposable tablecloths on all your work tables. Then set out a variety of decorations that can be used on the houses. You can make things even more fun by having a contest for the most elaborate, colorful, delicious looking final project!

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3. Cookie Exchange Party — This is another yummy holiday party theme. You could set this party up as a cookie exchange, where each guest brings a certain number of their favorite holiday treats to swap with each party guest, or you could host a cookie decorating party, where you provide lots of pre-cut sugar cookies, frostings and toppings, and let your guests have fun decorating cookies to take home.

4. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party — This one really needs little explanation. Ask your guests to break out their favorite Christmas sweaters for this holiday event and be sure to have your camera ready!

5. White Elephant Party — This holiday party theme is my personal favorite. Every guest brings a silly wrapped gift (set a price limit) and at some point during the evening everyone sits down for a madcap exchange game. (For complete directions on white elephant exchange rules, click here.)

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6. Sledding Party — If you get snow in your neck of the woods, a sledding party can be a fun way to get everyone outside and having fun. Find a great hill and ask your guests to bring along their own sled (a garbage can lid or cafeteria tray can also work). Provide thermoses of hot cocoa, cookies, and maybe some Hot Hands mitten warmers!

7. Minute to Win It Christmas Party — Minute to Win It games can be great ice breakers sure to get your party guests mingling and laughing. Here are some holiday themed Minute to Win It games sure to liven up your Christmas party.

8. Ornament Exchange Party — Here is another one of the great holiday party themes where your guests get to bring home a special souvenir from the day. There are a number of different ways you could set up an ornament exchange party. You could have an ornament themed white elephant party, you could have each guest bring one special (wrapped) ornament, put numbers on each, and have guests pull from a hat to see which they take home, or if you have crafty friends, have each bring a handmade ornament to give to each party guests so everyone leaves with a special collection of unique ornaments from the event.



9. Christmas Caroling Party — Love holiday music? Invite everyone over for some Christmas caroling. Think about offering songbooks for each guest, and having a guitarist to accompany your singers. You might even invite a local glee club or school choir for a special treat.

10. Winter Wonderland Themed Party — Want a party with a little sparkle?  A winter themed party is great for before the holidays and on into the new year. Think silver, white, and blue in your party decorations and maybe include a blue themed drink like these fun “Sleightinis” that we found at Betty Crocker.com

Ingredientsblue sleightini cocktail recipe

  •  Lime wedge
  • Coarse sugar or granulated sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz) citron vodka or vodka
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz) blue curacao
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Directions

  • 1 Moisten rim of chilled martini glass with lime wedge. Sprinkle sugar onto small plate, and dip moistened rim into the sugar to coat lightly.
  • 2 Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, vodka, curacao and lime juice; cover and shake. Strain into martini glass.

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Great Cocktails for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving drink ideas

Well, the leaves are falling and the weather is turning nippy. It must be getting close to Thanksgiving! Is it your turn to host the big dinner this year! Here are some options for great cocktails for Thanksgiving (or anytime, really!) Cheers!

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1. The Pumpkin Pie–tini

Yes, we’re bringing tis one back and putting it at the top of the list because it’s so dang delicious!

Here’s how to make it:

  • 1 oz. milk
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 ½ oz. Vanilla vodka
  • 1 ½ oz. crème de cacao

Using a small amount of honey, rim martini glass with graham cracker crumbs.

Shake milk and pumpkin puree over ice to combine. Pour in remaining ingredients and shake well. Strain into the martini glass.

 

2. Cranberry Hamiltons

These are a party favorite around the holidays in our house. Perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmastime!

  • A shot of tequila
  • Half a shot of Rose’s lime juice
  • Three shots of cranberry juice
  •  A slice of lime.

Serve over ice.

 


 

3. Apple Pie Spiced Cider (with or without alcohol)

Mmm…apple pie. We adapted this cozy warm drink from a Martha Stewart recipe.

1 1/4 quarts apple cider

  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 7 whole cinnamon sticks, (6 sticks for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Ground cloves
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup Calvados, or other brandy (optional)

Mix together all of the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat and add the brandy if you want it in there. Pour into a large pitcher, straining out the solids. Serve the drinks in mugs garnished with cinnamon sticks.

4. Hard Cider Sangria

  • 1 cup quartered and thinly sliced unpeeled green, yellow and red apples
  • 1 navel orange—quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 cup apple juice, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup apple brandy
  • One 22-ounce bottle hard apple cider, chilled
  • Ice

In a pitcher, combine the apples with the orange, apple juice, lemon juice and brandy. Just before serving, add the hard cider. Serve in tall glasses over ice.   (from foodandwine.com)


5. Mulled Wine

Another warm cocktail favorite for all the winter holidays. This one will also make your house smell fantastic!

  • 1 1/2 cups Port wine
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau or Gran Marnier
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • zest of 2 oranges, cut in strips
  • 10 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bottles dry red wine

Combine all the ingredients except the 2 bottles of red wine in a heavy large pot with a lid. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered until reduced to 2 cups, 12-15 minutes. Add red wine and warm over low heat with the lid on the pot. Do not boil.  Strain your drink into glasses or mugs.  Garnish with fresh orange slices.

 

6. Pumpkin Ale served with a cinnamon-sugar rim

This is my (non-cocktail loving) husband’s favorite fall drink. Better than that, it’s super easy! You can find pumpkin ale all over at this time of year. Some good ones include Blue Moon Harvest Moon Ale, Pumpking, Samuel Adams Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale, and Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale.

To serve, keep your beer steins in the freezer for a while to get them cold. Pour a mixture of sugar and cinnamon on a small plate. Twist the mouth of your beer stein in the cinnamon mixture to get a nice sugary rim. Enjoy!

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