Every December we look forward to gathering with all of our friends and relatives for an annual outdoor Christmas caroling party. A bonfire, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa, and of course, a great sing-along are some of the party highlights. Here are some ideas for throwing a Christmas caroling party sure to keep everyone’s toes tapping throughout the holidays!
This party is held at our friends’ family farm. Because it is a huge event with usually over a hundred guests, EVERYTHING gets decorated, from the house to the yard to the barn. Inside there is always a fire going in the family room, with trays of cookies and toys left out for the littlest guests. In the yard there are tables set up to hold food and drinks, tables for activities such as cookie decorating and face painting, a fire lit in an old tin drum with chairs gathered around, and everywhere there are wreaths, lights, evergreen garlands and bright red bows. This year things got a little bit more elaborate with the addition of a big rented tent, but the basic idea for decoration is old fashioned Christmas cheer.
Of course the main event at a Christmas caroling party is the singing, so at some point during the party everyone gathers in the barn, songbooks are passed out, and our host stands on a hay bale with his guitar to lead everyone off. Usually a group of singers from a local college or high school is invited to help out and perform a few numbers as well. Because the guests at this party range from the very young to the not-so-young, there are also some other activities included during the party, such as cookie decorating, face painting, animal visits from local 4-H kids, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.
FOOD AND DRINKS:
In addition to hot chocolate and cookies, dinner is also a main event at this party. Simple hearty foods are served, such as clam chowder in thick Christmas mugs, macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, mini hamburgers, and grilled cheese sandwich wedges. For the adults, mulled wine is served out of big heated pots to help keep everyone warm and toasty.
A Christmas caroling party is a great holiday theme because it works well for a big group and it is fun for people of every age. Not only that, but it’s great for getting everyone together and involved with the festivities as they gather to sing some traditional holiday songs. Nothing beats a warm mug and some close friends on a chilly December night!