Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza are all big holidays that are celebrated in December. Unfortunately, there is always someone at your holiday party who doesn’t share the same beliefs or customs you do. So, how do you pacify everyone and make all your guests feel welcome? You throw a Winter Wonderland party instead. From decorations to food, I will tell you how.
Start with invitations that have snowflakes on them, or any winter scene. Polar bears, penguins, and snowmen work well too. If that doesn’t suit you, try invitations that look like hats or mittens.
For decorations, I like to create a winter wonderland. I combine snow, snowflakes, and snowmen decorations, to provide the background for my party. I drape white tablecloths over tables, and couches to look like snow. I hang faux icicles from chandeliers. This way, it’s more about winter, than one particular holiday. Use white, gold, and silver candles as well. Stay away from reds and greens, and the symbols of Christmas.
Next, have everyone bring an appetizer, main dish, or dessert that is relevant to the holiday they celebrate. This is a great opportunity to sample food from another culture that you otherwise would not have tried. It also makes your guests feel like they have something to contribute that best reflects who they are and what they celebrate.
Provide alcohol and nonalcoholic drinks, like bottled water, soda, and hot chocolate. Irish coffee is a good choice, as well as a holiday punch.
Play music that is upbeat and fun, and stay away from Christmas tunes. Not everyone likes Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Play a mix of rock, pop, country, and jazz.
Some guests like to play games. I like to have guests split into 2 teams and play “Winter Wonderland” Pictionary. I make up my own words all having to do with winter. Then, guests act out those words without speaking for their team. The team that guesses the word in the least amount of time wins. Some examples of words having to do with winter are: snowman, sledding, snowball fight, scarf, icicles, igloo, eskimo, ice skates, and skis.
Say goodbye to your guests with bags of chocolate covered almonds, or mints.