It’s never too early to start planning for your holiday gatherings. Need some inspiration? Here are just some of the top party trends for 2015—whether you’re looking for something fun, formal or filled with cheer.
1. Ugly sweater party. Dig out those old wooly sweaters from the back of the closet. You can decorate them with ornaments, tinsel and—if you’re handy—tree lights. Bake sweater-shaped cookies, hang decorations on clotheslines and hold a fashion show so everyone can display their ugliest creations.
2. Family style. Forget fancy linen and formal attire. Family-style parties are all the rage this year. Gather everyone around one large table and pass food in heaping bowls. Finish with fun games like holiday carol charades or pin the nose on Rudolph.
3. A giving party. Instead of buying gifts, ask guests to bring new toys, second-hand clothes or non-perishable foods for charity. Collect donations in a brightly coloured “Giving Jar” to buy supplies for a local shelter or donate to a charity. Set up a tablet or laptop and as a group go online to choose charitable items, like UNICEF’s survivalgifts.ca where you can purchase vaccines, school kits, water pumps, and more for children around the world. You can calculate how many children you’ve helped with each item.
4. Cookie swap. No time to bake up dozens of different cookies for your family gatherings? Have a cookie swap. Invite guests to make a big batch of their favourite treats, then exchange cookies until everyone has a fun variety. Bring along fancy cookie tins and be sure cookies can be frozen so they’re fresh for the big day.
(NC) It’s never too early to start planning for your holiday gatherings. Need some inspiration? Here are just some of the top party trends for 2015—whether you’re looking for something fun, formal or filled with cheer.
5. Wrap party. Here’s a great way to save money, check a task off your to-do list and have a great time: Host a wrap party. Have guests bring their wrapping paper, ribbon, bows, and labels and then wrap all your gifts together while sharing hot cocoa.
6. International bites. Trade a sit-down dinner for drinks and nibbles from around the world. Set up international food stations and send your guests on a holiday voyage—from a glass of Italian Negroni to French cheeses, Thai spring rolls, Moroccan hummus, Mexican nachos, and Belgian chocolates. Have everyone bring their specialty dish and enjoy mingling.