Watch Cooking Channel

3 Holiday Parties You Can (Still!) Pull Off This Year

Did holiday cheer find you a little late this year? Don’t fear: you can still pull off hosting a holiday party. Just choose one of these three easy themes.

Cookie Swap

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of a good cookie swap and it’s a great way to simplify your holiday baking. It’s an easy and affordable party to throw and so loved that it often becomes a tradition that you’ll want to bring back year after year.

The process is simple – invite a group of friends requesting that they bake a batch or two of a specific kind of cookie to share. Enjoy sampling everyone’s sweet treats at the party, then trade and package them so that you leave with a box full of assorted holiday goodies and plenty of new recipes. Some of my favorite cookie recipes have been discovered at cookie swaps.

To counter the sweets, I like to make things simple by making a big pot of soup to serve alongside good bread and drinks.

Hot Cocoa Bar

One of the easiest and most fun holiday parties I’ve hosted is a hot cocoa bar. I make homemade hot cocoa on the stove-top and ask each guest or couple to bring delicious adornments like homemade marshmallows, chocolate dipped pretzels, candy canes, or fresh whipped peppermint cream. The preparations are so easy that I’m able to focus on my guests and really celebrate since I’m not tied up in the kitchen!

This is a great party to host on a weekend afternoon or late evening. It lends itself well to an open house format, which can be particularly great if you’re inviting friends with kids.

White Elephant

If you’re hoping to throw together a last minute holiday get together, nothing is better than a silly white elephant gift exchange party paired with a potluck. No need to go shopping to look for the perfect gift – find a quirky knick-knack that you have lying around, wrap it up and anticipate a laugh. Some of my best white elephant gifts in the past have been a belly dancing instructional DVD, onion goggles, and this year, I managed to find an actual statue of a white elephant. Rather than focusing on what each person will gain with their gift, the focus is on sheer entertainment. It’s always nice to throw a valuable gift into the mix as well and watch your guests strategize a way to get it in their hands.

Pairing this party with a potluck is an easy way to feed your guest with very little effort and enjoy the best dishes coming out of their kitchens.



Comments (10)

  1. […] 3 Holiday Parties You Can (Still!) Pull Off This Year […]

  2. babhan botryopterid father posted 03/10/2013

    the job training, extracurricular activities, and participating…

    in writing workshops. acquiring the skill requires training and practice. fortunately daily reading of well written material has the added benefit of providing a model for writing good, clear english. all courses taken in college such as, finance, adve…

  3. john posted 04/02/2013

    Losing weight can be a challenge, but several companies offer guidance to help make the process easier. Weight Watchers uses a weight-loss system that assigns point values to food, helping you lose weight by allowing only a certain number of points per day. To help with this method, the company has come up with a calculator for those following the program to use on a daily basis. heightandweightcalculator

  4. dailyfamily posted 04/02/2013

    Although such love matches are traditionally opposed, if it becomes obvious that the couple are committed to each other and are of equal educational and social status, families often relent.dailyfamily

  5. onlineflowershop posted 04/02/2013

    There are many online florists who offer not only national but international delivery as well. You can send flower anywhere in India or all over the world with the aid of online flower shops.onlineflowershop

  6. electronicbooks posted 04/02/2013

    Large publishing houses take months to complete your book for sale in book stores. will complete the finished product in only a few days.electronicbooks

  7. autosdeals posted 04/02/2013

    Bad credit auto loans now delete the worry of being intact with normal financial facility and help you get your desired auto deal even when your credit is not perfect. These facilities enable you find the required sum without any cap and repeals hurdle of price while you are dealing any kind auto buying.autosdeals

  8. Penetration Testing posted 05/21/2013

    Break Security’s Web Application Penetration Assessment takes on a website from the viewpoint of a malicious hacker, and locate any logical, technical defects.
    Penetration Testing

  9. strobin111 posted 10/15/2013

    Rather than focusing on specially just about every will often gain caused by cope with, your personal concentration is undoubtedly in whole free time . essay australia It’s frequently great in order to chuck a crucial cope with on the inside blend too seeing your organization look at a way of get it with their hands.

  10. Flanges posted 04/13/2015

    Amazing recipe indeed. Thanks.

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.