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Smitten Events, suggest that you finalize the guest count–it’s going to determine food and beverage quantities (and costs). From there, determine if guests have any dietary restrictions and create a menu accordingly. Once that’s out of the way, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty (possibly glittery!) details of party planning. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with these ten cheerful Christmas party ideas.
1. Ugly Christmas sweater
What’s a holiday party without the good old ? Guaranteed to have you and your guests laughing (likely at each other), this holiday staple is perfect for a lighthearted evening with friends and family. To ensure guests show up in their “finest” ugliest sweater, host a competition for the most outrageous outfit and award the winner with a gift certificate to a stylish clothing store. Most importantly, be sure to have fun–the possibilities are endless with this humorous theme!
2. Christmas Karaoke
Sing your heart out to classic yuletide jingles with a Karaoke Christmas carol party. Write out the names of popular Christmas carols and have each guest pull one out of a hat when it’s their turn. Warm up those vocal chords (and break the ice) with a group singalong to a popular song, and then proceed to the solo performances. You’ll need a karaoke machine, but if neither you nor your party guests own one, hit up your local karaoke bar. Or better yet, have everyone pitch in to rent a karaoke machine for the evening.
3. Nutcracker cocktail party
Going to a performance of The Nutcracker is a special holiday tradition for many families, so why not design a cocktail party around this classic ballet? Jordan & Devon suggest using the Sugar Plum Fairy as your inspiration. Incorporate white, blush and gold elements into your decor, and place oversized nutcrackers in the foyer to create a dramatic first impression as guests enter the party. And what would you expect the Sugar Plum Fairy to eat? Sweets, of course! “We love the idea of an over-the-top dessert table: Painted sugar cookies, mini cupcakes, beautiful vessels of bon bons and even cotton candy arranged on cake stands of all sizes with a ribbon backdrop to complete the look,” says Jordan. Guests can also create their own with rock sugar stir sticks, cassis liqueur and pretty paper straws as Tchaikovsky’s famous score plays in the background.
4. Christmas around the world
This is a creative (and delicious!) way to expose guests to some of the wonderful Christmas traditions celebrated around the world. Host a dinner and ask each guest to bring a dish that is typically served in his or her culture during the holidays. Guests can also share the story behind the meaning of celebrating the holidays in their culture, or simply share some of the traditions celebrated within their family. This party theme makes for a fun, intimate evening learning about your loved ones’ various cultural or familial traditions.
5. Casino night
Gamble a little cash for a good cause at your next Christmas party by throwing a Casino themed night. Let guests know that you plan to donate the proceeds to a charitable organization or use the money to purchase gifts for a local toy drive. Choose casino games that most of your guests will know (blackjack, bingo and roulette to name a few) and ones that are quick and easy for them to learn. In terms of food, keep it simple with finger foods that can be enjoyed with cocktails. Take a cue from Casino Royale and invite guests to dress in semi-formal attire.
6. Christmas cookie swap
Don’t have time to bake? Why not host a Christmas cookie exchange to simplify your holiday baking? Ask each guest (including yourself) to bake one kind of cookie for the occasion and then sample, trade and package them in festive gift boxes. Create display cards to help identify each type of cookie and ask guests to bring wrapping supplies to create a variety of packaging options. Be sure to have plenty of coffee and tea on hand to help wash down those delicious cookies! Check out our for recipe inspiration, packaging ideas and more.
7. Winter wonderland
Paint the town–or your home–white this year with a classic Winter Wonderland party. Add some sparkle to your home with silver decor accents, wrap old shoeboxes with silver wrapping paper and wow guests with a self-serve bar decked out with white-based cocktail ingredients. Invite your guests to wear all white, but be mindful of the food you’re serving–keep the messy finger foods to a minimum. For entertainment, you can never go wrong with some impromptu holiday singing. Add “Winter Wonderland” and “White Christmas” to your playlist to keep in tune with the theme!
8. An improvisational Christmas
Who says improv is just for the stage? Have your eggnog and a couple of laughs, too, by acting out some of your favourite Christmas movies improv-style. To execute this, write down a list of Christmas movies on pieces of paper and have each team pull one out of a hat when it’s their turn. Improv is all about being spontaneous, so don’t stress about acting silly–you won’t be alone! This is a casual theme, so keep the decor simple with a few traditional holiday decorations. Fuss-free, snack-sized treats are perfect for breaks in between sets. Any of these will keep your guests fueled for the night. Once everyone’s stomachs are cramped from laughing so hard, end off the night by watching one of the movies you acted out.
9. “Baby it’s Cold Outside” Christmas
Use this classic Christmas tune as inspiration for a comfy, cozy party. Jordan and Devon suggest starting with the . Decorate your tree with white lights and treasured family ornaments to enhance the coziness and traditional feel of the holiday. For your colour scheme, “think red and cream with natural touches like pine cones and greenery on mantles and bannisters,” says Jordan. Of course you can’t forget jingle bells on every door handle! Serve comfort-food appetizers, such as devilled eggs, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and cheese balls, along with spiked eggnog or classic punch served straight from grandma’s punch bowl. Light candles throughout your home and build a fire in the fireplace or woodstove (or turn on the electric fireplace!) for an extra dose of warmth.
10. A Halloween Christmas
Who says costumes are only for Halloween? For something completely different, host a Christmas party based on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Bring this gothic holiday theme to life with a black-and-white décor scheme accented with red and orange details to create a moody atmosphere. Serve up “spooky” Halloween-inspired appetizers such as our with an martini to wash it down. There’s no doubt your guests will be talking about your party for weeks to come.
10 Christmas party ideas full of holiday cheer
What’s for entertainment?
Background music is the perfect choice of entertainment so that your guests can mingle, converse, and enjoy each other’s company.
A day spent with family and close friends is a wonderful way to celebrate your wedding anniversary. From sending the invitations to setting up the venue and decorations, we will go through all the details of planning your anniversary party.
Whether it’s a low-key get together, or a formal affair, you can easily organize a successful party. All you have to do is follow the tips mentioned below.
If the party is not a formal event, email or post the invites at least 3―4 weeks in advance. Along with the information about when, what time, and where the party will be held, include a R.S.V.P. card as well. The theme of the party should also be mentioned so that the guests know what the dress code will be.
Venue Ideas and Decorations
If the weather is favorable, an informal beach party is a great way to enjoy the day. Get a permit for the party before you send the invitations out. Place either beach chairs and picnic tables to set up the area, or choose to hire a party planner with “the works”. You can place Tiki torches around the area, and have canopy tents above the tables as well.
For a laid-back elegant affair, an intimate garden party will delight your family and friends. Clear your garden a few days before the party, and place wooden chairs and tables. Add colorful cushions, tablecloths, napkins, and bunting to decorate the venue. Adorn the tables with daffodil centerpieces; after all, daffodils are the official flowers for a 10-year anniversary. And as the evening progresses, turn on the hanging lamps to keep the party going.
Since the headcount for the party won’t be as large as for a wedding, an indoor buffet can cut down some work from your side. As everything will be spread neatly in front of everyone, guests can choose what they wish to eat at their own discretion.
If you’re hosting the party at home, an intimate and lovely backyard BBQ is a wondrous idea. First of all, the venue is free and you can choose to decorate it however you like. Second of all, you can set up the grill as the center point where everyone can come together and have a good time. Plus, with a range of meat, seafood, and vegetarian options, your guests will have a great time.
If you’re into the idea of having a dessert table at the party, commit to it completely. First and foremost, make a list of what type of desserts you want to include―cupcakes, cookies, hard candy, macarons, cake pops, donuts, cake, chocolate-covered pretzels, and so much more.
The decision to arrange favors for your guests rests entirely on you, and your budget. As far as party favors are concerned (strictly speaking for a 10-year anniversary party), it doesn’t have to be an even exchange of gifts (same expenditure). Although you are not expected to give the guests favors, but it will surely be appreciated. Anything from a bag of assorted candy, cookies, boxed cupcake, a candle holder, or a scented candle will do.
These 10th wedding anniversary party ideas will work if you stay organized and delegate the tasks to others. Planning a party is a challenging task as there are other responsibilities to take care of. However, if you plan and follow through each detail gradually, there are less chances for you to get overwhelmed by it all.
- Many offices have a holiday party at the end of the year, but about only a third of employees actually enjoy them.
- There are plenty of ways for party planners to spruce up an event to make it more exciting.
- If done right, everyone will rush to the office party every year.
The end of the year is approaching and yule tide cheer is making its way into the office.
Plenty of companies will have holiday parties at the office, but that doesn’t guarantee employees will have fun.
Too often, the theme is absent and workers stand around sipping spiked egg nog with nothing to talk about. One survey even found that only 36% of employees actually enjoyed the annual office celebration.
Here are fun party ideas that will please even the biggest Scrooges in the office and fill the workplace with holiday spirit.
Treat employees before the party
The party doesn’t have to start when the food is served.
Birchbox knows this and is sending hairstylists and makeup artists to its office in preparation of it’s annual festivities. Employees can get a new do and makeover for the event to look their best.
Get out of the office
With employees spending so much time in the office, it can be tough to combine desks and computers with the fun atmosphere you want to create.
If the company budget allows it, think about booking a banquet hall or other space to host your celebration. If you feel really adventurous, you can bring the party to a fun establishment like a bowling alley.
Go with a non-holiday theme
The holidays starts earlier every year.
With Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” getting radio time before Thanksgiving, it is easy for everyone to get fatigued. The traditional holiday theme can also become monotonous when done every year. Throw it back to another decade with a retro theme, have a masquerade ball, or blow up your beach ball for a Hawaiian themed Luau.
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Christmas party ideas 2017 – From bargain hunters to Instagram fans, we reveal the best eyeshadow brushes on the high street
By Sophie Bronstein
IF there is one product you need for party season, it’s the right eyeshadow brush.
As one of the most versatile items in your make-up bag, you can create a vast amount of looks to suit any style.
Say eye do to our quick guide
- Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush, £5.99
Achieving a slick of colour along your lower lashes can be difficult, but the tip of this ultra-fine head can line eyes subtly or dramatically.
- Diego Dalla Palma Wide Shader Brush N.12, £25
Want all-over, intense pigment? Use this to swipe on shadow in a windscreen-wiper motion across your lids.
- New Look Double Ended Eyeshadow Brush, £3.99
Pat product on to lids with the fluffy end of this brush, lightly dusting for a low-key colour wash, or pressing it on for a more dramatic look.
- Zoeva Rose Golden 230 Luxe Pencil Brush, £9
The rounded tip will pack on the drama by adding highlighter or an accent of colour to the inner corners.
- Primark PS Eye Contour Brush, £1
Brush shadow into the contours of your eye for a more defined “outer V” and smoky vibes.
- Kiko Eyes 61 Graphic Eyeliner Brush, £10.90
For precise application, this creates a sharp contour on the top or bottom and can even be used to apply shadow as a liner.
- My Kit Co 1.10 My Sharp Angle, £12.50
Hold the brush so the bristles lie flat against your lash line, then drag from the inside corner of your eye outwards.
- Nars #45 Smudge Brush, £24
After you’ve lined your lashes with kohl, sweep this brush from side to side over the top of your liner to subtly blend it.
- Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush, £26.50
Harsh lines are a definite no-no. Use this to buff in colour all over the lid for an expert finish.
- Marc Jacobs The Crease Brush, £27
Add depth by tilting your head back a little and sweeping colour into the eye socket.
- Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush, £5.99
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Ask Beauty Editor Lauren
I love full-on lashes, but find applying falsies impossible. Do you have any tips? Michele, Essex
I used to hate applying false lashes – I’d always struggle to get the ends to stick down, leaving the telltale join lines flicking up.
That was until I was told about these clever little tricks that have totally changed my make-up life.
After you’ve coated your natural lashes with mascara – this creates a “shelf” for you to stick the lashes to – cut each falsie down to size.
This is a must, as everyone’s eyes are different so don’t expect them to fit. Hold the lash in front of your eye, then snip away with nail scissors.
Work from each end when you’re cutting, as this will keep the shape and style.
Now for the clever part – stick each lash to your index finger, where you would wear a ring, and leave for one minute.
This moulds the base into a curve, keeping the ends down and making it easier to stick on.
Let the glue get tacky for 30 seconds before applying your lashes as this will prevent them from slipping.
The Oscars is the perfect excuse to throw an amazing, glamorous viewing party that your friends will be talking about forever. While it may seem like a huge undertaking, it’s the tiny details that come together to make a fun and successful fête.
We scoured hundreds of Pinterest boards to find the best Oscar parties on the inspo site, and these were our favorites. Some things these bloggers and party planners have in common? Lots of black and gold, popcorn, personal touches, and of course, champagne. The Oscars can be very long and go late into the night, so it’s important to have fun treats and games to keep your guests occupied!
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Chris Nease, party stylist from Celebrations at Home knows how to throw an Oscars Bash. Her popcorn bar is the perfect way for all ages to celebrate at a viewing party. For her celebration, she put out multiple flavors of popcorn (chunky coco mix and butter toffee to name just two) on a decorated table alongside personal popcorn holders and movie props. If it’s an all-ages audience, she suggests putting out another table for “grown up” refreshments.
Kelly Gellner, food and lifestyle blogger from Eat Yourself Skinny has developed the perfect recipe for an Oscars viewing party fit for a group of girlfriends. Kelly teamed up with Skinnygirl Cocktails to throw a glam party for all her ladies, complete with “skinny” cocktails, munchies, sweet treats and, of course, a photo booth. Her luxe details and decor really amped up the party space, including a gold backdrop and handmade paper tassels. The menu was extensive and the ladies were able to talk “all things fashion and Bradley Cooper.” Sounds like a fête to remember.
Candice over at Pocket Full of Parties threw a unique Oscars party featuring an Old Hollywood ’20s theme. Her evening consisted of lots of black and gold, feathers and pearls. Her dessert table was a full spread, including cookies, cupcakes, macaroons, movie star bars, Oscar chocolates, and chocolate diamonds. The bar served Champagne with St. Germaine, single-serve Champagne bottles in mini ice buckets, as well as the signature cocktail, appropriately titled, “The Oscar.” Aside from all the sweets and cute decor, she put out an extensive appetizer bar with lots of snacks, and the coffee table was decked out with ever changing hot appetizers to enjoy during the show. No detail was overlooked!
Emily Miller, blogger at B. Lovely Events, threw a very luxurious Black and Gold Oscars Party that literally glittered. Some of her favorite details from the party included giant balloons with gold calligraphy writing, tuxedo- and glittery dress-inspired caramel apples, gold M&Ms, chocolate drizzle popcorn, and gold star-rimmed milkshake shots. In addition to the beautiful decor and sweet treats, Emily asked guests fill out printable ballots to guess the winners!
Loralee Lewis, a designer of event paper and stationery, threw a gorgeous party using products from her Old Hollywood line. She seemingly thought of everything—martinis labeled with nominees’ names, a beautifully decorated table filled with sweets and pretty flowers, pretty “awards” cupcakes, and swag bags for each of her guests to take home after the show was over. Get tons of inspiration for your own party, here!