Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Party At Home - Why not? :)

'tis the season again - for gifts, shopping, and yes, PARTIES! :)

There's your company's annual Christmas party, your online group's Christmas get-together, your high school barkada's Christmas reunion, and your neighborhood's yearly Christmas party/charity drive... I'm sure your list of parties go on and on.

Now even with all the partying here and there, I'm sure you still want to plan a little something for the most important people on your Christmas list - your immediate family. :)

A Christmas party for your loved ones at home would be an awesome way of making this favorite holiday an even more unforgettable occasion. Here are five tips on how you can go about planning your 'in-home' Christmas party:

1. Go for a themed celebration!

Nothing like a themed party to get everybody excited! :) Having a central concept to work on also makes it easier for you to plan decors, food, activities, and other details. You can go with the basic color combinations of the season as theme such as Red and Green, Red and Gold, or oven White Christmas.

Warehouse find! :)
You can put in a little 'twist' to the basic themes by going for a more 'detailed' ambient theme like White Christmas in the Woods (mix white and snow-themed decor with woodsy/forest elements). You can even use fallen tree branches, paint them white, and add a touch of glitter - instant magical Christmas indeed! Here's one of my personal finds that I think would look great with this theme --->

Photo from theoldflame.wordpress.com
Want to make it more of a kiddie celebration? Choose a theme they love - don't forget to mix in their favorite cartoon or book characters! You can also plan your games/activities in connection to the character (a Christmas Around the World theme would work with a Dora The Explorer theme! :)).

You can also go for a truly Pinoy flavor by using a Barrio Christmas Fiesta theme - think capiz parols, puto bumbong at bibingka, morcon....hmmm, yummm. :)

2. Choose a main party room, and amp up the Christmas decor there. 

Now I'm sure your house is already all decked with Christmas decors, but it wouldn't hurt to put in more party elements come Christmas Eve! To save on money, time, and effort, just dedicate one room in your house for the little party. It can be the dining room, the living room, or even your garage.

Aside from the usual sparkling Christmas lights and parols, why not hang some paper lanterns in Christmas colors? Red, gold, and green are a must. Pearlized or metallic balloons also give that party flavor to any holiday celebration, so you can also go for some of those.
Gold paper lanterns available at Celebrations Party Central

And perhaps you can also put your silver cutlery aside, and use Christmas-themed paper plates, glasses, and plastic spoons with a metallic finish.

Christmas-themed paper plates and other Christmas cutlery
available at Celebrations Party Central

3. Personalize the Christmas details! 

Are you a crafty mommy? Well, this is the perfect time to show off your creative prowess! :) Make your own Christmas greeting banner, Christmas party cupcake topper, Christmas water bottle wraps...There's a whole bunch of dazzling holiday crafts you can work on. You can also get your kids to help you out - now that's a bonding session they can't say no to. :) Oh, and don't forget to use recycled materials as much as you can!

Here are some of the fun stuff you can create:

Christmas Star/Snowflake  Ornaments out of popsicle sticks.
Photo source:Second Chance to Dream

Ruffled Christmas trees photo and tutorial from Craftaholicsanonymous

Gumball wreath. Photo and tutorial source: http://www.thedailybuzz.com.au

Not good with paper, scissors, glue, and other crafts-related tools and implements? Well, you can always order them from party suppliers and crafters. :)

There's an online store/party supplier called Party Starters, and they can make you something like the stuff in the photo below. The great thing about it is, they can personalize the items and they come in a set! Super convenient. :)

Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/partystartersph

4.  Add a dash of Christmas to your food choices. 

Filipino noche buena menus are big on family recipes and home-cooked favorites. Aside from the traditional Christmas ham, morcon, leche flan, pansit, and ulam dishes that are perfect with rice are staples for our Christmas eve dinners.

Instead of just serving your yummy food 'as is' on a dish, why not give this year's Christmas eats a twist? Decorate or garnish them with a bit of Christmas cheer - make your embotido rolls look like a Snowman (some savory white sauce would help. :)), add a sprig of greens and cherries when plating your morcon - a little goes a long way!

You can also have a Christmas-themed dessert corner, filled with all the holiday treats you and your family love. Here are some ideas from one of my favorite party blogs, Hostess with the Mostess:

A Hot Choco station. Photo from HWTM. Perfect for the chilly December weather. :)
Awesome idea/set-up for a backyard party too!
A holiday table filled with breakfast treats. Photo from HWTM.
Lovely idea for pastry and  bread lovers like me. :)
Love all the Christmas colors of this dessert table! :) And all the treats of course!
Photo from HWTM.

5. Make your own Christmas photo booth or photo corner. 

One of the most recently popular addition in the party world are photo booths. And it isn't surprising how the Filipino market just loves the idea - we all love having our pictures taken! :) This Christmas, why not have your own DIY ala-photobooth setup at home?

Get crafty again and create your own photobooth backdrop. Here's a sample of what I did for ours last year:

But of course, you can always have a personalized tarp pre-printed to serve as your Christmas photobooth backdrop. :)

Make sure to have a  fully-charged digital camera, and a tripod so everyone can join in the photo sessions. Your camera's timer does wonders in moments like this. :)

Now you can start setting up your own little Christmas party at home, and create lovely memories to look back on in future holiday parties...

Happy party planning everyone! :)

*Disclaimer: Kiddiepartyholic is not connected to the party suppliers/online stores mentioned in this post. You may however, contact them through the links provided if you want to purchase or inquire about their products. :)

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