We have great invitation ideas. See our Christmas card invitations page for all the Merry cards.
This game is a fun take off
"Doggie, Doggie, Where's your Bone?" To play, you
will need one elf shoe
One player will be the elf
. He or she then sits in chair
with their back to the group. An elf shoe or substitute object is
placed under the chair. While the elf turned around with his or
her eyes closed someone sneaks up and steals the shoe
hides it somewhere on his person.
Then everyone sings: "Elfie, Elfie, where's your shoe?
Somebody's stole it away from you. Guess who? It might be
you." Then the elf has three chances to guess who took it.
Sometimes it was left under his or her chair. If the elf
guesses right then he gets to do it again
. If he guesses
wrong than the person who had the shoe got a turn as the elf.
Santa takes the place of Simon in this game. Remember the old
game of "Simon Says"? This game is played the same but
with Santa giving the orders.
One player will be Santa and will tell the others to do something
such as, "Santa says...take off one shoe." The players
scramble to do what Santa says but at some point, Santa will give
an order and not say "Santa says..."
players who fall for the trick are out of the game. The last
person standing wins.
If you want, you can let whoever is out rejoin the game when the
next player is out so that there is only one out at a time and no
one is out too long.
Nothing brings a party together like good food
when it's a Christmas Party Ideas. Be sure your party is full of
fun festive foods with our ideas below!
Especially if your party falls around meal time, you will want to
serve more filling food
. Here are some of our family
favorites that we serve at Christmas parties and even at the
kid's table on Christmas Day
FROSTY TATERS AND MEATBALLS
Make meatballs using the recipe below.
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 small onion, chopped
1 large egg
Mix all ingredients and shape into balls. Bake on cookie sheet at
400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Let cool.
Make the "frost" for Frosty
as described below.
Boil about 5 potatoes until tender. Add butter and milk then mash
"Frost" the meatballs with the taters. Decorate each
to look like a snowman
using red bell pepper peelings for a
scarf, green bell peppers for eyes, mouth and buttons then a
carrot sliver for the nose.
Nachos always go over at parties so why not serve up some with a
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, finely diced
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
1 (14.5 ounce) package red and green tortilla chips
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced or 1 small can
guacamole, sour cream, hot sauce and black olives optional
In a large frying pan, brown ground beef with onion, salt and
pepper over medium heat. Break the meat into very small pieces
with a fork while it is cooking. After the meat is thoroughly
cooked, drain off the grease. Arrange chips on a cookie sheet and
spread beans over the chips. Layer with 1/2 of the cheese, the
ground beef mixture, and remaining cheese. Arrange jalapeno
peppers on top. Bake in 350 degree preheated oven until cheese
has melted. Serve immediately. Offer optional items on the side.
Make sandwiches with peanut butter and honey or jam and shape
Christmas cookie cutters
Frosty the Snowman was a jolly
, happy soul. With a pretzel
pipe and a carrot nose
and two eyes made out of black
olives. Well, maybe\ that's not how the song goes, but
that's how our Snowman Cheese Balls
go. And...they go
fast for they are delicious!
You can add all or some of these ingredients as long as the first
three are used, you can custom make the rest.
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (1 ounce) package Ranch-style dressing mix
2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
dried beef in a jar, finely shredded optional
pineapples, finely chopped
salt and white pepper to taste
In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, and
dressing mix. Mix in any or all of the other ingredients Form
into three balls, one being slightly smaller than the first and
the third being the smallest. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours,
Place the three balls on a platter and arrange them to look like
a snowman. I like using a green, red or blue platter. Place two
black olives for the eyes, a baby carrot for the nose
use pepper corns to shape a smile. Red hot candies can be used
for the buttons. You can pick up a small pipe for next to nothing
to stick in his mouth and a little black hat
Once you have made Frosty
, neatly arrange a variety of
snack crackers around him on the plate.
* If you had rather, you can make one ball for the snowman head
and decorate it according to the above instructions.
*You can double or triple this recipe depending on how big you
want your snowman.
RUDOLF THE RED NOSE REINDEER CRACKERS
Use cheese in a bottle to squirt cheese onto Ritz crackers or you
can opt for peanut butter or better yet, make both! Take pretzels
and break or cut them to resemble antlers. Stick pretzels in the
cheese or peanut butter on each side of the "head" and
make a nose with a cherry
that has been sliced in half and
eyes with raisins.
It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas! Visions of
sugar plums are dancing so make sure your party has lots of
lucious treats like our Christmas cookies and other holiday
QUICK GINGERBREAD MEN... AND WOMEN
These cookies are fun to make
at craft time
so consider baking them up and leaving them for
the children to decorate.
1 (3.5 ounce) package cook and serve butterscotch pudding mix
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cream together the dry butterscotch pudding mix, butter, and
brown sugar and mix until smooth. Stir in the egg. Combine the
flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon; stir into the pudding
mixture. Cover, and chill dough until firm, about 1 hour. Preheat
the oven to 350 degrees F and grease baking sheets. On a floured
board, roll dough out to about 1/8 inch thickness, and
cut into gingerbread man shapes using a
. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies
are golden at the edges. Cool on wire racks.
Now for the fun part. Decorate into men and women using frosting
decorator's icing in a tube,
fruits, sprinkles, small candies, and anything else you can
find that is colorful and edible
Christmas is one time of year you can have your cake...and eat
You can easily make a cake ring of holiday cheer by
adding a few simple touches or you can get as elaborate as you
please. After all...it's Christmas, anything goes
Bake two cakes using our white cake recipe or a store bought mix.
Bake as directed in two round pans. Cool. Invert onto a covered
surface such as a piece of cardboard or large cutting board. I
use a light blue, red or green piece of wrapping paper to cover
it. You can also use colored aluminum foil. Arrange so the two
cakes look like a snowman.
Frost with vanilla Arrange so the two cakes look like a snowman.
Then frost with white cake
. Use cake decorating supplies to make the hat and a
scarf. Pipe around the edges. Use
black gumdrops for the eyes
, and red or green ones for the buttons. An orange gum drop makes
a good carrot nose. Red string licorice can be used for the
mouth. You can substitute the gum drops for other candies if you
EASY CHRISTMAS THEME CAKE
This is another easy but fun cake you can make in no time. Bake
two round cakes using the cake mix or homemade reicpe of your
choice. Once the cakes have cooled, invert one onto a round plate
and frost with white
. Invert the other cake and frost it as well. Wrap a
Christmas ribbon around the bottom of the bottom cake. Decorate
Christmas themed cake toppers
. You can also
use a figurine or Christmas ornament. I like to curl up some red
and green curling ribbon and place on the cake and put some
CHRISTMAS TREE CAKE
Prepare cake batter using your favorite store bought mix or our
yellow cake recipe
. Pour into a
Christmas tree shaped pan
Bake as directed and cool. Invert onto a covered surface. I like
covering a cardboard with Christmas wrapping paper.
Decorate with cake decorating supplies. The cake pan will come
with directions but you can also substitute some of the icing
decor with candies to make it your custom creation. My favorite
addition is Christmas light bulb candy melts
Wilton light bulb sprinkles.
CHRISTMAS HOLLY BUNDT CAKE
one Bundt cake
glaze (recipe below)
red and green fondant
Sift 2 cups of powdered sugar into a medium size bowl. Add 4
Tablespoons melted butter to the powdered sugar. Then add 2
tablespoons of milk. You can also add 1/4 teaspoon of almond
extract or vanilla if desired. Beat until smooth and creamy,
adding a little more milk if necessary.Drizzle over a cooled
Prepare a bundt cake and invert onto serving dish. Glaze using
the instructions above. Once the glaze has cooled and set, add
that you have rolled and shaped into leaves
Especially if your party
is the Charlie Brown theme, this Snoopy cake and cup cake
will fit right in. Simply purchase the Snoopy Dog
House cake pan
and follow the directions. Then add green cup
cakes. You can even dress the dog house up with Christmas lights
and add Christmas themed sprinkles to the cup cakes to make it
really dog-gone festive
Cupcakes are always a favorite. Simple to make and easy to
. Your little one can be a great help when you are baking
cupcakes. Let him or her pour the batter into liners and even
assist with the decorating. You will not only be baking
cupcakes but memories as well.
The possiblities are endless
when it comes to Christmas
themed cupcakes. Here are some very easy and awesome creations to
To make these, simply bake up some cupcakes and frost with red
frosting. If you are tinting your own,
Wilton cake coloring
is the best I
have ever used for bold colors. Arrange red and green
around the base of the cupcakes and top with a
peppermint disc candy. How easy is that?
Bake cupcakes and cool. Make a batch of cake frosting and place
2/3 of it into a separate bowl. Use Wilton cake coloring to make
red frosting with the 2/3. With a pastry tube, make a Santa
with a big swirl of red frosting that comes to a tip at
the top. Make a border of white going around the base the
cupcakes where the cake meets the liner. I like making small
balls. This is the trim of Santa's hat. Dot the tip of the
hat with a white ball of icing.
CUPCAKE RINGS AND TOPPERS
Love, love, love these cupcake boxes
. They make great serving
containers and are also excellent to send cupcakes home with the
guests for party favors. I ordered extra and made cupcakes for
Christmas gifts which was a sweet deal
Check out this cupcake baker set
. Talk about
It comes with non-stick cupcake pan, assorted
liners and decorating kit.
Wrap it up with these cupcake wrappers and picks
Display cupcakes on a
if you have one
and if you don't, you might consider getting one. I love mine
and in fact, I have two. I use one for regular size cupcakes and
the other one for mini sized cupcakes for the tiny tots
The tower adds some height to your table display which makes the
arrangement look nicer. One of my favorite things to do is to use
jumbo confetti sprinkles on the larger cupcakes and smaller
matching confetti sprinkles on the smaller ones.
Take the chill off with some steamy drinks
like hot cocoa,
wassil or our Christmas Spiced Tea. The drinks are fun and
and will not only warm their tummies but hearts as
. Be sure the drinks are not too hot for the younger
guests. Serve hot beverages
in Christmas cups and
double them as party favors
HOT COCOA WITH A TWIST
1 Tbsp of ground chocolate
1 cup of milk
1 peppermint stick
Make paste from chocolate and a small amount of warmed milk then
warm the rest of milk on the stove or in the microwave. Add milk
to the chocolate paste and whisk until smooth. Add the
and swirl it around the chocolate. Enjoy!
Here we come a-wassilling
, among the leaves so green...
Way back in Old England, wassil was a toast to good health. So
raise your glass and bend an elbow...here's to good health
and a great party
1/2 gallon apple cider
1/2 gallon cranberry juice (or blend of your choice_
1 cup lemon juice
1 1/4 cups pineapple juice
1 large orange, thinly sliced
12-24 whole cloves
1/4 cup clover honey
1/2 cup white sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Combine the above ingredients except for the spices in a large
saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add spices then
simmer at least 20 minutes but way longer if you would like. I
love the smell of wassil in the air
so I like to simmer
mine for hours in a crock pot.
Brew up your favorite brand of tea in such varieties as
peppermint, orange, mint and lemon. Garnish with a mint leaf and
serve with a peppermint stick for a swizzle.
2 cups cold water
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (46 ounce) can pineapple juice, chilled
4 cups cranberry-apple juice, chilled
1 liter ginger ale, chilled
In a saucepan, bring the water, sugar and cinnamon
boil then stir until sugar is dissolved. Chill and right before
serving, combine the syrup mixture, juices and ginger ale in a
punch bowl or large pitcher. Serve over ice or an ice
4 cups white grape juice, chilled
5 cups chilled lemon-lime soda
In a large bowl, pitcher, combine the juices; mix well. Stir in
soda just before serving. Add ice ring if desired.
1 Pint of ice Cream
Place the ice cream in a large bowl and stir in the vanilla,
peppermint, mint, adding milk to thin it. Add crushed peppermint
to the mix if desired and float a peppermint ice ring atop.
1 (32 oz.) bottle of chilled cranberry juice (or any cranberry
1 (12 oz.) jar of raspberry jam
1 1/2 (2 liter) bottles lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage,
1.75 quart vanilla ice cream
Combine all but the ice cream in a punch bowl then, using an ice
cream scoop, spoon half of the ice cream over fruit mixture; stir
until frothy. Top with remining scoops of ice cream to form
snowballs on the top.
An ice ring
is really cool floating in punch, especially
when you add some holiday trimmings like peppermint discs, red
hot candies, cranberries, plastic Christmas figurines or even red
To make the ring, mix ginger ale with lemon juice. Pour 2 1/2
cups of the mixture into a 1 quart ring. and then freeze. Place
decorations on top and then pour the rest of the juice mix on top
and freeze again. To unmold, run cold water over the bottom and
slip it out gently. Float the ring on your punch in a punch bowl.
Dawn we now our fun apparel...fa la la la la la la la
... Kids love to dress up and truth be known, so do the
just love our Christmas costume ideas!
Buy Costumes is one of the best places to find
costumes. Our store is a great place to look too.
Every Christmas Party Ideas needs a Santa. Suits come in lots of
varieties and at many different price ranges. Imagine the
children's faces when you greet them at the door wearing a
Christmas tree costume. Check out the wrapped presents for shoes.
One of my favorite things about Christmas costumes
you can use them over and over since Christmas visits once a
For children's costumes, we have endless ideas. Party theme
based costumes like Snoopy
, Charlie Brown, Nightmare Before
Christmas, and such will put the icing on the cake and the star
on the tree.
Little sister or brother can join in the fun with the little tyke
costumes and don't forget Fido!
Dog costumes can
double for next Halloween's outfit.
If you don't want to go all out, here are some merry
to get you in the holiday spirit
also carried by Buy Costumes.
The guests will be excited the party is over, not because it
wasn't a rockin' Christmas Party Ideas
but so they can
take home these party favors. So send them home with a smile
and a memory!
First you will want to decide what to put the favors in.
Christmas favor boxes, Santa stockings, or a Christmas gift bag
all work well.
You can even make your own on a white lunch sack with Christmas
stickers, glitter and paint pens. Your child can even do the
artwork! Felt gingerbread men
are great to use to paint
the name of each child on. I like printing out a Christmas
such as a Santa or snowman and including a
pack of crayons in the bag for the children to color the picture.
Now for what to put in the containers. The sky is the limit.
Christmas candies, personalized stickers, novelty toys, Christmas
coloring books, crayons, and small filled stockings are just a
few fun things you can include
has some fun selections like the items below. Just
click on to visit the Christmas Party Ideas Planning section.
Birthday in a Box has tons of
fun Christmas favors
like these below.
Save time and often money too when you get a preassembled party
favor set up like this one from
Birthday in a Box
letter from Santa
is a must for the favor bag. The letters
are personalized with each child's name and come with The
text of each Santa letter
has the child's name and
comes in a bright red envelope addressed to the child. Included
as a special an 8-page holiday coloring book personalized the
your child's name.