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Christmas Party Ideas

Ho Ho Ho, it's time to spread some Christmas cheer! Christmas parties are a fun and festive way to celebrate the season no birthday required!

Whether you are having the party at home, in the classroom or another location, yule be sure to have a merry one when you check out our time and money saving tips. We've got our elves working overtime to bring you all the best ideas.

First you will want to decide what type of party you want to have. You may simply want to have a party with fun Christmassy things to do but there are other fun options as well like a Happy Birthday to Jesus Party, Happy Hanukkah, Christmas Costume Party, and many other great ones.

If you do plan to add a twist to the general Christmas theme, don't forget to clue your guests in when making out the invitations.

There are some great specific Christmas themes like Charlie Brown (Peanuts) Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Candyland Christmas, Holiday Snowman, Nightmare Before Christmas and a Christmas Story.

You can take any theme and make it ring with Christmas cheer like Mickey Mouse, Dora, Princess, and most any other theme that you will find in our store.

INVITATIONS

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Greet your guests with a yard sign or door banner. It will make them feel warm and welcome. The banner below can be custom ordered through Birthday in a Box!.

Decorate the porch like a Winter Wonderland. Outside Christmas lights are magical. I love the icicle ones but everyone has their personal favorites. Window and door cling ons are inexpensive and fun decorations.

What better way to get the kids in the Christmas spirit than an inflatable Snoopy waiting for Santa on his doghouse? You can find this awesome yard or porch decoration at Buy Costumes. You can even take the Charlie Brown theme a little further and decorate a desolate little tree with a strand of lights and a few Christmas ornaments.

> Recognize this guy? The kids will be laughing all the way when they see Jolly St. Nick has joined the party! This 5 foot airblown animated Santa will make spirits brights for many holidays to come.

Stumps and Shindigz have great Christmas props too like this Christmas cookie standee and Gingerbread House that is perfect for the Christmas Candyland theme.

Sparkle up the house with things that glisten, glow and shine. Bring out the Christmas lights and place them not only on the tree but all around the room as well. I like to add a new strand each year and look for a unique design like rock candy or bubble bulbs.

A jar or two of glitter will give a merry touch to just about anything. Spruce up old Christmas tree bulbs and Christmas cards with just a sprinke or two. For a really fun touch, let your child create decorations using glitter.

You can be sure the kids are all dreaming of a white Christmas. One of my personal favorite things I use to set the Christmas mood is the snowflake machine. I use mine at every Christmas occasion each year because it is so much fun. I love watching the children watch the flakes as they fall. Another fun mood maker is a bubble machine . Children can't get enough of watching and chasing the bubbles. The bubble machine can be used over and over again just like the snowflake machine.

Bring a little yester-year to the occaision. One of the earliest memories I have of Christmas is the Christmas tree color wheel . As the wheel turns, it illuminates red, green, blue and yellow. Light up the tree, a wall or even the children.

Of course you will want to decorate a great tree and you might even want to spring for a second tree, maybe a smaller one decorated for the kids, perhaps in the theme of your party like Disney Mickey Mouse or Charlie Brown.

A really quick and easy way to deck the halls (and the walls) is with add ons. They transform a room in a matter of minutes. Add ons stick to any flat surface and come right off without any mess. They add a warm Christmas atmosphere and can be purchased for a song.

When ya gotta go, ya gotta go so mark the spot for the pot with the adorable restroom door cover seen on the right.



Don't forget the balloons! I like mixing themed mylars with solid red, green and white balloons.

I also rent a helium tank so I don't have to worry with transporting a car full of balloons. Tie curling ribbon to the balloons then arrange some in bunches and as centerpieces for tables. You can attach them to chairs and door knobs too. Send each child home with several as a reminder of the fun they had at your party!

ICE BREAKERS

STOCKING STUMPERS

Fill a stocking with goodies and pass it around the group. Each player can feel inside the stocking but cannot peek. When each child has had a turn feeling, have them write down the items in the stocking. Whoever gets the most items wins. If there is a tie, refill the stocking with new items for a tie breaker.

Younger children can say aloud what is in the stocking or whisper to an adult.

CHRISTMAS QUESTIONS

Before the party, cut squares of paper for every player. On one piece of paper, write a Christmas question such as, "What was Santa's lead reindeer's name?" The write the answer on another sheet of paper. Give each child either a question or answer. The children who have questions take turns reading his or her question out loud. The children with the answers will take turns reading theirs until each question is matched with the answer. Once the pair is made, the two can exchange names and get to know each other.

ICE BREAKERS FOR OLDER CHILDREN

GOING TO THE NORTH POLE

Start the game by thinking of an item that starts with the first letter of your first name. Then have the children sit in a circle and they will go around the circle repeating what you say but substituting an item. The object of the game is for the players to catch on that the item should begin with the first letter of their first name. When a player does not choose an item that is correct, you tell them they cannot go (to the North Pole). If a player does choose an item that is correct, they get to go.

The jingle goes like this, "My name is Pam and I am going to the North Pole and I am going to take a pie."

CHRISTMAS MEMORY

Have the children form a circle. Go right to left and have each tell of his or her favorite Christmas memory. Or, you can ask them to tell of a funny memory instead.

PASS THE HAT

Prior to the party, cut out squares of paper and write a question on each. Place the questions in a Santa hat and pass the hat around. Each player will pull out a question to answer.

Examples of questions: What is one thing you got for Christmas last year? What is the funniest gift you ever got?

ICE BREAKERS FOR OLDER CHILDREN

CHRISTMAS CHARADES

Let the children take turns being "it". Whisper in the player's ear a Christmas character or item and let the child act it out while the other children try to guess what it is. Ideas include Santa, Rudolf and an elf.

I LIKE TO...

Have the children sit in a circle and take turns finishing the sentence by saying, "At Christmastime, I like to..." then saying something they like doing at Christmastime.

ACTIVITIES

Tis the season to be jolly! Entertain the children with these fun Christmas activities that are our family favorites.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

Why not take the group out for some old fashioned Christmas caroling? Have the children agree on one or two songs before leaving the house and it's a good idea to only go to neighbors that you know.

Our family went Christmas caroling every year. We even added musical instruments to the mix sometimes. We always enjoyed the fun and the neighbors seemed to as well.

VISIT FROM SANTA

Surprise the kids with a vistit from Santa. Let them take turns sitting in his lap, sharing their Christmas requests. A song or story from Jolly Ole St. Nick would be nice too. Be sure to take pictures of each child who sits in Santa's lap so you can send a copy home with the child or even send one in his or her Thank-You card.

GIFT EXCHANGE

Exchanging gifts can be a really fun time at your party. Here are some great twists to choose from:

•White Elephant: This type of exchange begins with each guest bringing a "white elephant" gift, a gift that is pointless, funny or undesirable such as Everyone who has brought a gift then draws a number to determine the selection order. When it is your turn, you may unwrap a gift from the pile, or take a present another person has already opened.

•Unwrapped Gift: Put a twist on the white elephant exchange and choose to not unwrap any of the gifts until the end of the exchange. This variation adds an extra element of mystery and luck. The plotting and friendly theft involved in the exchange make for great entertainment.

•Left/Right: Everyone sits in a circle holding a gift. Someone reads a Christmas-themed story or poem. Each time the word "and" is said, the guests pass the gifts to the left; every time they hear the word "Christmas", they pass them to the right. At the end of the game, you get to unwrap the gift you're holding.

•Charity Drive: Have the guests bring a gift that will be given to a needy child. You can designate the gifts to be given to a certain organization or even adopt a family. Giving to the troops is a great idea too, either to soldiers or to their families. This is a great activity that will teach the children about giving and will make them feel good about what they have done!

* If you are going to do one of these activities, be sure to mention that on the invitation so the guests can come prepared.

CHRISTMAS SKIT

Another family tradition is "the skit". Each year the kids and "kids at heart" in the family made up a skit and acted it out. One year, in the 80's, we did "Modern Day Christmas Story" which included Christ's birth at the Holiday Inn with a visit from the 3 surfers. The songs were done in rap.

Have the kids let their imaginations run wild and provide plenty of props and costumes they can dress up in to pull it off. Don't forget the camcorder!

(Above) Kim directs a family Christmas skit while her sister, Misty, plays the part of Mary and my (then one month old) daughter, Jamie, sleeps through her impersonation of Baby Jesus. And yes, it's the same Kim that is still directing only now she is directing this website!

HANDS ON EXPERIENCE

This is another one of our family's favorite fun things to do. Seen in the photo above is my niece, Carla. The hands, however, belong to the person who is hiding behind her.

You will need a table and on the table such things as a wash rag, toothpaste and a toothbrush, a bottle of soda, a hair brush, etc.

To pull this stunt off, have one guest volunteer to be "it". That guest will sit on a chair and will wear a cape or blanket draped over them. Select a second volunteer who will hide behing volunteer number 1. The second one will stick his or her hands through the covering and will proceed to use the items on the table on the first guest volunteer. For example, the hand will brush volunteer number 1's teeth and such. The problem is, volunteer number 2 cannot see what his or her hands are doing and volunteer number 1 cannot control any of the things being done to him or her. The whole thing becomes too hilarious...that is unless you are the one getting your nose brushed!

A fun addition is to have someone narrate.

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS

ALL AGES

GINGERBREAD HOUSE

Sweet! This is a tried and true family favorite and we've got the picture to prove it. In the photo is Kim, her sister, Misty, and cousins, Carla and Jason. I was just a teen-ager when I came up with this activity which became a family tradition in time. Below is Kim, her sister, Misty and cousins, Carla, Jason and Becky devouring the gingerbread house.

FILLED ORNAMENTS

Purchase clear plastic fillable ornaments and pass out one to each child. Place an assortment of fillers in bowls and allow each child to create their own Christmas ornament. Filler ideas include: red and green beads of various sizes, Christmas cake sprinkles, shiney silver, gold, red and green metalic gift bag filler, small toys, etc.

OLDER CHILDREN

CANDY JARS

Give each child a mason canning jar. Set out fun Christmas candies like gumdrops, peppermint discs, etc. Have them glue the candy of their choice to the jar lid. Spray each child's creation with varnish spray and let dry. In the meantime, the children can fill the jars with the candy they chose for the lid. You might supply gift sacks so they can hide it under the tree for a great gift to give their parents.

STRINGING POPCORN

Pop up some popcorn and pass some bowls of it around for the group to use. They will want to dive in and eat it all so be sure to pass out some to munch on as well. Give each child a large eyed sewing needle and some heavy duty thread. Let them make strings of popcorn that they can either take home or decorate the party tree with.

YOUNGER CHILDREN

CANDY CANE CRAFT

Give each child two pipecleaners, one red and one white. Show them how to twist the two together and then shape like a candy cane. The candy canes are cute and easy to make and make great ornaments for the tree.

PEPPERMINT REINDEER ORNAMENTS

Give each child a candy cane, two googley eyes, one brown pipe cleaner and one red pom-pom. Pass around a tube of glue and help them make Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer ornaments by placing the pom-pom for his nose and arranging the googley eyes above the nose. The brown pipe cleaners will be twisted for antlers.

CHRISTMAS PAPER CHAINS

Cut strips of red and green construction paper and put on the table along with a tape, a small stapler, glue or whatever fastening method your perfer. Help the children roll each strip of paper into a circle and fasten. Put the next strip through the circle and form the next link of the chain. You can even help them attach all the individual chains together to form one long one.

CHRISTMAS GAMES

ALL AGES

PINATA

A pinata is always a hit with all ages. Fill Frosty with lots of candy and toys and let the kids take their best swing at him. Be sure to pass out sacks for them to fill when the candy flies!

OLDER CHILDREN

GIFT WRAP RACE

Divide all the children in groups of four. You can make it more festive by naming the groups “Santa's Elvesâ€, “Rudolf's Reindeersâ€, etc.

Give a wrapped gift box to each of the teams and explain the rules of the game.

Keep the wrapping paper, tapes, tinsels and bows on a table or on the floor at some distance from the players. This area is the ‘gift wrap station’.

As soon as the game starts, a participant from each of the team has to run to the gift wrap station, unwrap the gift, wrap it up again and run back to designate another member from his team.

The group whose all members wrap the gift before the others wins the race.

YOUNGER CHILDREN

PIN THE STAR ON THE TREE

This game is played like "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" except, you guessed it, the children attempt to pin the star on the top of the Christmas tree.

Before the party, make a Christmas tree out of a green poster board. Glue on homemade paper ornaments, a little glitter and stars that can be cut out of yellow paper. This is a great project for your child to help with. Cut out a big yellow star as well.

When the players are ready to play, line them up and slip a blindfold on the first one in line and have he or she try to pin (or tape) the star on the tree. The player who gets the closet to the top of the tree wins.

ELFIE, ELFIE, WHERE'S YOUR SHOE?

This game is a fun take off of "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 and 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 SAYS

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..." and the 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.

FOOD
Nothing brings a party together like good food, especially when it's a Christmas Party Ideas. Be sure your party is full of fun festive foods with our ideas below!

MAIN DISHES

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 until smooth.

"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.

NOEL NACHOS

Nachos always go over at parties so why not serve up some with a festive touch?

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.

FUN HOLIDAY SANDWICHES

Make sandwiches with peanut butter and honey or jam and shape with Christmas cookie cutters .








SNACK FOOD

SNOWMAN CHEESE BALLS

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

black olives

green onions

chopped mushrooms

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, or overnight.

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 and 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 for the finishing touch.

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.

SWEET STUFF

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 favorites.

COOKIES

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 egg

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 cookie cutter
. 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, edible glitter , candied fruits, sprinkles, small candies, and anything else you can find that is colorful and edible.

CAKES AND CUPCAKES

Christmas is one time of year you can have your cake...and eat it too! 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!

SIMPLE SNOWMAN CAKE

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 frosting. 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 want.

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 frosting. Invert the other cake and frost it as well. Wrap a Christmas ribbon around the bottom of the bottom cake. Decorate with 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 sprinkles on too.

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 or Wilton light bulb sprinkles.

CHRISTMAS HOLLY BUNDT CAKE

one Bundt cake

glaze (recipe below)

red and green fondant

Glaze:

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 cake.

Prepare a bundt cake and invert onto serving dish. Glaze using the instructions above. Once the glaze has cooled and set, add fondant holly that you have rolled and shaped into leaves and berries.

HOLIDAY SNOOPY CAKE

Especially if your party is the Charlie Brown theme, this Snoopy cake and cup cake combo 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

Cupcakes are always a favorite. Simple to make and easy to eat. 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 choose from.

MMM M&M CUPCAKES

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 candies around the base of the cupcakes and top with a peppermint disc candy. How easy is that?

SANTA HAT CUPCAKES

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 hat 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 convenient! 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 cupcake tower 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.

BEVERAGES

Take the chill off with some steamy drinks like hot cocoa, wassil or our Christmas Spiced Tea. The drinks are fun and festive and will not only warm their tummies but hearts as well. 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 peppermint stick and swirl it around the chocolate. Enjoy!

WASSIL

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.

CHRISTMAS SPICED TEA

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.

PACK A GOOD PUNCH

CHILLED CHRISTMAS PUNCH

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 to a 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 ring.

WHITE CHRISTMAS PUNCH

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.

FROSTY PUNCH

1 Pint of ice Cream

Vanilla extract

Peppermint

milk

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.

SNOWBALL EXPRESS

1 (32 oz.) bottle of chilled cranberry juice (or any cranberry mix)

1 (12 oz.) jar of raspberry jam

1 1/2 (2 liter) bottles lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage, chilled

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.

CHRISTMAS ICE RING

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 rose petals.

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. Awesome!

COSTUMES

Dawn we now our fun apparel...fa la la la la la la la la... Kids love to dress up and truth be known, so do the grown-ups. Yule just love our Christmas costume ideas!

BuyCostumes.comBuy 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 is that you can use them over and over since Christmas visits once a year!

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.

Christmas Tree with Shoe Boxes Adult Costume

If you don't want to go all out, here are some merry accessories to get you in the holiday spirit that are also carried by Buy Costumes.




PARTY FAVORS

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 coloring picture 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.

Designed 2B Sweet 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.

A 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.

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