Christmas is a great time of celebration with both family and friends. It is the time of the year when most people can relax and at the same time enjoy themselves with their nearest and dearest, for a few days/weeks anyway! Many people look for Christmas party ideas to spend the time together at home, just enjoying themselves although there are many ways in which people celebrate the holiday season, whether it be dressing a spruce in decorations, sending cards or even going on Christmas holiday for some winter sun.

To get the ball rolling, Christmas greetings cards should always be bought as early as possible to avoid the postal rush, or, to save just a bit of money, buy them after the holiday when they are cheap and just send them the following year. Xmas presents also don’t need to be a last minute rush. You could buy small presents for the kids over the twelve preceding months. If possible, try to save some cash up for November, because there is always going to be one or two toys that will be on sale that every child will want. Decorations can be inexpensive, if you have children you can have fun making your own and they make perfect keepsakes. You could also use charity shops or thrift stores to look for good bargains which won’t break the bank.

Christmas parties can be a nightmare to organize. The planning and preparation that goes into them can be time consuming. Here are a few suggestions that may interest you if it is you who is hosting this year.

Kids Christmas Party Ideas

Depending on age these parties can be affordable. For the younger children you could throw a fancy dress or themed party. You could make little invitations with your children for their friends out of colored card, glitter and any other little bits you might have laying around the house. Fancy dress and themed parties don’t need to be expensive, with themes such as pirates, witches, wizards and vampires all being popular now, you could ask the other kids parents to dig out their kids Halloween outfits for the occasion. You could also make it a lot easier if that is too much hassle by having a party with face paints, (which are reasonably priced) music and games such as blind mans bluff or musical chairs (make sure you have enough seats though). Christmas party game ideas don’t need to be too extravagant, kids will be kids and will always enjoy having their friends over.

Teenagers are a bit more complicated. A lot of people now use different activities for teenagers such as paintballing or hiring out a function room with a DJ. These can be expensive but teenagers generally are. Themed parties are fine as long as they’re allowed to choose the theme. Craft party ideas could be suitable, for some teens. Learning a new craft or skill could be interesting for example; dressmaking, carpentry or even how to change a car tire, it may come in useful depending on what career they want in later on in life.

Christmas  Party Food Ideas

There are a lot of foods you could use for your Christmas party. The best way to judge it is by who you’ll be catering for. Children are easy to feed with sandwiches, sausage rolls and maybe a cake. Kids don’t usually like sitting down and eating when friends are over, they’d rather play so don’t make huge amounts as a lot will probably be left over. If you do have lots of food left over you could purchase small goodie bags from your local convenience store and give them out at the end of the party. As for adults why not try something different this year, instead of the predictable vol-au-vents and cold meats. You could have a tapas night or even an oriental style buffet (it might not be worth having a meal if your guests are in the party mood). If you like to cook and have always wanted to learn a new cuisine like Spanish, Chinese or Thai why not try it yourself? There are many cookbooks to choose from in all price ranges (you might want to try the recipes at home first in case they are harder than expected).

Office Christmas Party Ideas

When it comes to company Christmas party ideas it might be a good policy to change venues every year. We all know how it easy it is to drink too much at these types of parties and avoiding this could be something we should look for. How about hosting a party somewhere different that is not the office – maybe a restaurant, a social club, a hotel reception or a farm in the countryside. Anything to get the office workers out of their environment.

If you are looking for Christmas party game ideas for adults why not try a casino night with poker, blackjack and roulette (no money need change hands). It could be a good way of team building as well as a fun night out or even charades (that can be fun a bit later in the day).

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