Throw a Themed Holiday Party

Don’t dig out the ugly sweater just yet.
Author Natalie Hollingshead has five new theme ideas for your holiday party.

There’s nothing like being home for the holidays. Celebrate the joys of the season by hosting one of these five fun holiday parties at your home:

Shop and Soup
Giving to others is an integral part of the holidays for many families. Turn your annual Sub-for-Santa into party by tackling the shopping and wrapping in one night. Meet at a mall or large retailer and divide family members into groups. Assign each group a specific member of the Sub-for-Santa family to focus their shopping efforts. After one hour, checkout and head back home, where you can wrap gifts and enjoy a soup potluck.

Red and Green
Celebrate the iconic colors of the Christmas season with a red-and-green themed party. Ask guests to dress in their red-and-green best then head to your home to enjoy foods that tow the party line, such as red and green tortilla chips with spinach dip, chili in green-colored bread bowls, colorful cake pops, or red and green candy. Take the theme further by playing only board or card games that come in red and green boxes — think Scattegories, Apples to Apples, 7 ate 9 and 10 Days in the Americas.

Christmas Costume Party
Halloween isn’t the only time of the year when you can dress up. Make Christmas come to life with a costume party celebrating well- and less-known holiday characters. Think Jack Frost and Frosty the Snowman, as well as Buddy the Elf and Clark Griswald. Ask guests to contribute a food-related item that relates to their character. For instance, Buddy may bring a jug of maple syrup, Santa could bring milk and cookies and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer can contribute reindeer droppings (a.k.a. chocolate-covered almonds).

12 Days of Christmas Party
Borrow your theme from the beloved Christmas carol with a 12 Days of Christmas Party. Everyone brings a gift to swap that relates to an assigned line from the traditional tune. Encourage guests to be as creative as possible. The gifts can be edible — think five golden doughnut rings — or inedible — like a partridge figurine atop a made-from-pears tree.

Marshmallow Roast
Instead of roasting chestnuts by the open fire, buck tradition and host an outdoor marshmallow roast. Provide graham crackers, flavored marshmallows and a selection of chocolate bars, and encourage guests to mix-and-match to their hearts’ content. If the weather outside is frightful, you could roast marshmallows over a gas stove, inside a hot oven with door open, or even use the flame from a tea light.
Natalie Hollingshead is the co-author of “Happy Homemaking: An LDS Girl’s Guide”.

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