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What:
Holiday Party

Where:
Your House

When:
Anytime in December

Why:
To Celebrate the Holidays



Fun Holiday Party
Celebrate the Holidays — invite your friends over for a fun "Holiday Party" at your house.

Personalized Holiday Party Invitations
Personalize your Holiday Party Invitations — dress up in Fun Holiday Costumes.

If you don't want the expense of buying printed Holiday Party invitations, you can always print your own. If you want to go high-tech, use Eventbrite.com — the online service can be used to send free invitations, or you can charge for tickets to your event. You can also make the event public or private. Other options include sending an email, using Facebook.

Holiday Decorations
Decorate your home with fun Holiday decorations — don't forget the mistletoe! Order online or visit your local Party Store for fun Holiday theme decorations.

Or better yet, be creative and use what you have at home and save money. Fill a big glass bowl with large colored ornament balls — Red & Gold, Blue & Silver, or assorted colors.

Fill tall clear crystal vases or bowls with red and green apples or limes — they're colorful and festive and make great table centerpieces. Pomegranates look good too and can be used later in a salad, couscous, or cocktails.

Martini glasses add a nice touch to any Holiday table — fill with colorful condiments, assorted nuts, chocolate truffles and Christmas candies.

Use plenty of candles (votives work well and they're inexpensive) — they really add to the Holiday atmosphere and give any room a festive glow. Green Day-Glo sticks are FUN too (as Holiday decorations and/or party favors).


Buy FUN STANDUPS! A large selection of photo-realistic lifesize cutouts of all your favorite personalities and Holiday classics  



Holiday Music / Live Entertainment
Play festive Holiday music throughout the party and have everyone sing along to their favorite Christmas Carols. As your party gets going, kick it up a notch and get everyone dancing. If you have the budget, hire a group of Carolers or a three-piece jazz band to entertain your guests.

Fun "Holiday Gifts & Party Favors
Put together a "Holiday Tote Bag" of goodies — you don't have to spend a fortune if you know where to shop. Go to the "Dollar Stores," Target or Costco for token Holiday Gifts and Christmas Candies.

Buy "Wine Lover" Tote Bag - fill with Christmas Goodies or a Bottle of Wine and give it as a gift to your Holiday Party guests
Buy "Wine Lover" Holiday Tote Bag

(Fill with Holiday Goodies or Wine)

Give out Fun "Holiday" Party Favors. "Travel-Related" Gift Magnets & Buttons make fun gifts for homes, lockers, dorm rooms or offices — buy just one, or save with packs of 10 or 100.

Traditional Christmas crackers make fun party favors — each brightly wrapped tube holds a surprise trinket or toy.

Visit our Travel Gift Store to order
Special Gifts for your Party

Buy Fun Gifts to wear or give out to your guests at the party. Gifts feature Fun Travel Destinations, Romantic Gifts, Family "His/Hers" Gifts, Political Gifts, Body, Mind & Spirit Gifts... and more!


Share Party Photos,
Videos and Comments
Upload your Digital Party Pictures for Free to Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, Shutterfly, Twitter or Google Photos and upload your Video to YouTube after your Election Party to share with your family, friends and co-workers. Post comments and updates on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to share what is happening real-time.

Free Video Conferencing
For those people who can't be at your Holiday Party, set up a FREE Web Conference using Skype or Google Hangouts — that way they can participate live during the awards.


Happy Holidays!

Fun Holiday Parties - Tips on how to host a holiday party

 

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Holiday Party Themes
Depending on how formal or casual you want your party to be, here are a few Holiday Party Theme suggestions:


Formal / Fun:
"Favorite Movie Star or Character in a Christmas Classic"

Be creative and have everyone dress as their Favorite Movie Star or Character in a Christmas Classic (e.g. Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street) or make it a Formal "Black-Tie"
event. Rent a Designer Dress, Jewelry & Accessories.

Casual Chic:
"Holiday Bash"
Keep your Holiday Party simple — make it a fun Holiday Bash" and dress "Casual Chic."

Casual:
" Holiday Pot Luck"

Short on time — host a casual "Holiday Pot Luck Party."


Whatever you do... have FUN!


Holiday Party Menus

Holiday Formal /
Fun Menu:
For a more formal Holiday Party, plan a fun menu of decadent "finger foods" and hors d'oeuvres... and fabulous desserts. Here are a few ideas:

  • Smoked Salmon & Dill Canapes
  • Crostini with Thyme-roasted Tomatoes
  • Crab-stuffed Mushrooms
  • Mini Blinis topped with Crème Fraiche and Caviar
  • Olive Tapenade Crostini
  • Roasted Beet Salad with Feta Cheese & Walnuts
  • Ahi Tuna on Wasabi Crackers
  • Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella
  • Pizza Bites
  • Melon-wrapped Proscuitto
  • Parmesan Puffed Pastry Twists
  • Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
  • Chilled Giant Shrimp
  • Roasted Asparagus Spears
  • Mini Sweet Potato Soufflés
  • Stuffed Mushrooms w/fresh Breadcrumbs
  • Imported Cheeses
    & Figs
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Mini Pecan Tarts
  • Lemon Squares
  • Santa's Fudge Brownies

Catered Event & Entertainment
If you don't have the time — and aren't worried about a budget — hire a caterer to handle "all the details" for you.
For more elaborate parties, hire Celebrity Look-a-likes (Marilyn Monroe, Elvis) dressed in holiday costumes to mingle among your guests.

"Holiday Bash"
Buffet Menu

Whip up a "Holiday Bash" buffet menu that's simple, fun... and colorful.
Here are a few ideas:

  • Tomato, Basil and Mozerella appetizers
  • Pimento & Garlic-Stuffed Green Olives
  • Red & Green Peppers
    (cut out center and fill with Humus or your favorite dips). Serve with red, green, orange and yellow pepper strips and/or pita chips
  • Cream Cheese topped with Red Pepper Jelly and/or Mint Pepper Jelly
  • Mini Crab Cakes and Cocktail Sauce
  • Roast Turkey
  • Glazed Ham
  • Rack of Lamb
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Baked Sweet Potato Fries
  • Broccoli Cornbread
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Apple Crumble
  • Pecan Pie
  • Chocolate Fudge Ring
  • Christmas Cookies
  • Hershey's Holiday Kisses

Holiday Beverages
- Hot Mulled Wine
- Rum Eggnog
- Apple Cider

- Holiday Punch
- Red & White Wines
- Soft drinks

Casual:
" Holiday Pot Luck"

Pot Lucks are a lot of fun, especially if you're on a budget. Have each guest
bring a dish (their favorite appetizer, salad, entree, or dessert... and whatever they'd like to drink).

Costco and Trader Joe's both offer a wide variety of delicious Holiday hors d'oeuvres, entrees, desserts, wines and assorted beverages.


Wine Selection & Quantity
Depending on your budget, you have several options regarding wine selection.

Tip: Allow approximately a 1/2 bottle to one bottle of wine per person for a three-hour party.

For an "upscale" Holiday Party (with wine aficionados), splurge on a selection of "fine" red and white wines.

For a "casual chic" Holiday Party, offer a variety of good mid-priced red and white wines.

For a "limited budget" Holiday Party, buy a case of Charles Shaw "Two-Buck Chuck" wines from Trader Joe's — at under $30, these good table wines are an excellent value. We like the Cabernets and Merlots. Or ask your guests to "BYOB" — bring a bottle of their favorite wine or whatever they'd like to drink.

Be sure to have plenty of sodas, soft drinks, bottled water and coffee on hand for non-drinkers and "designated drivers."


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Fun Holiday/Travel Porcelain
Gift Ornaments
(Red Ribbon included)

Hang on your tree, in your room or office, or attach as a fun accessory to a gift bottle of wine or champagne

Buy Golden Gate Bridge Trees Ornament/Keepsake as a Fun Holiday Gift
"Golden Gate Bridge"
Trees - San Francisco
Holiday Keepsake
Gift Ornament

Buy Bermuda Beach Cove Ornament/Keepsake as a Fun Holiday Gift
Bermuda Cove
Holiday Keepsake
Gift Ornament

Buy "Stonehenge" Ornament/Keepsake as a Fun Holiday Gift
"Stonehenge"
England
Gift Ornament

Buy Xian, China Terra-Cotta Warriors Ornament/Keepsake as a Fun Holiday Gift
Terra-Cotta Warriors
Xi'an China

Gift Ornament

Buy "The Great Wall of China" Beijing Ornament/Keepsake as a Fun Holiday Gift
"Great Wall of China"
Beijing
Holiday Keepsake
Gift Ornament

Buy "Dancing Dolphin" Ornament/Keepsake as a Fun Holiday Gift
"Dancing Dolphin"
Holiday Keepsake
Gift Ornament

Buy Napa Valley Grapes Ornament/Keepsake as a Fun Holiday Gift
"Napa Valley Grapes"
Holiday Keepsake
Gift Ornament
Attach it to a Gift
Bottle of Wine as a special added touch

Buy Guilin "Li River & Mountains" of China Ornament/Keepsake as a Fun Holiday Gift
"Li River/Mountains"
Guilin, China
Holiday Keepsake
Gif Ornament

Buy Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco Ornament/Keepsake as a Fun Holiday Gift
"Golden Gate Bridge"
Holiday Keepsake
Gift Ornament

 

 

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