Are you considering throwing a winter party, but want to make sure that your party stands out from the rest? Here are 10 solid ideas for winter party themes—all of which are sure to make your party the only party of its kind that your friends attend this season.
Hot Tub Party
This is probably the most laid back party you can throw in winter. Give your hot tub some love during the winter season by inviting your friends over to enjoy some time in the hot tub out in the cold weather. It will give you and your friends an excuse to pull out your swimsuits now that summer is long gone, and you can include some fun indoor activities as well for when friends are warming up indoors (a movie, perhaps?) You could even give your hot tub party a spa theme; this article has some great tips on throwing a spa party centered around facials, beauty bars, and pedicures.
Do you happen to have a campfire pit in your backyard that sees little use during the winter season? Go ahead and stoke a fire and invite your friends over to enjoy the campfire in the cold winter weather. The campfire is sure to keep them warm, and you can provide extra blankets and sweaters to help fight off the cold. You might serve some warm chili and hot chocolate for guests to enjoy, or you could create winter themed campfire treats like peppermint s’mores or roasted marshmallow snowmen.
Christmas Pajama Party
Reenact Christmas morning with some close friends by making pajamas your party attire and holding a gift exchange or white elephant gift exchange. Friends can bring their favorite family Christmas dishes to share (breakfast dishes preferred), and after the main festivities are over you can enjoy a Christmas movie together over some seasonal popcorn. This is a great idea for kids as well, of course.
Fondue is actually a holiday tradition in many families, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re definitely missing out. Try investing in a simple fondue pot (you can get one for $30 or less) and holding an intimate three-course fondue party. Guests will bond with one another over the communal style meal, and fondue has a way of slowing things down, turning the meal into much more of an experience. Start off the three-course meal with the cheese course, where you melt Swiss, Gruyere, and/or Emmental cheese in your fondue pot (along with several other ingredients—there are plenty of simple recipes for cheese fondue online). Serve the cheese fondue with cubes of crusty bread, apple slices, steamed baby potatoes, and lightly steamed broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots. Meat is the second course, where you slice up different types of meat—chicken, beef, shrimp, etc.—and let guests cook them in a simmering fondue pot of broth or cooking oil. (Just be sure that your guests don’t set any raw meats on their plates, and pay attention to the required cooking times for each type of meat.) You can add thinly sliced potatoes, mushrooms, and broccoli to this course, as well. The third course is the most fun: the chocolate fondue. Melt some dark, milk, or white chocolate in your fondue pot with some cream and vanilla, and serve with sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, pound cake slices, marshmallows, and/or partially frozen cheesecake.
If you’ve read Harry Potter, then you know that a yule ball is probably the most elaborate type of winter party you can have. Everyone comes with a date, all guests must dress to the nines for the occasion, and it is a night of elegant dancing like no other. You might give it an elegant Harry Potter theme, or you can simply give all of your decor a sophisticated frosted winter look. If you have the space in your home, this is definitely a party idea to consider. (And even if you don’t, you can always rent out a space.) Just be sure if you hold the yule ball in your home to decorate your home inside and out with some elaborate decor that is fancy enough for the occasion. This article has some great tips on how you can transform the front of your home to welcome guests properly.
Guest post by Maurine Anderson