I love the holiday season - something about the cold weather, the holiday décor and all of the best comfort foods in the world just make me all kinds of warm and fuzzy on the inside. If this were a typical holiday season that I was spending in my own home, I would be planning a big Holiday party for all of our friends to come together to eat, drink, and be merry. BUT alas, K and I are crashing in my parents basement until our house closes, which just so happens to be approximately 5 days before my due date... suffice to say I am skipping the Holiday party hosting this year.
However, this does not mean that a girl cannot dream, which is why I wanted to share the 5 parties I would have contemplated hosting this year if I were in the hosting game! I love all of these party ideas because they are all super fun and interactive, but they are not super labor intensive or expensive to put together!
# 1 | Cookie Decorating Party
This is a party I have attended a few times over the years and it never disappoints! Not only are the cookies always delicious, but oh man, my friends and their artistic skills never disappoint. Typically how this has worked in the past is we are each assigned some kind of cookie decorating item to bring (i.e. sprinkles, M&Ms, Icing, etc.) and then the host makes all the cookies - but honestly this is such a simple theme you can do it any way you want! Not to mention, this is a super kid-friendly party too! Winning all around.
# 2 | Gingerbread House Making Party
Very similar party then the one listed above - lots of fun, super delicious, and the artistic skills are always something to behold! However, unlike the Cookie Decorating party, the Gingerbread House Making Party seems to be extremely messy and is far more fun with just adults.
# 3 | Soup Swap
Instructions for this little soiree are very simple: invite all the friends you want and tell them their ticket in the door is a batch of their best soup. Everyone brings their appetite and samples everyone's best recipes. The only thing the host needs to supply is a batch of their own soup, a bunch of bowls, and whatever beverages they wish to supply!
# 4 | Grilled Cheese Party
I have never been to one of these parties, but anyone who knows me well can tell you how badly I want to change that. I LOVE the idea of getting all of my best friends together for a night of drinking our favorite comfort drinks and eating my favorite comfort food - GRILLED CHEESE! In my dream world, I would have a bar full of sides that you could throw on your grilled cheese - sides like Macaroni and Cheese, bacon bits, avocado, or tomato! Whatever your heart desires :) Oh and if you checked our last week's Gift Guide: The Kitchen you would have noticed a Panini Press & Grill that is absolutely necessary for this party. I do not think this is a possibility for 2016, but I do turn 30 in 2017... just sayin :)
# 5 | White Elephant Wine
Guys - how freaking cool is this wine bladder stocking?!?! I am 100% obsessed and you can buy it here, on Amazon of course. The idea behind this party has been done before, and will be done again and again because it never gets old. In this party your ticket in the door is a bottle of wine (cheap or fancy - choice is yours), the host somehow hides the label and all guests sample the wines and vote on the most delicious one. While it is super fun to see what wine wins, my favorite part is drinking with friends.