Tips For Throwing A Tree-Trimming Party
The holidays can get hectic -- with all the parties and presents, there's just no way around the chaos of Christmas. To keep things cheerful, you can juggle activities in a way that brings joy and serenity to the season. One way to do that is by throwing a tree-trimming party -- it's a way to fuse festivities with holiday housework without making yourself crazy. Here are a few tips for your get-together.
As much as we'd like help actually putting up the tree and sorting ornaments, you don't want to burden your guests with the heavy lifting. It only involves two or three people, so your other guests may be left bored and uninterested while the tree is being set up. Just be sure the tree is secure and the lights are on the tree before they arrive. Also, you check your ornaments and remove anything broken or unusable so your party is more fun than work.
While your friends do the work, keep them fueled with treats for trimming. No sit-down meal is required -- your guests don't have time for four courses when there are ornaments to hang! Stick with warm dips to serve with bread and simple appetizers to keep them full and warm while they do your work for you. Slow-cooker recipes are great for this kind of party -- as long as they're not dressed up, your guests won't mind dipping into a slow cooker for their treats.
Tree trimming isn't about the cocktails, but cocktails can make the evening more festive. Don't worry about stocking the bar -- you can get away with providing beer along with one fun holiday cocktail. Try serving a themed cocktail like a Christmas Tree Cocktail or go with something more traditional like hot buttered rum or egg nog. If there are kids in attendance, spiced cider and cocoa are obvious choices to make the evening merry.
Just hanging ornaments on the tree might not be enough to keep the attention of kids. To steer them away from the toy box, you might want to put them to work on edible ornaments. If you have time to bake cookies, set aside a few to have the kids decorate and put on the tree. Just remember to use the end of a straw to cut holes in the dough before baking so you can hang them on the tree without destroying them.
Make the evening memorable for your guests with ornaments they can take with them at the end of the night. Craft a few ornaments using salt dough and you or your kids can decorate them. But there's no shame in buying a fun, but personal ornament, your guests can hang on their own trees to remind them of spending time with you over the holidays.