Holiday Party & Hostess Gift Ideas
The holidays are always a crazy time of year. For me, Halloween to New Year’s always feels like a bit of a blur, and December – forget about it! Every spare moment in December is spent hopping from one holiday party to the next, shopping for gifts, wrapping gifts, decorating the house, and if you are throwing your own party, you’re working around the clock.
Enter me: Over the years, I’ve shared some fun and easy holiday survival tips and endless party planning tips. So what are my all-time favorites? And what are my new favorites? I’m so glad you asked because I’d love to share.
When it comes to throwing a holiday party, many of us feel the pressure to throw a party that is more fun than last year’s and doesn’t feel like every other holiday party on the block. While I would normally tell you to forget about that nonsense, I do have some very easy ways for you to throw in a few fun new twists this year while maintaining your sanity.
A Holiday Toast with a Twist
Have you ever served milk in a champagne flute to little ones as a New Year’s toast? It is the best, especially if you add a cookie! Put a fun holiday twist on this idea and serve eggnog in a champagne flute topped with a gingerbread cookie. You can meet your guests at the door with an eggnog toast or simply pass them around the party. Eggnog in its traditional form, soy, almond or coconut milk is super easy to find in the store, or you can go the extra mile and make your own. Either way, you can make it kid friendly or serve the adults a little spiked eggnog. Have fun with it!
Decorative Glass Markers
Let’s be honest, you’re sick of using the same old wine glass markers you’ve had for 5 years, and the thought of spending $20 to $50 on a new set is just irritating. Here’s an idea – why not repurpose holiday window clings? Those gel window clings you see at the store for $1-2 make the perfect stay-put wine glass marker and for just a few bucks you can have more than you’ll ever need. You can have fun by decorating each glass before guests arrive, or let them get creative and pick their own designs. You never know what craziness they will come up with. Plus, window clings stick on plastic as well as glass so your little guest can use them too.
Give your Hostess a Break
Taking a gift to the hostess of your holiday party is a must, and finding one that will save her time and energy is a plus! In lieu of hanging around until the wee hours of the morning, or showing up at the crack of down to do dishes, you can give your hostess a “Dishes are on me!” pack. Simply wrap up a set of paper plates, napkins, cups and plastic silverware so that the day after the party, your hostess won’t have to wash a single dish. Trust me, this will be her favorite gift.
Dress up a Bottle of Wine
A nice bottle of wine is the most traditional of hostess gifts and for a wine lover it is the perfect choice. But how do you set your bottle of wine apart from the crowd? By dressing it up of course! We have all seen those scarfs, hats and tuxes you can buy for wine bottles, and although cute, they are not the least bit functional. Enter socks, yes, socks. If your host or hostess loves a fun pair of socks, pick up a pair to wrap the bottle of wine in! A festive pair of knee-high or trouser socks is so much more fun than a gift bag. Simply place the bottle inside one sock and use the other sock to tie a cute bow around the neck of the bottle. This is a cute, green, functional and fun way to gift a bottle of wine.
Whatever your holiday plans may be, please don’t forget to relax and have fun! The holidays are all about spending quality time with family, being thankful for all we have and helping those who cannot help themselves. If you can manage to squeeze in a few fun party or gift tips along the way, even better. 🙂
Until next time,
aka Chick #1
Find more gift ideas in Carolina Parent’s December issue article here.