How to Organize a Last Minute Christmas Party

How to Organize a Last Minute Christmas Party
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    As we close in on the holidays, there may be one matter that has not been addressed: the neighborhood Christmas party.


That event may be something you discussed with your neighbors around Labor Day, but no one has taken the initiative since then to make this happen.

Christmas Gathering

If you want to host an impromptu Christmas party you can assemble one in an afternoon or with just a day’s notice. Read on and we’ll take a look at how this can happen.

Announce the time and place. Set the ball rolling by telling everyone that you’ll be gathering at your house at the appointed hour. For instance, 2 p.m. on Sunday with the party over by 6 p.m.

Bring your favorite food. Expect to provide plates, cups, utensils and napkins. Make available dishes and other containers. Ask everyone else to bring a favorite Christmas dish, but gauge this for a variety of foods — salads, sandwiches, cakes, cookies and other desserts. Provide the drinks or make it BYOB.

Themes and games. The theme is Christmas and your home is decorated for the holidays. Chances are you’ll want to provide entertainment too including board games, music and outdoor activities for kids and teens. Play Christmas trivia, make crafts, play blind man’s bluff or have small children go on a scavenger hunt. If snow is plentiful, send the kids outside to build snowmen, make ice sculptures and pull sleds.

Whimsy and more. Make your party a festive one by asking visitors to forego their formal attire to wear something that reflects the season even if it reflects it in bad taste! An ugly reindeer sweater, a silly Santa tee or a colorful island shirt with a holiday theme can be quite entertaining. Hold a contest to assign “best of” winners to each category.

Go Christmas caroling. Just as easily you can cut the party short or send a team of people out to shut ins to sing Christmas carols. Sunday afternoons can be incredibly lonely at senior homes as the regular staff is replaced with weekend staff and the number of visitors are few and far between. Gladden the heart of residents by singing their seasonal favorites including: O, Holy Night; Away in the Manger, Silent Night and O Come, All Ye Faithful.

Smart Tips

Keep your Christmas gathering as simple as possible.  The idea here is to make your event as easy as possible to attend with little fuss or muss for your guests to deal with. After all, they have their own holiday preparations to handle and could use a stress-breaking time away from their homes.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".