With each new year I choose something that I’d like to improve upon and do better for the coming months and this year I made the decision that we would invite and host our family for more get togethers at our home. This is something that does not come naturally to us. We like to stay home and be by ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, we love our family and we love being around people, but we also love being hermits. And it takes a lot of energy to host dinners and get-togethers and parties. But 2019 is the year we do better! We held our first party in January celebrating OLD CHRISTMAS and I’d like to share with you some simple party ideas that you can use to plan your next party.
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Using THE LIST MAKER to organize all the thoughts and plans for the party lowered my stress level and kept me on track. After I decided on the theme, I then decided what colors I wanted to use and jumped on Amazon to find cheap decor. This package was a great value for the price and had so much in it that I didn’t eve USE all the items.
I also purchased this two pack of gold foil curtains.
Christmas lights do double duty as party lights. You can just drape them over the rod and let them hang down about half way in front of the doors.
The foil tinsel curtains have a sticky strip across the top so they stick right to the rod and it hold on beautifully. Adding a few balloons is always a good idea.
This really set the mood! Since the Christmas decor was still up, the only other decorating that was needed was to hang balloons from the kitchen light. The tissue paper flowers from my decor pack went onto the food table as the centerpiece.
I was so busy having fun that night, that I failed to get photos of the food and decor. I need a do-over!
But I did get a shot of the beverage table as I was setting it up. I had set up our everyday hot beverage station last year and it has worked out great. It only needed tweaking to become a party beverage bar.
Bringing in an additional table (on the right) to hold the cups made just enough space to provide a wide variety of drinks for kiddos and adult options too. The footstool that usually sits there held cold drinks just below the table. This is perfect placement, since it is right beside the refrigerator/freezer drawer which held the ice.
The butcher block table to the left was the main self serve beverage station. Dollar Tree had cheap plastic champagne glasses and adding gold sugar rims (see how to below!) made them so festive and fun. Champagne, Sparkling Grape Juice and Ginger Ale sat on the huge white scale.
*TIP: Cotton Candy in the champagne/ginger ale glasses makes beautiful sweet drinks!
Prepare the hot chocolate beforehand and pour into the Mr. Coffee pot and it can sit there warm and ready to be poured into cups as needed.
*TIP: Provide a tray of fun hot chocolate additions: Whipped Cream, Peppermint sticks, chocolate chips, cherries, marshmallows, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Whipped Cream Vodka, Kahlua
The Keurig machine was for anyone who preferred coffee.
Choose a simple easy menu that can mostly be prepared ahead.
Antipasto Tray, Stuffed Jalapenos
Honey-Lime Fruit Cups, Ham & Swiss Party Sandwiches
Some family members bought some candies and cream cheese dip also.
I hope these simple party tips will help you in your planning of your next party! Here’s a reminder:
- Plan out all the steps
- Beverage Bar – Make it Self-serve!
- Menu – Choose food that can be prepared ahead
How to sugar rim champagne glasses:
Course Grain Sugar
I purchased gold colored sugar.
Boil equal parts sugar and water to make simple syrup. (You could also use prepared syrup such as Golden Eagle.)
Pour a small amount of syrup into a shallow bowl.
Pour sugar into another shallow bowl.
Turn a glass upside down and place rim in syrup making sure to coat the whole rim.
Immediately dip rim into sugar, rolling the rim in the sugar to coat the rim.
Let glass sit upright to dry.