Thinking about planning a holiday party? You had better hop to it – people’s schedules fill up at an alarming rate in December. There are always many competing events, so what can you do to make your gathering stand out?
Book (or make a backyard) an ice rink! Whether you have a game of shimmy in mind, or would prefer figure skating and coco, nothing welcomes the winter season in Canada quite like a gathering involving skates.
Plan a caroling night! If you have people from different cultures celebrating different holidays, ask everyone to submit their favorite winter holiday song, and teach it to the rest of the group. No need to go outside if you don’t want to – stay in with some mulled wine and some egg nog huddled around the piano.
Hold a talent show! Just because you’ve grown up doesn’t mean you’ve grown too old for a winter pageant or showcase. Don’t force participation – just invite those who would like some time in a spotlight to bring an instrument, prepare a song, do a dance, or whatever else they fancy. You might learn a lot about your friends and family.
Not sure you have the space or the dishes for the party you’ve planned? Turn your dining table into a buffet for snacks and steal your plant stands to use as drink stands for those mingling in your home. Considering renting furniture or dishes for your party? Why not save yourself some money, and buy some extra tables and flatware off your local Kijiji? If you find a deal, you may be able to turn a profit if you resell them afterwards!