Rather than just the same old holiday party, pick out a theme to add a little spice and act as a conversation piece. Some fun possible themes include:
Rather than serve finger food and other treats on trays, set up tables with cake stands, platters and serving cups. Have one station for appetizers and another for desserts. Buying bags of candy with coordinating colors can be added to the dessert table by throwing them into glass vases with scoops and a basket of paper or plastic baggies. You can even throw in a chocolate fondue spread or a chocolate fountain. Some other ideas are a hot chocolate bar, s’mores table or a spread of cookies with frosting and sprinkles to decorate. Set it all out and allow yourself time to breathe and enjoy.
Most people have a signature drink they enjoy. Hold a contest for the best drink recipe. Email or mail out pretty entry forms. Have friends bring the ingredients for their cocktail and supply mini plastic martini glasses to serve. Everyone tries each drink and votes. Give the winner a bottle of nice Champagne.
You don’t want to be stuck making fancy cocktails all night, and hiring a bartender can get costly. In addition to throwing a drink recipe contest, set up some drink stations of cocktails that can be made ahead of time. Create the drink in a large pitcher and refill as needed. You can also make infused liquors ahead of time. Select holiday-inspired flavors or flavors to match your theme. Add ingredients into bottles of liquor. Shake every day, and then filter out remaining ingredients once liquor is infused. Set out in pretty bottles with glasses and various beverages to mix with. Serve drinks in something pretty. Dawn of Not Just a Mommy used glass ornaments to serve beverages. How ingenious! Click on the link to see more photos.
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