In my book, the best party to host during the holidays is one with close friends.
Why? With friends, you don’t have to put on a show or pretend you know how to cook a glazed ham to perfection—there’s no big production necessary—which means hosting a fantastic holiday party will be a cinch, even if you’ve never hosted a get-together before.
All you really need to remember for hosting a holiday party with friends is this one basic rule: keep it casual. Aim for creating a casual, cozy, and completely comfortable environment, and you’re golden. Pretty easy, right?
And speaking of easy, here are 3 tips for helping you achieve that casual vibe for the perfect laid back holiday party…
1. Set the tone.
I love doing something unexpected for a casual party, like low seating, for example.
Pull up a large coffee table for everyone to gather around or make your own using stacks of books and plywood. Then add comfy pillows and blankets and invite everyone to kick their shoes off and get comfy on the floor. Bonus points if you can situate the table in front of a fireplace.
2. Delicious Treats.
You’re not going to want to slave away in the kitchen while guests are in another room entertaining themselves. And they don’t want you to, either. So, make things easy in the food department and go heavy on the appetizers instead of a big feast. Try this pear + goat cheese crostini recipe or any of these holiday appetizers if you’re feeling stuck. You can make everything ahead of time and keep each app warm in the oven for guests as they arrive.
Don’t forget something sweet. After guests have had their fill of appetizers, be sure to have some sweets for them to nibble on for dessert. Lindt LINDOR’s Peppermint White Chocolate Truffles are a great option. If youve ever had these truffles before, you know their melting centers are irresistible – making them a super simple, indulgent dessert.
3. Keep it light.
Plan something fun and lighthearted for everyone to participate in after the meal, to keep the party going. Card games and/or board games would be perfect for something like this. I found an awesome set of Bingo cards from J Crew and a backgammon game from Paper Source if you’re looking for suggestions.
And that’s it. With these quick tips, you’ll be a holiday party pro in no time.
Have your own tips to share for throwing a holiday party with friends? I’d love to hear how you make the holidays cozy and fun for your friends.
This post is sponsored by Lindt and originally appeared on Momtastic. Be sure to check out Lindt Chocolate on Facebook and Lindt.com for entertaining tips, decadent chocolate recipes and more.
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These are great tips for hosting! We love your blog!!Always Me Clothing
This is brilliant! Probably a little late to host something for this year, but I want to do something like this next year! 🙂
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I like the idea for floor seating- it makes the atmosphere instantly 10xs more laid back and cozy!LifeAnnStyleAnn
Cool, Ana! Movies would be a good addition, for sure.Brittni
We did last year movie night bingo with friends for Christmas and it was so much fun. Love movies are the best! Thank you for reminding me to do it again!Ana Kamin @FluxiOnTour
Isn’t it, Kevin. Love Bingo!Brittni
I always forget how fun Bingo is… This is great, love the tips!Kevin | Thou Swell
Thank you, Lorena.Brittni
Thanks Lex! I totally bought that Bingo set because of the awesome design…and then immediately became addicted to Bingo. Unexpected side effect. Should have known though because any board game, card game, etc is (super) cool with me.Brittni
Could this have turned out any cuter?!?!?! I love the Bingo idea! I think even my family would play this game!Lexy | The Proper Pinwheel
Aw, thanks Sambal. 🙂Brittni
You share such great ideas!! these tips are great! I love itSambal
My pleasure Kathryn. Glad you enjoyed it.Brittni
This time of year definitely lends itself well to feelings of warmth and coziness rather than extravagance. I love that you pointed out how important it is to keep that in mind even when planning parties and get togethers. Thanks for sharing these tips!
And that is why we are friends. 🙂 Although, I’ll take the cocktails too…but only if there is ALSO candy. Haha.Brittni
This looks like my ideal holiday party! Give me games and chocolate over fancy cocktail parties any day!!! Love these tips, B.Kelly @ Studio DIY
Thanks so much. Happy you found me, Isabella.Brittni
I just found your blog, and love it! You share such great ideas!!Isabella Ronchetti
I love holiday parties, and these tips are great!
Keep up the good work!