Christmas Party Ideas
Our Christmas party ideas will help you plan the perfect Christmas party. Goodwill thick on the air, memory lane beckons, there is no better time to host a party.
Why not start a new tradition just for your children? Hosting a party for kids in some ways is easier than hosting a party for their grown counter parts. Follow the idea outlined below and your kids will have a yuletide celebration of their own to look forward to.
Successful Christmas Parties for Kids
There really is no magic formula that will guarantee success, but there are a few guidelines to follow that will make preparation a breeze and greatly increase not only your child's enjoyment but yours as well.
1. Consider the guest list carefully. Knowing who will be coming not only allows you to customize games to their liking, but will forewarn of potential problems. For example: if Emma is deathly allergic to nuts, you'd better have something other than nuts, or treats with trace nuts in them.
Other problems that can be sidestepped by knowing the guest list is the possibility of personality clashes. Don't feel bad to exclude those who are known to have caustic attitudes that will infect the entire party.
2. Choose age appropriate themes and activities. Teenagers like to think of themselves as sophisticated individuals and don't appreciate pandering childish themes. Solve this problem by seeking their input. This lessens your work load and insures success because the whole event is teen approved from the start. Tweens and younger children need the same consideration, but will need more guidance.
Tweens might like the idea of a co-ed sleep over, but do you? Avoid this pitfall by giving them a list of suggestions they can pick from or rearrange. Free reign is great, but not necessarily a good idea for successful parties. Children are easier because they are generally easy to please. One word of caution here: kids just want to play. For maximum fun, and minimum frustration for all concerned be sure to plan some unstructured time when the kids can just run and play. One or two games are plenty!!
3. The last thing you need around the holidays is more stress so the final word for party success here is keep is simple! When all is said and done the kids won't remember much about the décor, so why spend hours on it? If your teens want a certain look, let them do create it. Food can be as easy as soda, chips, pizza and a few cookies. It is not cheating to buy this from a store; the kids won't care.
All you really need to do is provide a place to gather with a few things to keep guests from starving or getting bored. You can do that, but don't over complicate it with unnecessary extravagance.
There, simple. Now onto the more exciting parts of party planning: games and themes!