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5 Unforgettable Office Christmas Party Ideas & Themes

Celebrate the holiday season in style with an unforgettable office Christmas party. Great office Christmas party themes set the mood for the celebration and create a starting point for all party planning efforts.

Santa’s Workshop

Nothing says holiday spirit more than a great party that benefits a local charity. When considering office Christmas party ideas a Santa’s Workshop theme is the perfect combination of whimsical fun and a way to give back to the community. Plan to have each guest bring a new toy to be donated to a local charity. Decorate the venue space as Santa’s Workshop with an archway set for photo ops and a Christmas tree to place the donated toys under. Place nostalgic kid’s games like Rock-em-Sock-em Robots, Lite-Brite and Etch A Sketch as centerpiece features on the buffet table.

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Mug Mania

Ideal for smaller office parties, the Mug Mania theme works as a gift exchange that can be customized to best fit the group. Typically, most everyone in the office uses a mug for coffee, tea or even water. Instead of a Secret Santa gift exchange where guests have little direction for the type of gift, a Mug Mania theme makes shopping less complicated. Still draw names from a hat to match up gift giver and recipients, but set the gifting rules plus a price limit. Everyone gifts a fun mug and each much can be filled with some type of edible treat.

White Christmas

A versatile theme, White Christmas can be adapted for any size office Christmas party, any venue and used for a casual or formal event. The principle is simple; the color white is the base for everything from décor to food. Think snow, icicles and accents of silver, silvery-blue and glittering white. Décor should make your guests feel as if they’ve stepped into a winter wonderland. Use backdrops like a gorgeous snow scene or cover walls in shimmering silver foil curtains accented with dangling snowflakes. Ask the guests to dress in white and enjoy a unique office Christmas party everyone will remember.

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Ugly Sweater 2.0

The Ugly Sweater Christmas party theme continues to gain popularity. However, for your office Christmas party, take it to the next level with the Ugly Sweater 2.0 theme. Challenge the guests to create their most spectacular ugly sweater outfit. This challenge goes beyond just digging out the weirdest holiday sweater that’s hiding in the closet. The ugly sweater outfit must include over-the-top/tacky Christmas accessories. From light-up jewelry to elf shoes, anything goes with this theme. Set the mood with great decorations that include the sweater weather pine tree props and a customized banner to welcome party guests.

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Classic movie theme: A Christmas Story

Another versatile theme that can be adapted to fit any size party or venue, A Christmas Story theme requires mostly traditional decorations. Must-haves include a decorated tree with wrapped presents underneath (don’t forget to include something round to represent the dad’s bowling ball), lengths of shimmering garlands and strands of colored Christmas lights similar to the ones used to decorate Ralphie’s house. On the buffet table be sure to include roast turkey and the trimmings as well as a few Chinese food dishes to connect back to the movie theme. Create a photo op area with a traditionally decorated tree, small table and a replica of the iconic “leg” lamp.

Best Christmas Party Decoration Ideas for 2014

Whether you’re throwing your first Christmas party for close friends and family or hosting the neighborhood’s annual holiday pot luck party, the decorations will set the mood. Christmas party decoration ideas are limitless. With so much to choose from, begin by considering the type of party you’re hosting, the space and atmosphere you want to create.

Party Plans

Before you start stringing the lights and decking halls, think about what type of party you’re hosting. Your decorations for an Ugly Sweater party will differ from a Winter Wonderland theme or even from an old-fashioned tree-trimming party. If you’ve chosen a specific theme for your party, plan to coordinate decorations, games, party favors and food with that theme. However, a traditional Christmas party theme is an opportunity to showcase your personal holiday style with fabulous decoration choices.

Look for one special outdoor decoration and two or three eye-catching pieces of décor for the interior, aside from your tree. Stylish decoration choices for 2014 include easy-to-place Candy Cane standees for the front porch and a glittering snowman with intricate swirling details that looks stunning in a foyer. The snowman stands almost 3-feet tall and is the perfect decoration for any Christmas or New Year’s Eve party. It’s a versatile piece that can be used with a whimsical or traditional décor theme.

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Decorate the Space

Hosting neighbors and friends for a Christmas party potluck in the neighborhood community room means different decorating styles than a family Christmas Eve party where the main action is in the living room, dining room and kitchen area.

Choose larger free-standing decorations for rooms with open spaces. Create an area for photo opportunities. By combining props with fabric backdrops and hanging decorations you can quickly and easily create an unforgettable design everyone will be talking about for years.

For your Ugly Sweater party or any Holiday Open House, combine the “sweater weather” backdrop with the 2-foot white glitter tree for a 3-dimensional display that’ll turn heads and have everyone lining up for pictures.

When decorating more intimate spaces for 2014 holiday parties, opt for decorations that enhance what’s already there. Add lighted greenery to stairway banisters and across fireplace mantles as well as over patio doors and across tops of kitchen cabinets. Wrap architectural columns with red ribbon for a candy cane effect and don’t forget a chic berry wreath hung on the inside of the front door.

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It’s the little touches

Food and the holidays always go together. Whether it’s a sit-down dinner, dessert buffet or a friendly pot-luck, the food and dining table should always be decorated exquisitely. It’s often the little touches your guests remember most, don’t stop at just a centerpiece.

For a sit-down dinner, place each guest’s silverware in a small Christmas stocking set atop the dinner plate. Deck out the dining chairs with a length of ribbon tied into a bow at the back and accented with a sprig of holly or evergreen. For a pot-luck meal, have each guest write down the name their dish-to-share on a small place card. Slip the cards into jingle bell place card holders and set it next to the dish.

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Have a Blast with Festive Holiday Party Decorating Ideas

Step out of the box with your holiday party decorating designs this year. Expand your decorating ideas for Christmas and your annual holiday bash with unique décor, fun props and themes that capture the joy and festive spirit of the season.

Pick a theme

A theme helps bring a cohesive look to your décor. While it may seem logical that “Christmas” would be the theme for a Christmas party, you can take decor to the next level with a great theme. If your favorite holiday decorations are primarily red, white and feature candy canes, Santa figures and adorable elves, consider a Candy Cane Wonderland theme or Santa’s Workshop theme. Other great holiday party themes include:

  • Winter wonderland
  • White Christmas
  • Nutcracker Classic

Classic holiday movies like A Christmas StoryElf and It’s a Wonderful Life also make for fantastic theme parties.

First impressions: Outdoor Decorations

As your guests arrive your outdoor decorations set the tone for the party. A few strands of lights on bushes or around the home’s trim look elegant and beautiful, but it’s the season for grand displays. For a Candy Cane Wonderland theme, add an impressive candy cane archway to the front porch or entryway walk. Standing almost 8-feet tall and featuring 280 twinkle lights it’s sure to be a delight for all ages.

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If space is limited, opt for a personalized Christmas banner to fit your theme. Create your own message such as, “Welcome to the Miller’s Holiday Open House” or “Welcome to the Miller’s Winter Wonderland.” Choose the size that best fits your space and hang it where it will welcome your arriving guests.

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Accents Make the Difference

Christmas trees with twinkling lights and gorgeous decorations stand out at any holiday party as a focal piece. However, it’s the accents throughout the rest of the home that elevate your décor and add to the party’s holiday atmosphere. The accent decorations should follow your décor theme, enhancing it and fully immersing your guests into the joyous occasion.

For a White Christmas theme, decorate a fireplace mantle with an evergreen garland that features frosted needles for a snowy look. Add several beaded crystal sprays and a strand of white lights for an “icy” decoration that perfectly fits the theme.

Since accents make the difference, don’t forget the little things like coordinating coasters for guests to use for their drink; think red glitter coasters for the Candy Cane Wonderland theme.

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Prop for photo op

Create amazing Christmas party memories with a fun prop that fits your party theme. For fans of the movie Elf, the “exited elf” prop is a must-have. Everyone will love taking their pictures with Buddy. Have an elf-prop basket nearby filled with elf hats, Santa hats and oversized candy canes for guests to pose with alongside the 68-inch tall Buddy the Elf prop.

Other great photo op props include a faux fireplace scene (if you don’t have a real one), a themed Christmas tree or a wall decorated in shimmering fabric and dangling snowflakes that coordinate with your party theme’s color palette.

Get creative with your decorating ideas for Christmas and your holiday party will be one talked about for years.

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5 Christmas Birthday Ideas to Make Their Day Special

Celebrate birthdays that fall on Christmas Eve, Christmas or any other day during December just as you would any birthday, any other day of the year. No matter what day of the year a birthday falls, it’s a special day and deserves extra-special treatment. Consider 5 Christmas birthday ideas that help keep the focus on the birthday while embracing the holiday season.

1. Birthday Tree

Ideal for birthdays that fall anytime in December, the birthday tree adds a unique element of fun for a Christmas birthday and is separate from the family’s traditional Christmas tree. It can be any size tree and its decorations each year will depend on the birthday boy/girl’s preference. Decorate a birthday tree with Happy Birthday streamers, brightly colored party horns (blowouts) and top it with an eye-catching birthday helium balloon.

2. Christmas day: Birthday night bash

Kids with Christmas birthdays are excited for both special events. They shouldn’t have to sacrifice one or the other because both fall on the same day. Consider separating your child’s family birthday bash from the chaos of Christmas morning. Celebrate Christmas morning with your family traditions but plan a separate celebration for the birthday child for later in the day. Decorate the family room, kitchen or kids’ play room with birthday decorations, have birthday cake and presents wrapped in birthday paper, not leftover Christmas wrap. If extended family lives nearby, invite everyone over for the celebration.

3. Schedule the party before or after actual birthday

A birthday party scheduled during the week of Christmas typically means low guest turnout due to very crowded holiday calendars. There are no rules that state you can’t celebrate a birthday before or after the actual date. Consider scheduling kid’s birthday party the first week of December or mid-January for birthdays that are close to or on Christmas.

If you opt for early December and your child wants a holiday theme, go for it. A Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer theme is adorable for younger children and a Frozen Winter Wonderland is also sure to please. Whatever theme is chosen, include the birthday child in the planning and enjoy each moment creating a special birthday event.

4. Giant Birthday Stocking

For a December 25 birthday, consider a fun way to separate the birthday presents from the Christmas presents. Still wrap the birthday presents in Happy Birthday paper, but place the presents in a giant birthday stocking. Before the holidays, decorate a giant Christmas stocking as a birthday stocking by attaching brightly colored package bows and writing Happy Birthday with a fabric paint marker.

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5. Birthday Breakfast

Make a Christmas birthday extra-special with a Birthday Breakfast Bash. Most families are up early on Christmas anyway. Choose to prolong the present anticipation (this may work best with older kids) by celebrating the birthday child’s special day with a Breakfast Bash. Have his/her favorite foods plus a traditional birthday cake. Everyone sings Happy Birthday, enjoys cake (it’s Christmas, cake for breakfast is allowed) and the birthday gifts are unwrapped before heading over to the tree and the gifts for Christmas morning.

 

12 Personalized Christmas Gift Ideas Anyone Can Create

Create something unique for someone special with one of these 12 personalized Christmas gift ideas anyone can create.

Photo gifts

Ideal for grandparents, aunts, uncles and far-away friends, charming photo gifts can be created that are practical as well as amazing, unique art work.

1. Mugs in all sizes, styles

From a traditional coffee mug to latte mugs and travel mugs, you can personalize this gift with a cute photo, date and special message. Create a matching set so both grandma and grandpa have their own.

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2. Snow globes

Snow globes were invented in 1900 in Austria and are still one of the world’s most popular collectibles today. Create a personalized snow globe for someone special with a photo and message to make this present personal.

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3. Keepsake Photo Canvas

Turn a special photo into a beautiful canvas print that will be treasured for years. Your photo transforms into a piece of artwork on a 16″ x 20″ canvas over wooden frame. It can be mounted directly on a wall, displayed on a decorative easel or framed for a truly elegant look.

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4. Coasters

For a great gift for that fabulous coach, personalize a set of coasters with his team’s photo. Don’t forget to add the year and the team name. A set also can be made showcasing your star athlete’s action photo. Give that set of personalized coasters to grandparents who love having pictures of their grandkids around.

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5. Framed holiday picture

Take your family’s holiday photo to the next level by combining it with a stylish Christmas-themed frame that includes space for a personal message. When you’re ordering these perfect family gifts, don’t forget to order one for your home as well.

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DIY gifts

When crafting a DIY Christmas gift, it’s easy to add personalization or a special, customized touch. These gifts are the ideal way to show someone how much they mean to you at Christmas and throughout the year.

6. Customized ornament

Wish a newly married couple a Merry 1st Christmas together with a customized, shatterproof ornament. Add the year and their names for a keepsake gift they will treasure. A customized ornament also is ideal for Baby’s 1st Christmas or 1st Christmas in a New Home.

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7. Stuffed ornaments

The round, clear plastic ornaments that open into two halves can be filled to create original Christmas ornaments to give as gifts. These are an easy DIY Christmas craft for kids, ages preschool and older. Fill ornaments with glittering confetti, miniature Christmas bows or even fluffy white cotton. On the outside of the cotton-stuffed ornament, use a black permanent marker to create a snowman’s eyes and mouth. With an orange permanent market draw on a carrot nose.

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8. Customized wine bottle

Order customized wine bottle labels with a special holiday message and attach the label to your favorite gift wine. Present this customized gift to friends and neighbors as a hostess gift when you attend holiday parties.

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9. Super-hero cape

Using a soft, satin fabric, create a customized super-hero cape for a special child. Choose the child’s favorite color for the base cape and then a contrasting color for the little hero’s initial. Sew the initial onto the back of the cape to keep it firmly in place.

10. Monogrammed mittens

Purchase a pair of knit mittens and add an initial monogram on the back of each using baker’s twine. Arrange the twine to form the initial for the monogram and then use a basic stitch to attach the monogram to the mittens.

11. Cocoa mix in mason jar

Layer your favorite homemade hot cocoa recipe in a mason jar. Seal and add a ribbon plus a tag with the directions for making the cocoa. This makes a great teacher’s gift, gift for the paper boy or sibling to sibling gift.

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12. Cookie tin

Customize cookie tins with your personal holiday message and fill with Christmas cookies and other holiday treats. These are also ideal for fudge, peanut brittle, divinity and homemade truffles. Make several and give to neighbors, coworkers, the mail man and the school bus driver.

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10 Creative & Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

Think outside the box this holiday season with 10 creative and unique Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and those special people who make a difference in your life.

1. Customized Gel Candle

Often PTA’s and PTO’s struggle to find something unique to give to their school’s teachers during the holiday season. Customize a beautiful gel candle with your school’s name and the year and give to your teacher’s as part of their holiday gift.

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2. Personalized Glass Mugs

Surprise dad with a set of personalized glass mugs for his Man Cave. No more tacky plastic cups or drinking from the can, dad can serve his buddies in style with these sturdy mugs.

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3. Chef’s Basket

Ideal for any home cook, a customized chef’s basket is a creative way to acknowledge their love for culinary creations. Instead of an actual basket, select a large colander or mixing bowl and fill it with kitchen goodies: garlic press, spatula, large mixing spoon, gourmet spices and oils, recipe for an exotic dish and a chic apron.

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4. Baker’s Mitt

Ideal for a Secret Santa gift or that coworker who always brings in tasty treats to share, fill an oven mitt with a whisk, rubber spatula and wooden mixing spoons. Tie a ribbon around its center and attach a set of measuring spoons and a jingle bell for a festive touch.

5. DIY Hot Cocoa Mix

Fill a glass jar with your favorite hot cocoa dry mix ingredients and seal tightly. Add a colorful Christmas ribbon, bow and tag with mix instructions for a creative gift that can be customized easily. Decorate the jar lid with glittering rhinestones or hand-paint a snowman, holly leaves or snowflake on the front of the jar.

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6. Custom Lighted Photo Snow Globe

Create a keepsake gift with a photo snow globe that not only lights up but changes colors as well. Standing 4.5-inches tall, this elegant snow globe is the perfect way to showcase a child’s picture or your family’s annual Christmas picture. Present it as a thoughtful gift to someone special.

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7. Then & Now Photo

For a truly unique gift for parents or grandparents, consider creating a Then & Now photo with your siblings. Pick out a family photo of just the kids from when everyone was young. Recreate that original photo: the pose, the setting and even the outfits as close as possible. Have the picture shot and then transformed into a keepsake photo canvas print.

8. Themed Wreath

For the person who lives for holiday decorating, add to his/her collection with a creative theme wreath. An evergreen wreath is a blank canvas just waiting to be decorated. A kitchen wreath complete with miniature rolling pins, cookie cutters, utensils and red-checkered bows works great for a holiday baker. Other themes to consider are Disney, a favorite sports team or something for the pet lover.

9. Surprise vacation

Definitely the most extravagant gift of this list, a surprise vacation for a sweetheart or for the whole family is one Christmas gift they won’t forget. Instead of just announcing the vacation, make it fun with props and accessories. For a vacation booked somewhere tropical, box and wrap a flower lei for each person. Have everyone open their gifts at the same time and announce the surprise vacation.

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10. Mother’s Ornaments

Give mom or grandma a special gift this year. Order one ornament per child/grandchild to be customized with the child’s name and birth date. Choose a different ink color for the name and dates for each child.

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Fun-filled Christmas Eve Party Ideas from Shindigz

Add to the excitement and anticipation of Christmas morning with a fabulous Christmas Eve party to kick off the joyous holiday. We’re sharing 4 fun-filled Christmas Eve party ideas perfect for family, friends and neighbors.

Caroling Party

Invite family and friends to go Christmas caroling in your neighborhood, at a local hospital children’s ward or nursing home. This is a party that needs advance planning, including arrangements made with the homeowner’s association, hospital or nursing home. Choose several classic Christmas songs both upbeat (Frosty the Snowman) and serious (Silent Night.) Print copies of all the song lyrics for the carolers and encourage each caroler to dress in holiday sweaters and accessories. After caroling, open your home for hot chocolate and treats. Arrange a hot cocoa bar, complete with different flavored marshmallows and other cocoa toppers.

International Pot Luck Party

When it’s your turn to host the annual Christmas Eve pot luck, kick it up a notch with an international theme. iVillage.com offers some great ideas on Christmas food traditions from countries around the world. Ask each guest to pick a Christmas treat (savory or sweet) from another country and share it at the Christmas Eve party. From Peruvian spiced hot chocolate to Yorkshire pudding from England and roast pork from Romania, the possibilities are diverse and delectable. After the food is on the buffet table, place a corresponding country flag with each dish along with a place card that has the name of the dish.

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Ugly Sweater Party

Since the weeks leading up to December 24 and 25 typically are the busiest of the year, it can be fun to have a relaxing get-together on Christmas Eve. An Ugly Sweater party eliminates the hassle of finding a dressy outfit and allows guests to have fun with their party apparel. Go all out and decorate for the theme with décor and props for photo ops. Include a basket filled with funky reindeer antler glasses, light-up jewelry and a sequined Santa hat for guests to pose with, creating unforgettable pictures. Have your guests vote by secret ballot for Ugliest Sweater and present the winner with a prize.

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Family Movie & Game Night

For a small Christmas Eve party of family and close friends, opt for a simple movie and game night to entertain and delight all ages. Plan a showing of classic Christmas cartoons such as Santa is Coming to TownFrosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as well as live-action favorites It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story. Play family-friendly games with a Christmas twist, from charades to Name that Christmas carol.

Before the kids go to bed, be sure to set out a special plate of cookies and a glass of milk for Santa as well as some reindeer treats. Make your own magical reindeer food by combining 1/2 cup rolled oats, with 1/4 cup red and green sugar crystals. Mix in a baggie and sprinkle on the lawn on Christmas Eve night.

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Fun Christmas Party Game Ideas for All Ages

Add to the fun of any holiday gathering with several Christmas party game ideas that can be adapted for any theme or age group.

Finish the Christmas Carol Lyric

Create a list of holiday song favorites. Look up the lyrics to each online or borrow a songbook from the library. Write down a line in each song, leaving one word blank.

For example: “Oh, the weather outside is xxxxxxx.” The correct answer would be “frightful.”

Award a point for every correct answer and a second point if they can identify the name of the song. Play 3 rounds with give lyric lines challenges and the player with the most points at the end of round 3 wins a prize.

Peppermint Guessing Game

Fill a customized candy jar with peppermint candies. Place it on a table with slips of paper and a decorative bowl. Have guests write on the paper their guess of how many peppermints may be in the jar. All guesses are placed in the bowl. About an hour into the party, draw from the bowl to see who has the closest correct guess. The closest guess wins the candy jar and the peppermints.

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Candy Cane Unwrap

Divide the guests into 2, 3 or 4 teams depending upon how many people are playing. Teams should have 3 to 5 players. Give each team a pair of mittens (any size) and 5 candy canes still in their wrappers. Challenge the teams to unwrap their candy canes while wearing the mittens. This is a great game to coordinate with a red-and-white theme or sugar plum décor theme.

Stylish Santa Game

Ideal for a kid’s party and fun to play with adults as well; Stylish Santa only requires a few supplies and a lot of imagination. Divide guests into teams of 3 or 4 and give each team a roll of crepe streamers in red, white and black. Teams also will need a bag of cotton balls and a roll of masking tape.

One person from each team becomes the model and the others create a stylish Santa outfit for the model to wear. Set a time limit and have a mini-fashion show with the completed outfits. This is a fantastic game to capture several fun photos of your guests and its simple enough any age can play.

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Stocking Mystery Game

Fill a large Christmas stocking with holiday-theme items, clipping the top of the stocking closed with clothespins or chip clips. Fill it with items such as:

  • Christmas cookie cutter
  • Candy cane
  • Ornament hook
  • Mitten
  • Jingle bell

Pass the stocking around and have the guests try and figure out what’s in the stocking simply by feeling the items through the material. Everyone writes down as many as they can and the person with the most correct guesses wins a new Christmas stocking filled with treats.

Whatever Christmas party game ideas you choose for the festivities, be sure to include a variety of games suited for all ages as well as games that will encourage even the shyest guest to join in the fun.

Spruce up your Christmas Décor with these Christmas Decoration Ideas

When decking the halls becomes more of a chore than a joyous occasion, it’s time to consider a few new Christmas décor ideas. It’s easy after multiple years of use for Christmas decorations to become tired, tattered and worn. Breathe new life into your home holiday décor by adding new pieces and refreshing old favorites.

First, take inventory

Before the onset of the holiday rush, pull out your Christmas decorations and take an inventory. Group decorations by room, which saves time and frustration when sorting them out later. Often the greenery swag that fits the stairway banister is too long for the fireplace mantle. Inspect each of the decorations. If it’s worn and lifeless, it’s time to get rid of it.

Refresh favorite décor

Evergreen garlands, swags and wreaths easily can be refreshed by adding lights, ornaments and ribbon. Intertwine a length of berry garland with an evergreen garland for a pop of color. Add a strand of white LED lights and bows made from burlap ribbon to create a charming country-chic garland for a stair banister, kitchen cabinet topper or to accent any doorway. Instantly change the swag’s style by switching out the burlap ribbon bows for bows made from silvery tulle to create a light, ethereal look.

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Consider adding a focal piece

Christmas decoration ideas often focus primarily on the tree. However, in the rooms without a Christmas tree, a focal piece creates visual excitement for the space. The entryway regardless of its size typically is a guest’s first impression of your interior holiday décor. You’ve wowed them outside with lights, an eye-catching display as well as a decorated front door and well-lit porch. Keep the excitement going in the entryway.

A lighted topiary, archway decorated with a glittering snowflake cascade or a free-standing decoration can become an entryway focal piece helping to create a enchanting, welcoming space.

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Carry the theme throughout the home

Holiday decorations don’t have to be limited to the main living room, entrance, front porch and yard. Decorate the whole house with festive flair. Spruce up the kitchen by draping garlands across the top of upper cabinetry and switching out your regular kitchen linens for linens to match your Christmas décor theme. Hang a length of red ribbon down the front of the cabinets (attached along the inside with a non-stick hanger) and display Christmas cards from friends and family by clipping them to the ribbon with a clothespin.

Don’t forget to add whimsical but practical decorations like Christmas-themed cookie jars, serving trays and a set of mugs for hot cocoa after an afternoon of sledding and snowman building.

In the dining area, create a designer’s masterpiece with a few simple Christmas decoration ideas. Accent each dining chair with a length of ribbon that ties into a bow at the back of the chair. Match the ribbon color to your décor color palette. Add a beaded, crystal spray to the bow for an elegant touch. Don’t forget a great centerpiece and personalized place card holders for each dinner guest.

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Top 10 Office Christmas Party Games

When it’s your turn to plan the office Christmas party games there are several great ideas that can be adapted regardless of party size, venue or theme. The top 10 office Christmas party games include icebreaker games, games for teams and games that will have the whole room laughing and enjoying the holiday spirit.

1. Ornament Guessing Game

Include a tree decorated with several dozen ornaments as one of the focal piece decorations for the party. When guests enter, give each a slip of paper to record their guess for how many ornaments are on the tree – no fair counting! Have them sign their name and collect the slips of paper. Determine who had the closest guess and award a customized ornament with your company’s name and the year printed on it.

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2. Christmas Who?

Icebreakers are great games, especially if it’s a larger party. This game is like a scavenger hunt to find out which guest has done the things on the list. Guests mingle, ask questions and have fun. Use a online printable and have enough copies for all guests. Have guests exchange completed sheets for a small wrapped prize.

3. Who am I? Famous couples

Write the name of one half of a famous couple or duo on a sticky note. Show the guest their name and then stick it on their back. Everyone moves about the room asking other guests only yes or no questions to try and find their match. Sample matches:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Laurel and Hardy
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who
  • Homer and Marge Simpson

4. Famous Lines

Construct a list of well-known movie quotes. Filmsite.org offers several great lists with movies by decade and popularity. Choose a broad range of quotes, place each quote in a bowl and the first guest to raise correctly guess wins a point for that round. Play 3 rounds with 5 quotes each and the player with most points at end of round 3 wins a prize.

5. 1-Minute Movie Charades

In teams of two, the guests have 1-minute to act out a famous movie title. If their partner gets it correct, the team receives a point and moves on to next round. Play 3 rounds and team(s) with most points at end of round 3 wins a prize.

6. Opening Lyrics

Similar to the Famous Lines game, construct a list of Christmas songs. Write down the first line of each, place in a bowl and play 3 rounds with 5 opening lyrics and the player with most points at end of round 3 wins a prize.

7. Christmas Mad-libs

At some point in life, most everyone has played a version of Mad-Libs the game that requires you to fill in words to a story to create a funny, new story. Using online printables, create Christmas mad-libs to place on each table at the party. Have guests work together to fill it out to create a funny (but not offensive) story that can be read later in the party.

8. Memory Game: Christmas theme

Place about two dozen Christmas items on a serving tray and bring it around to each table while guests are nibbling on dessert. Everyone at the table has one minute to memorize the items on the tray. Take the tray away and the guests have to use their memories to write down what they saw. The guest(s) with the most correct answers wins a prize.

9. Cookie Walk Game

Like an old-fashioned cake walk, have several plates or tins of Christmas cookies and other sweet treats to give away. Use sheets of cardboard numbered 1 through 20 to create the walking circle. Play Christmas music and have the 20 guests walk the circle. Prepare slips of paper numbered 1 through 20. When the music stops pull out a numbered slip and the person standing on the number wins a treat.

10. Office Raffle Game

This is the easiest way to ensure every guest goes home with a present. As each guest comes in, give them a raffle ticket. Throughout the party, randomly draw raffle numbers. The guests pick a prize from a table of wrapped gifts. Include a range of small and large items as well as gift cards. This is a great opportunity to gift customized items with the company’s logo on it, including key tags and travel mugs.

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