Christmas is a time for family and friends, we all love to get together during the holiday season. If you’re looking for an excuse to throw a quick informal get together with friends and family how about a tree trimming party?
It shouldn’t take long to organize and should be relatively inexpensive to host. Best of all you get the tree trimmed while visiting with friends and family!
Here are some ideas to get you plan your tree trimming party!
Since it’s a very informal gathering you can call, text, or email invitations. However if you want to and you have enough time you can also send invitation cards. Just be sure you get a general idea of who will be attending. No matter how informal the event you will still need a fairly accurate guest count so that you have enough food and drink.
To accommodate as many busy schedules you might consider setting a time period instead of a specific time. For example you can let guests know that the tree trimming will be from 6pm-9pm in the evening and they are welcome to drop by during that time period.
Have the tree set up and the decorations ready to be hung before the first guest arrives. It’s not the time to haul stuff out of closets or the garage when the house is filled with guest. If possible have ornament hangers already on the ornaments, or at least easily available.
Play some Christmas music during your party, it gets everyone in the holiday spirit. Encourage everyone to sing along.
The easiest and really best way to serve food and beverage is on buffets, bars, or stations. Guests will be arriving at different times and they will be busy during the time that they are there. A buffet or stations will allow guests to serve themselves. Just be sure you have someone periodically check the food to see if anything needs refilling.
If you are serving a meal, brunch, lunch, or dinner a DIY sandwich bar or pancake bar are the easiest and most economical choices.
For a sandwich bar set out several bread choices, sandwich meats, cheeses, salads such as tuna, chicken, or egg, and other sandwich fixings. Have a bowl of chips ready to serve as the side dish.
For breakfast or brunch a pancake, waffle, or french toast station would be great. You can pre-make pancakes, waffles, or french toast and keep them warm in a chaffing dish. Be sure you have plenty of topping choices set out. If you like you can serve a breakfast meat such as bacon or sausages.
If you aren’t serving a meal you can set-up a snack station, you can serve finger foods, tea cakes, and other snacks.
Whatever you decide to serve you will need a beverage bar and a sweet station. They don’t have to be fancy, but at Christmas time everyone expects sweet treats!
A hot chocolate or coffee bar will be welcome at anytime.