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Christmas Party Ideas

4 New Twists on Traditional Holiday Treats

christmas cookies

‘Tis the season for holiday treats and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably going to spend a good portion of your pre-Christmas weekend baking. Grandma’s recipes are great, but why not try something a little different this year? After all, Santa has got to be sick of those run of the mill chocolate chip cookies by now. Here is a sneak peek of some of our favorite twists on the tried and true holiday classics!

It’s Never Too Early to Book Your Santa

Santa Claus with laptop

We know, we know… it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. But, Christmas waits for no one and if you’ve ever scrambled to find a last-minute Santa to appear at your office Christmas party, you know the value of booking well in advance. More than any other holiday or event, the demand for Santa spikes for just a short amount of time and unfortunately, the supply doesn’t always add up. Luckily, we have hundreds of Santa Clauses ready to shimmy down your chimney. The secret to securing your Santa is to act fast!

Planning a Corporate Holiday Party

Table setting for corporate holiday party

No matter what your religious affiliation or business outlook is, the holidays are always a great time to treat your employees like a part of the family with a holiday celebration. It’s also a time in which distinguished employees are acknowledged for their hard work over the past year. Many companies will celebrate with a catered banquet and bar, and oftentimes, corporate businesses feature some type of live entertainment on top of some great eats. Here are a few ideas for you to plan the best Corporate Holiday Party yet!

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Christmas... the most wonderful time of year!

In North America, Christmas is typically the most festive and popular holiday of the year. Because of this it is the most popular time to host a party! You can have a private family party, get together with a big group of friends or gather with all your co-workers for a holiday office party. No matter who you are celebrating with, Christmas is a time to rejoice and celebrate with friends and loved ones, and is a time of sharing and expressing sentiments and spreading joy. GigSalad is here to help you ring in the holidays with ideas and suggestions for the perfect Christmas Party.

Deck the halls.

There are so many different theme ideas for Christmas parties. If kids will be present, perhaps a traditional Christmas party with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus is in order. For adult-centered guestlists, perhaps a cocktail party with holiday themed food and beverages? A Secret Santa gift exchange gathering? A Christmas carol sing-along accompanied by a professional piano player? Whatever theme you choose, it should be personal to you and your guests.

What defines a Christmas party from any other gathering of friends and family is the atmosphere. Christmas decorations are one of the most important pieces to putting together a great holiday party! Put up a Christmas tree, hang garland and lights, set up a nativity scene or hang wall decor. You can add an extra touch with party favors like Santa hats and personalized Christmas ornaments for your guests. If the number of guests is small, you could hang stockings for each of them and fill it with these party favors and other gifts such as candy and a Christmas card with a personal note inside.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

If you wish to add entertainment to your party, there are many options to choose from. You could hire carolers to stop by the party and sing for your guests or add some comedy to the party and bring in a comedian. If you are throwing a cocktail party or a professional office party, you might want to consider hiring a classical ensemble, brass band or violinist.

If your party guests are going to include little ones, then make sure you have entertainment for them as well! A visit from Santa with a big bag of gifts or maybe some elves to sing their favorite Christmas songs! There are other things you can set up to keep them busy as well. Have them decorate cookies or gingerbread houses. Or set up a craft table and have them make their own Christmas Ornaments. You could even set up a small Christmas tree for them to decorate all on their own!

Pass the eggnog and Christmas cookies!

What would a party be without food and drinks? Depending on the size of your Christmas party, you may want to hire a caterer to handle the food for you. If it's a smaller gathering for family or friends, then you may choose to handle the food yourself or you can ask each person to bring their own dish for a variety. If the party is mostly comprised of adults, you can hire a bartender to serve Christmas cocktails and of course, eggnog!

Also, there is a reason Santa wants you to leave cookies for him on Christmas Eve! Cookies are a very important part of a Christmas celebration! Have your guests each bring a different type of Christmas cookie or dessert! Your guests will love trying the new desserts and can also exchange recipes!

With the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and preparations, planning a party might be too much to handle. For that reason, you can hire a party planner to handle the details for you. For corporate Christmas parties and company holiday parties, it often makes sense to hire an event planner because of the sheer scale of the event. If you do choose to plan your Christmas party yourself, GigSalad will be here to help you every step of the way by being your one stop shop for all your Christmas party planning needs!