5 Ideas For Hosting A Tree Trimming Party
The holiday season is a crazy time of year. Between holiday shopping and getting the house ready to host out of town guests, you also have to get the tree decorated. Holiday decorating is a big task. One way to help get it started and make it festive is by hosting a tree trimming party. Here are 5 ideas to make your holiday decorating party festive and productive.
Prepping the Decor
Make sure your tree is up, secured and lit before your guests arrive. Saving it for the party seems like an energy-saving idea, but it always takes longer than we anticipate and it could leave guests a little bored if they're not involved. When you have the tree situation under control, sort the ornaments you want to use. Make sure to take out any broken or worn out ornaments before the guests arrive. You don't want your guests to cut themselves on something or come across ornaments you don't want on the tree.
Your friends will be doing all the work of trimming the tree, so you can focus on making excellent edibles. Cookbooks are loaded with recipes for warm dips from a slow cooker like hot buffalo dip served with tortilla chips or a creamy hot corn dip to keep everyone cozy. If you don't mind a little extra work, ham and cheese puff pastry pinwheels or stuffed mushrooms are also crowd pleasers. A vegetable platter served with a good homemade dressing balances out the rich warm foods and a few cold spreads keeps everyone's appetites satisfied.
A tree trimming party isn't your normal cocktail party, so you don't have to stock the bar, but having festive drinks are in order. Eggnog is a must and cocoa or hot spiced cider makes the evening merry. Plus any or all of them can be made with alcohol for the adults and without for the kids.
Edible Ornaments and Garland
If you have children coming to the party, keep them busy with the edible ornaments! Have them string together popcorn or gumdrops for garland or, if you have time to make holiday cookies, have them decorate them to hang on the tree. Make a few extras in case the cookies crumble...or get eaten in the decorating process.
It wouldn't be a party without a party gift! Give your guests gifts of ornaments as they leave. Personalize them by making the ornaments yourself or get the kids involved and help them make salt dough ornaments for each person you invite. It's a little token to take with them to remember the party and the time spent with you during the holidays.