The holidays are the best excuse to plan a slew of fun events with the closest people in your life. But the term “holiday party” can be a bit generic – there are a number of ways you can spin this festive event, like with an ugly Christmas sweater party. But how about blending crafts and cocktails for a soiree where everyone can sip on holiday drinks while whipping out their very best do-it-yourself skills?
Mail holiday party invitations to your guests to inform them of the time, date and location of the event. Your invites should also dictate exactly what the party is, and what guests will be responsible for bringing, whether it’s an appetizer, beer or soda.
Plan your cocktail menu
First things first: holiday libations. Here are a few recipes that will fit the feel of the season:
Rosemary vodka tonic: Put a twist on the traditional vodka tonic by adding in an herb commonly used in the kitchen during the holidays: rosemary. Simply combine 2 ounces vodka with 1 ounce green Chartreuse and 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup. Finish off the beverage with 2 ounces tonic water and a sprig of rosemary for a splash of color.
Apple brandy: Who said apples were just for pies? Fill a pitcher with 3/4 cup brandy, 1/2 cup apple juice, 1/3 cup Cointreau, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon bitters. Throw in some ice and garnish each glass with apple slices.
Cranberry martini: Pull out your martini glasses from the kitchen cabinets and dress up the rims with red sanding sugar by rubbing the rims with a lime wedge then dipping the glasses into the sugar. Chill the martini glasses in the freezer for 10 minutes to hold the sanding sugar in place. Then fill a cocktail shaker with ice, 1 ounce cranberry juice, 8 ounces vodka and 1 teaspoon vermouth, and shake. Strain into glasses and garnish with fresh cranberries.
Note: It may be a good idea to invest in a bar cart. This accessory is perfect for putting all of your drinks and bar tools on display. Plus, it doesn’t take up much room and can be tucked into a corner when not in use.
Choose three or four simple crafts
Because there will likely be a lot of people completing these crafts, they should be on the simpler side. I’ve got some easy ideas for your crafting get-together right here:
Make wrapping paper: You and your guests can make your very own holiday wrapping paper using brown kraft paper, some acrylic paint and stamps or cookie cutters. Simply dip the cookie cutters in the paint of your choice and press gently onto the kraft paper. Let it dry and you have custom crafty wrapping paper.
Paper chain garland: Do you remember making paper chains in elementary school? Well, you can do the same craft today, just with a more sophisticated spin. Cut shimmering metallic or holiday-patterned paper into strips, then connect the ends to create a loop. Interlink each of the paper loops to produce a garland strand that can be hung on a fireplace mantel or around a Christmas tree.
Offer holiday desserts
After all of that crafting, your guests are going to want something to munch on. In the spirit of the season, why not bake a few sweet treats for the occasion, like chocolate and hazelnut macarons or peppermint bark? You can serve the desserts on a platter or box them up to let your guests take them home as a favor.