With the Christmas season comes many parties with family and friends. Your weekends will probably be full of social engagements, and you might just decide to throw a party yourself as well. If you're going to be a good hostess, you'll need to provide more than just a warm home and food. Guests may need planned activities to stay entertained throughout the party. Even if the guests don't need to be entertained, party activities are always a fun thing for groups.
When deciding upon activities for your Christmas party, take mental notes of how many guests will be attending and what their ages are. If you've mostly got children, you'll know to gear activities more toward their level. However, if your party mainly consists of a bunch of older folk from your church, you probably won't be planning a scavenger hunt around the house or a snowman building contest. You'll also need to take into account any supplies you might need or how much money you want to spend, and plan accordingly. Here's how to get started on a few Christmas party activities.
Consider building small gingerbread houses during the Christmas party. This is always a fun way to get people talking and express themselves creatively. You can pre-bake four small walls for each person and provide graham crackers for the roof. Have several icing bags floating around and plenty of bowls of decorations for everyone to choose what they'd like. You might need to stand by and help, especially if you've got younger people at the party. Some guests may need assistance when building their houses.
For a less messy, more sophisticated activity, you could provide paper and scissors for making paper snowflakes. These can be as simple as you'd like for children or as high-class as you'd like for those ladies in the circle. You could also spend time making hand-crafted Christmas cards or Christmas ornaments.
A traditional Christmas party activity is a gift exchange. Ask each guest to bring a small gift and place these gifts in the center of the group. You can give each person a number, and then start having them select gifts from the center in order. The fun of the game comes in when people trade gifts, trying desperately to get what they want. This is a great way to break the ice, get people laughing, and have a good time.
There are many ideas for activities, so take some time to think creatively; with a little planning, your guests are sure to enjoy themselves immensely!