Host a Sparkling Christmas Party

If the thought of throwing a party over Christmas makes you want to lie down in a darkened room, don’t worry; our quick and easy ideas make entertaining a breeze.

A festive drinks party is a great way to bring friends and family together over Christmas. Keep things informal with seasonal drinks and simple finger food and you’ll enjoy the festivities just as much as your guests.

Greet your Guests with Festive Cheer

For many, Christmas means the excuse to enjoy a tipple or two and everyone relaxes once they’ve got a drink in their hand. But trying to take drinks orders while answering the doorbell isn’t always easy. Solve the problem by making a tray of Christmas cocktails or mulled wine in advance ready to hand to your guests as they arrive.

Then let your guests help themselves to beers, spirits or wine as the evening goes on. Remember to provide a range of non-alcoholic drinks for the designated drivers and non-drinkers. A festive mocktail or non-alcoholic punch makes a great alternative to the usual fizzy drinks.

Party Bites

When it comes to food, keep things simple with finger-food you can prepare in advance. Choose bite-sized morsels your guests can eat standing up and avoid anything too messy.

Blinis make the perfect party canapé and are simple to prepare using just a few store cupboard ingredients. You can make a batch and freeze, ready to top with a range of delicious toppings on the day of the party. Smoked salmon might be the traditional blini topping but you could also try cream cheese, garlicky mushrooms, diced avocado or houmous with olives.

If you want to serve something more substantial, why not create a festive platter with all your favourite party food? Pizza slices, cold sliced meats, spicy potato wedges and tortilla chips with dips are all perfect for feeding a crowd. 

For a sweet treat, offer festive favourites such as mini mince pies, or make fruit kebabs by threading bite-sized pieces of your favourite fruits onto wooden skewers.

Whatever you’re serving, add lots of extras such as crisps, olives and nuts that can be topped up at a moment’s notice. While you might serve the main dishes on a table, it’s a good idea to dot bowls of snacks around too so that people can help themselves wherever they happen to be.

Deck the Halls

Set the scene for your Christmas party with colourful festive decorations. For a striking look, stick to just a couple of key colours. Pop a festive garland on the front door to provide a warm welcome as your guests arrive. And for music, create a Christmas playlist on your laptop or phone to keep the festive spirit all evening.

If you want to avoid overnight guests, encourage your visitors to pre-book taxis as they can be hard to secure at this busy time of year. But above all, simply relax and enjoy the party!

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