Christmas Holiday Party Ideas
The following article - thanks to: Everything Elementary
Christmas Party Decorating Ideas:
These Christmas Party ideas are great for home or classroom party for children.
Christmas Scene Setters - an easy and inexpensive way to decorate a room, classroom or party area!
Table Decorations -
Cover tables with a red Plastic Tablecloth, scatter some holiday Confetti, and then add some red and green Hershey®'s Kisses® and metallic Gossamer down the center of the table.
Add a touch of winter to your party by attaching Snowflakes to the walls and ceiling of the room.
Holiday Balloons - an inexpensive, easy, and jazz up any room in a snap!
Place a "Merry Christmas" banner across the door to welcome the students!
Put an Ornament at each place setting - this will work as both a cute table decoration and as your favor. Or fill a bowl with a variety of ornaments as your centerpiece and ask each guest or student to take one home.
Christmas Activities and Crafts
Children look forward to the games and activities as much as they anticipate the treats at a holiday party! Many of the ideas that follow are simple to execute, and are guaranteed to please. When planning a classroom party for younger children (under 10), or if you are working with a limited amount of time, we recommend you divide your activities into "stations". Recruit enough parents/helpers to work at each station, and divide the children into small groups-four to five in each group works best. Have the party guests spend no more than 10-15 minutes at a station, then ring a bell and have everyone rotate.
A VISIT FROM ST. NICK -
Recruit a dad or a grandpa to dress as Santa Claus and have in pop in for an "unexpected" visit! Give him little Favors or treat bags to hand out to all the students. Your students will love it and it makes a wonderful photo opportunity as well!
CHRISTMAS CAROLING -
Rediscover the simple joy of singing carols! Prepare a sheet of paper with the lyrics to some favorites, and have copies for all the students. Visit various classes in the school and serenade them with the songs of the season! A sure way to put everyone in the holiday spirit!
GIFT EXCHANGE - Specify a dollar limit for the gift ($5.00-$10.00 is perfectly appropriate) and ask each child to bring a wrapped gift without a tag. Stack all the gifts together. When you are ready to begin the gift exchange, have each guest draw a number out of a Santa Hat. The guest who draws number "1" selects a gift from the pile, and opens it. The guest who draws number "2" has the option of stealing the gift from number "1", or choosing another unwrapped gift from the pile. Continue until the last guest has chosen or stolen a gift. Great fun!
SECRET SANTA - If you are a looking for a way to spread holiday cheer in the classroom--try involving everyone in a secret Santa activity. This can be a week-long or a one-day activity. Each person's name is put into a hat, and then each individual randomly draws a different name from the hat. Determine a price range for the "secret" gifts (can be anywhere from $2.00-$20.00, depending on the age and spending power of your group). Gifts should be wrapped and delivered anonymously to the recipient. If the activity is taking place over a week-long period, you may choose to have the "Secret Santa" reveal him or herself as the "giver" on the final day.
FESTIVE FRAMES - Start with simple, inexpensive Acrylic Frames, and add a special border to the outside edge. Consider adding a border of jingle bells, tiny bows made of holiday ribbon, miniature ornaments, fun foam cut into special shapes, or use puffy paint or a gold paint pen to write a Christmas verse or message of thanks around the edge
GINGERBREAD ORNAMENTS - Cut felt in shapes to resemble gingerbread people out of brown felt (trace shapes out of cookie cutters). Decorate with white puffy fabric paint, colorful buttons, and Rickrack. Add a thin red or green ribbon tie to the top with a hot glue gun, and you'll have a delightful gingerbread ornament for the tree, or to use as a gift tag.
SWEET WREATHS - Make wreaths out of peppermints! Begin with a Styrofoam wreath that is at least 2" thick. Using straight pins, attach the wrapper ends of starlight mints (red and white) in a circle around the wreath. (Make sure the children are supervised or have help when using the pins!) Start on the outside edge, and work your way in to the center of the wreath. Add a bright red or green Gossamer Streamer bow.
"HAND-SOME" WREATH - A fun craft and warm memento for parents to cherish! Have children trace one of their hands, and cut out 14-18 copies of it in green construction paper. (Some grown-up help with cutting will be necessary.) Arrange the hands into a wreath like circle, and glue together. Add a red bow, and a few jingle bells.
Christmas Party Game Ideas
HO, HO, HOLD YOUR TONGUE - Give each student a bag or stocking with 10 small treasures in it (candy, chocolates, little favors). Have bags labeled with players' names, so they don't get mixed up. The the players know at the start of the game exactly when the game will be ending - this game can be played throughout the entire party if you so choose. The object of the game is catch fellow players saying on of the following words or phrases: SANTA, REINDEER, SNOW, CHRISTMAS, ORNAMENTS, PRESENTS. To help players, prominently post the words on a board where they can see them often. If someone is caught saying one of these words, that person has to give up a treasure from their stash. The player with the biggest haul of goodies at the end of the game is the winner! This game is always a big hit.
RUDOLPH WITH YOUR NOSE SO BRIGHT - Borrowing from the concept of the tried and true game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, we suggest a fun game of "Rudolph with your nose so bright"! Draw an outline of a reindeer on a brown piece of poster board. Use a 2" ball of red Playdough, a construction paper cutout, or a red foam clown nose as Rudolph's nose. Blindfold each participate as his/her turn arrives, spin, point in the right direction, and watch your reindeer light up a wintry night!
SANTA SCRAMBLE - Divide the class into two equal teams. Create two starting lines with masking tape, and place two wrapped packages about 10-15 yards away. Line the teams up with the Santa Clause Suit at the starting line. At the signal to begin, the first player on each team quickly dresses up, runs the course, and then returns the wardrobe to the next player. The first team to complete the course wins. A Santa Hat, oversized T-shirt, pillow for stuffing the tummy, big black boots, and a sack full of toys will lead to holly jolly fun.
SNACK IDEAS -
The following snacks are easy to make, and many are simple enough for children to make. Some can do double duty, and work well as table decorations or crafts.and then gobbled in your harvest feast.
A fun and festive treat! Prepare Crispy Treats according to the directions on the box, adding in green food coloring to the melted marshmallows. Before it hardens, use the prepared mixture to make small round "wreaths." Place the wreaths on wax paper. Using "red hots" candy, place 3 candies on each wreath. Garnish the wreaths with a small red bow at the top and wrap individually with plastic wrap and curling ribbon (once they are hard). Makes about 10 wreaths.
SHAPES OF THE SEASON
Make sandwiches using favorite ingredients, and cut out trees, ornaments, and Santa using full-sized metal cookie cutters. For a healthier classroom party cut lots of different foods into holiday shapes! Try watermelon, block cheese, or a block of cream cheese for a dip, (cover with raspberry jam or salsa and serve with crackers) as they cut well and look terrific!
SWEET JELL-O® TREATS
Children always enjoy Jell-O® Jigglers! Cutting red and green Jell-O® into holiday shapes is an easy way make a party treat! Add piped Cool Whip® to the outside edges for an extra special treat.
This snack can do double duty - as a treat and activity! Have a station set up with plenty of sugar cookies cut out as trees, ornaments, Santa, snowmen, etc. On each individual plate, place one cookie and a plastic knife. Provide red and green frosting, sprinkles, red hots, red shoestring licorice and other goodies. Kids will love the decorating almost as much as the eating!
Since most kids do not like eggnog, try serving warm apple cider or hot chocolate to add to the holiday mood. Serve the hot chocolate with a peppermint stick or candy cane stick and whipped cream topping for a special touch.
Have a GREAT Christmas Party!
I wish you a Blessed Holiday Season!