Double Deck the Halls

December 11, 2008

It’s that time of year: the holidays!

I am already planning my party. As usual, it will double as a single’s get-to-know-someone party. That also means double the people, double the food, double the stress.¬†

But, I’m getting a head start by shopping early. For anyone also planning a big “To-Do”, my to-do list includes: creating a menu, shopping for Christmas decorations¬†, looking up festive cocktails, and researching entertaining Christmas party games… to keep things interesting.

The first on my list is to plan the simple but elegant Christmas decorations. I’ll use Pine garland around the doors and windows, and add deep burgundy and amber ribbons of bows throughout. I’ll stick with this color scheme throughout–forest green, dark red, and golden/yellow–by including the same colored candles and cloth napkins. The Pine will be fragrant as well as lovely! (I found this idea on, along with many other easy-to-plan decorating ideas.)

Since there will be a large crowd, I thought that some Christmas party games will encourage mingling and the chance to meet someone new. I’ve already ordered my pinata. This, coupled with Name that Christmas Song and How to Play Dirty Santa (ideas from, should get everyone in the festive spirit!

Each year the party has been a huge success. It takes a lot of preparation, loads of Christmas decorations, imaginative Christmas party games , and tons of personality. But, it’s always been my favorite way to spread holiday cheer!