It’s that time of year again. We’re all heading home and need a way to impress those old high school friends. The easiest way to accomplish that is to throw a holiday party. You will be able to get all of your old comrades back together and enjoy the party with three main components: food, decorations and outfits.
The best way to get people excited about a party is the food. Most people are familiar with traditional holiday meals that include baked hams, deviled eggs and green beans. And, it can get pretty redundant after the third holiday bash. Instead, try latkes, a pancake made of grated potatoes, holiday enchiladas, made by using red and green salsas, or Italian Wedding Soup filled with meatballs. Unconventional holiday menu items are just a quick Google search away. You can get your friends in on the fun by assigning each person a different part of the world and ask them to bring over a dish from that region’s holiday festivities. Not only does this give everyone a break from the typical menu, but also there is a chance that you will find a new holiday favorite.
Decorations are a big part of the holidays. From the lights to the ornaments, buying all of these items can get pricey on a college budget. Invite some of your friends over and throw an ornament exchange party. Here’s the catch–you have to get crafty. Pick whatever theme you like: winter, the beach, nature, a city–anything. Then, tell your friends how many people will be participating in the exchange. If 20 people attend, each person will make 20 of the exact same ornament according to the theme. Once everyone gets to the party, they will exchange their ornaments with another person. You’ll leave with 20 new ornaments to fill up a tree.
Finally, there are the outfits. At this point just about everyone has either attended or thrown an ugly-sweater party. They can be a ton of fun, but it’s time to change things up a bit. Let’s take it back to better times. Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is the idea for this one. There is a strict dress code for this party: suits and ties for the men, and evening gowns for the ladies. If footage from the 1950s and 1960s makes you itch to get dolled up, this is your party. Even if you don’t have the funds to set out fine china and decadent decorations, it’s still fun to be able to dress up with your friends and pretend you were born in an earlier decade.
The holidays are a few months filled with tradition, but it’s time to break that mold. Going home for the holidays doesn’t mean you need to go back to the same party you have attended since you were in diapers. Go home and use some of these ideas to throw your own. Be creative, hang out with friends you haven’t seen in a while and have a very happy holiday!