Holiday party season is a GO, and one of the best reasons to get together to celebrate is Friendsmas. The made-up holiday is a little newer than Friendsgiving, for example, but think along the same lines. You get together with your closest friends to exchange gifts, consume copious amounts of delicious foods and get in the festive spirit. If you’re hosting Friendsmas this year, think a little bigger than just having everyone over to your place and plan a party so epic, everyone will be rooting for you to host it again next year.
First up: Decide what kind of vibe you want for your party. Do you want something sophisticated and formal, or whimsical and totally laid-back? Then pick a theme. Weather will more often than not limit this one to an indoor event, but since it’s winter, you can play up the cozy atmosphere with your theme. If you’re going to skimp on live music, make sure you don’t on food. Hire a caterer (or channel your inner Top Chef) to make sure all the holiday favorites are accounted for. You could set up a hot chocolate bar (complete with different liquors to spike your drinks) for a fun, DIY approach to drinks.
When it comes to exchanging gifts, white elephant or secret santa are failsafe ways to keep cost low, and make sure everyone leaves with a present. You’ve got lots of options when it comes to entertainment, from games to music, but sticking with holiday favorites is an instant win. Try cookie decorating, or screening your favorite holiday movies. Deck the halls according to your theme and color scheme, but a Christmas tree—even if it’s a mini one—and menorah are a must. (Friendsmas isn't just about Christmas!)
Feeling festive yet? These Friendsmas party themes will get you inspired to start planning your fete.
Trust us—this is the most laidback a formal dance could ever be. No cocktail dresses or suits necessary: Make the dress code athleisure, instead, and serve up pizza and hot chocolate. This one is all about hanging out with your friends, listening to good music and indulging in your favorite casual foods.
If sophistication and elegance is your vision, you can’t go wrong with a black-tie white party. The dress code is, naturally, all white, as is the decor. It’s understated, but totally chic. Hire a saxophonist for live music, serve wine spritzers and incorporate white oversized balloons and flower arrangements into your decor.
Can you really ever go wrong with this theme in December? The color palette is all white everything, with pops of greenery. Turn your venue into a snow-covered dream, set up a DIY cocoa bar and even serve white-themed eats, like baked brie. For music, a string quartet is the epitome of elegance.
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