Whenever we are in town for Christmas, I love hosting a Merry Christmas Eve Eve party. It’s close enough to Christmas that most people are off work and already in the holiday spirit. But it doesn’t interfere with family Christmas Eve traditions. (Although my parents often hosts people at our house after Christmas Eve service…maybe something to revisit when the kids are a little older.)
We’re headed to Kansas City for Christmas, but I still wanted to find time to throw a little holiday celebration. I knew it would be a busy time of year, but I was happy to celebrate the season with a few friends before we headed out.
Online invitations are the thing, I know. But I don’t think I’ll ever stop sending paper invitations and cards. I love getting invites in the mail – all the little things that create an experience from the moment you open the envelope.
Tiny Prints makes creating invitations a breeze. It’s almost as easy as an online invitation but you get the satisfaction of a sending a real, personalized invitation. You can also upload your addresses and buy stamps so your envelopes arrive addressed AND stamped. During a busy time of year, it was so nice to open the box of invitations, and sent them right back out the next day. All I had to do was stuff and seal!
I debated catering the party, because this time of year (well, really everyday) is so crazy busy but I enjoy the menu planning process and whipping up a few fun things on my own. I pulled out a few party staples, focused on things I could make ahead of time, and filled in the gaps with a few holiday treats. I kept it simple with:
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Artisan Cheese & Charcuterie Board
We like fun drinks, and a signature drink is always a great way to add some personality to a party without variety without providing a fully stocked bar. Wine and beer, yes, but since it’s Christmas time I looked around for something you wouldn’t typically drink on you normal Saturday night. Digging through a few of my favorite sites, I found a recipe for Bourdon Milk Punch – apparently it’s a New Orleans Christmas Eve stable, and hey, if it’s good enough for the Big Easy, it’s good enough for me.
And because it’s not a party if there’s not Champagne, I carved out a corner for a DIY Bubbly Bar. So easy, but feels a little bit special and gives people options. (Plus less work and potential waste for you!) The bar menu provided ideas for guests to make their own champagne cocktail – we provided ingredients for a French 75 and Kir Royale, but pick anything you like.
I also include cotton candy (inspired by this post) – not sure it really did anything but it looked fun!
And, everyone’s favorite addition was the frozen sugared cranberry skewers – festive colors, frozenness (is that a word) to keep your drink cold, a bit of sweetness for the brut Champagne.
Until next year’s Christmas party… Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad!