Holiday movie madness
Choose three of your favorite holiday classics, fluff your sofa cushions, and take a detour from popcorn with yummy chocolate-cherry Black Forest Chex® Mix. Pass hot chocolate, cozy throws, and then snuggle up to feel-good films like It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and White Christmas.
If the party occurs at night, why not invite everybody to come in their pajamas? If it’s a family event, you may consider bestowing a pair of holiday-themed pajamas to each person as an early Christmas gift.
Christmas light tour
First enlist the services of the friend who has the biggest car. Stock up on holiday music CDs, pack snack bags full of carnival-style Caramel Cookie Crunch Chex® Mix, and head out for a tour of the town’s holiday lights.
Many towns have neighborhoods that take lights to new heights. Check your newspaper or online as these neighborhoods may be publicized, making it easier for you to zone in on your destination.
Here’s to finding the house with the giant glittering Santa!
Kids holiday card making party
Chocolate and coconut go together like kids and crayons. Why not combine them for an afternoon spent making holiday cards? Chocolate Macaroon Chex® Mix is the perfect accompaniment to this fun activity. Make extra to send home as party favors.
Here’s how to set up the party: Cover a table with butcher paper or newspaper and tape it so it doesn’t slide. Set out white cards, crayons, holiday stickers, buttons, scrap fabric, stencils in Christmas shapes, recycled Christmas cards for cutting, glue, children’s scissors. Let the kids create to their heart’s content.
Christmas carol karaoke party
Stay in from the cold and carol karaoke instead. All you need is a home karaoke set, willing friends and family, and a holiday playlist. Bing is a sure bet but pop interpretations are entertaining, too, especially when they’re American Idol-ized. Chocolate Mint Chex® Mix is the winning ticket between takes.
Create a nightclub atmosphere by setting up card tables with folding chairs. Cover the tables with silver fabric. Hang a disco ball and shine a bright light as a spotlight on the “star.” Don’t forget to provide song lyrics!
Rejuvenating tea time
After a hectic day of shopping, enjoy a quiet afternoon cup of tea with a friend or two. Offer a selection of tea varieties, including a holiday spice flavor. Date Bars Chex® Party Mix, infused with the flavors of vanilla and brown sugar, is the perfect accompaniment to a warm “cuppa.”
If you haven’t made tea from loose tea rather than bags, it’s worth a try. It may take a bit more effort but the flavor is richer and you’ll enjoy the ritual of an authentic tea party.
You’ll need a teakettle of boiling water, a teapot and loose leaf tea. Pour a bit of the boiling water into the teapot, swirl around, and discard. Place a teaspoon per person* in the teapot and then pour hot water into the teapot, filling it about three-quarters full. Cover and let sit for about 5 minutes. Unless there is a strainer in the teapot, you will need to pour the tea through a little strainer to prevent the leaves from falling into the cup.
*This is a general measurement. Strength may vary according to tea brands.
Decorate a gingerbread house party
Kids and adults alike will enjoy creating their fantasy cottages and mansions. Purchase ready-made houses or make them from scratch. Set out bowls of gumdrops, candy canes, red hots, licorice, ribbon candy, and use icing as glue. What snack to serve? Gingerbread Chex® Mix of course.
Since gingerbread houses are full of fantasy, why not create fantasy party decorations, too? Start with gingerbread-themed invitations. These are easy to find this time of the year or you can make by downloading from the internet. Make gumdrop garlands for hanging. Cover the workspace with gingerbread people-festooned gift wrap. Put the decorating supplies in gingerbread-themed disposable bowls.
Girls gift-wrapping get-together
Invite your girlfriends and ask everybody to bring their gifts along with supplies– gift wrap, ribbons, gift cards, tape and scissors. It’s the perfect chance to chat and wrap away from nosy kids. You provide the food, including delicious Linzer Cookie Chex® Mix. Make extra and give as a party favor!
Here are a few tips for an efficient party: Set up a gift-wrapping station. A long table, a coffee, table or a combination of both works well. Place the wrapping paper, ribbons and other supplies in their own sub-stations: For example, rolls of gift wrap may be stored in a tall, wide vase. A large mixing bowl holds ribbon perfectly. Your guests can select the wrapping combinations they prefer.
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1. Wrap the ribbon around the package. The “top” end will be at the top of the package to the right, the “bottom” end at the bottom of the package and to the left.
2. Make a loop with the bottom ribbon, fold to right and bring top ribbon over the top of the loop.
3. Tuck top ribbon behind loop and pull through as a loop.
4. Pull loops to tighten and adjust to even out loops.
5. Trim ribbon ends. Gorgeous!
You can never have too many ornaments! Ask each guest to bring a wrapped (unboxed) ornament. Swap, unwrap, and enjoy luscious Lov’in Peanut Chex® Party Mix with mulled cider. Take the party a step further and assign a theme such as “nature” or “red and green.”
There are many ways ornament swaps can work. Here’s a simple way to organize it. As your guests arrive, hand them a number and an ornament hook. Ask them to hang their wrapped ornament on the tree and then to place their number in a bowl. When all your guests have arrived and you’re ready to begin, ask your guests to draw numbers from the bowl. The guest with #1 goes to the tree and chooses an ornament. The guest with #2 either goes to the tree and chooses an ornament or takes the ornament from the first guest. And so on.
Set out bowls with supplies for making garlands to encircle the tree or adorn a mantle. String cranberries, popcorn, gumdrops and beads. Interlock circles of scrapbook paper for an old-fashioned paper chain. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Chex® Mix adds more delicious fun to this gathering.
Making garland can bring on a healthy thirst. Punch is not only a festive holiday beverage, it’s also ideal for serving a party crowd. This one sparkles, too! Into a large punch bowl, pour 1 can (6 oz.) thawed limeade. Gently stir in 1liter orange-flavored sparkling water and 2 bottles sparkling apple cider. Add sugar to taste. Just before serving, adding 1 – 2 trays ice cubes. Garnish with sliced oranges and limes.
Give back gathering
Abundance abounds during the holiday season. Why not invite family and friends to give a little something to those in need? Ask guests to bring a toy or canned good (check with local charitable organizations for guidelines). You provide food and drinks, including rich, honey-laced Peanut Butter Blossoms Chex® Mix.
Creating an atmosphere for a holiday party needn’t be stressful nor expensive. Begin by lining your walkway with luminarias. These small paper lanterns are made from brown paper bags weighted down with sand or gravel and illuminated from within by a lit candle (flameless candles recommended). They’ll create a warm welcome. Line your mantle and windowsills with votive candles and fresh greenery, and light a fire in the fireplace, too. The tree lends natural festivity as will Christmas carols playing in the background. Small pots of rosemary topiaries and bowls of orange pomanders (oranges studded with cloves) will lend seasonal aroma to any room in which they are placed. Remember this tip above all: a relaxed host is the secret to a happy party.
Secret santa exchange
Everyone can play Santa at this party! Set a price range for gifts (typically $10 - $20) and ask guests to bring an anonymous gift. Give guests Santa hats when they arrive to get them in the spirit. Serve Peppermint and Chocolate Chex® Mix in a green and red bowls.
Appoint a friend (perhaps a child) to play elf and distribute the gifts. When everybody has their gifts, go around the room and open them one by one. You can prolong the fun by inviting guests to guess who gave them their guests.
A Secret Santa Exchange is not complete without a visit by Santa. Engage a friend to play the part. Set a chair by the Christmas tree and snap a photo with your phone of each guest with Santa. Email the photos to your guests as mementos of the party.
Tacky christmas sweater (or hat) party
It’s somewhere in the back of the closet. Dig out the tackiest piece of holiday clothing you own and ask your guests to do the same. Host a fashion show at the party. Seven-Layers Bar Chex® Mix helps celebrate those tacky layers with delightful crunch.
If guests decline because they do not own an ugly item, send them to a second hand store where they are sure to find something to wear.
This party theme calls for a contest. Choose a few categories such as “Loudest” or “Funniest” and, of course, “Ugliest.” Guests vote anonymously. The prizes? You guessed it, “ugly” holiday-themed socks, hats or jewelry.
Don’t forget to take photos to display next year!
Festive football get-together
The holidays are in full force but football rages on. Take a break from the crowds and invite friends for an afternoon watching first downs and touchdowns. With its pumpkin or apple spices (you choose), Spiced Nuts Chex® Party Mix is a festive take on mixed nuts. Serve with a seasonal ale or cider.
Here are a few tips for giving everybody a 50-yard-line seat: Move the furniture back so everybody has a good view of the TV. Make sure plenty of chairs are available, from kitchen chairs to deck chairs. Setting up the chairs bleacher style can help accommodate a crowd.
Set up a table with snacks and beverages so guests can help themselves at their leisure.
Some guests may be more interested in socializing. Set up a room for them, too. And don’t forget the kids. If you have another room with a TV, create a space for them with snacks.
Decorations are a must. Banners representing both teams, Mylar football balloons and football-themed disposable paper goods will complete the party festivities.
D-I-Y teacher gift gathering
Gather a few friends and their kids and make Sugar Cookie Chex® Party Mix together. It’s a yummy twist on everybody’s favorite Christmas cookie. Package the mix in pretty tins or boxes. Add a homemade card and your holiday teacher gift is done!
There are many ways to create a handmade gift container: a mason jar with a pretty label and a ribbon, a coffee can wrapped with construction paper colored with markers or crayons, a cellophane bag tied with ribbon and a festive gift tag, a tin decorated with stickers, a box rubber-stamped with holiday motifs.
Outdoor games party
If you live where it snows, make this a snowman making or snowball throwing party. If you live in warmer climes, anything goes, from touch football to softball. The goal remains the same: good old-fashioned fun with family and friends. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chex® Clusters are the perfect accompaniment.
The secret to making the perfect snowman (and snowball) is slightly wet snow. This is the kind of snow that you get when it’s just above or just below freezing. If it’s slightly dry, wet it with a fine mist. If it’s slushy, forget it. Take a long walk instead.
As for touch football, you need speed and a good arm. Choose your team accordingly. Softball calls for a wily pitcher and a power hitter. Go teams!
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