Christmas entertaining ideas

Christmas seems to come around quicker as the years go on, and if you’re in charge of planning this years festivities, you might be feeling a little stressed.

Organizing a party that’s inviting to the whole family presents a unique challenge, so we’ve put together our top tips so everyone makes it out alive.

Is a Christmas party right for you

Not all of us want to entertain a raft of people, especially at Christmas time. It’s certainly not compulsory, but a Christmas party is a great way to catch up with all the friends you’d like to see in one easy timeslot before the holidays get out of hand. It doesn’t have to be more complicated than simply asking friends over at a designated “open house” time so people can drop in and drop out as their own calendar dictates.

A house-to-house party

This idea only works for neighbours or friends who live close by. Maximize the fun of entertaining and minimize the cleaning up by planning a house-to-house celebration. Each house pitches in, providing food or drinks, and the group travels from one home to the next feasting on treats, admiring decorations, and enjoying one another’s company.

A cocktail party

A cocktail party works any time of year, but it is an especially great way to get your friends and family together for a night of chilled out fun.

A Christmas picnic

For those who prefer to create more of a family affair, Christmas picnics are great in places where daylight savings offers light, balmy summer’s evenings. A picnic is also a perfect low-cost way for lots of friends to get together on a weekend and bring their own food and drink to share. Throw in a sausage sizzle, a few games, french cricket or touch games and throw one of the easiest Christmas get togethers.

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An environmental goddess who loves to spend her weekends drinking wine and perfecting her Master Chef skills, this little foodie can callback any 90’s hip-hop jam and obscure pop-culture references. You’ll usually find Billie eating Thai food and heading off for impromptu road-trips with her squad.

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  1. felicity beets December 29, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    A picnic sounds wonderful and relaxed with less to clean up afterwards. A picnic at the beach would be awesome as lots of space and usually a playground for the children as well. also easier to pick a central location for everyone to catch up.

  2. Vikki Sainsbury December 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    We live in a commercial building (we are the only non-commercial tenant) and our neighbours are a Motels, so if we do anything it’s just us or we go out. We live in the centre of town so makes it easy to do stuff in town. If we do picnics we just make a picnic and pile into the car and head down to the Botanic Gardens which is always lovely. Cocktail parties are always cool with friends though, no excuses required hehe

  3. Kym Moore December 27, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I like all these ideas. Growing up, we use to do the progressive style party a lot. Our whole street would participate. But I’m not that close with our neighbours now. A cocktail evening sounds great too. I might do something like that this week for fun!

  4. Amanda Carr December 20, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I like the idea of a Christmas picnic we have lots of friends with kids so like to play cricket, tennis or just let the kids swim it’s great fun and not too stressful as everyone is happy to bring there own drinks and foods to share.

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