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Planning a Holiday Get Together with Friends

Posted on 12/26/2012 by Sarah Kay Hoffman // Filed in Community, Holidays, lifestyle leaders, SnackJoy // Leave a Comment

planning a holiday get together

This past fall while my husband and I were at a friend’s wedding, it was subtly suggested to us that we reinstate the “friend” Holiday get together at our house (we didn’t have one last year).

I can’t even remember why we didn’t host one last year because the truth is that I love hosting a Holiday get together with our friends. Even if it’s last minute or held at your house, having friends over for the holidays doesn’t need to be a huge chore!

Here are 4 simple tips to planning your own Holiday get together with friends:

Evite. Save paper, send an evite. Even if your get together isn’t until New Year’s Eve, time is running out to get on your friends’ schedules. Make it super easy and send an evite. My favorite part about the evite is that you can customize it however you’d like and instantly receive feedback from who is/is not coming. It’s incredibly easy to track, too!

Menu. Your friends aren’t expecting a Martha Stewart buffet. They are, however, expecting some good Holiday eats. We like to serve mostly “finger foods” and appetizers, since they are easy and provide a wide assortment of options. Three of my favorites are my Holiday Cheese ‘n Crackers, which put a spin on the traditional version. My favorite of the three is the “Roasted Garlic Vegetable & Toasty Onion.” Make it:

  • Ingredients: Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Spread Garden Vegetable 1/3 Less Fat, Skinny Crisps Toasty Onion Crackers, roasted Brussels sprouts (halved), red onion (slivered), 1tbsp. olive oil, ½ tsp. parsley, ½ tsp. thyme, 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, ½ tsp. sea salt
  • Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees, mix all ingredients except cheese and crackers together, place mixture on an Olive-Oil covered tinfoil pan, bake mixture for about 24 minutes, spread cheese on crackers and top with your baked pieces.
  • For all the Holiday Cheese ‘n Crackers recipes plus several more, click HERE to download the free Holiday recipe e-book!

Gift Exchange. We are not doing a gift exchange this year, but one year we had everyone bring an ornament. We exchanged gifts and then we did a version of the Yankee Swap/White Elephant. Spice up your gift exchange for a twist on a classic tradition!

Atmosphere. Set the mood for a great get together with items like: candles, music (create a playlist on Spotify or stream music from your TV), Holiday decorations, LED lights and other festive props.

Planning a Holiday get together with friends should not be a ton of work. Make it fun and ask your friends to help out with food or ideas in general. I am so excited that we decided to have ours again this year!

What is your favorite part about getting together with friends for a Holiday party? Tweet it to us or share with us on Facebook!

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