AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
It may be cold outside, but that doesn't mean your celebration won't be a RED HOT success! From outfits and decorations through to food and drink ideas; to learn how to host a winter themed party to beat them all, read on...!
COLOUR PALETTE IDEAS FOR YOUR WINTER THEMED PARTY
This tip alone is a serious game changer! Pick a colour palette before doing any other planning.
Why? Because once you know the different colours/shades/textures you want to work with, absolutely everything else becomes SO much easier! Whether you're sourcing decorations, selecting food and drinks, choosing outfits... knowing (and sticking to) the theme colours will not only make your job much less stressful, but will also result in a celebration that flows and looks incredible!
We've decided to keep our winter wonderland theme cosy and rustic; using a colour palette filled with creams, whites, browns and greens (alongside gold accents and natural textures such as chunky wool, wood and jute). You can see an example of these colours and textures together below.
Here are some other winter party theme colour examples:
Hot tip: Pick some base colours (e.g. greys, whites, creams), then incorporate pops of your bride's favourite colour for some added fun (blue, for example)!
WINTER THEMED COSTUMES & OUTFIT IDEAS
Baby it's COLD outside! So why not encourage your guests to rug up in their best winter woollies? Beanies, scarves, mittens, ugg boots, slippers, coats, and even dressing gowns accepted attire - literally my dream dress code!
Alternatively, if you would like your celebration to ooze glamour and charm, opt for themes such as 'glitter', 'little white dress', 'winter themed dresses' or 'winter sparkle'. You could also set a colour block theme using your event palette (for example ,everyone come dressed in gold, green or brown - bride dressed in white!).
And finally, if you'd like to give your guests a little more freedom in their wardrobe, why not ask everyone to come in an outfit that resembles 'snow', 'ice', or even the season itself. The range of costumes (from stunning, glittery dresses through to DIY snowflakes and Santa outfits) will be SO entertaining and great for photos!
WINTER THEMED PARTY FOOD
There are a few ways to approach your winter themed food.
First of all: warmth. When I think of the cooler months, I think of delicious meals that make me feel cosy and warm - meals that remind me of my childhood. For example, mini shepherds pies, self-serve butter chicken and rice, pulled pork rolls, pasta meals, lasagne, baked potatoes, or even pizza!
Now reverse that thought and consider all things cold! Think along the lines of sundae bars, ice-cream bars and self serve gelati. For those interested in setting up a station dedicated to these frozen delights, be sure to include a variety of delicious toppings (nuts, honeycomb, chocolate, lollies, sprinkles, fruits). Guests will have an absolute ball personalising their very own treats.
If you want the theme to carry through to your food table, consider serving up an array of appetizers and sweets that pair well with your party colour palette. Using the example from the beginning of this article, serving a range of foods that are cream, white, brown, green and gold is an easy way to tie your edibles to the rest of the celebration. This could include cupcakes decorated with white icing, avocado dip with crackers, cheese and crackers, chocolates, caramel popcorn mixed with plain popcorn, iced donuts, Ferrero Rocher's, mini sandwiches, biscuits, cake pops, mousse, scones, mini quiches and so on.
And finally, stunning labels, signs and/or inventive layouts are a fun way to theme your spread. From cupcakes set up to form the shape of a snowflake, popcorn served in jars decorated as snowmen or little biscuits iced with wintery images, through to simple yet beautiful themed signage ('enjoy some food' or 'treat yourself); there are many ways to get creative.
Hot tip: If you like bits and pieces from the different options above, there's no reason you can't mix and match! Serve some themed foods alongside dishes in your party colours, and then top it off with a sign at the back of your table. Do what works best for your particular event!
WINTER THEMED COCKTAILS & DRINKS
When the temperature drops, winter themed drinks such as hot chocolate (with a dash of Irish Whisky), butterscotch hot chocolate, warmed eggnog, mulled wine, hot caramel cocktail, or the delicious sticky date martini (sticky date pudding in cocktail form - my mouth waters at the mere thought of it) are your best bets. Snuggled up near the fire, best gals around, warm beverage in hand; it's a dream on those cold winter days!
If you want to zone in on the 'chill' factor, slushies with added punch (i.e. vodka or gin) or chilled drinks in your palette colours (e.g. snow cap cocktail, chocolate martinis, or the amazing toblerone cocktail) are bound to go down a treat!
DECORATE IN STYLE
Winter themed decorations should make your guests feel warm, cosy and happy.
We love using natural items and textures to help create this beautiful ambience. Indoor plants add stunning greenery, fairy lights add a subtle yet beautiful glow to the room (grab these out of your Christmas box to save yourself some money), fire creates warmth and wintery feels (open fire, fire pit, candles or candlesticks - they all work!), sticks painted white add a frosty feel and pinecones (painted white or left natural) draw the mind to winters gone by.
Burlap or twine work wonders when attached to jars (which can hold the flickering light of a small candle) or vases. Burlap also makes for a beautiful table runner. Wooden pallets can be incorporated into your day to create stylish indoor picnic tables (or outdoor, if the weather permits), complete with comfortable rugs, throws and cushions.
Gold accents will add a bit of elegance to your celebration. Gold rimmed wine glasses, a couple of gold candle holders, gold cutlery, or even some edible gold glitter sprinkled over sweet dishes is bound to impress. Don't overdo it with this colour, though - subtle hints will make the biggest impact!
And finally, make sure your beautiful guests keep warm by providing chunky woollen blankets to wrap around themselves outside, maybe some mittens and beanies too!
PLAY SOME WINTER THEMED GAMES
When it comes to pre-wedding celebrations, there are an abundance of games for you to choose from (for bridal shower game inspiration, click here; for hen party game ideas, click here). But if it's winter themed games for adults you're after, the following tweaks to classic options may be of interest!
Write down a list of scenarios that remind you of winter (for example, 'Snowball fights', 'Ice Skating', 'Snowboarding', 'Frozen', etc.). At the party, break guests up into small teams and assign one of the scenarios to each of them. It is then their job to create a photo or selfie that relates to that scene within 2 minutes! Click here to view full game instructions.
DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?
Split guests into groups (with at least 3 members each) and ask them to create a snow(wo)man bride within 10 minutes using ONLY toilet paper (you can find bamboo and recycled toilet paper here)! This is achieved by dressing one team member by throwing, wrapping, twisting, etc. toilet paper over their body. Once the time is up, have each of the snowmen strut their stuff and have the host pick best frozen fellow!
Alternative: Split guests into teams and hand each of them their own box of random items (for example, cushions, blankets, ribbons, etc.). Ask teams to transform one of their members into a snowman using ONLY the items from their box! When 10 minutes is up, the snowmen put on a show (if they can move!) and the bride/host awards their favourite with a prize!
This is one of my favourite winter themed party games for those heading out and about! Make a list of wintery items that guests have to find and photograph themselves with. For example, drinking a cocktail in an ice bar, holding a box of the bride's favourite icy-poles, eating an ice-cream, next to a snowman they've built out of random items, etc. Have a prize for the team/individual who finds (and photographs) everything on their list first!
ENJOY SOME WINTER THEMED ACTIVITIES
COCKTAIL CLASS WITH A WINTERY TWIST
So much fun to make and incredibly delicious, what's not to love about a cocktail masterclass?! Learn how to create the best of the best winter inspired cocktails at the hands of a pro. Or, request master teachings for your bride-to-be's favourite mix! After you've all worked your magic with a shaker, you can enjoy sipping on your creations by a crackling fire.
HIT THE SLOPES
Whether you go for the day or the weekend, heading to the snow is the ultimate winter activity! Snowball fights, skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, falling (so much falling!), laughing and keeping warm by a giant open fire. What more could an adventure loving hen want?!
ICE BAR EXEPERIENCE
Rather than heading up the mountain, find the chill closer to home. An ice bar experience brings the freezing climate to the city; meaning you can rug up and enjoy some ice-cold fun before stepping outside into what will feel like a warm breeze! Be sure to enjoy some delish cocktails and snap many a photo in this unique environment before leaving!
Treat your best friend and her girls to an all-round pamper sesh. But rather than playing it safe, encourage everyone to have a bit of fun and try a bold, new, wintery look!
For example, if you're getting a makeup artist in, perhaps ask that she take inspiration from the cooler months; resulting in stunning winter themed makeup. Similarly, a nail technician may choose to paint gorgeous little snowflakes, create glittery masterpieces or take inspiration from a winter colour palette.
Depending on your budget, there are a couple of ways to introduce a snap happy area to your celebration:
Save some cash and DIY it with a beautiful backdrop. Take a look around your venue and find an area that would be suitable. This could be anywhere from a plain wall (wooden or white would be perfect for this theme) through to a stunning outdoor view. If you want to give your background a bit of 'WOW factor', this can be done using streamers (in your theme colours) hanging down from the ceiling, florals, balloon garlands, or even by bringing the outdoors in (think wooden stumps, greenery, etc.).
Simple blackboards and chalk make great props (as they allow guests to write their own messages/speech bubbles which will DEFINITELY get more and more hilarious as the night goes on!). It’s also a good idea to write phrases on some of the boards before the party starts (‘[Name’s] hen’s party’, 'Party Time', 'Kiss the Miss Goodbye', 'Baby it's COLD Outside!', 'Snow Much Fun', etc.).
If you do want to include actual props, these can be found in most party shops or via Etsy. You could also hit up some op shops and keep a lookout for wintery outfits/costumes that won’t cost a fortune. Warm hats, funny glasses, big jackets, giant mittens and more would be great for filling your prop basket with.
For this DIY option, let guests use their own cameras or phones to capture images. One celebration I went to had a selfie stick set up at the perfect height - all we had to do was pop our phone in on timer and voila, instant photobooth!
If the thought of DIYing this activity causes more stress than excitement, actual photobooth companies can be brought in to help. Ranging from booths through to mirrors, there's an option for everyone's style. And most importantly, such businesses can customise the photo strip to suit your celebration (i.e. your hen's name, accompanied by snowflakes, can grace the strip if you wish!).
WINTER EDIBLES - COOKING OR SIMPLY ENJOYING
There are so many incredibly delicious meals associated with the winter months. Warm, filling - perfect when paired with a glass of wine! Why not take advantage of the wonderful foodstuff on offer by either learning how to make it yourself (hello cheeky cooking class!), or by visiting a local winter themed restaurant (open fire a must).
If you'd prefer to stay in for the celebration, there is also the option of hiring a personal chef for the party. They will not only whip up a fabulous restaurant quality meal to be enjoyed around the table at home, but will also let you in on a few little secret when it comes to cooking delectable food!
And finally, if you're feeling a little competitive, you could challenge everyone to a gingerbread decorating contest. Whether they be shaped like little men, snowflakes or simple shapes - ask guests to get those creative juices flowing and turn their bland biscuit base into some sort of masterpiece!
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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
This fun, beautiful and sophisticated theme is perfect for bridal showers, kitchen teas and hen parties alike! The perfect combination of bright colours, neutral tones, fun games and unique activities will ensure that it's a celebration to remember. For all of the inspiration you'll need to host your very own Main Squeeze bridal shower theme event, see below.
MAIN SQUEEZE PARTY COLOUR PALETTE
When creating events, it's always a good idea to pick a colour palette before doing anything else. This makes everything easier. Decorations, food, drinks - when it all ties together, your party will flow!
Below is an example colour palette for this theme. Mix these featured shades of yellow and green with different shades of white. Natural textures such as wood and jute will also compliment this celebration nicely!
This is a fun and sophisticated theme that doesn’t require particular outfits to pull off. That being said, a neat casual, or even a ‘favourite summer ensemble’ dress code will pair nicely with your main squeeze party.
If you would prefer guests to coordinate their clothing in some way, suggesting a colour block theme (i.e. everyone comes dressed in white and/or yellow) is an easy yet effective way to bring the group together. You could also hand out cute yellow flowers for everyone's hair as they arrive - a sweet accessory that people of all ages will love!
And finally, if you’re looking for a way to make your bride-to-be stand out, ask her to arrive in a yellow outfit while everyone else arrives in white (or vice versa)!
Let's talk about your main squeeze menu!
Starting with foods for the citrus lovers; with lemon meringue pie, lemon slice, lemon chicken, lemon scones, lemon cheesecake, lemon tart, lemon cake and lemon crumble being just some of the many lemony recipes available, it's easy to find a sour snack (or meal) perfect for your occasion.
If you don't really enjoy the flavour of this fruit, but want to stay in theme, try to stick to foods that match your colour palette instead. Using the example palette from the beginning of this article, serving a range of foods that are yellow, green, cream and white is an easy way to tie your edibles to the rest of the celebration.
Some example foods for this purpose include donuts, cakes and cupcakes with coloured icing, cake pops (once again iced in one of your party colours), green salads, potato chips, mini sandwiches, bagels, lollies, cheese and crackers, etc. Get creative and have fun with what your serve!
And finally, there is the option of signage. Rather than stressing about colours, place a themed sign on the table that encourages guests to dig in! At your Main Squeeze party, this sign could say something along the lines of 'Let's Squeeze in Some Food!' (for example).
Hot tip: If you like bits and pieces from the different options above, there's no reason you can't mix and match! Serve some lemony foods alongside dishes in your party colours, and then pop a sign up at the back of your table for added fun. Do what works best for your particular event!
Décor tip: Greenery and vases full of beautiful floral arrangements add a pop of colour and sophistication to food tables. For example table décor in the lemon theme, click here.
Similar to the food options above, there are a few ways you can go about theming your beverages!
White wine, champagne and cider are not only delish, but due to their yellowish colour will also fit in nicely with the rest of your food and decorations. Yellow and white cocktails are also a great beverage choice (such as the 'Lemon Drop', 'Yellow Bird', and 'White Chocolate Martini'); as are cheeky punch recipes that result in a gorgeous, golden refreshment!
For those who want to incorporate lemons in their drink menu, you really can't go past a good old fashioned lemonade bar/stand! Allow guests to mix their own concoctions by providing pre-made lemonade alongside shot glasses and a range of alcohol (such as gin, vodka and peach schnapps). This gives non-drinkers the chance to quench their thirst with traditional lemonade, and others a fun mixing activity that could result in some delicious (and not quite right!) new drinks.
Handy tip: Sliced lemon looks (and tastes!) great in water. You can also add slices to your ice-block tray - fill with water, freeze and offer to guests for a themed, icy addition to their drink.
First of all, you will need to decide on the type of 'look' you're after. A white base (e.g. tablecloths, serving bowls, etc.) is fantastic for emphasising colours and giving you a bright, fresh feel; whereas a wooden base (e.g. wooden or palette tables) will add more of a rustic vibe.
Once you have this sorted, it's time to start adding colour! Use a mix of yellows, greens and white, along with rustic accents if you wish (such as burlap and twine, wooden display boxes, etc.).
As this theme is dedicated to lemons, don't be afraid to use them! They look fantastic in bowls, strategically placed on tables (amongst greenery), sliced up in jugs of water, sliced up and frozen to create gorgeous ice-cubes and more.
Yellow and white flowers mixed in with green leaves will look fabulous on tables, beside doorways, and near anything you wish to draw guests' attention to (a photobooth, for example). Flower garlands are amazing, too (however will cost a pretty penny!). And while we're on the topic of natural décor, potted lemon trees (or any kind of potted indoor plants) are a great way to bring some more colour to your venue.
In addition to the above, latex balloons can also be a welcome inclusion. A garland created with white and yellow balloons of all sizes would look absolutely stunning, especially if you added some natural greenery to it as well.
Framed signs (such as those found in the 'Main Squeeze' themed printable section) are a great way to theme your event whilst also letting guests' know what's around. Whether it be to welcome guests to the party, used as an addition to food and drink tables, to guide guests in taking favours, etc., these signs are helpful, sweet and compliment the overall décor nicely.
And finally, if you want to give your celebration a relaxed ambience, little fairy lights and/or festoon lights are a great option. They will lighten up your party in the best possible way as nightfall approaches!
We've created this stunning range of 'Main Squeeze' party printables (ranging from sweet to downright cheeky!); you can check them out by clicking here. If you would prefer games that are more lemon related (i.e. those that go perfectly with the theme, but aren't seen at your typical bridal shower or hen party), keep scrolling.
A mix of both traditional and non-traditional games could also be fun!
This is a fun game for parties heading out and about! First thing's first, you will need to put together a pack of lemon related objects/products. How ludicrous these items are is entirely dependent on the vibe of your party (e.g. if you want 18+ shenanigans, include some cheekier items. Want to keep things a little more low key? Stick to items that won't offend).
Example products/objects include:
When it comes time to play, give this pack to your hen and explain that she is to try and sell what's inside throughout the night!
Any money she manages to make should go towards buying something she really wants (such as a cocktail or that food she's been craving all afternoon).
Fun tip: Get guests involved in the game by asking them to hit up some op shops prior to the party; bringing along ONE of their favourite lemony finds for your hen to sell. It will be hilarious to see what everyone turns up with!
At the start of the celebration, hand a yellow peg (with a cute lemon cut-out stuck to it... if you wish!) to one lucky guest - they are the 'lemon'! It is their mission to try and attach this little peg to another guest without that person noticing. When they have successfully attached the peg to someone, they count down from 10 as loud as they can. If they reach 0 without the peg being found, the pegged person becomes 'the lemon'. However, if the peg is found before reaching 0, they must complete a punishment (such as taking a big swig from her drink, or putting on a costume accessory) before finding the next victim!
Fun to make and incredibly delicious, what's not to love about a cocktail masterclass?! Learn how to create the best of the best yellow, white and/or green cocktails at the hands of a pro. Following the lesson, you can then enjoy sipping on your creations whilst digging into some food, sharing some laughs and basically having a good time!
Pamper your bride-to-be and her guests with a makeover (that has a slight twist!). Rather than sticking to neutral tones, this party is all about having fun and trying something bold - something new! Ask the makeup artist to take inspiration from your theme when completing each person's 'look'. Think bright yellow eyeshadow, glittery yellow lips, shimmering lemon stencils on cheeks and more!
GET CREATIVE IN THE KITCHEN
Does your best friend have a favourite lemon inspired food? Whether it be lemon tart or lemon gelati, book in for a class that demonstrates exactly how to make it. This activity not only provides skills that can be used in daily life (hello new favourite dish!), but will also give your bride-to-be and her gals the chance to sit down, relax and indulge in some delicious homemade goodness as a group.
This scavenger hunt is all about tracking down the best lemony goodness your town has to offer! To play, make a list of items that guests will have to find and photograph themselves with. For example, enjoy a lemon flavoured beer at [insert pub name], enjoy a lemon cider from [insert bar name], hide amongst yellow flowers, stand next to a tall lemon tree, pose with a box of lemons, eat a lemon flavoured food, etc. Have a prize for the team/individual who completes everything on their list first!
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ENJOY YOUR STUNNING 'MAIN SQUEEZE' CELEBRATION!
I hope this article has provided you with ALL the inspiration you need to pull off your very own Main Squeeze party! If you have any other ideas, we'd love to hear about them in the comments below (as would our wonderful community!). Likewise, if you end up hosting a Main Squeeze event for your best friend's bridal shower or hen do and got a bit snap happy, we would absolutely love to see your images!
Cheers to an AMAZING celebration that's sweet yet sour!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
I have a confession to make. You know those annoying people who are constantly talking about Christmas? The ones who can’t wait to get the decorations out, who love that the shops start playing carols early, and who plan out even the smallest things to make sure every day in December is magical? That’s me. Which got me thinking... if there are other Christmas crazy hens out there, how fun would it be to throw them a pre-wedding celebration in their favourite festive theme? Whether it be a Christmas in July or a party in December, it’s definitely a celebration you can have heaps of fun with! And a bonus? You already have all of the decorations, cookie cutters, etc. handy from Christmas’ gone by! Ready to plan the Christmas Bachelorette party to beat all others? See below!
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GET IN THE FESTIVE SPIRIT WITH FUN CHRISTMAS PARTY THEMES!
When it comes to festive-wear, there are so many fun (and cringe-worthy!) options for your Christmas themed party! See below for some inspiration:
A VERY SEXY CHRISTMAS
After an outrageous hen party theme? Why not host a ‘very sexy Christmas’?! At this party, anything goes - from red bathers and Christmas themed lingerie, to mini dresses in the theme of Mrs. Clause or elves, it’s all about being daring and cheeky! Pair with some activities that would only ever be found on Santa’s ‘naughty list’ and you’re good to go.
CHARACTERS OF CHRISTMAS
There are a few ways you can go about this particular theme. For starters, why not dress your bride-to-be as Mrs. Clause and have guests arrive as elves?! Or have everyone arrive as their own version of Santa (beards and all), whilst your beautiful hen shines as Mrs. Clause?
Alternatively, ask guests to get creative with one simple request – it MUST be a character of Christmas (prepare yourself for elves, scrooge, Santa, reindeer, Mrs. Clause, presents, Christmas trees, Candy canes, and everything in-between!).
CHRISTMAS IN JULY PARTY/WINTER WONDERLAND
Planning a celebration in the cooler months but still want to bring the Christmas cheer to your best friend’s day? Why not host a Christmas in July celebration?
Suggest guests dress in their favourite wintery gear. With such a vague description, you can expect people to come decked out in anything from their warmest party outfits, colours associated with the theme (such as white/glitter, just like a snowflake), hilariously ugly Christmas sweaters, or Christmas characters (Mrs. Clause in her snug red coat, a snowman, or even a Christmas turkey are all possibilities!). Pair with activities such as a hot cocoa bar, ice-skating and an ice-bar adventure for extra wintery feels.
CHRISTMAS PJ PARTY
When Christmas rolls around, there is always some fun, cute or downright weird festive PJs to choose from... and not just in the kids section! So why not host the most comfortable event around and encourage party-goers to arrive in their favourite Christmassy pyjamas (slippers and dressing gowns also encouraged)?
Onesies, nighties, shorts & singlets, funny slogans, terrible slogans – you really can’t go wrong! And the best part? Your gals can keep their cosy outfits for years to come; being reminded of that epic party every time they don their Christmas sleepwear!
COLOUR BLOCK CHRISTMAS
For those after a simple Christmas party theme, you could ask that all guests arrive wearing red, and then dress your bride-to-be in green (or vice versa). Alternatively, go for the ‘white Christmas’ theme and have everyone wear their favourite white attire.
★Click here to view a selection of fun & funny Christmas tops★
Add a bit of fun to the costume department by requesting that funny Christmas party slogans are somehow included in each outfit. This could be anything from a T-shirt with the words ‘I’m dreaming of a wine Christmas’ to a dress with paper sticky taped to the front (displaying a hilarious slogan for all to see!). Let guests get creative this one; you’ll be surprised by what people come up with!
HO HO HO DOWN!
It might be Christmas time, but that certainly doesn’t mean you have to stick to the theme completely! Bring out your inner country-girls by donning some flannies, denim, boots and wide-brimmed hats. You can also add a touch of festive fun to your outfits with Santa hats, Christmas themed earrings or even tinsel necklaces if you wish!
Another low-key option is that of Santa hats. These will bring your group together whilst still allowing your guests to choose an outfit they'd like to wear. Pair with the colour-block theme idea mentioned above if you'd like everyone to be more 'matchy-matchy'!
★Click here for some ugly sweater inspiration★
And finally, there’s the good old ‘ugly sweater’ option, which will not only be hilarious for guests when choosing their outfit, but will also guarantee plenty of laughs on the night.
DELIGHT YOUR GUESTS WITH CHRISTMAS INSPIRED FOOD
If you’re hosting a Christmas party and LOVE a good feed, why not go all out and serve a full blown Christmas feast? You could either prepare this yourself (with the help of the other bridesmaids), organise a pot luck lunch or dinner (where each guest brings a plate), or get the professionals in so that you can all sit back, relax and enjoy the meal (without any stress)!
Alternatively, if your bride-to-be prefers to ‘snack-on-the-go’, perhaps you could bring the fun to your food table with cute, funny or distasteful labels instead? For instance, a ‘Treats for Santa’ sign could be placed next to a cart that serves milk and cookies (or, if you’d prefer, cocktails with a milky appearance). You could also use labels such as ‘Reindeer Poop’ (chocolate bits), ‘Christmas Cupcakes’, ‘Reindeer Noses’ (bowl of malteasers with one red jaffa for Rudolph) or ‘Baubles’/’Mini Baubles’ (anything round and colourful – such as M&Ms!).
And finally, there’s the option of creating Christmas party food that looks festive! For example, cutting the bottom of a strawberry off and putting a dollop of white chocolate on the tip – instant ‘Santa Hat’. Cookies shaped like Christmas characters are also a win, as are Christmas puddings, biscuits stacked to look like Christmas trees, Pavlovas (for an Aussie Christmas!), candy canes, snowman pancakes and watermelon cute to look like Christmas trees.
AND LET'S NOT FORGET THE FESTIVE DRINKS!
Christmas inspired beverages can be served based on colour (for example, if you’re hosting a ‘green and red’ themed Christmas party, you could serve cocktails that have green and red tones – Cosmopolitans and Grasshopper cocktails would be ideal for this, as would jelly shots made from green and red jelly – bonus points if you display the shots like a Christmas tree!).
Alternatively, you may decide to serve traditional Christmas drinks, such as Eggnog, mulled wine or Christmas punch. And finally, there’s the option of labelling your drink selection. ‘Grinch Juice’, ‘Naughty Nectar’, ‘Santa’s Secret’ and/or ‘Jolly Juice’ all work, as does one sign to cover ALL of your drinks – ‘Let’s Get Elfed Up!’.
Fun tip: hand out reusable jars/glasses/champagne flutes to each guest, individually labelled so that they can keep track of their drinks. Labels such as ‘Eat, Drink & Be Merry’, ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’, ‘Santa’s Little Helper’, ‘Bah Hum Bug’ and ‘Christmas Cheer’ will slot in perfectly with your overall theme!
ADD TO THE CHEER WITH CHRISTMAS PARTY DECORATIONS
The beauty of this theme is that EVERYONE has Christmas decorations in the cupboard, just waiting to make their appearance at that magical time of year. So rather than purchasing decor for the celebration, see what you (and your guests) have in storage that can bring your theme together. From Christmas trees and fairy lights to festive table runners, you’ll have an absolute ball ‘decking the halls’!
For those who want to keep it in a particular colour scheme, the above still applies. Simply check your cupboards (and ask other guests) for decor that suits the look you’re going for. Some inspiration includes ‘White Christmas’, ‘Green & Red Christmas’, ‘Red & White Christmas’ and ‘Christmas Lights’.
Extra Decor Ideas: Instead of counting down to Christmas, you could create a sign that counts down to your bride-to-be’s wedding day (i.e. ’12 Days ‘til [name’s] Wedding). Decorate with baubles or fairy lights for a Christmassy touch!
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LAUGH LIKE CRAZY WITH THESE FUN CHRISTMAS PARTY GAME IDEAS
Games can be played in two different ways at themed parties. They can either be right on theme (scroll down for some amazing Christmas Bachelorette party game options!) or they can completely unrelated (yet include a touch of Christmas spirit). If you're after the latter, check out our beautiful range of Christmas themed printables by clicking here!
BEST DRESSED COMPETITION
Encourage everyone to arrive in fun outfits by hosting a competition! Play Christmas carols whilst they all strut around the room. Your bride-to-be can then pick her favourite costume, awarding the winner with a prize! Want the fun to continue? Rather than just having a ‘best dressed’ category, add some alternative prizes as well. Think along the lines of ‘most creative outfit’, ‘weirdest getup’, ‘funniest costume’, etc.
Pull out your scrap paper, paint, pencils, pens and more - it's time for a craft off! Set everything on a table and let guests go to town creating their very own 'Hallmark Christmas Cards'.
But, it's not all about looks. Oh no, it's much more than that! As you know, Hallmark cards are famous for the messages they hold inside. Which means, individuals/teams have to think about spreading festive cheer with words as well! The person/team with the most creative, unique, hilarious or even sweetest card and message combo wins.
Other ways to bring the creative juices to your celebration include decorating baubles, making stockings, personalising Santa hats and more!
I’m sure you’ve played (or at least heard of) the game ‘DIY Wedding Dress’ before? Where teams use toiled paper to create their own designer wedding gowns? Just like that game, guests are split into small groups (of 3-4) and given a time limit to wrap their model. BUT, in this case, it’s the first team to turn their ‘model’ into Santa that wins! The suit, the beard, the hat, the shoes – the results will be hilarious.
HOW MANY ORNAMENTS?
Make sure you keep count of those ornaments whilst decorating that tree! Guests can then take it in turns to guess how many there are, with the person who guesses the closest winning a prize. Simple, fun AND pretty to look at, this game is perfect if you're after low-key activities that guests can participate in when they wish.
SIAMESE GIFT WRAPPING GAME
This challenge is so simple to set up, and SO funny to watch! The aim of the game is for guests to wrap a present as fast as they can. Sounds simple, right? Well... the catch is that they must do so in pairs. And each person is only allowed to use one hand!
Handy tip: Use cereal boxes, tissue boxes, etc. as ‘presents’ and old newspapers as ‘wrapping paper’.
WOULD YOU RATHER - CHRISTMAS EDITION!
If you haven’t heard of this game before, it’s basically where you ask the group a ‘would you rather’ question. For example, ‘would you rather give or receive a lap dance?’ A fun and easy way to break the ice at any kind of party! To bring the Christmas theme to this game, you simply have to come up with questions that are related to the festive season. For instance, ‘would you rather be naughty or nice?’ For more hilarious, Christmas themed options (plus a printable to make your planning easier!), click here.
CELEBRATE WITH SOME FUN CHRISTMAS PARTY ACTIVITIES
Get those vocal cords working overtime by belting out your favourite Christmas carol classics! With songs ranging from 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' to 'Santa Clause is Comin' to Town', you're guaranteed to get your monies worth with these epic performances!
CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL CLASS
Has your bride-to-be always wanted to nail the art of cocktail making? Why not treat her to a special mixology class where she can learn all the skills needed to do just that?
Handy tip: Give your cocktail master a heads up on the theme before the day so that your group can learn how to make delicious Christmas inspired beverages!
CHRISTMAS MOVIE TRIVIA NIGHT
If your bride-to-be enjoys a bit of trivia (and loves a good Christmas movie - my personal fave, 'The Christmas Chronicles' or 'Love Actually'), this game could be a winner. Google fun facts about popular movies in this category and combine them to make the ultimate Christmas Movie Trivia night!
Fun Tip: Following the trivia, why not sit back with some delicious treats, popcorn and drinks (cocktails, wine, champagne, punch) and watch your hen’s favourite xmas flick. This could also be turned into a game (for example, when the 'Naughty or Nice' list is mentioned, everyone must drink).
GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST
Who made it best? Or, turn the tables, who made it worst?! Bring out your creative side with this fun and unique hen party activity, whereby guests can not only make their very own masterpiece, but they can also eat it! Have your beautiful bride-to-be pick their favourite (#winner!). You may also like to give a prize to the most hilarious attempt!
Make your photo booth one to remember by including a life-sized painting or picture of Santa! Set up a large sign reading 'Santa Photos' next to a basket of fun props (headbands related to the theme, cute Christmas photo props such as 'I'm on Santa's Naughty List', blackboards and chalk - so that guests can write fun messages throughout the night, etc.). The resulting images will be memorable, hilarious and a wonderful keepsake from such a fun occasion!
Handy hint: Don't have the cash or craftiness to print/paint a large image of Santa? Have one of the bridesmaids dress up as the jolly man instead! As with the shops, 'Santa Photos' will only be open for a short time. When the (wo)man in red is no longer available for pictures, guests can simply enjoy taking pics with props instead!
PLAY SANTA WITH GIFTS, FAVOURS & PRIZES!
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If you’re after favours or prizes that tie in with your overall theme, think along the lines of baubles and other tree decorations, mini Christmas puddings, mini pavlovas, candy canes, Christmas cookie cutter set (plus cookies!), festive candles, or even some delish Christmas punch served in cute little jars!
If you don't mind steering clear of the theme in this area, you will find a variety of fun and unique favour ideas by clicking here, and some stunning eco-friendly favour options here.
DELIVER THOSE GIFTS IN TRUE CHRISTMAS STYLE
This theme lends SO many fun ways to gift your guests their favours!
For starters, rather than the typical favour bags, you could go for presents instead. Neatly wrap and label each gift (one per guest) and place them under the Christmas tree, ready to be collected at the end of the night. Alternatively, you could hang stockings or mini 'Santa Sacks' (this could be part of your decor – a stocking garland) filled with little gifts. For those with extra cash to splash, personalised stockings go down a real treat!
And finally, there is the option of ‘Christmas Eve Boxes’. Fill each box with goodies that can be used throughout the celebration (such as playdoh for a game of ‘mould the man’, Christmas crackers filled with terrible jokes, candy canes, etc.) – giving your guests a sneak peek at what the day/night will entail whilst simultaneously getting everyone excited and ready to par-tay!
Fun tip: These favour options can be turned into a game. Nominate one or two of the bridesmaids to play Santa – it will be their job to set out the favours at some point during the celebration (whether this be placing presents under the tree, filling the stockings with gifts or setting up the Christmas Eve Boxes depends on what type of favour you decide to go with). The other bridesmaids can cause a distraction at this time so that ‘Santa’ can sneak in and out without being seen. The first person to notice that Santa has visited gets a prize!
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HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS BACHELORETTE PARTY!
If nothing else, I hope this article has put a smile on your face! That being said, if you decide to go ahead with a Christmas Bachelorette party theme and ALL the fun it has to offer, please feel free to share your experience via the comments below or social media (AUS Facebook Group | Worldwide Facebook Group | Pinterest)! We absolutely LOVE hearing about your parties, and so do our wonderful readers :-)
Cheers to an AMAZING event full of festive cheer!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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