One of my favorite parties to throw all year is our Post Holiday Party. Held early in January, it is the perfect way to celebrate with friends without all of the hassles of traditional holiday parties. Here’s why…
- It’s an excuse to delay taking down holiday decorations. You spend a serious amount of time putting up all those decorations, so you should milk it for all you can! Sprinkle in a little New Year’s bling and you are all set.
- It’s a great way of getting rid of unwanted presents. A key part of our holiday party, and part of what makes it so much fun, is the classic white elephant exchange. At our house, we really encourage some serious stealing and chant for those who bring the really bad gifts. Laughing has to burn off some of those holiday calories, right?
- There is no need to fight for babysitters. Instead of trying to find a sitter on those coveted few nights when all holiday parties happen, you can wait until babysitters available again and are eager to make money that won’t go right towards someone else’s gift.
- It is a great way to laugh about holiday stress without being in the midst of it. After the holidays, everyone can trade stories of travel nightmares, last minute shopping frenzies, and the priceless reactions on Christmas morning.
Now that you are sold, there is one important point I must relay about hosting these parties. By January, everyone is on their resolution kicks so only healthy appetizers will do. Gone are the days of the gooey chocolate desserts…at least until February! Of course, you will still want to produce a menu that is yummy and appealing, while easy on the waistline. Have no fear; it can be done. This is what I served.
What do you do to throw healthy and entertaining parties? I’d love to hear your ideas!