Christmas Tree Trimming Party! Getting in the spirit of it all ~

There's something festive yet casual about a Christmas Tree Trimming Party. Although it is hard to go through the motions every year of setting up the tree and getting out all the ornaments, it sure marks the onset of the fun holiday season.

So lets go about planning the event. Plan it ahead of time, near the first week of December. Purchase your tree or take out the one you probably have - one of those gorgeous looking fake trees. Get out all the ornaments and decide on a theme. See what you need to replenish and what you need to purchase ahead of time.

Now that you have all that set.

Send out Evites or actual snail mail invites. The party can be held any time of the day, although I prefer a weekend after dinner - 7pm-10pm.

Menu ideas - keep it simple. Keep the food buffet style with appetizer size plates.
  • Plates of cookies and sweets with festive holiday drinks
  • Healthy appetizers - Fruit platters, Vege platters
  • Simple hearty casseroles
  • Large crock pot of chili on your buffet table, and serve it with sour cream, chopped onions, grated Monterrey jack cheese, chopped cilantro, tortilla chips and salsa.
  • For drinks - gourmet coffee, punch, eggnog with optional rum :)

As the guests enter hand them a special take home ornament as a remembrance of the party. Light a fire in your fireplace and play Christmas carols as background music. If you have a piano, place Christmas sheet music on it in case any of your guests feel inspired to play. I think this would be a great time to have your Christmas entertaining done so that this way you are free - to-be-entertained the rest of the season !