Planning and hosting a holiday party can be a lot of pressure. Not to mention, totally exhausting and super expensive. Which is why, especially when it comes to the holidays, I try to stick to the philosophy that if you’re going to go to all the trouble of hosting a party for the simple joy of bringing your loved ones together, you should not have to spend a ton of money to do it.
This year, instead of throwing a lavish party that will leave you with very little money left over for your holiday gift list, host a party that really reflects what this so-called ‘season of giving’ is all about! It’s simple. With a little help from your friends, you can easily throw a potluck style party with class. There are several ways to throw this type of party (and several ways to screw it up!), so over the next few weeks I’ll be telling you all about how to plan—and attend—a few of my absolute favorite holiday parties.
Today, I’m kicking things off with a decadent, yet educational option: The Sweet Eats and BYOB Holiday Drinks Party!
This involves inviting your sweetest friends to indulge in a buffet style spread of desserts and treats, which will be paired with several unique holiday drink options.
Bonus Tip: This type of party should begin later in the evening (after 7pm), to ensure that your guests arrive after they’ve eaten dinner.
Let your guests know that on your end, they can expect a warm home full of friends and holiday cheer, plus, plenty of dessert options. In return, you ask that they each bring the recipe for their favorite holiday drink and everything that goes along with making it.
The fun starts as soon as your first guest arrives! Then, as each additional guest arrives a new drink is added to the menu and before you know it, your guests are teaching each other how to make new drinks, talking about what they love about each recipe, and where they got the idea for the drink, etc. All of which, is way more interactive and entertaining than sitting around drinking standard party booze and mixers.
For my favorite dessert ideas for hosts and delicious drink recipes for guests, check back Wednesday for the next installment of my holiday party round up!