Thursday, January 3, 2013

Chasin' Away the Winter Blues

Throwing a Post-Holiday party is the best way to chase away the winter blues that settle in following New Year’s.  Here are some great party theme ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

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Winter Warming Party: Set up a hot chocolate mixing station, where guests can create their own custom blend of hot chocolate mix, using your own homemade hot cocoa and a variety of toppings. Toppings such as; crushed peppermint, Heath bars, chocolate shavings or sprinkles, chocolate chips, and of course, marshmallows. Have candy sticks and chocolate dipped spoons on hand for stirring in flavored coffee syrups and flavored liquors.  For your décor, use colors like blue, green and white. Use shapes such as snowmen and mittens.  I have created all the printables you need for this Winter Warming Party.

Winter Luau: Shorts, skirts and flip-flops are required for the guests, serving Margaritas and guacamole are a must, and the heat should be turned up in the house to simulate warm summer temperatures.  Go all out with décor; A classic luau calls for tropical decorations such as tiki torches and leis, but give these decor items a decidedly winter touch, wrap twinkle lights around the base of the tiki torches. Make themed leis made of all-white paper snowflakes. Set up a tiki bar, but toss fake snow across the top of the bar. For centerpieces, fill beach buckets full of sand, and place silk Hawaiian flowers in them. Or make "sand" snowmen using plastic foam balls painted tan. Add sunglasses and leis to the snowmen to make them party ready. Hang paper snowflakes and beach balls from the ceiling to marry the two divergent party themes. Your invitations should combine the winter and luau ideas. Include a picture of a Snowman surfing or select an image of the beach as your invitation backdrop, but attach small snowflakes to it. Use wording such as "Get out of the cold and come to the island! Join us for a winter luau party!"

Beat the Winter Blues: Go all out with the color blue, using accents of silver and white; cover your table in blue tablecloths. Place vases full of fresh blue flowers such as hydrangeas around the party site. Put blue light bulbs in some fixtures, or enhance the mood with blue candles. Serve blue food and drinks. Such as blue cupcakes, blue M&M's, blue corn tortilla chips and blueberry mojitos, or non-alcoholic smoothies with blueberries and ask party goers to wear blue.  For entertainment, play blues music, or "blue" songs such as "Blue Suede Shoes" by Elvis Presley. Play "The Blues Brothers" or Blue Man Group DVD in the background.  Of course the invitations must be blue, bright and shiny. You can decorate them yourself with everything from blue sequins and glitter to blue string and tissue paper. Or you can go another route with music notes and pictures of typical "blues" instruments (saxophone, piano, horns, etc.) that read something like; Got the Winter Blues?

Be sure to include all of the details about your event, including the location, date and time of the party. If you want guests to wear costumes or bring their own beverages, indicate this on the invitation, as well

I hope you enjoy these winter parties! If you use one of these themes please email me a few photos to share!

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