Deck the halls this holiday season with a family and friends tree trimming party. It’s a great opportunity to take the pressure off yourself and bring back the joy of decorating your tree with a room filled with laughter and memories to come. Your tree will remain the guest of honor for the weeks ahead, shining bright with ornaments and tinsel alike.
Throwing a festive gathering should be minimal work on the prep side and a whole lot of fun on the flip side. Keep the party simple with these tips for an effortless, holiday inspired get-together.
Holiday Tree Trimming Party
Tip 1 — Prep the Tree
Before the guests arrive, set up the tree and string any lights. Unpack any ornaments from their storage containers and place them in decorative baskets that are easily accessible. You may even ask each guest to bring an ornament of their choosing that they’d like to share on your tree this holiday season. Put everyone on the spot at the end of the night and have them tell a story about why they chose to bring that ornament! You’ll get the honors of adding the tree-topper and plugging in the lights.
Tip 2 — Mess-Free Snacks
This isn’t a formal party so forgo the dinner plates and opt for snacks that are mess-free such as specialty nuts, mixes, popcorn, fruit, veggies and of course cookies.
Tip 3 — A Beverage Bar
The mood of the party gets merry when good drinks are served. Set out a few bottles of your favorite Cambria red and white varietals (we chose 2012 Bench Break Pinot Noir, 2012 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2012 Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay and 2012 Bench Break Chardonnay) along with an assortment of glassware.
We got festive by adding some fresh evergreen sprigs to our wine barrel which made for the perfect impromptu bar!
Tip 4 — Queue the Holiday Music
Spend some time prior to the party preparing a holiday playlist filled with songs that bring out the Christmas spirit in everyone. If you’re short on time, use Pandora or Spotify to play holiday tunes. A bonus if you get the group to start caroling!
Tip 5 — Deck the Halls
Since the tree is the main focus for the night, give yourself a break on over-decorating the rest of the house. The smell of fresh pine, candy canes, strands of garland and touches of the holiday spirit will brighten the room and enhance the holiday fun.
If you’re willing to get crafty, cut out a few simple ornament shapes from white paper. Guests can then write a holiday message and hang them on the tree. Not only will they be able to share a special note with you, but you can enjoy reading them all season long.
At the end of the night, it’s all about celebrating the joy of time spent with your family and friends while bringing the holiday spirit into your home.
We wish you a very Happy Holidays!
Written By: Kristin Mansky