This year I'm hosting a Merry Mid-Century Christmas Party Theme for my annual Christmas party.
|Mid-Century Christmas Party|
The photo above is my Christmas party invite (which I'm mailing out tomorrow). The people on the invite are characters from the T.V. Show "Mad Men". The show is set in the 1950s - 1960s era and it's the inspiration for my Christmas party this year.
I'm really excited about all the details that will make the Merry Mid-Century theme so much fun. A real life Evergleam 1958 aluminum Christmas tree complete with color wheel will be the focal point. And, do you remember the over-sized colored Christmas lights of the past? They're back in stores, and they'll be at my party.
The cocktails will be vintage too: Gimlets, Snowballs and Manhattans are the drinks of the day.
Christmas Party Games
For entertainment, we'll be playing the white elephant game. This year's game will be better than ever because I have the printable white elephant game available at CheersAllYear.com (available to you on November 15th, 2011).
This game comes with 60 numbered white elephant fortune cards. So every guest will get a funny fortune with their number. It also comes with the most beautiful white elephant gift tags, party invitations, and white elephant poem (that explains the white elephant rules).
To play the game, every guest brings a wrapped gag-gift, re-gift, or a nice gift (it's up to the guest). The host provides numbers in a hat. Guests randomly draw a number from a hat to determine in which order they will open gifts.
The first person selects a gift and opens it. Then the person who drew number 2 selects the next gift or steals the first person's gift. This continues with lucky number 3 who may steal any opened gift or select a wrapped one under the tree. The number 4 goes, and so on.
There are two rules that every one must follow when playing the white elephant game at my party. Any gift can only be stolen 3 times. After that it's safe which whomever stole it. The last rule: Everyone must take their gifts home with them...no leaving those crazy gag-gifts or re-gifts at my house!