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Winter Wonderland Party Ideas


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Set your table in winter white with dazzling silver accents. Silver candles, place mats and napkins add drama to even the plainest white plates and serving bowls. A vase of white flowers and a delicate sprinkling of fake snow down the center of the table add the finishing touches.

Wrap twinkle lights in white tulle and drape over a window frame like soft, snowy curtains. Tie back the tulle with a snowflake ornament or white satin ribbon.

Place evergreen-scented candles by your entryway to set the scene as guests arrive.

Visit the Evite Party Store to get more ideas and buy supplies!

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Little Extras

One or two special touches will make your party light up the dark winter's night. Some ideas:

  • Give guests a small party favor as they leave. It can be as simple as a white gift bag or satin pouch with a holiday card, votive candle and white chocolate truffles tucked inside.
  • Serve a signature drink, like sparkling wine with a splash of Goldschlager Cinnamon Schnapps. This cinnamon liquor dresses up your bubbly with holiday spiciness and 24-karat-gold flakes.
  • Arrange for a group of children to come by and sing holiday songs.

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Organize a blanc de blancs gift exchange: Dress up the usual gift exchange by asking each guest to bring a white gift wrapped in white paper and ribbon.

In the spirit of the season, encourage guests to make a donation to charity. Create a donation table in a low-traffic area, and set out bowls each marked with the name of a charity. Put out pens and small envelopes so guests can contribute discreetly.

Up for a kitschy twist on the usual holiday tunes? Two words: karaoke caroling.

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Set up a decadent raw bar with oysters and pots of caviar displayed in a large silver bowl filled with ice. Set toast points for the caviar and assorted sauces for the oysters in small bowls alongside.

Risotto is a perfect dish for a winter wonderland with its white, pillowy appearance and its warm, creamy consistency. Try serving your risotto in individual (and edible!) Parmesan cups. To make, scoop a spoonful of grated Parmesan cheese onto a lined baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes until each scoop melts into a lacy disk. Push each disk into muffin cups until it cools and holds the shape of a small cup.

Dreaming of a white dessert? Think white chocolate fondue and cupcakes topped with white icing and flaked coconut.

Stack mini popcorn balls like snowballs for a fun, seasonal party snack.

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  • 3 parts vodka
  • 1 part crème de menthe

Fill a shaker with ice, then add ingredients. Shake, strain into martini glasses, then garnish with a mini candy cane.

Non-Alcoholic — Iced Hot Chocolates: whip up an extra-rich batch of your favorite hot chocolate, and pour in a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

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