Winter Wonderland Party Ideas
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.