Guys! It’s November!! Can you believe it’s already the second last month of 2017, where has the time gone!? Since Halloween is over, it’s officially time to start prepping for the holiday season! And since I live in Canada, we’ve already had our Thanksgiving, so Christmas is on my mind! I love everything about the holiday season from the snow, to cozy fires and hot chocolate, to holiday parties and mulled wine, and my absolute favourite part – spending lots of times with friends and loved ones stuffing our faces with amazing food! If you’re like me, I’ve rounded up some of the BEST holiday party ideas you can use for inspiration this year!
How to Set the Table for Christmas via Jillian Harris
If you’re hosting Christmas dinner this year, this post is a must-read! If you know me, you know Jillian Harris is my ultimate #goals, everything she does when it comes to home décor is pretty much perfect and I love her tips for setting a Christmas table. From pretty cloth napkins, to a metallic table cloth and special little extras for your guests, she covers it all when it comes to a perfect holiday set up!
(Edible) Gingerbread Man Mug Toppers via Lauren Conrad
Something I absolutely love about the holidays is that people are always stopping by for a visit, even if it’s just for a cup of tea. Most people get a good amount of time off over the holidays, so you never know who will stop in. I loveee gingerbread and these gingerbread man mug toppers are the cutest little things to make for when your friends and family pop over. They’re cute, festive and delicious, and go perfectly with a cup of chai, a cappuccino, or a hot cocoa. It gives your drink a little extra holiday spirit and who can say no to a cookie!
The Perfect Holiday Cheeseboard via Eat Yourself Skinny
I’m a sucker for charcuterie boards, so mix in a holiday theme and it’s enough to throw me over the festive edge! From the best cheese and crackers to delicious spreads and fig and orange jam, your guests will be in awe of your holiday cheeseboard. Throw in some spicy salami, candied walnuts and cranberry salsa, and it will be the best charcuterie any of you has ever had!
50 of the Best Holiday Appetizers via A Dash of Sanity
If you’re hosting a holiday party, appetizers are a must! I actually usually fill up on appetizers before the main meal – it’s a problem, but they’re just SO good! I love all of these holiday appetizer ideas, from the spicy cranberry barbeque meatballs to mushroom marsala fondue to roasted grape crostini with walnuts! They’re all easy and quick to whip up for a holiday get together!
Christmas Sangria via Tablespoon
Sangria is probably my favourite alcoholic drink and it’s absolutely perfect for entertaining over the holiday season! You can make a big batch when you have guests over and fill it with festive fruit like cranberries and green pear! This one has all the fixings of a delicious sangria, from pomegranate juice to apple cider, honey, and of course, red wine.
Fun and Festive Christmas Decorating Ideas via House Beautiful
If you’re stumped on new, creative ways to decorate your space this holiday season, here are 50 ideas you can make your own! Whether you like traditional décor, or want something more contemporary, you’ll find whatever you’re looking for here!
Set Up a Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar via HGTV
I love the idea of a holiday hot chocolate bar! There’s nothing better than homemade hot chocolate, and it’s even better if you can round up your friends to sip on it together. You can make virgin hot chocolate or have the option to spike it if you and your guests want. Hot chocolate with Baileys is always a crowd pleaser.
Baked Brie with Blackberry Compote and Spicy Candied Pecans via Foolproof Living
Okay, if this recipe doesn’t get you drooling, I don’t know what will. This baked brie sounds ridiculously flavourful and it’s perfect to display for a holiday party. Topped with candied pecans in a butter-maple syrup-cinnamon-cayenne mixture, and homemade blackberry compote, it will be hard to keep people away, so make sure you get a few good bites in!
How to Host a Fondue Party via Camille Styles
Hosting a fondue party is a brilliant idea for the holidays! It’s something different that all your friends or family members will enjoy. To pair with the fondue, they also suggest mulled wine, which they show you how to make as well! All you need are some cute fondue pots and wooden cutting or charcuterie boards to display the food!
I can’t wait until the holiday parties start up! And I think I’ll host one myself this year too! Are you hosting any holiday parties? If so, tell me about your holiday party ideas below! And if you loved this post make sure to pin the image below on Pinterest!
*All images from this post are from my absolute favourite stock photo website, Haute Stock [aff.link], cheers to Rachel and her team!*
PS. Want more holiday inspiration? Follow my Christmas Ideas and Inspiration board on Pinterest!