Ultimate Christmas Party

Looking to plan a quick and easy Christmas party? This story will have decorations, games and food ideas so you can host the best Christmas party this year!

Web Editor Adrienne Gray, Staff Writer Megan Shaffer

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6 foot tall Christmas tree

Kmart: $66.99


Party city: $9.99


Twinkle Star 100 LED 49 FT Star String Lights, Plug in Fairy String Lights Waterproof

Amazon: $17.99




White elephant gift exchange


Each participant brings a wrapped, unmarked gift

Guests are given numbers

On the first turn, the person assigned with #1 picks out a gift and opens it so all can see what it is. On the second turn, the person assigned with #2 gets the choice of “stealing” #1’s unwrapped gift or choosing a wrapped one from the pile. If #2 steals #1’s gift, then #1 must choose and open a wrapped gift.

Game Rules:

  • If someone steals your gift, you can steal someone else’s gift or choose and open a wrapped one.
  • Continue until everyone has had a turn for a gift.
  • A gift can only be taken once during a turn.
  • Once a gift has 2 owner the 2nd owner of a gift gets to keep it – it is retired and can’t be stolen again.

Two Truths and a Lie: Christmas Addition

Another popular game that works great with a Christmas makeover is Two Truths and a Lie. For example, ask each guest to announce the “Worst Christmas gifts they’ve ever received,” and let each guest tell about two actual terrible gifts they received, and a fake story of a third gift. Those who can figure out which is the lie get a point.



Snowman cheese ball


3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)

2 tablespoons basil pesto

1 tablespoon grated onion

¼ teaspoon yellow mustard

2 drops red pepper sauce

1 container (4 ounces) whipped cream cheese, softened

Assorted crackers, if desired


  • Mix 3 packages cream cheese and the Cheddar cheese; divide into 3 equal parts. Combine 2 parts to equal two-thirds of mixture; mix in pesto. Mix onion, mustard and pepper sauce into remaining one-third mixture
  • Cover each cheese mixture and refrigerate about 4 hours or until firm enough to shape. Shape each cheese mixture into ball. Wrap each ball, label and freeze.
  • About 12 hours before serving, remove balls from freezer. Thaw in wrappers in refrigerator.
  • Arrange balls on serving plate with smaller ball on top for head of snowman. Frost snowman with whipped cream cheese before serving. Decorate as desired. Serve with



Peppermint Bark

Paula Deen



Crushed candy canes, to yield 1 cup

2 pounds white chocolate

Peppermint flavorings, optional


Place candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer into 1/4-inch chunks or smaller. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Combine candy cane chunks with chocolate (add peppermint flavoring at this point if desired). Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment or waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until firm. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle).

Level: Easy

Total: 1 hr

Prep: 5 min

Inactive: 45 min

Cook: 10 min

Yield: about 2 pounds of candy