11 March 2021 (updated)

Winter Party Wonder: 8 Tips to Throw a Festive Event!

There’s more to wintertime than hiding out from the cold. Whether you throw an outdoor bonfire or make your own winter party indoors, you can make it lots of fun!

Winter Party COVID Considerations

It's not easy planning a party. Whether you’re deciding on the guest list, the theme, or the venue, there are so many things to consider! Summer events can happen around the barbecue, but it’s different when the cold winter air rolls in.

Fortunately, there are still a lot of great winter party options. Whether you keep it inside or brave the outdoors, try out one of these party ideas for some festive fun!

Keep in mind, though, during this crazy time of COVID-19, it's important to avoid large group gatherings and to social distance when possible. We want to spread the cheer, not the virus! So a lot of these ideas might be more successful as a virtual celebration. Or, you can file them away to start planning for next year.

How Do You Host a Great Party?

Every party will be a success with a great theme and decoration according to it With all the fanfare around the holidays, you may want to consider a casual winter party. Here are some ways to do this that will still make it memorable!

  • Cue the Hot Cocoa– Winter is perfect for warming up, whether there's snow or not. So, entertain your guests with a hot chocolate buffet! Bring out the good stuff like whipped cream, marshmallows, and cinnamon for many inspired flavors. You may even want to have rooibos or butter tea for those who like their brewed beverages! (Editor's Note: As fun as this is, it's probably best to hold off on buffets until after the pandemic!)
  • Snack on Football Sunday– You don't have to wait for the Super Bowl or College Bowl time to throw a great football-watching party! These can be the perfect way to throw off the winter doldrums! Throw a party for your friends with all the familiar foods like hot dogs, dips, wings, and beer. This will be a snacking Sunday every sports fan will love!

What Are Good Outdoor Winter Party Ideas?

Many people want to stay warm in winter, but there are fun ways to take advantage of the cooler season. You just need to set the right ambiance for the great outdoors! With these ideas, your guests will love your party even when snowflakes start to fall. They're also probably your best bet for in-person winter parties this year.

  • Get the Bonfire Crackling– Instead of staying inside, start the fire and tell your guests to put on their parka for a winter party! Make sure you have a lot of blankets, seating, and winter music to inspire cheerMulled wine, chili, and other foods are also perfect for keeping your guests warm.
  • Celebrate Winter Sports– Instead of chatting around the fire, go for a high-octane event with winter party games. Whether your guests like ice skating, snowboarding, or hiking in the snow, make the time for winter activities. But make sure you have warm beverages and wonderful treats after the activity’s over!

What Are the Best Formal Winter Party Ideas?

With all the winter's festivities, the cold weather can be a great time to do a little dress up. Fortunately, there are plenty of elegant options for the perfect winter party!

  • A Winter Wonderland – It’s hard to stay elegant in winter weather, so head inside for an enchanting winter-inspired space! Decorate a hall or your home with white winter party decorations like small snowflakes, holly, and poinsettias. With the right lighting and chilled vodka martinis, your guests will enjoy the cold season from inside!
  • Go Black and White– Winter white is certainly a popular option. However, you can also plan a black and white dinner party for an elegant affair! While the winter party décor ideas are up to you, ensure your guests put on their best winter party dress. Whether you serve steamed clams or salmon, it will be done in style!

Editorial credit: Sergei Bachlakov / Shutterstock.com

What Are the Best Winter Theme Party Ideas?

From casual events to elegant affairs, there are plenty of ways to do a winter party! But, if you’re looking for laughter, try one of the following winter party theme ideas:

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Party – This theme may have made a significant splash in recent years. Fortunately, there’s fun to be had by having everyone wear their favorite ugly Christmas sweater! You can even come up with some winter party games for adults to celebrate the holiday spirit.
  • 1980s Ski Party – The 1980s always make a great party theme with retro decorations and clothes. Many of us recall the love of neon that the 80s ushered in. Luckily, you can revisit this with your own old-style skiing party! While no mountains will be involved, ask your guests to put on their vintage windbreakers for a memorable party. You can even serve up an inspired 80s soundtrack!

Planning the perfect party can be a stressful endeavor! Fortunately, there are plenty of winter party ideas that will inspire your guests. Do you have any great winter party theme ideas to share? If so, let us know in our comments. Whatever you choose, there’s no shortage of ways to have fun in the cold season.



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