Hello! My name is Debbie and I am one of your Marine Drive advisors residing in Building 6.
I am very excited that the holiday season is here again. For me, one of the highlights of the holidays is being able to spend time with family and friends. People generally have more free time and the holiday cheer in the air provides many opportunities for gathering and celebrating.
Throwing a festive party can be just as fun and stress-less as attending one.
If you are planning a holiday party this year, consider having a themed party to inspire your decorations, menu, and activities. Themes add an element of excitement to parties and help to make the event memorable. Not to mention, the options are endless: consider the classic themes or get creative and come up with something unique.
In need of inspiration? Here are some ideas:
Winter wonderland: A whimsical and elegant way to celebrate this beautiful season! Keep your guests warm with a hot chocolate bar, popcorn, and sugar cookies. Make snowflake decorations, hang up indoor lights, and turn on the fireplace to create a warming atmosphere.
Ugly Sweater party: Guests are to come in their ugly sweaters (aka most festive sweaters). For one of the activities, have your guests bring a holiday decoration they no longer want and use these decorations to create a new ugly festive sweater all together at the party.
Cookie exchange: For cookie lovers, ask everyone to bring a serving of their homemade cookies and the recipe to the event. At the party, everyone exchanges cookies and recipes so that your guests go home with an assortment of cookies and new recipes to try.
Deck the Hall: Have a party to decorate your home for the holiday and have craft stations to make homemade cards and decorations.
Cookies & Cocoa: Invite guests to bake/decorate cookies and sip hot cocoa; the perfect winter time combination. Go ice-skating afterwards at a local ice arena.
Progressive Dinners: Each guest cooks and hosts a course of the meal in their homes. During the party, guests will travel together from one house to the other for each course. This is a true community-style dinner party where everyone in attendance can be involved.
It’s a wRAP party: Sing-along to rap music while wrapping gifts. This is a fun way to spend time with friends and family and get all of your holiday gift wrapping done! (Make sure you don’t wrap each other’s gift at the event though!)
If you do plan on having party in your residence, keep in mind that parties are not allowed during exam hours, where extended silent hours are in effect. As soon as the final exam period is over, be sure to check with your RA for a Function Responsibility Form (FRF). Having an FRF is one way to ensure that your party will be merry and bright!
Wishing you all the best with your holiday party planning!