Recently, we hosted a girls’ night holiday get together. It was a huge success and we have been dying to share all the details. We thought it would be best to share everything that went into planning a party like this so you can host one of your own!
We like to think that the main components to a great party are: food, drinks, decor, music and activities/interaction. Check out how we pulled them all together to create the perfect holiday girls’ night below!
First and foremost, the food. Food is such a huge part of hosting a party. As we hosted a group of females, we didn’t want to offer anything too heavy. We also wanted to be sure we covered off all dietary restrictions. We had vegans, vegetarians and gluten free diets to think about and we wanted to make sure that those guests felt super comfortable. Not only that, but we wanted to ensure there was enough to eat for everyone to feel full and satisfied. Luckily those three dietary restrictions meant we got to stick to healthier options which we think everyone really appreciated.
Food labels are a must when it comes to making sure guests don’t need to ask if they can have some. They can also be super cute and tie in with your decor! We did some cute chalk board labels to show what items were gluten and dairy free.
We served a really great crostini bar with a variety of different vegan toppings and had gluten free bread available. We also offered a charcuterie spread, cookies and cupcakes, veggies and hummus and macarons. We shared all the cookie details last week. We even sent each girl home with her own box of totally vegan and gluten free cookies! Crostini recipes will be posted on the blog this week as we cannot stop raving about them! We felt this menu kept things light and delicious, which was perfectly fitting with our event’s timeline.
Next on the list: drinks. What would a girls’ holiday party be without prosecco? We made sure the bubbly was flowing for everyone all night. Garnishes, straws and ice were top on our minds to make sure that everyone could make their drink the way they would like. Lemons, Limes, pomegranate seeds and cranberries were among some of the garnishes that we had our for our guests. Some cute paper straws are always a fun touch too and easy to match to your colour scheme!
Decor is arguably our favourite part of throwing an event. We chose to stick with gold and champagne metalics with some wood and burlap accents based on what we already owned. Everything went really well together and did not seem over done. Our chalkboard food labels tied in perfectly. We even made this “Fa la la la la” pennant banner for the mantle that you could easily make at home too! A few burlap triangle, twine, lettering and a glue gun are all you need!
Decor, while important, is only one part of the ambiance. Music was playing from the moment we started to prep in the kitchen until our heads hit the pillows! We mixed in some Justin Bieber, old classics and of course the queen of Christmas jingles – Mariah Carey on repeat. Bonus points if you can get the fireplace channel up on your television! Extra bonus points for a real fire!
Last but certainly not least, you need to have some activities and interactive pieces to the party. We did a gift stealing game which was really fun and exciting. After we cleaned up all of the torn wrapping paper, we all headed to a local Christmas market for some mulled wine around a cozy fire. (One thing checked off our winter bucket list!) Everyone went home on a high note with a cute little box of take home cookies to enjoy.
We are so happy with how our girls night turned out and we cannot wait to plan our next get together. Will you be hosting company this Holiday season? We hope that the tips above will be helpful no matter what the occasion!