PCA 2020

Frosty vs.Toasty Winter Party

During the cold winter months, I love to curl up on the couch in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa, and my husband would rather be outdoors snowshoeing. Do you prefer to play in the snow or stay toasty warm indoors? This winter party is all about frosty versus toasty, and it is filled with fun activities and delicious treats for all ages.

Invitations

The party invitations could invite guests to bring their outdoor gear for games in the snow, or their coziest pajamas to relax in while staying indoors. Decorations Your kids will have a lot of fun helping to decorate for this party!

Here are some fun ways they can help with the party setup:

• Make paper snowflakes to hang behind the food table.

• Build a snowman by the front door that holds a “Welcome” sign to greet guests as they arrive to the party.

• Glue and glitter can be used to create a frosted look on small glass vases, decorative ornament balls and old burnt out tree light bulbs.

• Making ‘flames’ out of red, yellow and orange tissue paper.

• Building a mini fireplace out of wooden or cardboard boxes.

Since this party has the ‘frosty’ side competing against the ‘toasty’ side, your party table could be split down the middle. One side could be all about cold treats and icy-looking decorations, while the other side is all about toasted treats and warm beverages.

Another fun idea would be to make your own banners for behind the food table – one side could have a snowflake banner while the other side has an icicle banner.

Food

On the ‘frosty’ side of the table, your menu could include items such as:

• An ice blender with flavored syrups for frozen drinks or snow cones

• White powdered donuts labeled as “snowballs”

• Snowman-shaped cookies

• Ice cream sundae bar with a variety of toppings

• Ice cream sandwiches

• Cupcakes baked in ice cream cones

On the ‘toasty’ side of the table, your menu could include items such as:

• S’mores cookies or squares

• S’mores dip with graham crackers

• Hot chocolate powder with a scoop, hot water, mugs, mixing spoons and mini marshmallows

• Hot apple cider

• Grilled Panini sandwiches

• Chocolate fondue with fresh fruit and marshmallows for dipping

• Cheese fondue with bread and sliced meat for dipping

Activities

Some guests may choose to spend most of the party outside, and some may choose to stay in hibernation-mode inside. It’s great to have a variety of activities planned for both indoor and outdoor fun.

For those who love the chilly outdoors, activities could include:

• A gentle snowball fight

• A snowman building competition

• Building a snow fort

• Tobogganing or sleigh rides

For those that choose to stay indoors, activities could include:

• Baking holiday treats

• Watching a holiday movie while sitting by the fireplace

• Making a holiday craft

Favors

Your favors could be as simple as some homemade holiday treats in decorative tins that are topped with tags that say, “It was great chillin’ with you!” or, “You warm my heart!”

Other favor ideas include:

• Thermoses

• Ice cream bowls

• Holiday ornaments

• Gift cards to a local coffee shop

• Snowmen cake pops

• A bag of dry hot chocolate mix in a holiday mug

• Frozen cookies that can be taken home and baked later

I hope your winter season is filled with great family memories and plenty of giggles. From my family to yours, have a wonderful holiday season!

Cheryl is a married mother of one. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a strong interest in parties and event planning. She is the owner and writer for Moms & Munchkins (www.momsandmunchkins.ca), which is filled with ideas for family fun, activities for kids, party ideas, party planning tips, holiday fun, moms’ night out ideas and more.

 

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