Trimming the Christmas Tree

We all love admiring our beautiful Christmas tree brightly lit in a dim room after the decorating is complete. At times decorating the Christmas tree can seem like a task.

This year turn the task of decorating your Christmas tree into a fun and special event by having a Christmas Tree Trimming party. It’s a great time to reconnect with friends and family before the holiday is in full swing.

We have a few tips to make this event easy and fun.

  • First step is to pick a date and time of your gathering.
  • Pick a Christmas invitation that will go with the theme of your event. You don’t necessarily have to get printed invitations. Email or Facebook invitations work just as well, be sure to keep with the theme and include all the pertinent information.
  • Include the name of the party, the host or hostess, the date, time, place, RSVP info, and any other details you want to alert your guest list of such as a potluck or color schemes.
  • Include that light snacks and drinks will be served
  • If you have a theme in mind, such as an ugly sweater, potluck of favorite Christmas dishes, or an ornament exchange be sure to add this to the invite.

This gathering is designed to help you decorate the Christmas tree, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the house should be left untouched.
Make your home festive for the day of your event by placing holiday decor throughout. Below are a few other tips:

  • Have your tree set up days in advance and put on any string lights prior to the party
  • Make a holiday playlist with your favorite holiday music and have it ready to stream
  • Put away more everyday decor and create spaces for a food station and an ornament station.
  • Add more seating areas as well using floor pillows or extra chairs.

Even though this gathering is to decorate the Christmas tree and you may have your guest bringing ornaments it’s important to already have the basic tree trimming essentials on hand.

Set out some basic ornaments within a particular color scheme next to the tree. Gather them in baskets or crates for a cleaner more festive look.

If you want to refresh your decorations check out our trim the tree page for ornaments, ribbon and toppers.

Tree Trimming Party Menu

Provide lots of snacks and beverages for your guests to munch on as they decorate and mingle. Here are a few ideas to keep it simple:

  • Create a veggie tray with with cucumbers, carrots, celery, broccoli and other veggies, instead of serving your dip in a bowl, use a hollowed out red and yellow peppers and place them among the veggies on the tray.
  • Put together a salty/sweet snack tray that includes peanuts, chocolate pretzels, a few types of cheeses and crackers, grapes, salted pretzels, chocolate covered nuts and trail mix. Arrange them on a platter, insert bowls to hold the trail mix and nuts. Adding levels will add interest to your platter.
  • Popcorn makes a great snack, mix in flavored nuts and candy for a tasty combination
  • Layout peppermints or candy canes for color and snacking
  • If you love to bake, pinwheels, cookies and mini cupcakes are a great hit.

Don’t forget the drinks! Create a drink station that is self serve.

  • Pick up a few bottles of wine in multiple types
  • Juice such as grape and cranberry
  • Traditional eggnog. Receipt below.
  • Make Christmas punch or sangria. Recipes for both are below.

When guest start to arrive, you will be all set for memory filled evening. Be sure to take pictures as the evening progresses.

At the end of the evening when your home is quiet, you can sit back and enjoy a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and remember a great time with friends and family.


Recipes

Christmas Punch

This drink is so easy there isn’t a real recipe. For crowd you will want to buy 1 to 2 containers of each of the below.

  • Orange Juice
  • 32-ounce Cranberry Juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • 1-Liter Ginger Ale
  • Fresh Cranberries (optional)
  • Orange slices to float on top (optional)

Start by chilling all of your liquids a day before the gathering. You can also freeze the cranberries in ice cubes to float in the punch.

Just before guest start to arrive pour all of the juices into a punch bowl, then finish off with Ginger Ale. If you want to add a more festive touch to your punch, substitute the Ginger Ale for a bottle of Champaign. Then add in the frozen cranberries and a few cubes of ice


Christmas Sangria

  • 2 Cups of Fresh Cranberries
  • 2 Green Apples; Chopped
  • 2 Cups of Fresh Cranberries
  • ½ Cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Bunch of Rosemary
  • 1 Bottle of Moscato
  • 1 Bottle of Sparkling Apple Cider

You can also use a sweet red wine in place of Moscato. Oranges can also be added

Chop both green apples into small pieces. Add all but a few of the pieces of green apple to the bottom of your pitcher. You will use the other pieces for garnish.

Rinse the cranberries in a colander and immediately roll a handful into the sugar. Set aside the sugared cranberries to use for the garnish.

Add all cranberries except the sugared cranberries to the pitcher.

Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush some of the fruit in the bottom of the pitcher. I crush just a few pieces of fruit, specifically the cranberries to leave a nice flavor, leave most of the fruit whole because it looks really nice in the pitcher and in the glass.

Pour in the moscato and the sparkling apple cider. Add rosemary and sugared cranberries to the top to garnish.


Traditional Eggnog

  • 12 large egg whites
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 7 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups light rum
  • 1 cup whiskey (rye or scotch)
  • 1 dash nutmeg

You will need 3 medium to large bowls.

In the first bowl beat egg whites until they start to thicken. Add 1 cup sugar, beat until thick.

In the second bowl beat egg yolks and salt until thick. Combine beaten egg whites with yolks and beat until mixed and thick.

In a third large bowl beat cream until it starts to thicken. Add 2 tbsp sugar & vanilla to the beaten cream.

Add milk, rum & whiskey beating continually (for non alcoholic eggnog omit the alcohol and add artificial rum flavoring doing it a tsp at a time until you achieve the desired taste).

Combine all the ingredients, and chill. Serve with a garnish of a sprinkle of nutmeg on top of each glass.

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