Unfortunately, summer is already coming to an end. For most parents, the years seem to pass by quicker and quicker each time and it’s always a little shock to be reminded that it’s almost Christmas again. Nevertheless, the end of summer doesn’t have to be a bad thing. There are lots of great things about winter and it’s just as well, because it’s definitely on its way.

 

Why not embrace the changing of the seasons and throw a winter wonderland party? This can be a great idea for parents whose children have birthdays in November or December. You might not get the sun but you do get warm fires, cozy clothes, marshmallows, hot chocolate and if you’re lucky – maybe even a bit of snow sledding. So you want to throw your own winter Christmas party? Here are a few tips and tricks that you can use.

 

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Invitations

 

Kelly Lad Sanchez from Parenting.com has come up with an ingenious way to create Christmas or winter themed party invitations. They’re wonderfully cheap to make because they don’t involve much more than a few lolly sticks and a handful of buttons. What you’ve got to do is paint four large ice lolly sticks completely white.

 

Once the sticks have dried, lay them across one another until they’re in a snowflake shape and then glue the whole thing together at the center. Stick bright blue buttons on each spoke of your ‘snowflake.’ Finally, fashion a circular piece of paper or card, write the details of your party on it and then stick it to the center of the snowflake. Voila – you have a very unique, very pretty winter themed party invitation.

 

Decorations

 

When it comes to decorating your winter wonderland party, you shouldn’t have too much trouble, really. There are various ideas that you can try – the most obvious being lots and lots of fake snow. Fake snow is, admittedly, a bit of a messy one to clean up after the party but it will look superb heaped in strategic piles around your party venue. If you’re holding a party for very young children, let guests play in the ‘snow’ but make sure that they don’t do anything silly like try to eat it. Hang lots of shiny blue and silver paper streamers from the ceiling and the door frames, suggest the experts at MyJellyBeanFrost mirrors and windows with specially designed paint and leave jars filled with striped candy canes on all available surfaces.

 

Tasty Treats

 

Once again, it shouldn’t really be too difficult to come up with themed food ideas, just serve the things that you love to eat when it’s cold outside. Make sure that at least some of your food is hot – you could serve a big winter stew or something really comforting like bangers and mash. It all depends on whether or not you’re planning to serve a sit down meal. If you’re not, stick with hot sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, little pies and quiches, says EHow.com journalist Antonia Sorin.

When it comes to desserts, triple chocolate chip cookies, jelly beans and minty candy canes are all ideal. Also, if you have the time and the safe facilities – you could allow guests to toast their own marshmallows.

 

Party Games

 

One really great party game always comes to mind where winter themed events are involved. It’s called ‘Pass The Chocolate.’ All guests sit around a dining table and are presented with a large bar of squared chocolate – it must have been in the fridge for at least a few hours before you play! Every time somebody rolls a dice and lands a six, they must instantly put on a big winter coat, a scarf, a hat and a pair of gloves. Once they have done that, they must pick up a knife and fork and try to cut a piece of chocolate off the bar. Of course, this is very difficult because the chocolate has been hardened in the fridge or the freezer. The winter clothes must pass to each player that rolls a six and the winner must be the guest who manages to eat the most chocolate. This is a game that’s guaranteed to get kids giggling no matter how cold it is outside.

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Author Bio : Sophie Wiggins is a full time childminder and a mother of three. She recommends DNA Kids for help and advice on how to throw a winter Christmas party. She can usually be found panicking over birthday parties and trying to stop toddlers drawing on her kitchen walls.