Top 5 Go-To Budget Family Christmas Party Games

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The holidays are upon us, Christmas is just two weeks away, and parties are around every corner. I love hosting parties and always find myself as the host of most of the holiday parties around here (which I have no problem with.) The only problem that I run into every year is what games to play. Today I am going to share five Christmas party games that we have found to be big hits at our Christmas parties

1.White Elephant

This is a usual at almost every Christmas party we attend. There are different names for it and different ways to play, but no matter what you call it or what rules you use, your friends are sure to love it. This game requires everyone to bring a gift. Make sure you choose a reasonable price range. The gifts can be funny or serious. (A couple of funny ones usually ensure a good time)

How to play:

. number a few pieces of paper or cards (if you have 9 participants, only number to 9.)

. Have your guests draw 1 card from a hat or bowl.

. The guest that chose the card with the number 1 on it gets to go first. They can choose any gift in the stack without knowing who it’s from or what it is.

. Once guest number one has revealed their gift, the guest that picked number 2 gets to choose between taking guest number one’s gift that is already revealed or choose a mystery gift from the stack.

. If guest number 2 chooses a mystery gift, carry on with the game and move on to player 3. If player 2 has stolen player one’s gift, allow player one to choose a new gift.

. Continue with these rules until each person has got a chance to pick a gift.

.Once everyone has a gift, allow player one to have a chance to steal a gift. If player one chooses to steal someone’s gift, they will give their current gift to the victim.

2. Santa Clause Drinking Game

This game has simple rules. You just place a Santa hat on the corner of your T.V. and turn on a Christmas movie or show episode. (Depending on how much time you want to spend on this) Every time it looks like a character is wearing the Santa hat, everyone drinks. You can also make this as intense as you and your guests want. We usually just take a sip of wine or whatever we happen to be drinking, but if you are up for getting a little crazy, you can do shots.

3.Snowball Shake

This game went viral, so I am sure you know how to play, but if you don’t know, I’ll explain.

You will need an empty tissue box, some string or a belt, and some ping pong balls.

To play, you are going to loop the belt or string through the tissue box and fill the box with ping pong balls. Then you will tie the box around the players waist using the string or belt. (This is where the rules can become your own) Choose to pit 2 players against each other and have the person to shake all the balls out first win or (to move the game along) you can time them and see who can shake the most balls out in the short time frame. However you decide to play, your guests will have a blast watching everyone shake their butts to win the game!

4. Cookie or Gingerbread House Decorating.

(If you choose to do a gingerbread house, I would pair everyone off into teams) all you need to do is set a timer and let your guests get to work. Allow them to use all the icing and sprinkles their heart desires and don’t forget to have fun. Have at least 1 judge (or let everyone vote for someone that isn’t their own) the best looking house/cookie wins!

5. Christmas Charades

You can find printable cards anywhere or make your own. If you don’t know how to play charades, you will just need to pair everyone into 2 different teams. You will need to have 1 player from the 1st team come up and try to act out a card. If their team guesses the card correctly, they can keep choosing cards until the timer is up. Once that team’s turn has run out, record the number of cards guessed correctly and move on to the next team. Allow all of the players from each team to participate and the team with the most cards guessed correctly at the end will win.

These are just a few small ideas. Most of them don’t require alot of materials or a huge budget. Remember to have fun with it and find a game that your guests will love too. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a chill might with your friends. Merry Christmas !

5 Easy and Popular Party Foods

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I know I have been talking a lot about food lately, but it IS the holidays and good food is everywhere ! I just can’t help myself. I won’t be sharing any recipes today but I will be sharing some easy, fun foods that I love enjoying at any holiday party! I always have great ideas for parties and party foods, but when it comes down to it, I just procrastinate a little too long. These are some party foods that I can always turn to if I am running behind and looking for a treat that will be loved.

1.Pepper Jelly Dip.

My first pick is so easy, yet so good. Pepper Jelly Dip is perfect for when you are throwing together a quick party or forgot to make a dish for tonight’s Christmas party. All you need is a block of cream cheese, a jar of pepper jelly, and some crackers to dip in it. Go ahead and bring a serving knife or butter knife because cheap plastic knives and a cracker won’t cut through the cream cheese easily.

2. Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Need I say more? So easy & you can find the recipe online for cooking instructions. These take a little more time to prepare, but they don’t require a lot of ingredients and they are a crowd favorite at every party we serve them at. You just need bacon, a pack of smokey sausages, brown sugar, and tooth picks.

3. Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Cody’s mom always makes these around the holidays. They are great if you have a sweet tooth . I have made them for teachers as Christmas gifts and we have served them at parties. You just use chocolate chip cookie dough and a peanut butter cup and place them in a mini muffin pan & POOF!! You have a perfect sweet treat for any holiday event.

4. Deviled Eggs

Okay, so these are kind of hit or miss but my family and I love them. They are a staple at any family gathering. Once the eggs are boiled and peeled, the prepping process is so easy. They are a great finger food to have at any party.

5. Cake Balls

Homemade cakeballs are always a hit. Never fails. You almost can’t mess this one up. They have to be baked and frozen, but they are so simple. The hardest part is the chocolate coating, but even if they look bad they are still usually a hit because they taste so good.

I hope some of these holiday food ideas save you at this year’s holiday parties. We love these items at almost every party and they are usually the things that people gather around and clear out before the party ends. If something caught your eye and you do want me to make a recipe post, leave a comment. Happy holidays !

Gift Guide for Boys (8-12)

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year and everyone is bustling around looking for Christmas gifts. People can be hard to shop for, especially if you are trying to find a gift they will actually like. I always have the most trouble buying for the boys and men in my life….what do they even like?! I’ve put together 5 gifts that are sure to be a hit with any 8-12 year old boy in your life.

My first gift idea is a classic…nerf gun. For real, guys never get sick of a good nerf gun. They make so many different kinds, so you can get creative and get one big one or get a set. (Maybe even one for the whole family & have a family nerf war?!)

The next idea is darts and a dart board. Get a set. The boy will like it because it’s entertaining and it looks cool in their room. It also helps with coordination if they practice. This one is under $30!

Next is a little pricier… a lazer tag set. It comes with 4 vests and 4 guns in different colors so you can play as a family or your son can have his friends over for a fun backyard game of lazer tag.

Another pricey but good gift idea for boys is an activity table. This one has 3 table tops with a different game on each one. It comes with foosball, air hockey, and pool. Its a miniature table, so it won’t take up a ton of space in their bedroom, but it will give them entertainment that will last. (I mean how cool would this have been as a kid?!)

The final gift idea is a gaming chair. These are a little pricey, but most boys like to play video games and these chairs make that time so much more fun. Gaming chairs have speakers and a space for your headphones so they can surround themselves in the game and enjoy it alot more. Perfect gift idea for any boy that loves gaming!

Other than video games, gaming consols , or phone gear I think these gifts would be great… pretty much just because most of these can be enjoyed with their friends too. I hope these ideas help when you are thinking of gifts for your son/brother/nephew.

Christmas Gift Guide for Mom

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Parents in general can be so difficult to shop for. For the most part, I still view it as my parents have more money than me, so they can just buy whatever they want. Why would anything I get them be better than what they already have? Thoughts like this usually lead me to not buy them the original gift that I had in mind so that I can buy them the perfect gift when I find it, which usually results in me not buying Christmas gifts until a week before Christmas. Yes, your parents can usually buy whatever they want, but the gift you get them will still mean a lot for a few reasons: it’s from their child, they may not have even known about the ‘perfect gift’ that you were planning on buying them, and most parents choose to spend their money of necessities, bills, and their children, so they enjoy getting gifts.

Before you stop reading and get sassy with me, I am not skipping Halloween or Thanksgiving. I am not just fast forwarding to Christmas. Fall is still my favorite season for way too many ways to name. I am simply trying to help out some fellow gift-givers find the perfect gift for their mom without having to settle or stress because of time restraints.

Birth Flower Jewlery Collection

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The first gift that I wanted to share is a jewelry line on mademymary.com. Made by Mary is such a beautiful jewelry shop. They do so many special things. My favorite collection is the birth flower collection. Each month has it’s own birth flower… similar to how every month has a birth stone. Made by Mary engraves the hand-drawn flowers onto their jewelry in such a beautiful way. (Can you tell, I kind of want one for myself?) You can choose if you want gold, rose gold, or silver and even how many flowers you get, depending on the piece you choose from. Any of these pieces would be perfect for your mom, grandma, or any new mom in your life. Just get it engraved with their children’s birth flowers on it.

Recipe Tea Towel

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I found this on Etsy and it is such a genuine gift for any sentimental mom. These towels use a photo of a handwritten recipe from a loved one and have it printed on the towel. You can choose what style you want to do and if you want to add any special touches. This gift is a really good idea for your mom if you have handwritten recipe cards from her mom or grandmother.

Family Photoshoot

This is one that I have been thinking about for years. Moms love photos of their kids. Especially once all of their kids have grown and it is so hard to get them all in one place at the same time. This is something that I know my mom, grandma, and mother-in-law would all enjoy. You can do this one of two ways: You could do a photoshoot of just the children before Christmas and gift your mom the digital copies or a photobook or you could print a card of some sort, letting your mom know that you booked a photoshoot for a specific time or day after Christmas so the whole family can be there.

Massage or Spa Day

We did this for my mother-in-law a few years back. I went to massage Envy in Baton Rouge and got a gift card with $50 on it, which is good for a one hour massage there. Use google to find a local spa or massage therapy place near you and talk to them about a gift card or a package that you could gift someone for the holidays. A good company will find some way to accommodate that request if they don’t already have something prepared. This gift is a good way to tell your mom that you love her and give her a much needed day away from you, your siblings, and your dad after the holidays.

Barefoot Dreams

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A Barefoot Dreams robe, blanket, pair of socks, or pajama set would be such a great gift for any mom, especially if she is home a lot. Get one of these items or get a few and make a gift basket for her. These items are all extremely soft and comfortable. I know for a fact that the moms in my life would be all over the socks and the robes. This is a great, practical gift that your mom will use on a daily basis.

There are so many more gifts your could give your mom this year that she will love, but if you were stuck, I hope reading this gave you some ideas for some Christmas gifts. Happy Holidays!