Last night we hosted another Christmas party for 11 of our favorite friends. They came over to our place for a baked potato bar, some Christmas activities, and decorating Christmas cookies. It was another successful event with lots of laughter, happiness, and intentionality.
Here are some of the activities and printables we used. Some of them overlap with the previous post about Christmas parties, but there are some new ideas here too:
- After dinner, we kicked things off with a team challenge. The girls worked in small groups to decorate one member of their team like a Christmas tree. Groups had 10 minutes to perfect their tree. The best tree received a prize.
Yeah… we have the cutest friends in the world!
- After the competition, we sat down and gave them a quick run down of the history of Christmas, which most of them were somewhat familiar with already. Then we divided them into two teams again. Teams had 15 minutes to prepare a re-enactment of the Christmas story. Each team was given a bag of random props that they had to somehow incorporate into their performances. The bags included things like a butcher knife, space heater, hair dryer, cheese grater, roach spray, mascara, high heels and tea. It was like Sunday School meets Chinese soap opera. Memorable. Definitely memorable. The winning team also received a prize for this competition.
Lee, who is one of the sweetest, classiest girls I know, really wanted the prize and came after Austin with a knife.
- Some of the girls wanted to do a dance performance for us. They love putting together songs and dances. You could have a whole party where you just prepare some snacks and tell them in advance to prepare performances. They love it!
- Then Austin sang some Christmas carols with them. We used lots of the same ones from the printable posted in the previous Christmas party idea post. However, we added singing “Silent Night” in Chinese, following along with a music video that they really liked, especially after they’d just acted part of the story.
- And finally, we decorated Christmas cookies. We had sugar cookie dough and gingerbread cookie dough. The girls made their cookies and arranged the dough on baking paper, which was so convenient for sliding on and off of the single cookie sheet that can fit into our glorified toaster oven! They loved the cookies and said they were so much better than the cookies sold out on the street. Yes!
Here’s a preview of the sign we used to explain the general idea behind making Christmas cookies:
And here’s a preview from page one of a two-page document with some labels for the Christmas cookie-making table:
Click here to download the document containing the instructions and labels: Christmas Cookies